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Rudy Tinoco

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Several months ago I purchased, Justin Flom's "Card Artistry" and loved it, but knew that I'd probably never perform it because I don't use a close-up pad. I simply don't have the desire to walk around with a case or a pad when I perform.

Well, my wife came up with a brilliant idea that has allowed me to perform this effect in pretty much any situation.

The secret? This... "Con-Tact Brand Grip Premium Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner, Black, 12" x 4'". I'm attaching a photo so you can see what the material looks like. You'll recognize it as shelf liner.

Anyway, I cut it down to size and it folds up and fits nicely in my back pocket; always readily available when I'm ready to perform "Card Artistry".

If you follow the link below to my Facebook page, there is a video of me performing this for the first time using this "close-up pad". http://www.facebook.com/magicrudy


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Hey what a great idea! I am mainly a coin worker myself and not so sure how those perforations would hinder the coins movement but I, too would like to find a better solution then walking around with a close up pad. Oh and I love the Mona Lisa effect on your facebook page Rudy. Very visual!
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Hey what a great idea! I am mainly a coin worker myself and not so sure how those perforations would hinder the coins movement but I, too would like to find a better solution then walking around with a close up pad. Oh and I love the Mona Lisa effect on your facebook page Rudy. Very visual!


Hi Robert, thanks for taking time to go and watch my video. That was my first time trying it in public so my patter wasn't all that impressed or engaging.

I'm not much of a coin worker, so to be honest I'm not sure how this makeshift close up pad would work for you. When I get home I'll try a few things on it to see how it works.

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Great idea and the first time I'm hearing of Card Artistry. Looks like it's been out for a couple years now. 
Do they have other cards available for the outcome? Since it's a 16 card spread, I would figure it should be easy to take that one card and make up different outcomes. 

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Rudy I didn't mind your patter at all with that one. It was relaxed and natural and it sounded like your spectators really enjoyed it. However, with an effect this visual maybe a little more 'story' would work well here. Maybe something about how not many people knew that Leonardo DaVinci used to do card tricks for the Mona Lisa. Or maybe the Mona Lisa did card tricks for him while he was painting her. There's a lot of possibility for being really creative here. Still it's so visual that not a lot of patter is needed. It really speaks for itself. Great effect!
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Rudy I didn't mind your patter at all with that one. It was relaxed and natural and it sounded like your spectators really enjoyed it. However, with an effect this visual maybe a little more 'story' would work well here. Maybe something about how not many people knew that Leonardo DaVinci used to do card tricks for the Mona Lisa. Or maybe the Mona Lisa did card tricks for him while he was painting her. There's a lot of possibility for being really creative here. Still it's so visual that not a lot of patter is needed. It really speaks for itself. Great effect!


Thanks Robert! Good ideas to get the creative juices flowing. As you said, the effect is strong without the patter, but it really deserve (and lends itself to) a better presentation.

I appreciate your feedback.

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Great idea and the first time I'm hearing of Card Artistry. Looks like it's been out for a couple years now. 
Do they have other cards available for the outcome? Since it's a 16 card spread, I would figure it should be easy to take that one card and make up different outcomes. 



Hi EvilDan,

Yes, it's been out for awhile and there is another version where you paint a picture of a brain scan with the spectators selection revealed in the x-Ray.

Each version allows for only two outcomes. I wish they made more options available, but they haven't.

It's a really great effect! You can get it here...

http://killermagicshop.com/search.asp?keyword=Card+artistry&search=

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So Rudy, today my girlfriend and I went to Home Sense to look for curtains, and while there we passed the section tha sold table place mats. They happened to have some mats that looked exactly like your shelf liner. I'm sure it must have been very close to the same material. I immediately thought of this discussion so right the in the store isle I pulled out a few coins and briefly played with them on the mat. Unfortunately it turns out that the material was a bit sticky, BUT I was very tempted to get one just for the size and portability. A place mat is the perfect size for a close up pad and it would fold up nice in your pocket. Maybe one day I'll head down there and go through a few different place mats no see if one would work better than the one I tried. I'm intrigued by the idea of a fold away close up pad.
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I have some of this material at work. it has good tack, isn't sticky but it's beige.
I'll definately look for black if I get this.

Please clarify....the skull gives you two different endings?
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I have some of this material at work. it has good tack, isn't sticky but it's beige.
I'll definately look for black if I get this.

Please clarify....the skull gives you two different endings?
Sorry. I probably didn't explain that very well. Essentially, you're forcing the card that appears in the "painting". There are only two different cards that you can have appear in the picture.

I hope that makes sense.

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"Con-Tact Brand Grip Premium Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner, Black, 12" x 4.'"


What a GREAT idea. Thanks, Rudy!
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"Con-Tact Brand Grip Premium Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner, Black, 12" x 4.'"


What a GREAT idea. Thanks, Rudy!
You're very welcome, Evan!

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Besides using this shelf liner, what do they recommend using on the DVD/instructions? 
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Besides using this shelf liner, what do they recommend using on the DVD/instructions? 
Hi EvilDan, He uses the back of the close-up pad. 

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Theoretically, Card Artistry could be presented in a parlor setting using the same presentation technique Andi Gladwin uses in his Magic Squared performance piece.

Using smaller cards to assemble a larger picture which can be seen by the whole of a larger audience is a magical and entertaining task all by itself.
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I would merely point out that Justin is using a presentational strategem that Doug Conn used several years earlier in his "Flush Brush."  He credits Chris Kenner.

Different result, in that Doug's effect enables you to use a regular deck of cards, and produces a very, very cool ending.
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I just wanted to say that I finally got my hands on one of these from Target and it works a treat.  Considering how much cheaper it is than traditional card mats (at least from where I get them from), I think this might just have become a stock item for me!
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Yes, but close up pads look better and so much more professional than a shelf liner.
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Yes, but close up pads look better and so much more professional than a shelf liner.


I'm actually experimenting with that a little!  Before I was just using a table, and besides a few effects I mostly do in the hand stuff.  I'm trying to dress this up, and just tried adding a bit of a design with gold paint....it looks horrible, but that might just be my stencil.  Gonna try again when I have a bit more time!
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Yes, but close up pads look better and so much more professional than a shelf liner.


I totally agree, Dan. Close-up pads are much fancier. This is just a practical alternative that is working for me. I'm from the hood, so even if someone mentioned the fact that I'm using shelf liner, I'd quickly make a self-depricating remark and play off my ghetto-ness [smile]

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Yes, but close up pads look better and so much more professional than a shelf liner.


I totally agree, Dan. Close-up pads are much fancier. This is just a practical alternative that is working for me. I'm from the hood, so even if someone mentioned the fact that I'm using shelf liner, I'd quickly make a self-depricating remark and play off my ghetto-ness [smile]

Rudy


While thinking of ways to dress this thing up I just realised, I do most of my magic looking like an underfed uni student (which I am).  This actually fits my image way better than a close up mat does.  Ghetto magic for the win.
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I need to check this when I get home. I had a closeup pad made by someone on etsy.
I can get the details if anyone's interested. It was sold by a third party.
It's made of red suede with my logo on one side and black leather on the other.
I had a small one made to fit in my side pouch for strolling in case I came upon a surface to perform on like a picnic table or whatever.

The suede surface just might provide enough "grab" to be able to do the effect.
I think it would be a shame to sacrifice your performance space just to be able to perform one effect. Red Close Up Mat.jpg 

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I need to check this when I get home. I had a closeup pad made by someone on etsy.
I can get the details if anyone's interested. It was sold by a third party.
It's made of red suede with my logo on one side and black leather on the other.
I had a small one made to fit in my side pouch for strolling in case I came upon a surface to perform on like a picnic table or whatever.

The suede surface just might provide enough "grab" to be able to do the effect.
I think it would be a shame to sacrifice your performance space just to be able to perform one effect. Red Close Up Mat.jpg 


That looks pretty incredible!  I think I'm a ways away from getting a custom made pad, but that's certainly something for me to think about.  I'd imagine that would add significantly to the tone of your performance!

Are the skulls removable or attached to the pad?
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The name is permanent. The pad is a little larger than shown. It was cropped for my facebook page and for aesthetics.
Skulls can be had here: https://www.stevensmagic.com/shop/eye-gore-skeleton-shells-by-roscoe/

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Yes, but close up pads look better and so much more professional than a shelf liner.


I totally agree, Dan. Close-up pads are much fancier. This is just a practical alternative that is working for me. I'm from the hood, so even if someone mentioned the fact that I'm using shelf liner, I'd quickly make a self-depricating remark and play off my ghetto-ness [smile]

Rudy


While thinking of ways to dress this thing up I just realised, I do most of my magic looking like an underfed uni student (which I am).  This actually fits my image way better than a close up mat does.  Ghetto magic for the win.


Haha!! Before long, I'll have to create a section titled, Ghetto Magic!

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