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JenniferG

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I just figured I'd share this since they are essentially fast and free to make (using ad cards / extra cards laying around). Also, I don't believe I've seen anyone else make this way before.  I've seen just glue and just tape, but not the combo I do. 

For this example I am making a fifty two card, 3 block trainer set.

I tape 3 sets of cards together on all four sides with scotch tape -- I like using the clear glossy kind.   The number of cards in each block to be taped should be: 15, 15, 16 cards; this totals 46 cards -- with 6 left for top and bottom cards which are adhered with glue afterwards.

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I will then adhere 2 more cards per block with 3M spray adhesive.  Choose which three cards you want the faces of the blocks to be.  It doesn't matter of course what the top cards are since they won't be seen.

Then use an old cardboard box cut out in the fashion below as a "spray station" to control over spray.  I have it sitting on my washing machine.  I have it lined with blank packing paper which I turn and flip after each job to start with a clean surface.

Spray the backs of the face cards and the fronts of the top cards, for each block.  Like shown in photo below.  In photo below it also shows which 3M adhesive spray I use:

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  Then carefully stick them on making sure they aligned perfectly.  I use the dealers grip for this and edge of thumb and forefinger of left hand to line it up.

Then you should have 3 blocks of cards held together by tape, but topped with an adhered card.  This way you don't have to feel the uncomfortable tape feeling on the top of the cards, only the sides.  Should make it last longer as well I figure.

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Hope this was useful in some way.  I shared it since I had to make this new 3 block trainer set anyways -- since I am practicing various in the hands false cuts.

I store them in the card case, and make a slip on thingy made of index card stock, with label printed from color laser printer:

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Playing with the blocks now.. not having the tape on the tops and bottoms of cards is sure much nicer.  Feels better with respect to tactile texture and also glides better since the tape doesn't interfere via tape to tape friction -- it's all air cushioned finish on top and bottom of each block.

Afterthought: you could make the taped blocks each 15 cards instead of (15,15,16).  Because the tape and glue probably amounts to 1 card, plus all three blocks would be exactly the same size that way.


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Efendi

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This is a really good idea, the total weight of those blocks would be roughly similar to a whole deck!

Not sure if this is good or bad, but those that I saw are made of metal plates, perhaps more weight will give more strength (?)
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Jennifer,

Nicely done!  I had done something similar many years ago, but I had used superglue in the center.  I had done one deck with dots of glue in the center of both cherubs on the bikes and another with with a single big dot in the very center of the card.  Both handled equally as well.

The deck with the glue in the center I had actually used for a couple of gag routines.  After a deck switch, I would casually riffle through the end of the cards, then set them down and motion a cutting action with my fingers to ask the spectator to cut off about half of the cards and take the card on top of the face down pile then replace the to half.  It was a fun way to force a card, since I had one extra loose card between the center stacks (or wherever works for you) and did a card prediction.  For my magic club, I revealed that I had solid packets and got a good laugh, but for the lay audience, I just went on with a card prediction without revealing the solid packets.  Then I put the cards away and moved onto something different.

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JenniferG

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Efendi, oh I dunno.  I can't imagine those metal plates would be a simialr texture to the Bicycle air cushioned finish tough.  I kind of like that about these blocks.

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JenniferG

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Lol Tom!  😉
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