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George 
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Hello,

I've been perusing the various threads about card splitting and haven't found this particular question raised.

After creating a half and half card or any other gaff that requires cutting, can you feel 'the line' when you run your finger over it? I've been experimenting and feel confident that I cut and lined up the pieces correctly, but the line feels much too noticeable...or am I just the typical over-analyzing magician?

Thanks for looking,
George
martini
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Greetings George maybe I can help answer that for you.
When you create a half and half the two ends should butt up to each other without a gap. If there is a gap, naturally you will feel it, and the gap will create a weak spot in the card itself thereby possibly causing the card to bend at that point if handled wrong.
On my DVD I explain about an alignment board that is a piece of board, smooth about 6 X 12 inches in size with a straight edge attached at one end.
With this board, if you were to place two cards glued side up and bring them down against the straight edge, then push them sideways till they make contact, when one is flipped over book fashion, the two should line up perfectly. It may sound confusing but if you saw the board, it should make it very clear.
If you can feel the joint, then the two pieces are not lining up properly, or one is overlapping the other. When the two match together, you should not be able to feel anything out of order with the card. You will still see the line where the two cards join together, but you should not be able to feel the joint.
Another thing that I will mention is that since the card is not handled by a spectator, you should be the only person who knows that the line is even there.
A gaffed card is an accessory to allow you to do some unique card magic, but it should be handled and treated as if it does not exist. That way if you are not calling attention to the card, then the spectators never will.
If you do not have access to the DVD, send me your snail mail address and I will mail you a copy of the page from the book that shows the alignment board, that will make it all clear for you.
Anytime you have any questions on card splitting or making gaffs, feel free to ask, I'm always here to help.
All the Best
Marty
Steve Oxford
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Yo Marty, you doin any index decks soon??????
S.
George 
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Thanks for the reply Marty!

I do have your DVD and have enjoyed making cards with your methods. I've been using your 'book-method', but I think my problem is that I don't flatten the cards out long enough and they are still slightly bent when I go to reglue them.

I'll have to work on developing some patience I guess while I wait for my pieces to flatten out. (Typical teenager Smile)

Thanks again for your reply,
George
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George,
Is it possible that you are either not flattening the cards out enough before you glue them, or that you are not allowing the glue to dry enough before putting them together?
martini
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Greetings George;
that would definately cause a problem. Try running the cards on the edge of a table to get them as flat as possible before putting them in between two flat pieces of metal or plastic overnight, the longer the better.
You want the cards to be flat before you match them up book style. As far as patience, I also need that at times so it is not just a teenage thing. Anytime I can be of help, feel free to ask.

Greetings Steve;
I have 3 Index decks ready at this time. But I thought you already had one? why on earth would you want another?
All the Best
Marty
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Marty (Martini) is my absolute guru/mentor with regard to splitting. A short story... After working my way through "Art of Card Splitting" and "Lickety Split," I was having difficulty finding ordinary dental dam to make acrobatic cards with (meaning, not the flavored or ribbed variety [those that have researched the material will empathise with me]). When I lamented to Marty he graciously sent me enough to make several gaffs... no charge!! Now... I am not suggesting that the masses look for a free ride on the Martini charge card, but I am suggesting that Marty's talents and teachings go far beyond the four and a half inches of the DVD you may purchase, or the 8 1/2" x 11" lecture notes. The great Martini displays a genuine love for the art of card splitting, which is quickly being overwhelmed by the advances in laser print technology.

My advice...
Learn the art, practice the craft, keep the tradition alive.

Many thank to you, Mr. Grams. The world of card magic is a far safer and better place with you as a part of it.
Steve Oxford
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Matrty, sent you an e-mail about the index decks.
S.
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Marty is a very sweet and wonderful fellow!! Always helps fellow Magi!!

Chris
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
martini
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Greetings;
Many thanks for the kind comments guys, I am always here to help any way that I can.
All the Best
Marty
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Hi all!

Recently, I purchased a DVD called, "Art of Card Splitting"...

This is THE most valuable Item I own having to do with cards. I can now MAKE anything I can THINK of! The instruction is FLAWLESS! I could NEVER have done this without the DVD.

I'm glad it's not in every magic catalog...this is too good for the masses..LOL

If you can find it...it's HIGHLY recommended.

Doug
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UPDATE:

You guys must be laughing at me right now...(sheesh)

I just noticed who "Martini" is...(MAN, do I feel stupid!)

Talk about preaching to the choir!!

Oh well...water under the bridge...still Marty's the MAN when it comes to Splitting Cards!

That's it, I guess...well folks...(ready for this???)...



>


I gotta SPLIT!!!!

roflmao!!

Doug
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Greetings Doug;
Don't feel foolish, about two years ago, my Mother (Bless Her) called me to tell me that a Pennsylvania magician named Martini was going to be on TV and did I know him? And this was from the woman who suggested the name 37 years ago.
Anytime you need help with gaffing cards, or need any questions answered, feel free to ask, I am here to help any way that I can.
All the Best
Marty
Dougini
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Thank you, Marty!

I sure am glad you're here! I have some ideas I'd like to entrust to you...It's going to be a while...as I'm still trying to get back to normal...been a rough road last couple years.

thanks again!

:)

Doug
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