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Tom G

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While reading up on what I could about Gypsy Curse and such I ran across an old post by Don England talking about the best set of GC cards he had found.  Considering how old the post was I didn't think I'd find they were still available or even finding the guy.  Finally found him, and the cards are still available.
I had just ordered the standard magic shop set for $9 and got what I paid for. Workable.  But Kevin's cards look better and are cut better. The cards are a little stiffer and handle better than the cheap set. They are a yellow white (compared to the $9 set) and I like the graphics better.  Kevin's set is the bottom set in the picture.  They are $25 plus 3 shipping, but for me I feel they are worth it.  If interested Kevin's address is   cardconjuror@yahoo.com    Sorry it appears the photo doesn't show they are a different shade of white... IMG_0214.JPG 

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How is the finish on the cards?
I had one set of cards that needed fanning powder to make them workable (I hate fanning powder). 
I had another set that was laminated. LAMINATED!! Come on, really? Who's idea was that? 

I'm just looking for a decent finish that allows you to perform the effect. 

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The bottom set looks nice, but personally never had a problem working with the original marketed set. Of course, Peter didn't use the marketed set. I recall seeing him do it in Bradford at a lecture and his personal set was hand made from tarot cards. 

Much later he re-marketed the effect as "The Hungarian Guessing Game" but I never saw those cards.
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Tom G

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Evildan, they have a nice finish, just not as glossy/shiny.
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Anthony Vinson

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The standard magic shop set is specially cut for the final display - to make it easier, something I do not need and also something that has always bothered me. Perhaps I overthink it, but the cuts make the cards appear "prepared". Do Kevin's cards have the same cuts as the standard set, or are they uniformly cut?
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I'm pretty sure that Kevin Kelly made the cards that Don E was talking about. He uses European cards. My wife has a set. They are very nice.

Card Shark from Germany sells an excellent set too. I'm not sure if they're available in shops or not?? But you'll find Christian and/or Roger at many of the big conventions. 

I'm at the MagiFest and they are here with a load of cards and tricks.

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Tom G

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Anthony I didn't realize that there were any special cuts...nothing mentioned in the instruction sheet.  Mike's correct, it is Kevin Kelly that made them, I'll ask him, but I don't believe that there's any special cut on them.
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Thanks, Tom. I can email him. A couple of cards in my current set are corner shorts and while the instructions have long since been resigned to the landfill, I recall there being some reason for the cuts, and that the reason had to do with the final display. I prefer Derek Dingle's handling, which makes no use of the shorts. 
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Tom G

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I'm working on Ron Bauer's actually. 
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Tom G

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Anthony, Kevin said he doesn't do any trimming of the cards.
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Thank you, sir! Going to place my order. Really like the look of the cards. Brought back bunches of European-style cards when I returned from my duty station in Germany all those decades ago.
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I just saw Christian of Card Shark at the MagiFest which, by the way, was fantastic! He does sell the Gypsy Curse set. They look very good.

Mike
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