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Duke

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I watch magicians open a new deck and shuffle, yet the cards look soft and flexible, as if VERY used.
  • new cards?
  • old cards?
  • muscle skill?
  • brand of cards?

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It could be a number of things. 
A lot of cards are now being produced with thinner "crushed stock" paper which results in a thinner deck. 
I find that the newer NOC decks are like this; soft and pliable - easy to work with. 

Other decks are stiffer like the Vintage Feel Jerry's Nuggets. 

You hand and fingers have muscles. The more you practice and work with a deck the more developed those muscles become. This is why sleight of hand and yes, even shuffling a stiffer deck seems hard at first but becomes easier over time with repetition. Your fingers are getting stronger,
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EVILDAN,
Thank you!

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Before I started magic I couldn’t do an in hand bridge riffle shuffle to save my life. The cards were just too stiff. Now after doing it hundreds of times a day it’s quite easy so yes it’s just a matter of building up strength, and also fine tuning your technique.

The softest paper cards I ever had that actually last are the blue Cohorts. Some of the plastic waterproof cards all you have to do is think it and they’ll shuffle perfectly.

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