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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.

When you rub the surface of the stick against a card, it will act as roughing fluid does, only better. The cards stay together in roughed pairs, yet are more easily separated without fumbling whenever you want. The stick leaves NO RESIDUE, and with the roughing stick supplied you can create at least 150 Invisible Decks! This is, for all purposes, a LIFETIME supply. The best part? It's so inexpensive.

Imagine the possibilities Packet tricks, Brainwave, Invisible Deck, and more just got MUCH easier to make, on your own, and many original tricks that would have required a spraying shed or a craftsman to manufacture can now be done at your kitchen table within minutes.

To see just how practical it is, you can watch Harry Robson make an Invisible Deck in less than two minutes in the trailer. It's a great new technology at an unbeatable price.

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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.
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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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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.

Doug
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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.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 9th, 2017
OMG! Its great to have this. At First I tried stick with some cards and that was enough for mastering. Later, in two minutes I created my own invisible deck. In the tutorial Mr. Robson says you are holding a life time in your hands. Thats definitely true. When you buy it you will see. A must have product for every magician.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2017
This stuff is really handy easy to use and cheap
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 30th, 2017
I love this product and have created several new uses for it in my card routine. Blows laymen away when they see a transport done with a card color change right under their nose. Just be careful on the application so it's not to tacky. Love it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 27th, 2016
I recently bought Monkey in the Middle and found that the cards in the effect didn't have enough roughing fluid applied to them. I couldn't find any roughing fluid online so I ordered the roughing stick. I'm very pleased! Cards that have been "roughed" with the stick, with the proper amount of force, won't come apart.

And the stick is much less messy (in fact, not messy at all) compared to the spray cans of roughing fluid. Just apply like stick deodorant and you're all set.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 27th, 2016
The Best Solution Yet.

A little pricey for what it is --but it is effective and goes a long way.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 24th, 2016
excellent product. works far better than roughing spray. try some. you'll be amazed!!
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