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JustChico

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I just read a thread over in the green room about how to store flash products (I'm really more interested in paper). The general consensus was that there's really no right way to do it.

So, what are your thoughts? How do you store flash paper if you're not going to use it all within, say, 2 weeks?
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Haven't used it in a long while. When I did, I kept it in an airtight plastic container and never had a problem. Question: Can you even have the stuff mailed out this days?

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Can you even use it these days, without licences and suchlike? Elfin Safety and all that. It's always been a fire hazard.
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Good question. I used to love performing Shriek of the Mutilated - great title, great trick; minimal work, maximum impact. I stopped for two reasons: rolling papers and flash paper. I still have the "antique" hat pin I bought specifically for the trick, but as for the rest? It isn't worth the trouble. I cannot count the number of times I was eyed suspiciously because of the rolling papers. Not that the suspicion bothers me so much, but I was drug tested after a co-worker dropped a dime on me for the papers, so, no, it's a great trick, but not one for those of us living in the uptight Bible Belt... And as for the flash paper, with the aftermath of 9/11 and the vanish of brick-and-mortar magic shops, I haven't tried to buy the stuff in forever. Or thereabouts!

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JustChico

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I've seen a few online storefronts to B&M's that have it for sale and don't say anything about not being able to ship it. Sankey has it on his site, as well. In fact, that's the whole reason for my question. He's running what looks to be a pretty good special for his Spontaneous Combustion DVD and I was thinking of snagging it. But then I was like, "Well, how would I store the flash paper between uses?"
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If you are not going to use it for awhile.  The way it is supposed to be stored is to make the paper moist.  Doesn't have to be wet wet, just moist and place in a zip lock bag and then in a fireproof container.  To dry it just hang it up and wait.  I used to run a string across a room and just hang the sheets over the string, Does not take long to dry.   It is, and always have been against the law to mail flash paper.  You need a permit to mail it 'legally' and then you have to purchase the proper container to mail it in.  Currently I think the only shipping company that will provide the proper container and knowingly move the stuff is FedEx. 

If you are really not going to use it for awhile I would suggest using it just for fun because leaving it for an extended time it will turn back to a liquid form and that becomes quite dangerous.

Ps the shelf life is a lot longer than 2weeks.  I wouldnt worry about a 2 week span.

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