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Hey guys, I purchased this effect a week ago and have played with it daily since. For those who don't know the effect you are able to spin a deck of Bicycle cards on your finger (deck in box), pretty much like a Basketball.
The video shows Greg Wilson spinning the box for a good 20 seconds.
You can also spin a single card & to be honest I can do this pretty well and get about 8 seconds of spin, spinning a single card with the gimmick is far easier than trying to spin the entire deck though!
Now you can call me cynical but I just can't see how Greg get's such a long spin from the deck on his finger, the friction/drag alone slows the whole thing down after a while & you can only start the spin at a certain speed so forcing a fast spin simply won't work as the deck simply falls to the floor.
Perhaps the gimmick that contacts his finger is a tad longer than those that we as Magicians are purchasing as this would enable less friction between finger and deck.
I can't get any longer than 8 seconds from the single card spin and that's giving it some force to set it off, as for the deck, well, I mange around 3 seconds if I'm lucky!!!
Before you all turn to me and say "Its all practice", yes, to some degree it is and there is some balance technique involved.
I also appreciate that Greg has been performing this for some time, however, I am unable to accept that he can maintain such a long spin (20 seconds) as Physics dictates that gravity and friction will inevitably bring it to a stop and you simply can't just use more force to start the spin. Even I get the deck to spin by continual practice I can guarantee that it wont run for 20 seconds........10 at most is my guess.
Your thoughts are very much welcomed.

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Profile of MichaelJae
Guess what, keep practicing. My longest spin is 18 sec. Just make sure the box is completely stuffed, no wiggle room, and perfectly balanced.
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Gregory Wilson just lectured here and I was very amazed how long he can spin a single card. A very long time.
Of course he's done it thousands of time but still very impressive.
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IMO spinning the deck for more than 10 seconds borders on watching paint dry. I can get somewhere between 15 and 20, but I never do it for that long in performance. Try experimenting with different areas of your finger. Closer to the tip is probably better than near the pad.
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