Archive for August, 2010

Loops :: How to Tie, Store, and Carry

I’m sure everyone reading this has either seen loops in action or used loops themselves. A user on the T11 forums posted a really helpful video about loop management. He shows his method of tying homemade ones as well as how to construct a “gimmick” to carry them on you. The knot he shows works just as well as pre-made, purchased loops and the storage method is very useful. I’ve always wanted to carry extras around with me in case of one breaking or getting snagged, and this makes it a breeze. You will need the original card that Mesika’s loops came on to utilize his tips. (The video has an odd name so it’s not found be laymen, and it’s unlisted too.)

Posted: August 30th, 2010
at 1:14am by Robin Carey

Categories: General Artifice

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Theory11 Sentinels Uncut Sheet

An uncut sheet of Sentinels

For those of you who don’t check the Theory11 forums often, they have a great deal going on right now. Uncut sheets of Sentinel playing cards are being sold for only $30. This is much better than the $100 and upwards price other sheets often go for. They look great framed, their collectible, and they make an eye-catching piece of art. Jonathan Bayme said that there are only 150 of these being sold now, so get one while they last.

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 4:41am by Robin Carey

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Bicycle 809 Mandolin Back Giveaway :: Dan and Dave forums

Bicycle 809 Mandolin Back Cards

Hey guys, a quick update. There’s a user advertising his site on Dan & Dave’s forums, and he’s giving away a free brick of the new Mandolin back Bicycles. All you have to do is sign up for their email updates before labor day, and you’re entered.

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Posted: August 16th, 2010
at 6:40pm by Robin Carey

Categories: Cards

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Comparative Review: Theory11 Sentinels to Bee Stingers

A user on the theory11 forums asked for a comparison between the new Sentinels and Bee Stingers, so here goes.

Sentinel Court Cards

Finish: The decks have very similar finishes. The Sentinels, however, feel a bit smoother. They slide easier and don’t cause as much friction against the hand as the Stingers during sleights like the classic color change.

Feel: The Stingers are a bit thicker than the Sentinels; as a result the Sentinels have more of a snap to them, and have been easier to break in. The Stingers hold crimps much better though. No major clumping issues from either after extensive use.

Durability: I’ve been using my Sentinels constantly for the past 5 days, and so far they’ve held up fine. No deterioration in spreads or fans. The Stingers, however, are definitely durable. I’ve had a pack of them without a box for over a year now, and they still feel great. Good spreads, fans, cuts, and theres no negative effect on any slights.

Bee Stingers Display

The Sentinels seem like a better deck for performing magic. The back design, redone court cards, and more rounded pips are sure to draw in a spectators attention. They slide a bit easier than the Stingers too, which helps out a few sleights. The small pips, however, don’t look all the great when fanned or spread out. The Stingers normal-sized pips look much better. Also the Stingers hold together for aerials, whereas the Sentinels love to fall apart in mid air. If you’re getting them for magic, go for Sentinels. For flourishing, try out the Stingers. If you have any other questions about these two decks, or want them compared to another deck, go ahead and leave a comment.

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Posted: August 16th, 2010
at 5:21pm by Robin Carey

Categories: Cards,Reviews

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Video: Theory11 Sentinel Showcase

Heres a video of the Sentinels in action, with a few flourishes. They look just as amazing as they feel.

Posted: August 15th, 2010
at 2:41am by Robin Carey

Categories: Cards,Videos

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