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Robin Dawes

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I think Josh Jay hits the nail on the head with this:

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/blog/The-Wrong-Question-Playing-Cards
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I agree. Despite contrary opinions, I've found plain old Bicycle 808s to be more than sufficient for my simple needs. Now, I do like the feel of the Bicycle Elites and have an affinity for Bicycle Archangels and Talley-Hos, 808s are the deck I most often use. They're inexpensive, well-made, plentiful, ubiquitous, and recognizable by most people.

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As Harry Lorayne has often said, the best deck to work with is a borrowed deck.  When you can make miracles happen with THEIR cards, then they are completely amazed.  The point is, you need to be so comfortable with your repertoire that you can perform with ANY deck, even bridge-sized if necessary, and get the job done.  Sure, you might have to forego the routines requiring perfect Faro Shuffles, or use Harry's technique for accomplishing the same without having to do the shuffle.  Borrowing also eliminates gaffed cards for the most part.  You might get lucky and be able to ring in a gaff in some instances.  But count on being able to only do tricks that can be done with a straight deck.

There is also the fact that everyone is different and how they handle cards is different.  Some like soft, pliable cards while others prefer stiff, durable stock.  Some magicians frequently spring their cards, either the traditional spring, or the LePaul Spread.  Both have the tendency to leave a bow in the cards.  Those moves also make the cards "softer" in the process, more broken-in.

So trying to tell someone else what to use is pretty difficult if not pointless.  You can give them a starting point or some options but trial-and-error is pretty much required.






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Originally Posted by Anthony Vinson
I agree. Despite contrary opinions, I've found plain old Bicycle 808s to be more than sufficient for my simple needs. Now, I do like the feel of the Bicycle Elites and have an affinity for Bicycle Archangels and Talley-Hos, 808s are the deck I most often use. They're inexpensive, well-made, plentiful, ubiquitous, and recognizable by most people.

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AV, I would add that gaffed cards are more plentiful in Rider Backs, so that is another reason to favor them.

There are many cool decks out there but finding gaffs is impossible.  To have your own made would be costly, to make your own, time-consuming.
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