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magicfish

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Hey guys. I just acquired these interesting old cards from an antique shop.
Just thought I'd share.

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Hippie Torrales

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Aristocrats one of my favorite classic cards
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The back design is beautiful. However these are Bridge sized and plastic coated. Are there Aristocrats out there with a linen or air cushion finish in poker size?
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Hi,

I found this: https://store.theory11.com/products/aristocrats

All the best,

Axel
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magicfish

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Beautiful! Thanks. I see somebody loved the history and design enough to recreate a good quality deck.
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They're the Bank Notes. Great cards.
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Yeah, those are great cards. A bit steep for my blood, but the wife bought me several decks at a magic shop in San Diego and I really like them. The Linen Finish is similar in feel to the Bicycle Air Cushion Finish. At least to me.

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Beautiful cards there Magicfish!

NEVER overlook the benefit of practicing with ANY deck of cards. Bridge; Poker; beat up; with creased corners; pictorial backs and whatever other beat up deck you can get your hands on. Ebay has hundreds of used and abused cards for pennies.

Put together a ROUTINE (it then helps remember individual effects) that you can do with any of the aforementioned cards.

Trust me on this - I'm not talking 'theory babble' but from experience. If EVER you are going to impress people, it's when you are handed such a deck and expected to perform powerful, entertaining card magic - and subsequently deliver.

On more than a few(!) occasions over the years I've been handed a pack of cards in a bar and expected to entertain. I'm talking about cards that look (and feel) as if they've lived in the gutter. If you've planned for this in advance then believe me, you'll possibly gain a pretty impressive reputation!

Afterall, what's the alternative.........a reply along the lines of "sorry, I can't do anything with these"?

The same goes for borrowed (or everyday ungaffed) coins. Different prop - but a very similar outcome.
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As Harry Lorayne puts it when asked "what's your favorite deck?", he always replies "borrowed".  Doing miracles with a sticky, dog-eared deck from a friend's cupboard is the ultimate.  Now you have to be reasonable.  Don't try to do a perfect tabled faro with it.  Stick to tried and true "workers" using overhand shuffles as controls, etc. and you will be just fine.

BTW, I have both the new and the "old" Aristocrats and the newer ones are actually better.  The older ones I have did not have the linen finish and while they were of exceptional quality, were not great for magic.  Beautiful in appearance though!

There was a time when USPCC offered certain back designs in both textured and smooth options and you could get some cool effects by intermixing the two.  For example, putting smooth aces into a textured deck made them quite easy to find.

Congrats on your online score.  Another place I've found cheap and interesting cards is at flea markets.  I found one many years ago that had a ton of un-cancelled casino cards.  I bought some but should have bought more.  Oh well.
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Beautiful cards there Magicfish!

NEVER overlook the benefit of practicing with ANY deck of cards. Bridge; Poker; beat up; with creased corners; pictorial backs and whatever other beat up deck you can get your hands on. Ebay has hundreds of used and abused cards for pennies.

Put together a ROUTINE (it then helps remember individual effects) that you can do with any of the aforementioned cards.

Trust me on this - I'm not talking 'theory babble' but from experience. If EVER you are going to impress people, it's when you are handed such a deck and expected to perform powerful, entertaining card magic - and subsequently deliver.

On more than a few(!) occasions over the years I've been handed a pack of cards in a bar and expected to entertain. I'm talking about cards that look (and feel) as if they've lived in the gutter. If you've planned for this in advance then believe me, you'll possibly gain a pretty impressive reputation!

Afterall, what's the alternative.........a reply along the lines of "sorry, I can't do anything with these"?

The same goes for borrowed (or everyday ungaffed) coins. Different prop - but a very similar outcome.

Thanks Barry. Totally agree. I love doing effects with the pictorial cards.
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