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Roughing Sticks by Harry Robson
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Thirty years of research from Harry Robson has led to the exact formula of what we now present: the Roughing Stick. This is a stick of a hard substance and what it does is simply incredible.
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 17)6 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
A Useful Alternative to Traditional Roughing Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 17th, 2014
Technically, these "Roughing Sticks" do not created a rough coating; they utilize a principle that was employed before roughing fluid was developed decades ago: they apply a light tackifier that causes one card to cling to another.
This, however, is not a criticism as they do the job required and with less fuss for application. The coated surface is not sticky; just a tiny bit waxy to the touch. This is not an issue, in my opinion. And of course the coating is invisible.
Please note that if applied with the expedient procedure shown on the video-link instructions, a procedure which does not provide a coating on the entire surface of the card, your cards must be perfectly flat or else the method is given away. (A pair of cards may curl away from each other at the edges.) It is possible to coat the entire surface, but this takes more diligence to accomplish, though it is not an impossible task. If the cards are not curled, bridged, or warped, you have no problem.
That being said, an entire deck can be gaffed (creating 26 "clinging" pairs) in an incredibly short amount of time, and this is definitely in the product's favor.
It is easy to intentionally coat only a part of the surface and to "custom-prepare" the cards to accommodate any method for separating the pairs that the performer finds convenient. This is a definite improvement over the traditional roughing procedure, as fully roughed surfaces (using roughing fluid) are often difficult to separate and partial roughing requires rather fussy masking techniques when the fluid is applied. Not so with the easy-to-handle Roughing Sticks.
As with roughing fluid, a certain amount of maintenance(reapplication) will be required over time, but this is to be expected.
For me, the biggest asset to this method for creating "roughed" or adhering card pairs is that it is great for experimentation with new ideas utilizing this principle. Several cards can be prepared very quickly with no need to wait for drying, since it is a dry application as opposed to the traditional roughing method. Then, if the experiment fails or needs modification, one does not have to throw out the cards you have tested your idea with; the coating can be scraped off and you can start over. If the experiment is a success, your "test" cards may be suitable for performance conditions.
I do not plan on abandoning the use of roughing fluid as a result of obtaining the Roughing Sticks, but I will definitely add the sticks to my arsenal of gaffing techniques. The sticks are both practical and convenient for many circumstances for which secretly clinging card pairs (posing as a single card) are required.
just a little Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 7th, 2016
just passed over a card. Still going strong a month latter. More practical.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 3rd, 2016
I am now in my 58th year of magical interest. During that time I've used more roughing fluid than I care to even think about. Harry Robson's "Roughing Sticks" is a far superior product and method to rough a deck of cards, regular or jumbo, high quality cards, cheap drug store cards and business cards than anything I've ever used.
Using the product is simple, clean and incredibly fast! Easy to apply and no drying time.
When I travel I carry an emergency parts kit for my show in a carry on. In the past I've had to throw away a bottle of roughing fluid because it was liquid and security didn't like the smell. Airport security doesn't event bother with the stick. It goes unnoticed.
Cannot say enough good things about Roughing Sticks.
it works Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 5th, 2014
The feeling is different - feels like wax and if you use it on both sides it sticks. So you can also create stucking cards without stucking.
A very usefull tool every magician and mentalist should have within his first aid kit.
Throw away those cans of Krylon or Dulcote Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 20th, 2016
Harry is a genius. This is the best thing since the original Ultra Mental Deck. Seriously, if you want to save money and make your own Invisible Deck, Brainwave Deck, Pop-Eyed Popper Deck, Force 14 Deck, and many others, get this. It's $20. It will last you through 100 gaffed decks. It works like a charm. It's amazing. You'll never have to buy another R/S deck or risk passing out from smelling dangerous sprays again. Ever. There are few things in magic that are magic bullets. This is one of them.
Roughing Stick Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 28th, 2016
I really, really like the roughing stick much better than the traditional spray. What a wonderful product this is.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 19th, 2016
Best item for roughing.No need to search better.
It works! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 23rd, 2016
These roughing sticks are the best. They work. Buy them.
GREAT Purchase! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 14th, 2016
I wanted to buy an invisible deck but saw this product and thought that I'd make my own and save a lot of money in the long run. Keep in mind, I've never used an ID so I was a little nervous.
I opened a new deck of red bikes and made my deck in less than 10 minutes. The deck works very well!
#1 Use the 1 inch part of the stick down the center of your cards. If you use the 2 inch side, it's too tacky and it's hard to slide the card over to reveal the other card.
#2 Get the Geoff Williams Penguin Live lecture and use his ID setup!!! OMG, it is WAY easier than the traditional "add to 13" method! I'm so glad I saw this lecture! It makes the ID super easy to do! You can focus on your performance and not math!
#3 Get the Roughing Project DVD- OMG, I had no idea you could make so many things with a roughing stick! This guy is a roughing wizard! Countless great ideas!
I highly recommend this product! You can make many other types of decks too! Hope this helps!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 25th, 2016
my Whitewash declared 'handicap' after heavy practicing ---
but alive 10 minutes after I got this Stick.
So it is definitely a 5-Star Easter gift to me/my Whitewash!
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