Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Red card

I need to get some new cards. I've had my current load for a good few years now, and they're getting to the point where they're too old for proper memorising - they might well start to stick together when I'm trying to nimbly flick them between my fingers in the space of twenty seconds or so, and that would be really annoying. Of course, it's too late now to get new cards for the world championship, because brand new packs are too slippery and I'd be liable to drop them. I'll just have to reward/condole myself after the competition with a big pile of brand new playing cards, and break them in over the course of the winter break.

Hey, maybe I could ask the organisers to just give me lots of cards instead of a trophy or whatever the prize is?


Anonymous said...

I don't know if it would be acceptable in competition, but some magicians dust their cards with baby powder to keep them from sticking together.


Geoff said...

Can you get sponsored by a card manufacturer?

Mike Carroll said...

i've actually always dreamed about using baby powder (if I got to the level where it even mattered), or more specifically, fanning powder.

it uses this stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc_stearate and it's pretty cheap http://magicshop.magictricks.com/Fanning-Powder_p_174.html .

I suppose it depends on your style. fanning powder would only add to the slipperyness... but all of the top card handlers use it in XCM (EXTREMEEEE CARD MANIPULATION!!!)

just my thoughts.