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docguitarman
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Hi all,
Our last magic fellowship theme was black art effects. The effect I had in mind to produce was "A Magical Transposition" on page 23 of Hoffman's Latest Magic. I had started to make a mat using suede paper but testing it revealed it was not spongy enough to allow picking up doubles from the mat. The black art cards were pretty much perfect and well hidden. But I can't pick them up easily, so I went to Joann bought some velvet and foam and made a nice close up pad! Perfectly spongy! And of course the black art cards will be treated with identical velvet. Which brings me to my question.

The velvet frays when cut. My plan is to apply glue to the back of the velvet thick enough to "bind" the threads when the cloth is cut, lay the card on the glue, press it, wait for it to cure then trim the cloth to the card size -- hopefully there will be no loose threads!

Glue I am considering is: (1) rubber cement on both card and cloth or (2) loctite go2 glue on the card. Then for either glue press, cure and cut.
Any experience with such DIY gimmicks (cloth on playing cards) is appreciated ! Thanks in advance!

Phil
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Black Velour comes with adhesive backing and the edges don't fray. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BGZ82XH My latest black mat comes from Dollar Tree- a black dish drying pad. https://www.dollartree.com/Home-Collecti......ndex.pro
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On Sep 9, 2018, jimgerrish wrote:
Black Velour comes with adhesive backing and the edges don't fray. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BGZ82XH My latest black mat comes from Dollar Tree- a black dish drying pad. https://www.dollartree.com/Home-Collecti......ndex.pro


Thanks Jim,

The suede paper works good too. The issue is getting the shade and the texture of the black art cards to match the mat. Does the black velour match the drying pad? The reason I ask is I'm a stickler for near perfect matches!

(P.S. I used the suede paper on my enhanced Chinese ring illusion. I just posted a photo here: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......tart=0#5 )
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Keep in mind you don't have to have the entire mat one solid color. For example, you could have a checkerboard pattern of black velour squares against a lighter shade of black squares. You can also have circles, as shown in the old Hoffmann books and elsewhere, white borders around black velour in a distracting pattern often used to disguise black art wells, but useful as simply black art "areas" on a pad or mat.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N_TJUPgyCJA/T8......art2.jpg

It doesn't hurt to have some black art areas on a mat under which you slide things as well as using the tops for black art invisibility.
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If you are having trouble with fraying when you cut velvet try a hot exacto knife. I have one that plugs in and gets hot enough to melt the fabric as it cuts. I use this to cut peel and stick velvet.
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If you are having trouble with fraying when you cut velvet try a hot exacto knife. I have one that plugs in and gets hot enough to melt the fabric as it cuts. I use this to cut peel and stick velvet.



Thank you! I'll give that a try!
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Hey guys! I recently bought one of those Economy Close-up pads by Murphy's. I am unable to find the perfect velvet to use. Can anyone help?
Also I was trying something similar to Will Tsai's AGT performance

Thanks
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