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Symmatrix
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I am look basically what is fanning powder made of....

Any one have the idea ?

Thanks pals

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Go to your local pharmacy and buy zinc stearate. It is the same stuff.
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Cool nitram, Thanks for the information. Well where did you obtain the information from..by the way what is Zinc Stearate use as that sell in the local pharmacy?
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I found out here!!!!!!!!

I think that it is used to treat athlete's foot, but don't quote me!!
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It was originally baby powder....


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Talcum powder or baby powder also works. You can get unscented talcum powder in the shaving section, otherwise your hands will have a nice scent!
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Chemical Magic by John Lippy,Jr. page 155, says that you can use 2 things. Ordinary floor polish, rubbed down to a high gloss and zinc stearate baby powder.

I have tried both, but haven't satisfied enough. Maybe because we have different kind of floor polish than in US and the baby powder is not zinc stearate any more. Or wrong type of card, because I use plastic coated card.


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Try a high grade cornstarch, talc is a bit too gritty. The real stuff is as Nitram says. Zinc Stearate used to be one of the many chamicals in the old Gilbert Chemistry Lab Sets. (Do they make chemistry sets anymore? or are there too many lawyers?)

It isn't a dangerous chemical so it should be easily obtainable at a chemical supply house.
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Once you have your Zinc Stearate you will need to get it onto cards in a manageable way. In Routined Manipulation, Ganson recommends dipping cotton balls into the powder and wiping it on. There is a better way....

Years ago in lot purchased at a swap meet at the ASM, I came by a little device for powdering cards. Load it up with powder, push the cards through the slot and you have your nice evenly powdered cards.

It shouldn't be too hard to make up. If anyone is interested, PM me with your em address and I will send you photographs of it with dimensions.
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Here's a do-it-yourself fanning powder applicator and istructions from The Mid Herts School of Magic and The Performing Arts


http://www.schoolsite.edex.net.uk/500/fanning.htm

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Try putting the loose cards and a goodly amount of zinc sterate in a paper bag. Shake it up thoroughly. Remove the cards from the bag one at a time. Wipe both sides of each one on a piece of turkish towel. That should do it.

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