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Published March 29, 2024 Updated March 29, 2024

Mechanical Decks – Part 2

This article examines the Rough and Smooth principle in mechanical decks used in magic, detailing several types such as the Invisible, Brainwave, Split, and Nudist Decks. It explores their history and usage without revealing the specific methods behind their magic tricks.

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By Roy J Hopwood

Member since October 15, 2023

I am a 77-year-old retired professional magical entertainer and former occupational health and safety consultant. I was a passive playing card collector for more than 50 years until I moved from Australia to Canada in 2019. Since then I have been moderately active in increasing my eclectic collection to around 735 different decks (packs)


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