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Waldo
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I would like to have my tarot cards turned into a stripper deck. I don't know a good way to do this myself. Any ideas, or ideas where I could go to have it done?
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I don't know if this helps, but here is a Svengali tarot deck:
http://www.merlinswakefield.co.uk/Cards.htm
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Belt sander works good for making strippers.
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I wouldn't know what to do with a belt sander if I had one.
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http://porperoriginals.com/misc_rounder.htm

If you're feeling stupidly rich, that'll do you.

However I have a feeling you don't have a spare 3.5 grand Smile.

Guillotine would do you in a pinch, but getting it accurately cut would be.... difficult to say the least.

Good luck!
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Kinko's may be able to do the job with a laser cutter.

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On 2006-04-30 18:28, Waldo wrote:
I wouldn't know what to do with a belt sander if I had one.


Sand your belt! Smile
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I'd recommend taking the deck (a brand-new deck, for best results) to a small print shop in your area and explain to them how you want the cards cut. They should be able to guillotine them accurately for you, and it really would be no problem for a skilled cutter operator. (I used to work in a print shop, and we'd routinely cut off the tiniest shavings from the edges of huge amounts of paper . . . )

What I'd suggest to make it easy to jog the cards evenly against the back of the cutter is a "wedge" of sorts made with several sheets of paper, fastened together an inch or so jogged from each other . . . experiment until you come up with a good slope. Though the shop you take your cards to will probably have ideas as well.

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ps. If you have a steady hand, the belt sander, with a 600-grit belt, ought to work. It has the added benefit of making it really easy to correct the rounding on the affected corners. Try it with some cheap playing cards, first, though!
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You might try Neil Lester at Cards By Martin. <www.cardsbymartin.com> He will do it.

A couple of caveats...Nonbordered decks such as Rider-Waite tend to accentuate the strip. Better to find a deck with a white border. Also, I would support you only having the Major Arcana stripped. It will cost less and 78 cards are a bit unwieldy.
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On 2006-06-17 16:59, Kardor wrote:
You might try Neil Lester at Cards By Martin. <www.cardsbymartin.com> He will do it.

A couple of caveats...Nonbordered decks such as Rider-Waite tend to accentuate the strip. Better to find a deck with a white border. Also, I would support you only having the Major Arcana stripped. It will cost less and 78 cards are a bit unwieldy.


The Rider-Waite deck is borderless, but if you want something that has a nice familiar look with a white bordered back (perfect for gaffing, stripping, ID, etc.) I'd suggest going with the Universal Waite Deck. Granted, the star patterned backs are a little cheesy (**cough** Marked For Life **cough**), but the Pamela Coleman Smith illustrations are there, and the colors on the UW are a bit warmer.

For comparison:
http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/universal-waite/
http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/rider-waite-us-games/
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A nice low tech way to shorten cards (either for Svengali or stripper) is to make a clamp to hold the deck securely so it can be sanded as if it was a solid block.
I made a clamp buy taking two strips of wood, and drilling two holes (slightly wider than the deck apart) and using two bolts with wingnuts. so by placing the deck between the strips of wood and tightening the wingnuts it grips the deck firmly (doubles as a torture device)
I recommend hand sanding the deck. it is a bit slower and more labour intensive than powertools, but gives one greater control.

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Shinobi's clamp design is also good for keeping decks flat and tight. They last a lot longer if you clamp them between uses. While I don't worry about my standard Bikes, I do occasionally put a few of my special decks to the clamp.
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I'll be making some Mirage type decks ( Svengali with Rough Smooth) of the minor Arcana, if anyone is interested. Miss Cleo type.
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I have a tossed out deck with the tarot using my outlaw deck principle...
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On 2006-04-30 13:19, Waldo wrote:
I would like to have my tarot cards turned into a stripper deck. I don't know a good way to do this myself. Any ideas, or ideas where I could go to have it done?


I just tried using a cheap corner rounder on a Rider Waite (borderless back)...simply adding a little extra rounding in the bottom 2 corners and the results are almost inperceptable--the length of the card, the preexisting corner arcs, and perception help to mask the differences in radius for the corners. Running your thumb along the corners of the deck makes it easy to cut to a card that's been reversed, and with a little practice it might be a cheap and usable solution. The corner rounding actually seems to be less obvious with the Rider Waite pattern than it would with a bordered back.
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I thought about this before but with so many interesting routines with a regular Tarot deck, why use a trick one?

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My cousin works at Kinko's and he makes my short cards all the time. It's easy and if you schooze up to them, they will probably do it for free. (Go late at night)
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