The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Magic...at a moment's notice! » » Do you carry cards? (6 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

Terrible Wizard
View Profile
Inner circle
1973 Posts

Profile of Terrible Wizard
I love going through threads here, since I only do casual, amateur magic. Smile

It seems a lot of people carry a deck of cards with them almost everywhere.

I've tried that a number of times, thinking it would be cool/useful, only to quickly find that it ends up being uncomfortable (I only wear jeans), or the cards get damaged, or the cards get in the way of my keys, wallet, phone etc which I have to carry on me.

Do people here still carry a whole deck of cards on them, and practically how do they do it!? Smile
warren
View Profile
Inner circle
uk
3170 Posts

Profile of warren
I nearly always have a deck of cards with me that have a couple of elastic bands around the box so I can throw in a couple of routines with the elastic bands too.

When I go out as I'm in the UK the weather isn't exactly scoring hot so I have a jacket and the cards etc are in my jacket pocket, I always have an old beat up deck of cards in my works van too.

Another thing I carry everywhere is a JOL hip wallet which means not only can I do the obvious with it but I can also make a borrowed ring or signed coin etc appear in there at a moments notice with not set up or get ready required.
WitchDocChris
View Profile
Inner circle
York, PA
2200 Posts

Profile of WitchDocChris
I have decks in the various messenger bags and backpacks I tend to take with me but I don't generally take a deck with me on a daily basis. If I do, it's in a tuck case in the front left pants pocket.
Christopher
Witch Doctor

Psycho Seance book: https://tinyurl.com/y873bbr4
Julie
View Profile
Inner circle
3357 Posts

Profile of Julie
You might consider carrying a mini-deck (half the size of a poker-size deck). These take up a lot less space in a pocket or purse and give you a cutesy opening line, "...would you like to see a >little< card trick?" Smile

You can still carry rubber bands around the box and standard sleights are just as easy or easier with this size. Switching for a prearranged deck is a breeze, too!

Julie
Terrible Wizard
View Profile
Inner circle
1973 Posts

Profile of Terrible Wizard
The idea of a using a mini deck is interesting, but I wonder if even that might prove a bit bulky for a jeans pocket which already has stuff in it. Guess there's only one way to find out Smile
Wravyn
View Profile
Inner circle
1697 Posts

Profile of Wravyn
I don’t have one but I do have other JOL items which are top notch.

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/......lt-loop/
A Magic Cafe User
View Profile
New user
Princeton, NJ
61 Posts

Profile of A Magic Cafe User
I normally have a small yellow plastic box on me with a Svengali deck, a deck in the Si Stebbins stack order with a duplicate card, a folding quarter,
and gimmicked three card monte cards. Since the cards are protected by the plastic box, they stay in relatively good condition. I get a good 15-20 minutes with my 'kit'.
- Just my humble opinion

The more you know, the more you know - Brainpop
chosen1
View Profile
New user
lots of places
43 Posts

Profile of chosen1
Hello Terrible Wizard, (that feels rude. LOL)

I usually wander around the world with a messeger bag that has all my various everyday "needs" inside, including a Joshua Jay Procarrier Deluxe (a valid improvement on an already great product.) It's small and carries pretty much all of my walk around material.

When I'm not loaded up with laptops, notebooks and such I do occasionally carry a deck of cards with me. I've found a cardclip to be a lifesaver here. Not only does it protect the deck, but because it's smooth and metal it makes getting it out of my pocket a bit easier. I travel pretty light so I can put the deck in my left front pocket where I also put my phone and have plenty of room. My other pocket has my wallet and keys and that's about it.

Card clips come in a huge variety and you can definitely find one that fits your style.

Good luck!
Brandon.
We should all be in a constant state of wonder
ringmaster
View Profile
Inner circle
Memphis, Down in Dixie
1623 Posts

Profile of ringmaster
NO
Less than 2% of reported UFO's turn out to be actual interplanetary vehicles.
debjit
View Profile
Loyal user
India
216 Posts

Profile of debjit
I always carry a deck. And if you don't have pocket space, you can always carry mini cards... They're very cute!
Mb217
View Profile
Inner circle
8424 Posts

Profile of Mb217
I do now... Smile

For quite a while, I just carried a couple of coins and a little black wallet with a couple of packet tricks in it. Never carried a deck as I didn't often do card tricks. Eventually, I expanded a little to a little black purse and added a couple of easy to carry closeup tricks, mostly Sankey stuff. That was all I needed. Eventually, I grew tired of the packet tricks and came to play with a deck of cards a bit. Happy I came to do that, as I really enjoyed learning something new for me. I mean, I not only learned some really nice card tricks using a deck, but even found myself picking up even learning stacks, Mnemonica and Si Stebbins...Great day in the morning! Who would've thunk it! Smile

Anyway, what I found is that you can do a whole lot with a deck of cards, if you take the time to learn it. I didn't think I would take to it, but I did, way beyond what I ever thought and now I have a basket of effects to draw from. Smile Now, I don't do them all but I did learn them all along the way. I have chosen just a few to present, and those few I give practice to. By playing with them so much, I've been able to change them and or create my own way of doing them. they include a classic or two, a couple of stack pieces (I really like that Si Stebbins stuff, that guy was a genius!). Also, I forgot to mention that trick decks can be fun too. The invisible deck or a Penguin Marked Cards provides you with some amazing effects. There are a lot of choices, and I typically only do a few if that. Smile

So, of late and more regularly, I may have a couple of coins on me and a deck of cards. Easy to carry and provides the small precision of a Swiss Army Knife. Smile

*If I could recommend, as a decent-at-best coin guy, I'd say overall that a marked deck provides the regular deck and a bit more. Smile

I can do a lot, but find these days that "less is more," and so only do a few choice things as I go here & there. I don't get to do a lot of card stuff, but I've come to carry a deck to mostly play around with and just in case. Smile It all packs small but plays BIC! Smile
*Check out my latest: MBs Morgan w/ BONUS: Destiny, Copper Silver INC, Double Trouble, FlySki, Crimp Change - REDUX!, and other fine magic at www.VinnyMarini.com Smile

"Believe in YOU, and you will see the greatest magic that ever was." -Mb Smile
Corey Harris
View Profile
Inner circle
Kansas City, MO
1229 Posts

Profile of Corey Harris
Always have a deck on me. If you are worried about the cards becoming damaged, I would invest in a cheap card guard. You can usually get them around $10 USD.
Dougini
View Profile
Inner circle
The Beautiful State Of Maine
6674 Posts

Profile of Dougini
Nope. I rarely do cards. Maybe a packet trick or two...

Doug
DrewPett
View Profile
New user
33 Posts

Profile of DrewPett
I only do casual magic as well, but I do carry a deck with me most of the time. I always have a deck or two in my bag I carry for work and school, and often put one of those or another in my pocket as well. I carry my deck because it's a good way to keep my hands occupied by just shuffling and practicing sleights. The Decks can definitely get ruined, but that's just a side effect of practicing/performing card tricks. I have so many half destroyed incomplete decks around. I don't worry too much about what the deck I'm carrying around because like I said, I don't actually perform that often. If I know I'm gonna be performing, I will bring a nicer deck. Even though, an incomplete, old deck can still be used to perform miracles!
The Gold Coin
View Profile
New user
60 Posts

Profile of The Gold Coin
+1 for carrying cards in a backpack or other bag. I do keep one copper coin and one silver coin in my watch pocket, but even a coin purse would be too bulky with all the the other stuff (phone, wallet, keys, etc) I have in my regular pockets.

I'd love to find a way to carry a deck sized package without needing to have a jacket or a bag, but I haven't found any good options so far. Belt holsters could work, but they don't look great.
Magical Moments
View Profile
New user
82 Posts

Profile of Magical Moments
I used to always carry a deck of cards years ago when I had a set of go to effects I knew well and would always perform. Over the years, I forgot them all so no more deck carrying.
Theodore Lawton
View Profile
Inner circle
1631 Posts

Profile of Theodore Lawton
Mb thanks for the post! I never knew all that about you, it was very interesting. I'm surprised about the stacks, Si Stebbins, etc.
Magic is the bacon in the breakfast of life.

............................................

God bless you and have a magical day
BradenCarlisle
View Profile
New user
22 Posts

Profile of BradenCarlisle
I carry two decks of cards (red normal/blue stacked or has a dupe or sometimes both) in my backpack when I'm traveling around town, or just out for the day. I've also got one permanently in my car so I never have to think about grabbing one.
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Magic...at a moment's notice! » » Do you carry cards? (6 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2019 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.18 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL