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Cards Tally Ho Fan Back Poker size (Red) (RED)
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Better than normal Bicyles for me Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
I have one from almost 2 years! haha, and im still using them

Excellent quality cards.
Spread very easily , and always i can get good fans.
Recommendable for anyone
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Good deck...but not up to the hype Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Initial Impression: This is definitely my most intimidating review. Tally-Ho decks have been a favorite amongst magicians and flourishers alike for a long time. Indeed it has been the standard by which high quality decks seem to often be measured. Daring to review these and attempt to remain objective might border on heresy for some. Never the less I will give it a shot. I am happy, and relieved, to say it was one of the top performing decks but a little nervous to point out that is was by no means the top performer. Perhaps the best way to describe this deck is to call it a Bike on steroids. Indeed, with the exception of fanning, it seemed to perform slightly better than the 808 in all categories.

The Look: Not much needs to be said here as the Tally-Ho deck is almost as well recognized as the 808 in the magic community. It seems to have strong powerful lines that seem to give it a clear distinction next to the flowery patterns that surround the angels on it’s cousin, the Bike 808. The court cards look almost identical. There is only one Joker in the deck, the other being more of an advertisement card. The ace of spades is 2nd to none. A classic in card magic that still holds it’s own paired up against the new improved Ace of spades from the Bike Masters decks.

Card construction: The stock is stiffer than the 808s but doesn’t seem thicker. The same dimples pattern common in most USPC decks is present here as well. While I can’t “feel” the difference between the linoid finish of the Tally-Ho and the Air Cushion of the 808 it does seem to impart different characteristics in handling. Overall the card came in at 15mm thickness which made it about 2 cards thinner than a bike.
Durability: TBD. It scored a tad better that the Bike on the Crimp hold test but we will see if that equals a longer life.

Handling:

Fanning: 8.5
Not quite as smooth as an 808 but pretty close.

Spring Moves: 7.5
This card was just a tad stiffer than a Bike and various spring moves performed as one would expect given this.

Dribbles: 8
The stiffer stock seemed to make springs a bit more clumpy but I expect as the cards break in it will actually do better in this category.

Crimp hold and recovery: 8
One of the best performers in this category. You will have no worries about passing your cards out for a shuffle, your crimp will be secure.

Single card glides: 8
The stiffer stock seemed to help these moves remain secure.

2+Card Obfuscations: 8
Again a strong performance in this category. Obfuscations in which opposing corners are held were very secure as were corner displays from push-off doubles however, it was about on par with the 808 with a Diving Board Double.

XCM cuts: Obviously this is a well loved deck by Flourishers. The added stiffness should help with packet cuts but no other category seemed to indicate why this is. Consciously or unconsciously I think most of it’s popularity in this field stems from the bold back design. The distinct backs are still visible while packs are twirling between hands and spinning in the air.

Card Splitting and Gaff construction/availability: There are gaffs available for Tally-Hos…You might check this thread if you are interested.
viewtopic.php?p=847373
As for splitting? TBD

Who should not buy?: Can’t think of a reason not to buy these.

Who should buy these?: As with the Arrco decks, Talley-Ho decks are similar enough to Bikes that there is no reason not to check them out. You won’t find super cheap deals on them as you will with Bikes but they still have a high performance bar for such a low price.

Final Thoughts: We will see how these age. Supposedly they are a very durable card which has been cited often as one of the reasons some magicians swear by Tally-Hos. Quite honestly these feel a whole lot like the UV500 stock( a stock I hold in high regard). Indeed when I first opened the pack I suspected that E might have just requested a bunch of black bike designs to be printed on Tally-ho stock. A quick measurement of the decks proved this to be incorrect(Tally Hos are much thinner) but the feel is very similar. If you are a UV500 fan looking for some good practice decks you might start using these as they are sold about $1.00 cheaper than the cheapest UV500 deck. Overall a good deck but on initial examination I wouldn’t say it has lived up to the hype. Perhaps the longevity review will make me eat my words?
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good cards Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
Like classic books on magic and other items, I try not to review cards. They are usually so cheap that you can buy maybe 1 and go back to get more if you like them. I have 4 of these decks, and I really like them.

One of my decks has been around for years. Sure it warped a little but if you are a flourisher, these feel really nice. WHen they get old they stick together pretty nicely so elaborate packet flourishes are much easier with them. But new they feel like OLD bicycles. Old meaning pre-transition, before they started feeling like the stuff I wipe my bum with :p

I would suggest you buy one to use and try out and one to keep on the shelf. They are rare in stores now (at least by me) so having some unopened feels nice. The case looks really cool too, so that's a plus!
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CHEAP AND GOOD QUALITY Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 15th, 2011
anything else need be said
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Timeless Classic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 2nd, 2011
Still to this day, the highest quality to cost ratio out there.
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why get stuck on the bicycle? Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 4th, 2012
I know, I know. Some people are addicted to bikes. I guess they think if it doesn't look like every other deck used by magicians that there is something suspicious about it. I don't believe they think that way at all. People are used to playing cards at home with all sorts of different decks. They see a Tally-Ho and think you're some cool Brit. And I love the birds.
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