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Hello everyone.....I am new in this web and I want to ask something.....
What is the best deck of cards (artifice,arcane,infinity...) to make skill like fanning,spring and the other.

Thank You
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Profile of ike_hill
All of those premier decks will be fine for doing flourishes. a fresh pack of bikes can honestly take you where you want to go, but I'm a fan of tally-ho's myself. tiny bit more than bikes but still perfect for practicing and performing.
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Best thing you can do: get a couple of nice decks for showing off after you've gained some skill, but get bikes for practicing with.

Your goal should be to be able to work with nearly any deck put into your hands. So alternate between used decks and new decks, powdered decks and un-powdered decks.
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Profile of kalin_inkov
I prefer Tally-Ho lately, but I'm still using Bycicle classics.
Keep practice and success will come!
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Profile of Anatole
I like Aviator poker-sized cards for flourishes like springing the cards, pressure fans, armspreads... treated lightly by placing in a double lined paper lunch bag with a few shakes of fanning powder followed by closing the bag and vigorous shaking and repeated riffle or faro shuffles to get the powder evenly distributed. Then riffle a few times to remove any excess powder.

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I prefer to have a deck that I can use for anything I need from playing cards, to performing tricks, to doing an impressive flourishe or three. So yeah, I usually stick with classic Bikes.

I occassionally break out my Blue Artifice deck though when I feel like it
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Profile of Cubby199
Totally a big fan of bicycle decks their stiff yet bendable and they are good when you don't want friction! However I do run through allots of them when practicing.
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De'Vo blades.....
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Profile of PeterOwens
I practice with normal bikes but I have a wrath deck that's almost untouched I'm saving for when I get better.

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Profile of JassTan
Tally hos have some very nice fan backs, the virts had put out some cool design as well.
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Profile of AndreaMooreMagic
I prefer the bee stinger deck, not sure if they still selling them.
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Profile of EndersGame
For handling, just make sure you have a deck produced by an industry leader, such as US Playing Card Company (makers of the Bicycle decks, and also printer for Ellusionist and Theory11), or Expert Playing Cards (EPCC) or Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC). All of these will be embossed and coated with a finish that ensures that the cards are easy to handle and shuffle, and ideal for card flourishing.

From there, it's just a matter of looks that you prefer. Some fantastic custom playing cards have been produced in recent years! I'd suggest checking out some of the colourful and patterned quality decks available from Rare Playing Cards. I've reviewed 10 eye-catching decks with lots of pictures in this feature article here:


For images and reviews of some more great decks of playing cards from Rare Playing Cards that are also great for card flourishing, check out these two other articles that have over a dozen more pictorial reviews:



All of the decks featured in these reviews were printed by either USPCC or by EPCC/LPCC, and so they are a quality product, which will handle beautifully.

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Profile of SandwichMan
No "best deck" really exists. Well....the UV500 stock by Ellusionist back in the day was really amazing....shame at how that ended.

Every deck of cards will do great for any flourishing work. Some cards are stiffer than others while some are softer. Regardless, you will be able to perform everything you need with any deck of cards.

If you want "cool" looking cards, plenty have came out recently, which makes your fans and springs look trippy. I used to collect cards, but now I'm just over whelmed. A deck of Squeezers does the job for me.
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