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Buffalo McKinley

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Hello!

I get that magician's wax is super cheap, but I'm just curious if I could use something I have around the house.

Can you use beeswax or something?

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Probably depends on what you are using it for. Any specific application?

Edit: double-stick tape might substitute for some things. Blue Tack might suffice for others. My daughter played a woodwind instrument while wearing braces and used a wax to prevent irritation to her mouth. It was somewhat similar to magician's wax.
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Do you know the little 200 cl. juice bricks that has a straw attached?

Well, the straws are frecuently attached by a bit of a kind of paste very sticky.

I don't know what is exactly that paste made of, but it is transparent and very sticky.

I have used it for card magic and worked very well as you need only a tiny part of it to get two cards well attached.
 
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Bees wax is good. Michael Boden recently performed and explained a trick using Silly Putty.
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I just watched a Murphy's At the Table with Woody Aragon. He used the wax used to make moldable ear plugs. It seemed to work very well on cards. He would scrape the card along the mat just before handing it to the spectator to remove the wax.
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You can also use Dental Wax (Unscented) which is commonly found in Drug Stores and Wally-World, amongst other places.  In the past, I too have used the moldable ear plugs, and some stuff called Wax Adhesive from Michael's.  Beeswax comes in sheets in some arts and crafts stores and is almost pre-scored (flat) to be the perfect size pebble of wax for IT work and small applications.
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I know that some DIYers use 50/50 mix of bee's wax and toilet gasket wax. Got those around the house?
Some compounds of magician's wax reportedly include Vaseline petroleum jelly in the mix. 

I'm frugal and also inclined towards arts and crafts, but I'm not into reinventing the wheel for a substitute of a low-priced proven item.
I recently saw an Other Brothers demo and their gimmick was shipped with (black) magician's wax. For me, that endorsement and the longevity of pre-made magicians wax make me want to stick with the commercial product.  
If I don't have any - around the house as the OP stated was the criteria - I'm lucky to have a local brick and mortar magic store.
To the Original Poster: report back to this forum with the results of your DIY project !  Thanks !
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Caution - If you want to make your own magician's wax mixtures be very careful. Melting wax requires a double boiler (heat it in boiling water). Melting wax can be extremely flammable and could start a fire or flare up.

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Magician's wax is cheap enough that nobody should have to resort to DIY in my opinion.  I have some I haven't touched in 20 years, no need for it.

$1.59?  Order something else in order to make the freight palatable.

https://madhattermagicshop.com/magicshop/product_info.php?products_id=17837
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Just thought of another possible substitute, Chapstick.
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RayJ, I was going to say Chapstick. That's what I use. There is a whole chapter of card tricks using Diachilon in The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks. Diachilon is no longer available because it was really Lead Oxide (toxic!!!), boiled in olive oil and water. Imagine spreading this on cuts, bruises and sores [nono] That's what it was used for. All those tricks in the Encyclopedia and many more can be performed with chapstick.

There is also Repositionable glue sticks and sprays.
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