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Roughing Sticks by Harry Robson and Vanishing Inc. - Trick
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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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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.
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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 August 20th, 2014
Throw away all of your sprays, this is the only way to go. Buy two and you will never have to buy it again. I used it on an existing invisible deck that had some cards that were worn and it came back to life better than when I bought the deck new, also make sure to watch the down load, as he tells you the correct way to apply the stick. The down load info is on the box. Watch the down load. This stuff is great.
Doug Says WORKS AS ADVERTISED! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 17th, 2014
Roughing sticks have made my life as a magician SO MUCH EASIER.
I've taken my cans of Dull Cote and relegated them to my basement. I'm going to stick with the sticks because they work as advertised. Application is quick, easy and no mess. No residue, either. All of my effects that once required messy spray I am now in the process of redoing with the stick.
I absolutey LOVE this product, and I plan to order a couple more..
These sticks are simply a joy to work with.
Daff highly recommends this product to any magician who wants to make their life easier.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 11th, 2014
I find the roughing sticks a great utility item . No mess quick and easy to use . Carry with you all the time . Great for that quick fix or custom work
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 23rd, 2014
A very handy tool. It sure beats the sprays!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 18th, 2015
For years I have put up with rough & smooth card props which did not work perfectly in performance. I just did not want to take the time to correct the situation I guess. I purchased this stick because I heard good things about it. I used it on one of the card effects which I use a lot and which needed to be re-treated. I applied the stick and my first reaction was that it didn't work because I could not feel anything different to the touch. Last weekend I used the newly treated cards in front of a large audience and was very pleased that everything worked more perfect than ever before. I highly recommend this roughing stick.
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