Business Cards VS Throw Out Cards

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Business Cards VS Throw Out Cards

Postby Guest » October 17th, 2006, 5:29 pm

I was wondering if someone could tell me the difference between a business card and a throw out card.
I know what a regular business card is, but I have several cards in my collection that could be throw out cards but I don't know it.
I'd appreciate any help.



Re: Business Cards VS Throw Out Cards

Postby Guest » October 20th, 2006, 9:29 am


This is the question that visitors to have asked most frequently, and it's really a matter of opinion. As you'll see if you visit the site, I construe the term rather broadly, so as to include a number of items from various magicians. These include what may be more properly termed "souvenir cards" from custom-printed decks, and "palm cards" or "ad cards" which are really oversized business cards.

Generally, I like to think of throwing cards as two types of items: first, the classic "throwout" card -- most commonly surviving today in the form of the Howard/Jane Thurston card or the Heany card. These cards are slightly larger than ordinary playing cards and are printed on heavy cardstock which makes them ideal for throwing. Second, I include pieces with a playing card back, and/or that are printed on playing card stock. Of course, this is an arbitrary, though useful, distinction, since many magicians' playing cards never became airbourne, but were handed out individually or sold as part of souvenir decks, and hence are really not "throwing" cards. Some notable exceptions would include the playing cards featuring Downs , Jeff McBride and Ricky Jay , which were and/or are thrown as part of their shows. And, in some cases, absent contemporary accounts of a magician's performance, we really have no way of knowing if the cards were intended to be thrown.

Generally, I exclude anything of traditional business card size, which is substantially smaller than a playing card. Some of these pieces, though, can be quite interesting.

Gary Brown

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