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Q789
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28/06/2020 3:11 am  

I have had my tarot for going on 40 years and they have lost their wax and thus grip. Using them is difficult.

I am researching how to re-wax them. 

Any ideas, help, advice? perhaps there is an expert in here?

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28/06/2020 3:16 am  

Maybe buy new ones?


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28/06/2020 4:00 am  

Thinking laterally, you could wear tractive gloves when handling them.


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28/06/2020 5:42 am  
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perhaps there is an expert in here?

No me. But I'd look into something with silicon in it. Wax rubs off. Silicon is forever. (Shiny, slick magazine covers are coated with it. A shiny mag will rub off something onto your fingers, yet it stays slick as silk.

 


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28/06/2020 8:56 am  

A few years ago I bought this Tarot deck ( https://picclick.co.uk/Sola-Busca-Tarot-LIMITED-EDITION-deck-303236267662.html ), a replica of the Sola Busca tarot in a limited edition of 2,999 copies. Yeah, right. Is that a Franklin Mint 2,999?

Eagerly, my trembling hands tore off the cellophane, only to discover that the cards were printed on high quality card, very similar to the originals, but non-waxy and therefore non-shufflable (I mean you couldn't shuffle them in a standard way).

However, this deck was apparently made for study, not fortune-telling. Who saw that coming?

There are other Sola Busca decks for fortune-tellers, if I wanted them.

So the upshot of this diatribe is: is it not time to retire that old deck of yours?

Doesn't that old warhorse deserve to be wrapped in a silly shroud of silk inside a buckanahalf box and stuck on a shelf in the garage? Its number will be retired, its trumps will nevermore see sunlight (except numbers XVIII & XX) and its little pips will wither, fade and die.

Buy a new deck, you old skinflint.


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28/06/2020 10:53 am  

I found this thread on a stage magic (card tricks) forum.

https://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=275233&forum=10

 

It seems the cheapest option is paraffin wax. You could try applying some to a piece of card to see if it gives the finish you want before doing the whole deck.


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28/06/2020 4:25 pm  

I was thinking that Wax My Tarot Cards resembles those enigmatic phrases such as I Believe I'll Dust My Broom and Squeeze My Lemon that history never fully explains.

Husband: I'm just going outside. I won't be long.

Wife: Where are you going?

Husband: I'm going to um-er wax my tarot cards. [He is never seen again.]


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28/06/2020 4:37 pm  

"I'm going to wax my tarot cards" also acts as a "straight line", that sets up what we might call the "innuendo-signal come-back":

[if British:] "As the bishop said to the actress."

[if American:] "That's what she said."

When i was 19 or so, i had a friend who engaged in a very intense mantric/Jugorum practice, wherein he replied to literally almost anything said to him in almost any context with "That's what she said."

I also at about the same time knew another group of kids who would not use first person pronouns, ever: "It has to do its homework soon, but it really wants to smoke a bowl first."

Not sure if any of those kids ever got their Tarot cards waxed, if you take my meaning, if you catch my drift.

His Drakeness' link discusses the alternative merits of "fanning powder". Take it away boys!


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28/06/2020 6:13 pm  
Posted by: @q789

I have had my tarot for going on 40 years and they have lost their wax and thus grip. Using them is difficult.

I am researching how to re-wax them. 

Any ideas, help, advice? perhaps there is an expert in here?

Thanks 

Q789

Maybe time to put 'a new deck' on the xmas present-list for your family members?  That's my advice.


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28/06/2020 7:02 pm  
Posted by: @q789

I have had my tarot for going on 40 years and they have lost their wax and thus grip. Using them is difficult.

I am researching how to re-wax them. 

Any ideas, help, advice? perhaps there is an expert in here?

Thanks 

Q789

I've had my current Tarot cards (my second deck) since the 1990s. The longer I have them, the more I use them, the better in my opinion. Crowley referred to them as "living things"; to some extent I agree with this. The cards feel "alive" in my hands, and the feeling grows stronger with time.

Even so, my first deck was far more potent and effective for me. That's because I crafted the deck by hand, making each card into a plaque formed out of two layers placed together, with a lock of my hair in the middle of each plaque. Then I hand-drew and painted each one, with Crowley's Book of Thoth as my guide. It was back in the 1980s when I had more time on my hands. I don't recommend doing this unless (a) you can draw better than stick-man figures; (b) you have the time and materials; and (c) you're willing to be frustrated for a very long time trying to get it right. In the end, it was well worth the effort I put into it. The cards were bound to me in a special way. So much so that when they were destroyed by a furious ex-wife I was devastated. Took me awhile to get over it...but that wasn't the only precious thing I lost that time so it's little wonder.


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28/06/2020 7:42 pm  

"This experiment is probably easier with an old genuine pack of Tarot cards, preferably a pack used for divination by some one who really understood the matter"

- Liber E

Don't throw out the vibration with the crumbling cards.


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30/06/2020 7:02 am  

Thank you Alan and Shiva and the others too.

No i  would never throw them away. They are filled with the energies of many years. Still have the silk bag i made for them, be it faded.

I have contacted a candle stick wax expert. I believe they, with effort  can be salvaged.

Ill let you know how it goes.

Q789

 


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30/06/2020 7:14 am  

Talcum powder. Thats the answer.

Ill report back soon.


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30/06/2020 4:13 pm  
Posted by: @q789

Talcum powder. Thats the answer.

That's what she said. . . 


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30/06/2020 9:27 pm  
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That's what she said. . . 

She said, "Talc," eh? Well, talc is slippery, but it also has a drying effect. So we hope the cards don't get slippery but fall apart faster.

 


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30/06/2020 9:34 pm  

@shiva

 

Dry is not good. 

 

 

 Nope.

 

 

 

You want slippery and wet

 

But you dont want to ruin the tissues.

er paper. 

 

I would advise for a new di- deck as well.  

 


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30/06/2020 10:06 pm  
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Dry is not good. 

So you are not then a "fanning powder" man, i take it?


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30/06/2020 10:07 pm  

@ignant666

 

Are you talking about Morrissey of the Smiths?

 

Good man, bad taste. 

 

well sometimes. 


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30/06/2020 10:20 pm  

No, i would not think that such a, um, cheerful man would have any use for "fanning powder", now would he?

[His Drakeness provides a link that discussing card waxing, and the use of "fanning powder" as an alternative, above. Since my "joke" may make no sense to anyone, "fanning" sounds like "fanny", a term which in Britain means "vagina", but in the US means "buttocks"- oh wait, maybe ol' Moroseness [suggested by spellcheck] might want some American fanning powder then?]


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30/06/2020 11:28 pm  

now you got it  

This Charming Maaaaan

 

 

 

Dom steps in 


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30/06/2020 11:57 pm  

Aha, i see, was so fixated on the UK meaning i missed your joke...


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01/07/2020 9:58 am  

LoL. In u endoes.

Yes the Talc works good enough.

Thanks

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