Splitting a Card

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Postby Jeff Eline » 07/16/02 11:18 AM

Any help or advice for splitting a playing card?

Thanks,
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Postby Guest » 07/16/02 02:58 PM

One of many great bits of information in Expert Card Technique, page 409.

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Postby Guest » 07/16/02 07:30 PM

Jeff,
There is a pamphlet that came out a number of years ago on making your own double face / double back cards and it came with samples of cards that were partially split, one thing I did learn is that when you start to split the card you hold the thin piece flat on the surface and pull up on the thick piece, seems wrong but that is the only way I could split them, I believe the booklet was called " Making your own trick cards " and I do have it but my "magic" room looks like everyone else's so have no room to walk to my bookshelf's but if I do find it I will inform you of who wrote it .
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Postby Bill Mullins » 07/17/02 07:53 AM

The booklet was by someone with a Polish name -- Gloviczki??? Except I think it starts with a D....

Don England's video tape has some info on the subject.
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Postby Bill Mullins » 07/17/02 08:34 AM

Also, go to Ben Harris's page:

http://www.wowbound.com/

Then "Tricks2do" then "card splitting tutorial"

also the magic talk archive on splitting cards:

http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~alain/ma ... _card.html
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Postby Craig Matsuoka » 07/17/02 01:43 PM

Originally posted by bill mullins:
[QB]The booklet was by someone with a Polish name -- Gloviczki??? Except I think it starts with a D....
"How To Make Your Own Trick Cards"
By: D.Grenewetzki

Been searching for this one myself. Does anyone know where to get it, or how to contact the author?
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Postby Frank Yuen » 07/17/02 03:18 PM

Terry Lunceford also wrote a small pamphlet on this subject.

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Postby Jeff Eline » 07/17/02 07:34 PM

Get info! The Ben Harris site is very helpful. Thank you!!

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Postby Guest » 07/17/02 10:34 PM

Ok guys,
Went digging through by books and found it, it is called, "How to make your own Trick Cards" by D.Grenewetzki copyright 1980 and available from:
J&D Enterprises
23145 Bigler St.
Woodland Hills, Ca. 91364
I do not know if they still have it or not but this is all the help I can give good luck.
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Postby Glenn Godsey » 07/23/02 08:31 AM

After 35 years of messing with splitting cards, I recently discovered a very easy perfect method. It is not as fast as an expert card splitter, but most of us are not that expert.

I SAND off the card until it is half its normal thickness.Use a 3M Sanding Sponge and keep the wrapper on the sponge to help with rigidity. Use the edge of the Sanding Sponge with the card on a flat board. Hold the card down with your fingertips and sand 1/2 at a time. When you sand off all of the printing down to pure white, it is thin enough. Then glue two of these together with a Glue Stick and put the result between wax paper in a heavy book overnight.

This works perfectly every time, unlike my card splitting, where I usually tear up several cards before I get a good one....Glenn Godsey
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Postby Guest » 08/05/02 05:16 PM

I learned splitting cards after watching the video: One Card Link by Sexten Bemes. It's so easy that you can do it in less than 2 minutes.
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Postby Joe M. Turner » 08/05/02 09:01 PM

Stephane:

What is your email address? I have been trying to contact you since 1997.

Thanks,
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Postby Guest » 08/30/02 04:16 AM

Start with the corner on a hard surface, Daryl explains it in Encyclopedia of Card Sleights by Daryl Volume 8

hope this helps

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Postby Dale Shrimpton » 08/30/02 04:47 AM

Originally posted by dk the magician:
Start with the corner on a hard surface, Daryl explains it in Encyclopedia of Card Sleights by Daryl Volume 8

hope this helps

Darren
next timewe meet, i have a few hundredcards that need splitting :)
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Postby Guest » 09/03/02 06:39 PM

If you are using Bicycles, they'll split naturally if you soak them in water for 20 minutes. You then have the hassle of drying them flat - but hey they split easily.
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Postby Guest » 09/20/02 12:24 AM

I am surprised to see no one has mentioned Don England's video on the subject.
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Postby Matthew Field » 09/20/02 07:54 AM

Originally posted by GarrettDN:
I am surprised to see no one has mentioned Don England's video on the subject.
I mentioned it when I reviewed it in the March 2002 Genii.

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Postby Jeff Eline » 09/20/02 08:51 AM

Thanks for all the replies... Man, is this tough!! I had an easier time getting the pass down than I am splitting a stupid card!

I've spent so much time tapping a card against my desk it looks like I'm preparring illegal/recreational substances.

I'll keep trying... :(
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Postby EdAndres » 09/20/02 09:12 PM

here is the learning curve...

Tap, tap, tap.... peel, peel.... crap!

Tap, tap, tap.... peel, peel.... crap!

Tap, tap, tap.... peel, peel.... sh*t!

Tap, tap, tap.... peel, peel.... $#%*!!

Tap, tap, tap.... peel, peel, peel...YES!
One down... now repeat.
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Postby CardMaker » 10/02/02 02:51 PM

Current splitting-rate of me: 95 of 100 get well!
Use an exacto knife and never! tapping on desk.
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Postby Guest » 10/02/02 10:25 PM

I also went to Ben's website for his tutorial, have a lovely set of Bicycle cards for Martin Lewis' Magician's Poker. (Buy them from Martin first, or get the lecture notes)
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