Sign up Latest Topics Chat
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
kkaiser343

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 97
Reply with quote  #1 
I know a few guys who swear by buffing their cards to improve handling and increase longevity. Last Saturday I was talking to a few magicians and one of the guys told me he uses fabric softener (cotton gloves  dipped in fabric softener and dried to apply )to increase handling and longevity of the deck. He said that the fabric softener seals the edges of the cards so they dont swell and separate at the edges and greatly increases the longevity and handling of a deck.  Has anyone heard of this or has anyone tried it???
0
Anthony Vinson

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member - Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 2,064
Reply with quote  #2 
Sounds like BS to me. Not saying it is BS, just that it sounds remarkably like it. The answer would require identifying the active ingredient that seals the edges, and determining whether it was present across most or all brands of fabric softeners. I rub all four edges of new decks on my jeans a time or two to remove any burs or roughness. Seems to make the cards easier to handle right out of the box. So perhaps it's the cotton in the gloves that appears to seal the deck? 

Av
0
kkaiser343

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 97
Reply with quote  #3 
Wesley James confirmed the process to me last week. I hope he will add a few incites and information..
0
Steven Youell

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 799
Reply with quote  #4 
I prefer my own method. It's worked for me for many years.


__________________
 
0
kkaiser343

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 97
Reply with quote  #5 
Steven I have tried your method. I find it really makes a difference in the feel of the cards I am not that experienced that I can say how long a deck lasts me with or without your buffing method I can certainly verify that it greatly improves the feel and handlling ( imho) of the cards. The other method was just another method. I was looking for more information and input on it. Thank you for responding and posting the link. Great info Great reource
0
Wesley James

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 35
Reply with quote  #6 
The idea of buffing the edges of cards, to help remove any roughness, was introduced to the fraternity by Ed Marlo, many years ago. He advised rubbing the deck on your pants leg. I've been using the fabric softener treated gloves for more than 35 years. (When you're performing at trade shows, your cards get quite a lot of wear.) The softener--I prefer Downy--adds a colloidal suspension of stearate to the edges of the cards. The stearate is ionic, which means it has a static charge. which helps repel dirt, but the large particle size also seals the edges, preventing moisture from getting into the middle, mucilage layer of the cards. The combination of the charge and the sealing effect causes the cards to last longer and the stearate acts, somewhat like fanning powder, to make the cards handle more smoothly.

I first shared my discovery in my book, Enchantments (2004), and many were skeptical, but those who've tried it have become devoted to the process. It is also possible to use dryer sheets--I prefer Bounce--but the result isn't quite as good, nor does it last as long.
0
kkaiser343

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 97
Reply with quote  #7 
Thank you very much for your input. I had heard of the process and was seeking more information on it When I heard it came from you I hoped you would reply directly. That is why I love this forum. Open exchange of ideas and information Thank you all for your input I hope more people contribute. I am sure some of the other “card’ workers have ideas and thoughts on this. I am eager to hear about other systems.
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.