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Hi everyone. I hope this is the correct forum to post this on. I'm pretty new to MC so if not please let me know straightaway and I'll remove.

I currently have a couple of routines that use business cards, and require simple 'moves' similar to what we sometimes do with playing cards. Without saying too much, for anyone familiar with AB's 'underhanded' you'll know the type of 'move' I mean.

I'm hoping for some advice on whether there is a 'gold standard' type of business card for this type of work (just as some playing cards are easier to work with than others), or do people use a range of cards depending on personal preference??

I currently use standard matte business cards, of a standard thickness.

Any help and advice is very much appreciated.

Thanks all.

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Usually glossy cards will do what you want, though some matte ones will too. Unfortunately it's going to vary from printer to printer so it's hard to really say. I got a batch from Vistaprint a few years ago that were called matte, but they had really nice action. When I changed my design and had more made, using the same settings, they were totally different (I guess they changed their materials).

For the most part, glossy will work well though. If you want matte or semi gloss, you can usually ask the printer for samples. There are definitely some that work but there are also some that are prone to clumping, which you definitely don't want. As far as thickness goes, I prefer 16pt, though if you want to fold or tear them you may want to opt for 14pt.

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Thank you Last Laugh, that's really useful info 👍

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I just bought 5 packs of double blank bike cards. These are perfect. Can’t find any other stock that comes close.

Like LL I went to vista and get different stock always. Good thing with them though is that you can say you are unhappy and they make you something else.
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As far as double blanks, I'm pretty happy with these:

https://www.amazon.com/Apostrophe-Games-......9&sr=8-4
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Cheers for this guys. Awesome info. Do you find that the double blank bikes are suitable for spectators to write on? If so, I think that may be the way ahead 👍
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Blank bikes work pretty well with regular Sharpies, but ball point or water based markers sometimes smear.

The only drawback with blank bikes is that, for some reason, they are more expensive than regular printed decks...
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On Dec 2, 2019, Last Laugh wrote:
As far as double blanks, I'm pretty happy with these:

https://www.amazon.com/Apostrophe-Games-......9&sr=8-4


I believe I have these. My dry fingers just slide across the real estate and no cards get pushed off.

Yes the blank bikes are more expensive. I always use a sharpie. And man they move with ease.
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FWIW, the Apostrophe ones come in a few finishes. I tried the matte ones, and they can be a little clumpy, but I find the 'aqueous' finish to be a reasonable approximation of playing cards.
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As far as double blanks, I'm pretty happy with these:

https://www.amazon.com/Apostrophe-Games-......9&sr=8-4


I’ve purchased these as well. The lot they sent me have worked well. I purchased the aqueous.
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As far as treating cards goes: I bought the Apostrophe's thinking I could use 'em with the R&S stick. Unfortunately that doesn't work at all. I've now ordered SF. Fingers crossed.
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Thanks for this advice everyone. The aqueous apostrophes / double blank bikes sound just the ticket 👌
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I think you can print you business details on a blank playing cards and use it in your routine as a special card
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I've just ordered some apostrophes in aqueous, and the bonus is that they even come in bridge size, which is pretty close to business card size 😃
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On Dec 3, 2019, stevie c wrote:
I've just ordered some apostrophes in aqueous, and the bonus is that they even come in bridge size, which is pretty close to business card size 😃

That's the best Choice. I have them and they are very smooth (for a good while at least). And best of all, you aren't devaluing your business cards by having them all over the tables with writing and drinks spilled on them.
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