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yabi
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On 2012-03-22 16:58, chrom wrote:
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On 2012-03-21 11:33, MagicTobe wrote:
There is one little trick that will turn any deck into a quality deck. I "Do" it to every single deck I own.
It's Steven Youell's "buffing the deck"!


I have been hearing about this buffing technique as well and I cannot find the exact steps anywhere. I even reached out to Steve, but with his surgery its going to be a little while. I found somewhere else to take a 4 way file and work your way progressively up through the grit for about 10 seconds for each color each side. This is very similar to the technique us woodworkers use when making pens/bowls/etc on the lathe. Except on the lathe you have the machine moving the object which makes it much easier. In the end my cards seem smoother but I have not noticed any discernible difference just yet. I imagine there may also be more to the buffing than what I described.

Shane


Found this, hope it helps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJFgxgKd_G0
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Hey Yabi!

We use the same sleights and are both partial to Aviators! Haha

Speaking of maintaining quality of cards, there are a couple of videos which I found particularly good teaching how to condition the deck.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDOj6ycFAr4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHSOaMB3u9w

Powdering isn't too useful for magic, but conditioning the edges makes life a lot easier.

As for the purpose of the topic, IMO the best quality would have to be Richard Turner decks because of the stock and finish. And they're trad cut. Closely following on my list are Archduke Eagle Backs which have very stiff and durable stock and are not too slippery, perfect for sleight of hand. And cheaper to me because they're made in my country.
And my vote goes to Aviators as well.
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As soon as I can put some weight on my ankle I'm gonna' swing by Walgreen's and pick up some of those Studs to try next.
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Bee works the best.
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On 2012-05-20 10:34, shazzy wrote:
Bee works the best.


Cards don't work.
Kind of like guns don't kill people.
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Got some of the Studs on Saturday. I think I like the Aviators better, but these do seem to take a beating better than bikes.
So far I think the Aviators are my favorite cards.
Now, I'm no card expert so take my opinions for what you will.
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I can't find Aviators at a good price anywhere....

SEY
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On 2012-05-25 03:34, Steven Youell wrote:
I can't find Aviators at a good price anywhere....

SEY

Dunno if you can find them locally, but online, Penguin has a great price: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S5573

Or if you want to buy bulk then try: http://www.kardwell.com/aviator.htm
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On 2012-05-25 03:34, Steven Youell wrote:
I can't find Aviators at a good price anywhere....

SEY


I don't know where you live but I got them at a supermarket called Fred Meyer for $1.99 a pack. Dan & Dave have them too, but not as cheap as Penguin.
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I knew about Kardwell, but in order to get the price down you've gotta order a boatload.

Penguin might be my best bet. Aviators are soft cards and the pass work you can do with them is excellent.

SEY
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Albertson's grocery Store in CA carries Aviators.
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Soft and weave really good as well.
Liked these for years.
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Albertson's grocery Store in CA carries Aviators.

NOW we're talking. I'll go there tomorrow.

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We have Albertson's here too, didn't know they went that far Smile
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On 2012-05-25 18:17, dattyw wrote:
Albertson's grocery Store in CA carries Aviators.

David-- two different Albertson's and not ONE single deck of Aviators.
I even read the shelf labels and they apparently don't carry them in the San Diego area.

and I was SO excited.... Smile

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This reminds me of when I first tried alcohol. All beer tasted the same (ie, nasty). Some folks talked about the "good beers," and I tried them, but it was pretty much lost on me. Then, gradually, you do begin to notice the differences. Subtly at first, then eventually it is clear.

Different decks definitely have their own pros and cons, most of which I'm probably still not appreciating as a relative novice compared with many here. But I like Studs for their faroing ability and general handling, Aristocrats for the same reasons, Aviators because they're tough, Tally Ho's because they're classy and seem like a good all purpose deck, and Bikes because they're instantly recognizable (but for pretty much no other reason). Not a huge fan of the Turner Bikes - I farrow with the Gertner method, and they seem to take longer than others to break in. Plus, they don't seem to cling as well for DLs as some other brands.
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On 2012-05-25 03:34, Steven Youell wrote:
I can't find Aviators at a good price anywhere....

SEY


Have you tried here?

http://www.batteriesandbutter.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?

just type in, "cards"

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They're all over the internet. I've seen them for a buck a pack on eBay, but then they charge three bucks for shipping. Guess I lucked out with where I found them.
If you fly anywhere soon you might check the airport. I hear they sell them at most airports.
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SEY,

That's terrible, I'm sorry about that. The one a mile from me carries them in Poker and Jumbo index. Wonder why Bakersfield would have them but not San Diego?

David
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The Batteries and butters site seels a dozen for $12 before shipping. That's a better price than Albertson's.
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