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On Aug 16, 2016, Dr Spektor wrote:
Http://www.linguist.com/services-japanese-card.htm

Not that I am saying you should act as if you are always dealing in a Japanese context - but there are many elements here that add mystique and power to a person's character.... which is why I use only blanks... if I am to write on my own business card, it better be for something ASTOUNDING. Smile

http://www.brochuremonster.com/brochure-......ards.php

Showmanship and performance fundamental concept - give an item respect and attention and imbue it with meaning. Imagine that card has a part of YOU inside it. Things make more sense with that internal script.

Non-professionals can have a card -it can even be a "calling card" as of old, which again adds mystique. I have business cards, blank cards, and calling cards. Versatility is the key and like all things, use the right tool for the right context.


All that you linked and said makes sense, but I don't think you should act as strict about business cards as Japanese. On the other hand, I agree 100% that you have to treat them with respect - if you don't, how can you expect someone else will?

That being said, although I wouldn't omit using them in performing, your post made me think about what would be appropriate to do with them and what wouldn't.

Tearing them seems a bit bad, but I don't think you shouldn't use them for a personal message or for a prediction or as a drawing surface for your spectators.

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Indeed, I'm not advocating any strict use - but to realize that how you treat a card is an interesting thing - if you get to the concept of "magical thinking" (I mean that in terms of the psychological defence / process of childhood) on some basic level, that card is a part of you. So for myself, and no I am not saying anyone else needs to follow this as "the way" - its just my current approach - I do write personal messages on my card - as that fits with the respect etc. If I do a drawing on it, its to do a divination for the person unique to them - I will not use them for drawing dupes etc. that is when I use the blanks. If the drawing dupe is part of more a personal connection routine, business card I might consider. But yep, I avoid any tears, bends, scribbles, etc. of my card. I also will not use THEIR card either for that, as I worry I risk the "magical thinking" of what it means to them. Even if they say "go ahead!" I am more about the relationship >>>>> any effect. To me, a lot of mentalism or other related entertainment is building that rapport.

I'm kind of extreme I know - but its likely because I've spent a lot of time researching this topic for my own use - from what is the best surface for inks, shiny versus matte, the weight, how things tear or bend, translucent and frosted plastic versions (love these for so many reasons), and the similarities and differences between business, calling, and blank cards... as well as index. I recall a lecture by Max Maven when I first started out yearsssss ago about a little subtle thing about using tape in a way that made opening an envelope seamless and easy for a spectator for the sake of ease, UX, and speed to keep a routine moving.... since then, I've been delving into all those types of nuances as there really isn't a book out there for all those little touches. There have been books on business card "magic" and "mentalism" and what to build in etc. and things like Sanctum that are all cool.... but it all gets back to the character persona you want to be in context and then why you would be using anything in particular.

I just saw Scott C. posted his SPIT p**K down below - and I really liked how he did reveal in the discussion he does use double blanks and writes on surfaces... well, I don't want to say more. I think I'll go get it soon once I recover from my latest spending spree.... (building a Brazen Head at the moment. Fun - but kind of pricey - I'll share with el Spookios later). There is also something, for me at least, more organic and personal about drawing and creating images and words on blank cards for routines.... I know I like getting little "mini doodles" from people I respect versus a generic business card.

Oh, I am not this bad though - if anyone does get to this point.... seek help quick!

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Oh, I am not this bad though - if anyone does get to this point.... seek help quick!


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On Aug 17, 2016, Dr Spektor wrote:

Oh, I am not this bad though - if anyone does get to this point.... seek help quick!


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http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=110

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On Aug 17, 2016, Dr Spektor wrote:

I'm kind of extreme I know - but its likely because I've spent a lot of time researching this topic for my own use - from what is the best surface for inks, shiny versus matte, the weight, how things tear or bend, translucent and frosted plastic versions (love these for so many reasons), and the similarities and differences between business, calling, and blank cards... as well as index. I recall a lecture by Max Maven when I first started out yearsssss ago about a little subtle thing about using tape in a way that made opening an envelope seamless and easy for a spectator for the sake of ease, UX, and speed to keep a routine moving.... since then, I've been delving into all those types of nuances as there really isn't a book out there for all those little touches.


Dr Spektor - if you ever make a compilation of your findings in the area you mention, or even better, a book - there would be a lot of folks interested in it, myself being one of them.
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You need the proper stock for that too - in case you have woken the wrath of the audience and need to make a getaway Smile

Anyway, until I can figure out time travel, such a manuscript will be on the "to do list" (as mentioned, working on a Brazen Head at the moment Smile) - after the Shoggoth and other things.... argh.
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On Aug 16, 2016, Mr. Woolery wrote:
Pay ten bucks for 500 cards that say Elon Musk. Hand write "Wed 3:00". Don't explain the meeting indicated, just say "I don't need this anymore" and use it as a billet. Let them think you know him. Questions about it can be answered "sorry, that's proprietary."

Patrick


A great idea, but it was shared earlier via the link to The Jerx. Always cite your sources.
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Wow, what a thread ! Some really cool ideas. Thanks a lot guys.
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