Thin Playing Cards?

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Postby Don Hendrix » 08/16/05 11:13 AM

Does anyone know a source for very thin playing cards? A complete deck would need to be about 1/2 the thickness of a regular deck. All I have been able to locate are magnetic cards or fanning cards. Thanks for any help.
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Postby Guest » 08/16/05 12:03 PM

Can't help you with an exact source... but I know they exist.

Have you seen Maven's "Phil" effect? I assume these cards come 'ungaffed'... anyone know if/where these are available?

Postby Oliver Corpuz » 08/16/05 12:10 PM

From their online trick catalog, Murphy's Magic Supplies is the distributor of the Trevor Duffy and Phil Goldstein "Blank Phil Deck" which is the same as the regular Phil deck, but without the names printed on the back. This is a really thin deck.

Your local magic dealer should be able to obtain this from murphy's.
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Postby HighQ » 08/18/05 06:36 AM

Manipulation playing cards such as Neilsens are about half the thickness of a regular deck.
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Postby Guest » 08/18/05 03:23 PM

Oliver is right, a blank "Phil" deck is the way to go...very thin cards!

Postby Guest » 08/21/05 10:06 AM that's how Phil works :)

Postby Guest » 08/22/05 07:36 PM

Originally posted by eryanic: that's how Phil works :)
I have the Phil Deck and knowing the thickness of the cards does not reveal how the effect works.
It is a great trick though.

Postby CardMaker » 08/23/05 01:56 AM

Do these blank Phil cards have a Bicycle RiderBack design?
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Postby JonP » 08/23/05 02:18 AM

Originally posted by CardMaker:
Do these blank Phil cards have a Bicycle RiderBack design?
Nope. At least not the ones I have.

They are from Protea Playing Cards - a South African company.
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Postby Guest » 08/23/05 10:47 AM

I love the Phil Deck. I bring it to kids shows and if I see a teen or adult really having fun I'll use it with them, the kids may not really get it but the adults love it.
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Postby Guest » 08/23/05 12:05 PM

The Phil Deck is a wonderful effect. I love it.

The blank Phil Deck is a source of thin cards at a reasonable price. But, they may not be thin enough to what Don wants.

Hope it doesn't expose anything to let you know that you get 82 cards in the blank Phil Set and that it appears to be about the thickness of a regular deck. Don indicated "half the thickness." The Phil cards are not quite that thin.

Dennis Loomis

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