Resuscitating Old Cards?

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Postby erdnasephile » 11/18/12 05:35 PM

Years ago, I socked away a whole bunch of new sets of Daryl's Cardboard Chameleons. I loved the trick, plus at the time I thought the green Sahara backs and the Jerry's Nugget cards might be cool to have one day (little did I know :) )

I decided to put the routine back in my working set recently, but when I opened the stash (which had been stored in a plastic box, the cards no longer slide or handle well. (not surprising since they are about 20 years old)

Fortunately, I've got lots of alternative cards I could use, but I'd hate to toss these old cards and their cool back designs.

Do you have an tips on how to restore these cards to working condition? (They were new when I put them in storage). I could use what passes for fanning powder these days, but I haven't been real impressed with how powdered cards handle as they get gummy pretty fast (maybe I have sweaty hands?)

In any event, any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Postby Gary Plants » 11/18/12 05:45 PM

Neil Lester at one time told me to glue a piece of felt onto a wood board and then rub the cards briskly, fronts and backs, on this felt. I have had some success using this method.
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Postby Bob Farmer » 11/18/12 05:57 PM

Fanning powder, or zinc sterate, makes cards into a gummy mess. A much better substance is powdered Teflon which you can buy from piano repair suppliers.

http://www.spurlocktools.com/id39.htm

Buy some black velvet (not felt) and wrap it around some cardboard. Make two sort of roundish bundles. Lay out the Teflon between them and snap rubber bands on the ends. Push the cards through one by one.
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Postby erdnasephile » 11/18/12 06:10 PM

Thanks, guys! I'll give those suggestions a try.

Hey, Bob--how long does the Teflon last?
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Postby Bob Farmer » 11/19/12 01:58 PM

Teflon doesn't last as long as "fanning powder," so I just keep a small plastic bag with the applicator and the Teflon powder so I can do a quick prep if needed.
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Postby Mark Ratekin » 11/19/12 06:48 PM

Hi, Gary -

Nice to meet you at the Genii bash. Will the felt method you describe remove fanning powder? I have a couple of decks that had fanning powder applied years ago, and they aren't as usable as I'd like (and they are rare decks, so efforts to restore them would be worthwhile).

Thanks -

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Postby Gary Plants » 11/19/12 08:28 PM

Hi Mark,

Nice to see you as well.

I am really not sure, but for a little bit of time and effort you can find out. Let me know if it works for you.

I think that this idea was just for "dirty" cards and not for cards that have had fanning powder put on them, but you never know.
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Postby Leonard Hevia » 11/19/12 08:41 PM

Erdnasephile--thanks for posting about this effect, I was not aware of it before. It's very magical but a bit long and almost hard to keep up with. If you could distill this trick down to maybe 4 or 5 cards and keep the core effect--you might have a worker that can be carried in a small packet wallet for table work or strolling. I might get this just to see if I could do it.
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Postby erdnasephile » 11/19/12 09:51 PM

It occurs to me that Gary and Bob's ideas might also help make the factory produced Bicycle rainbow decks usable.

(The Bike factory rainbow cards stick together terribly out of the box--glad I bought a couple of Leonard's!)
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