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Corey Harris
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I personally have never had any kind of problem with spectators while using the tigers or vipers. It could possibly be that I start off with a card in pocket where they handle the deck and shuffle it. Who knows.
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I second to Frank Tougas. I think most people have not seen a black deck before and because of the very special look it's difficult to convince folks that they are regular deck. I love my red back bikes and I get them from WalMart (a twin pack - a blue and red for $2.87). It's better to use who people are most familiar with. Smile
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Black decks die a lot quicker to.
dan84
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They are poker size too and its hard to get poker sized decks readily in the uk
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There are increasingly a wide range of colored patterns coming out. There the black vipers, light blue, pink, lime green, purple (yes, purple)...

This can have several results: one, the spectator may say, "wow, cool..." and you find you've gotten their attention right away. The second is that they say, "nah, trick deck," and you spend more time convincing them it's not, than you doing the magic. Third, and my concern, is that they say neither, but you've thrown off their sense of propriety, of what they expect from a deck of cards. And that can be disconcerting and take away from the experience you want them to have...they're paying more attention to the color of the cards than what you're doing with them.

I use League Backs or new casino decks primarily; they're different enough in appearance, IMHO, so that the spectators will say, "this guy isn't working with just any deck...," but they still maintain the look/feel of the decks that they know and love.

Spectators' impressions and comfort level are of paramount importance. I think the shock value of the new Bikes is great...but consider at what cost.
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Call up USPC and buy the cards bulk. I get my Bikes and Tally Ho cards at .75 a pack. The minimum amount you have to buy is 144 packs, but it is worth it if you are serious about card magic, you will save a lot of money.
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Wow, sullivanl, 144 packs of cards in one order... that's a lot of cards. I think I'd be great to have a friend or two to go in with you for the bulk rate. But you still end up with a lot of cards! Then again, you can't beat 75 cents a deck!!!
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My favorite part is putting the gaffs in the spectators hands...it gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside! - Bob Kohler
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I see your from Chester, if you want to order some Bike decks, Costco sometimes stock em, or you can buy em from cards4magic.co.uk (.com?) or http://www.davenportsmagic.co.uk. You find em kickin about from time to time and at all magic dealers.
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That's an interesting survey Frank.
I would have to agree with it from what I see. Tally Ho's are suppose to be a better playing card than the Bicycle cards and a few magicians do use the Tally Ho's but the only people that I know who use the Bee playing cards are gamblers. The majority of magicians do seem to choose prefer the Bicycle cards over the Aviators, Tally Ho, Bee, and Texas 45's. Like you, I agree that the Aviator cards are great cheap playing cards but it does seems that nobody uses either the Aviators or the Texas 45's.

You mentioned that your poll said that 100% chose the poker width cards over bridge width one. That's probably here in the United States. I could be wrong but from what I hear, the bridge sized cards are popular than the poker sized cards in either England or Europe. What amazes me about your survey was that overwhelming color of choice of color was the red backed cards. It doesn't matter to me because I use either colors but most of the magicians that I know prefer the blue backed cards. Regardless, it is still an interesting survey Frank.

The black decks are nice cards. I like the looks of them and many other magicians seem to like them too.
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As a rank amateur, I've found the 'best' tricks are generally those that can be done with any deck. I carry a deck with me, and I like Bicycles because they're good quality, they're familiar (at least to an American audience), and I can sneak a gaffed card or two in if I need to for a particular trick. I usually stack my deck and start with a trick that uses that prepartion right out of the box, then do a couple that can use the same deck, shuffled. In my experience, two or three card tricks is about all that any impromptu audience has the time or stamina for, anyway. (Always leave 'em wanting more...) Then I can sneak off to the bathroom and re-stack it for a different trick, in case somebody demands I do another trick later.
But if anyone is ever suspicious of your deck, you need to be ready to say 'Okay, then we'll use YOUR cards', and switch to a trick you can do with an unprepared deck. Which is another good reason to NEVER tell anyone what the trick is going to be beforehand.
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