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Gaff Factory

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By Craig M ats u ok a

Th e GaffFact ory
Copyrigh t© 2007, Craig M at ok a su - Fift Edit h ion

T ABL O F CO NTENTS E
Int rodu ct .............................................................3 ion Ge t ing St e d .........................................................5 t art Inside t e F ory....................................................6 h act Pl aying Card Anat y.............................................7 om W at r is al e t.........................................................8 e l W D ry Splt it ing.............................................................9 Ge t ing itT t e r...................................................13 t oge h D M T t t e Re scu e !.................................................14 o h M at rialand Eq u ipm e nt.......................................15 e s M ak ing D ou b l F rs .............................................23 e ace D M T Pre parat .....................................................23 ion Finish ing T ch e s - Corne r Rou nding...................28 ou Sh im m e d Cards ........................................................31 Spl F s and Back s ...............................................35 it ace Inv l Se am s - Th e FirstSe cre t...........................36 isib e W ork ing w it Raz or Bl s .....................................37 h ade Inv l Se am s - Th e Se cond Se cre t......................39 isib e Inv l Se am s - Th e Th ird Se cre t.........................45 isib e L ong Cards ................................................................47 Acrob at Cards ........................................................49 ic H of inse r's T z ranspare ntCards ...............................55 Erasing M e t ods ......................................................57 h Re st oring t e Finish .................................................58 h T rT one ransf r Se cre t .............................................59 e s T rT one ransf r: O v rv w ........................................60 e e ie T rT one ransf r: Th e Proce du re ...............................62 e T rT one ransf r: Not s and T ...............................66 e e ips H of inse r T z ranspare ntCards: T r T one ransf r e M e t od .....................................................................67 h Sh im m e d Cards: T r M ask ..................................71 one Cre at Graph ics ....................................................73 ing Appe ndix - Sou rce s & M f ......................................77 rs

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Introduction
Card m agic is re plt w it possib ilie s t ard pre se nt ion and m e t od, b u t it h ard t spe nd e e h it ow at h 's o m u ch t e on t e cre at e side of t ings w it ou t ru nning int w al Spe cif l w h e re do you im h iv h h o l s. ical y, ob t ain cards h av ing t e b ack s and f s you ne e d, w h e n you ne e d t e m ? If im m e diacy is h ace h param ou nt m any t e s, t e onl solt , im h y u ion is t m ak e t e m you rse l So, nat ral int re st in o h f . u l y, e h om e m ade card gaf s h as al ays b e e n st f w rong. Th is is ne it e r t e f h h irstnor l b ook t de al it t e artand craf of card gaf ing. Inde e d, se v ral ast o w h h t f e good b ook s and v os al ady pe ppe r t e m ark e t W h y ye t anot e r?A t e answ e r w ou l b e , ide re h . h rit d “Th e re ’s m ore t an one w ay t sk in a cat b u t t at a dist rb ing v alL t go w it , “Th e re ’s h o ”, h 's u isu . e 's h m ore t an one w ay t pe e l b l t r”. Now t e re ’s an idiom I can ge tb e h ind. Any w ay you care h o a ack ige h t l at it t e re 's a nich e t f lTh is k now ldge gap is alt e m ore appare nt by t e ince ssant o ook , h o il . e lh h st am of gaf ing q u e st re f ions on Int rne t m agic f m s de spit al t e inf e oru e lh orm at ion pu b l e d ish h e re t ore .H e nce , t is b ook . of h Ye t re du ndancy can b e annoying. So t sav space , w e w on't dw e lon appl ions (i.e . t s). , o e l icat rick Th e y l ou t ie side t e scope and pu rpose of t is b ook , w h ich is w rit e n w it t e assu m pt h h t h h ion t at h t e re ade r is f l aw are of t e possib ilie s. Fu rt e rm ore , aside f h ul y h it h rom incide nt u sage , ru b b e r al ce m e nt ing and ink j t print e ing w ilnot b e discu sse d, as t e y h av al ady b e e n cov re d in gre at l h e re e de t ail e l w h e re . Inst ad, w e w il f s on t e lsse r- k now n "dry m ou nt se e l ocu h e ing" t ch niq u e . e Aw are ne ss is grow ing, b u tm ostne v r b ot e r t t itb e cau se t e y t ink it e it e r t e xpe nsiv e h o ry h h 's h oo e or t e y don'tk now w h e re t b e gin.Th is b ook is m e antt re m e dy t atsit at h o o h u ion. Itt e s you st pak e by- st p and sh ow s h ow prof ssional u aly gaf s can b e m ade u sing e asil ob t e e -q it f y ainab l m at rial e e s and e q u ipm e nt W it pract , itof e rs an al rnat e t ru b b e r ce m e ntt atyie l re su l anyone . h ice f t e iv o h ds t s w ilb e prou d of l . Th is w ork pre se nt som e u nu su al s const ct ru ion m e t ods t at are not de scrib e d anyw h e re e l , h h se dist l ye ars of painf l xpe rie nce int a f il ing u e o orm b e ginne rs can e asil dige st As w e l gre at care y . l , w as t e n t av ak o oid gu e ssw ork and spe cu l ion. Ev ryt ing you se e h e re w as act al t d and at e h u l rie y t st d. In m ost case s, cl ying ph ot e e arif ograph s and il st ions are inclde d t com plm e nt t e l rat u u o e h t xt e . If cre at it is t e f e lof innov ion, t e n h om e gaf m ak ing is t e e ngine t at driv s m agic iv y h u at h f h h e f orw ard. It is m y since re h ope t at you w il f h l ind t is inf h orm at ion t b e e m ine nty pract , o l ical e q u ipping you w it an e arne d sk ilt at re pays it lm any t e s ov r. If not ing e l , it sh ou l h lh se f im e h se d giv you a gre at r appre ciat e e ion f alt e l or t at goe s int const ct t e gaf s you can b u y or lh ab h o ru ing h f in m agic sh ops. Craig M at ok a su 2007 3

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Ge tting Starte d
St p one : Th e righ tat it de e t u I appl d you r se nse of adv nt re in w ant t larn t e m at rial t is b ook , b u t you sh ou l au e u ing o e h e in h d k now w h atyou 're ge t ing int t o. Card gaf ing is t diou s w ork . Frank l it a ch ore . H ow e v r, w h e n you f f e y, ’s e ind you rse l q u e st f ioning t e costof t e l or, conside r t is: Th e e f ortyou pu tint larning t is craf giv s you t e pow e r h h ab h f o e h t e h t f e sh ou t you r ide as. Final you can st w ish ing and st h av o l l y, op art ing! Th ose w e ird gaf s you’v f e b e e n f asiz ing ab ou t in you r not b ook s w ilcom e t le t rou gh t e indu st of you r h ands. ant e l o if h h ry H ow m u ch is t atab ily w ort t you ?O nl you can de t rm ine t at h it h o y e h . D iscou rage d ye t No?Th e n do t is: Re ad t rou gh e ach proce du re se v ral im e s f ? h h e t irst and t t ry o v al e you rse l doing it al Th at w ay, you w on’t ge t snagge d on t e h orns of nast su rprise s. isu iz f l . h y Be gin at t e f h irst page and re ad alt e w ay t rou gh t t e l . Th e e xpl ions are progre ssiv , lh h o h ast anat e and re l on k now ldge gaine d f y e rom pre v s se ct iou ions. So ifyou sk ip arou nd, you’lge tl . l ost Th e b e st adv I can of e r is t h ang in t e re and w ork in a room w h e re no one can h e ar you ice f o h scre am . Th e re 's no royal road h e re . W ork ing w it dry m ou nt h ing t issu e inv v s a gre at de al ole of pat nce and at e nt ie t ion t de t . You 'lm ak e m ist e s aplnt and ru in cou nte ss gaf s on you r o ail l ak e y l f j rne y t pe rf ct ou o e ion. D on'tru sh .T ing sh ort t w ilof e n lad t f st ion and gaf crapit de . ak cu s l t e o ru rat f u

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Inside th e Factory
A good pl t b e gin ou r discu ssion is at t e U nit d St e s Pl ace o h e at aying Card Com pany. By u nde rst anding h ow cards are m ade , you 'lh av a b e t e r ide a ofw h atitt e s t prope rl gaf t e m . l e t ak o y fh Bicycls b e gin t e ir l e s as h u ge rol of l n/w ood pu l pape r m e asu ring ab ou t f r f e t e h iv l s ine p ou e diam e t r. Th e y are f d int a past e e o ing m ach ine w h e re t o l rs of t e pape r are f se d t t e r w aye h u oge h w it b l h ack past . U SPCC says it t e se cre t sau ce t at lnds du rab ily, pl e ’s h h e it ayab ily, and it “sh u f lab ily”. Ne xt t e drie d/cu re d pape r is giv n a pl ic l inat d coat fe it , h e ast am e ing and se nt t a o m ach ine cal d a “cru sh e r” t at e nsu re s u nif l e h orm pape r t ick ne ss b e f h ore it h ande d ov r t t e ’s e o h print de part e nt A dim pld pat e rn e m b osse d int t e su rf ing m . e t o h ace cre at s a t xt re cal d an “aire e u l e cu sh ion” f inish t ate l inat s sh ine w h il im prov sl and du rab ily. h im e e ing ip it Th e f inish e d rol of l inat d pape r are inf d t a f r- col h igh - spe e d w e b of se t pre ss t at l s am e e o ou or f h , l e alsu ch pre sse s, print on cont ou s rol at a diz z ying rat . Th e f sh l print d pape r t e n ik l s inu l s e re y e h z oom s st raigh tt rou gh a drying ov n w h e re t e ink rapidl cu re s. h e h y At t e ou t t t ings st t l m ore f il Sh e e t of f t f r cards are cu t f h pu , h art o ook am iar. s if y- ou rom t e rol h l , e ach arrange d in a grid of e igh tcards w ide by se v n cards h igh . M ostof u s h av se e n t e m of e re d e e h f t col ct as “u ncu t sh e e t Th e se sh e e t are inspe ct d and f d t rou gh a m ach ine t at cu t o l ors e s”. s e e h h s t e m int h oriz ont st h o al rips of e igh tcards e ach .You w ou l t ink a k nif gu il ine is u se d, since it d h e l ot can cu t t rou gh a t ick st h h ack alat once , b u t t at not w h at h appe ns. Th e m ach ine cu t sh e e t l h ’s s s one ata t e , possib l f t e sak e ofconsist ncy. im y or h e Final t e st l h y, rips are st e d and l ack oade d int a die - cu t ing m ach ine w h e re indiv al o t idu cards are pu nch e d ou t From t e re , it on t inspe ct and pack aging. . h 's o ion As you can se e , m u ch h appe ns b e f you can pl V or Frank e nst in. ore ay ict e

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Pl aying Card Anatom y
Pl aying cards h av t re e l rs. In f re 1, you can se e t att o ou t r l rs sandw ich a dark gray e h aye igu h w e aye ce nt r l r. e aye Figu re 1 O u t r l r (b ack ) e aye Ce nt r L r e aye O u t r l r (f ) e aye ace

Th e se l rs can b e se parat d w it a w at rlss t ch niq u e cal d “dry splt aye e h e e e l e it ing” or “dry pe e l ing”. It a f ndam e nt sk ilt at you 'lne e d t h av b e f 's u al lh l o e ore at e m pt anyt ing e l in t is b ook . T t ing h se h o ne w com e rs, t is m igh tsou nd dau nt h ing. H ow e v r, if you f l t e inst ct e ol ow h ru ions in t e ne xtse ct h ion and de v e an e nt pract de ck of Bicycls t de st ct ot ire ice e o ru ion, you 'lb e pe e l l e a pro soon l ing ik e nou gh .Be f w e b e gin, w e sh ou l discu ss w h y... ore d

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W ate r is alW e t l
Th e ce nt r l r is act al b l w at r- solb l gle , so w h y notsoak t e cards in w at r or st am e aye u l ack y e u e u h e e t e m and b e done w it it Easy, righ t h h ? ? W rong. Th e re is not ing q u ick and e asy ab ou tw e tsplt h it ing. Ith e l t u nde rst ps o and w h ath appe ns w h e n you soak a Bicycl pl e aying card. Itw e ak e ns t e int rf h e ace b e t e e n t e pape r and t e pl ic w h h ast coat ing, m ak ing t e su rf h ace prone t b u b b l In t is f o ing. h ragil st e , it doe sn't t e m u ch e f ort t e at ak f o accide nt l t ar t e w e tsu rf al e y h ace of t e pape r and crack t e ink . A ru b b e r b raye r can h e l sq u e e z e h h p aw ay t e w at r, b u t dam age is st l ard t av h e ilh o oid, part l y t t e dim pls of t e air- cu sh ion icu arl o h e h f inish . Th e re af e r, m u ch t e is w ast d in care f l drying t e card. Ev n af e r it drie s ou t t e f t im e ul y h e t , h inish ne v r l s or f e l as good as itdid b e f e ook e s ore t e soak . Sav you rse lt e aggrav ion and st w it h e f h at ick h dry splt it ing.

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D ry Spl itting
Forge t w at r. D ry splt e it ing is t e w ay t go. It q u ick and al s you t h andl t e pie ce s w it h o 's l ow o e h h lte risk . Th e re are dif e re nt dry splt it l f it ing t ch niq u e s and af e r a w h il, you 'lse t l on one t at e t e l te h w ork s b e st f you . Som e e xpe rt pe e lrs scrape cards across a t l e dge in one q u ick or e ab e u nint rru pt d m ot e e ion, b u tt e larning cu rv of t atapproach is st e p. Th e re 's an e asie r m e t od h e e h e h w h e re you pe e lh e card a lte ata t e diagonal f t it l im l rom corne r t corne r. Expe rtCard T ch niq u e y o e t ach e s it b u t it so f ndam e nt t at w e 'le xpl it h e re and add a f w h e l u l ips t m ak e e , ’s u al h l ain e pf t o t ings e v n e asie r f you . h e or

W e 'lpe e l f l a ace f t is t t or h u orial . St w it a f sh ne w card and t one nonart h re ap inde x corne r against a h ard su rf ace u nt it il de nt sl ty (ph ot 1). Fray t e corne r j st s igh l o h u e nou gh so you can se parat t e ou t r f e h e ace l r and b e gin pe e l aye ing. Be ar in m ind t at you 're f h raying t e corne r h int t o part a t in l r and a t ick l r. o w s: h aye h aye In ou r e xam pl h e re , t e t in l r is t e e h h aye h f , w h il t e t ick l r act al consist of ace e h h aye u l y s t o l rs: t e ce nt r and t e b ack . If you 're w aye h e h conf se d, re f r t page 7 again. u e o

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T corne r againsta h ard su rf ap ace

If you h av sh ort f e inge rnail you 'lf s, lind it h e l u l o u se a raz or b l or a h ob by k nif t pf t ade e o pry t e corne r l rs apart by ab ou t a m il e t r. Th e n, grab t e t ick l r w it e ye b row h aye l e im h h aye h plck ing t e e z e rs and pu l it b ack w ard on it l t incre ase t e se parat u w l se f o h ion by anot e r h m il e t r or t o. l e im w Ge t ing t e corne r st e d is t y and m igh t b e com e t e part of t e j you’lh at t e t h art rick h h ob l e h m ost W h il you 're larning t is, t e corne r m igh te nd u p l ing l e you r rab b ith ad b e e n . e e h h ook ik ch e w ing on it b u t k e e p pract , icing. You 'lge t b e t e r. Av l t oiding nail nt and w rink l m ark s de s e isn'te asy, b u tyou h av one t ing w ork ing in you r f or: Th e m ark s are lss not ab l af e r e h av e ice e t you gle t e gaf t t e r, so t e corne r ne e dn’tb e f aw lss. u h f oge h h l e

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O nce you f ray e nou gh of t e l rs t ge t a h aye o pu rch ase on t e m w it you r f h h inge rs, l t e card ay h (t ick side u pw ard) on a h ard f at su rf . H ol h l ace d t e t in corne r dow n w it you r m iddl f h h h e inge r and grab t e u ppe r t ick corne r w it you r ot e r h h h h h and. Ke e p you r k nu ck ls f l pre sse d against e irm y t e card. h

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Now pu lb ack and u pw ard on t e t ick corne r by l h h rol t at h and b ack w ard on it k nu ck ls w h il l h ing s e e you r ot e r h and re m ains st ionary. Th is pe e l h at ing act ion sh ou l b e f y rapid, ye t sm oot and d airl h cont ld. As you do t is, t e se parat rol e h h ion point adv ance s by approxim at l 1 cm . e y

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Ne xt m ov you r lf se cond and t ird f , e e t h inge rs f orw ard al t e w ay u p t t e ne w se parat lh o h ion point H ol t e t in corne r dow n f l . d h h irm y.

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Grab cl t t e se parat pointw it you r righ t ose o h ion h f inge rs and re pe at t e pre v s pe e l act h iou ing ion t o adv ance t e se parat pointagain. h ion

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Al f r lf f l ou e t inge rs m ov u p t t e ne w e o h se parat ion pointand cl p dow n (ph ot 6).You r am o righ t f inge rs grab t e corne r ne ar t e se parat h h ion point and pe e l a b it m ore . Re m e m b e r t rol s o l b ack on you r k nu ck ls. e

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Cont e t is gradu al l proce du re al inu h pu l ing l t e w ay across t e card t t e diagonal h h o h l y opposit corne r. W it pract , you can e h ice de cre ase t e nu m b e r of pu l it t e s t ge t h l ak s o t t e ot e r e nd. Th e f w e r pu l you do, t e o h h e l s h lss rippl and dist ion t e re w ilb e on e ing ort h l t e pe e ld f . h e ace Pu l l b ack at a sh arp angl as sh ow n in ing e ph ot 7 m ak e s t is e asie r. H ow e v r, it can o h e b e w ast f lsince it dam age s t e f e u h inish of t e t ick pie ce . If you 're pl h h anning t pe e l o b ot side s of t e card, you sh ou l pu latan h h d l angl t at cl r t pe rpe ndicu l e h 's ose o ar.

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Su cce ss = Pract + Pract + Pract ice ice ice
Congrat l ions. You dry spl you r f u at it irst card, b u t don’t st now . It t m pt t op ’s e ing o ye l“w oo h oo” and t m ph anty w av t e f sh l su nde re d pie ce s in t e air, b u t l riu l e h re y h re sist t e u rge . You r f il w on’t b e im pre sse d. Pat you rse l on t e b ack and h am y f h cal l pe e l rse la w h ol de ck of f s f pract . O nce you ge t t e h ang of m y you f e ace or ice h it you’v passe d t e f , e h irst m aj h u rdl in card gaf ing. M ost pe opl giv u p af e r or e f e e t t o h u ndre d b ot e d at e m pt Not you . You’re a de t rm ine d and pat nt w ch t s. e ie m asoch ist In ot e r w ords, you’re w e l on you r w ay t b e com ing a card gaf e r. . h l o f H ooray! W h e n you’re done ce lb rat e ing, discard t e t ick b ack pie ce s and k e e p t e t in h h h h f s.W e w ilsoon pu tt atb ig pil off s t good u se . ace l h e ace o

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