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stuartmagic
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For manipulations I use Peter Marvey manipulation cards and found that when new these "separated" easily for single card production from the back of the hand. However after a few shows I have found that they have become a bit "sticky" and don't separate as easily . Has anyone got any ideas on how to put the freshness back into the cards. I don't use fanning powder as this helps to keep cards together in a fan where as I require the opposite. Many thanks

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stuartmagic,

I fully understand the dilema. You may as well replace the deck. I've commented on this subject before. Do a search and read up on it.
In the future, insure no hand oils accumulate on the cards by washing them with Ivory soap and hot water prior to practice or performance. Deoderant and skin softening soaps contribute to the buildup of damaging chemicals on your cards. These oils take their toll on cards and cause that "sticky" effect you spoke of.

In addition to clean hands, make sure and secure the cards in a card press or place them, without card case, under a heavy object which covers entire surface area.

Cards treated in this manner have a very long lifespan without the problems you mentioned.

Always looking forward to your posts,

Randy Stewart
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You can try cleaning them with oil of camphor.
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Fanning powder?

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I agree, depending on what kind of finish the cards have, you can use fanning powder. I have a deck of the Peter Marvey cards and while I personally don't like them, I don't see any reason why you couldn't powder them. I use Bees and Norm Neilson cards and powder them when they start to stick together I put powder on them and it works just fine.
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Many thanks for the advice Randy. I suppose the best way as you state is to use a new deck but this can turn out to be a costly way. Just one thing, does putting them in a card press really make that much of a difference?

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kipling100
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You should powder them, but work them in so that you can do splits and singles well.
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Buying zinc sterate is an economical alternative to buying fanning powder.
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Where can Zinc Sterate be bought?

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Try using red Bee cards instead. I have a deck that's 4 years old that I practice with and the cards still fan great without fanning powder.

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Harv
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