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[US Promotion] I would like to celebrate Thanksgiving by gifting you all books!

UPDATE: More books added by siffis and West1234567890 further down
If are late coming across this post then do not worry you can still message me your email for a book.
To celebrate my day off today and Thanksgiving tomorrow I would like to gift my audiobooks.
In order to recieve a free audiobook gift just message me any title (below) along with your email address. If you have not recieved a gift before then you will get the audiobook for free. More details here and here. I am in the US market (but I hear from Canada and UK that it still works).
Books crossed out are not available.
TITLE - AUTHOR (Ordered by author)

siffis has generously offered to include his collection. If you like any of the books below then message directly.

West1234567890 [Also added additional books below](https://www.reddit.com/audible/comments/k0s76n/us_promotion_i_would_like_to_celebrate/gdlwylu?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3).
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I watched the first night of the RNC so you don't have to. AMA.

A friend of mine's relative is a hardline, Southern R representative who reportedly refused to participate in or watch the RNC out of disgust and embarrassment. I decided I had to watch this out of morbid curiosity; after all, if a sitting representative is mortified by it, it's bound to be a shitshow. Here are some takeaways. **I should note that I watched the CSPAN live stream last night.
-- If I drank every time someone mentioned "defund the police" or "abolish the police," I'd be unconscious. It was addressed in literally every single speech. To say Justice Dems are a gift to the GOP is putting it mildly. Some speakers even quoted them directly: Matt Gaetz, for example, quoted AOC's dumbass "defund means defund" remark. If I were Biden, the Lincoln Project, or a super PAC, I'd release an ad countering this immediately. Because it's pretty hard to say that 99% of Dems don't support defunding the police when Republicans have direct quotes from elected officials calling to cut the police budget.
-- Every other speech mentioned the American Dream.
-- Jingoism and fire-and-brimstone prophesying were turned up to 11. Convention began with a montage of people driving their trucks through the heartland, farmers working in fields, the sun setting on a field of wheat, you get the picture. There was a lot of talk of patriotism and remembering the ideas we were founded upon, instead of "knocking them down." There was also a lot of shitting on Dems for having Billie Eilish, Eva Longoria and JLD on there-- Ronna McDaniel said something like "Eva Longoria plays a housewife on TV. I am a housewife, I send my kids to great public schools, and I represent the average American."
-- School choice was a big issue/theme.
-- Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban-born CEO, gave an admittedly good, emotional speech about communism. He's seen all of this before, he said, and communism is no utopia; it collapses eventually. The RNC really took Bernie's Castro remarks and ran with them, since multiple people addressed this and made references to socialism.
-- Trump met with essential workers in the East Room, including two postal workers, two nurses, and a janitor. Awkwardly tried to address the post office thing.
-- The craziest ever interlude about Trump courageously fighting COVID-19, also known as the "China virus." I'd love for someone to fact-check that.
-- Yes, the McCloskeys spoke, and boy did they do some excellent fearmongering. They also managed to secure photos, B-roll, and audio of Cori Bush protesting and yelling about a revolution, which they showed before stating that this "Marxist revolutionary" now represents Missouri's 1st district.
-- A Parkland parent spoke, and his speech was saddening. You could tell how frustrated he was, it was easy to understand his misguided support of Trump. Most of it was about Trump's call to action and the need for real discipline and safety. I'd recommend listening if only to form a counterargument.
-- Kimberley Guilfoyle's speech was BONKERS. It was akin to a Southern Baptist preacher warning against "fornicators" and "the enemy." Lots of mentions of kneeling in prayer, light/darkness metaphors, and some really choice quotes. "HE WILL EMANCIPATE YOU AND LIFT YOU UP," "THEY [the Democrats] WANT TO ENSLAVE YOU."
-- Charlie Kirk's Trump Youth speech almost sounded like DeValera's famous "dream" speech. He called Trump "the bodyguard of Western civilization," spoke about raising an army of patriots, and whipped himself into a frenzy talking about The American Way (you could hear the capital letters). My favorite line was something like "The America that we dream of, where churches are more important than casinos." Like....who is your nominee again?
-- Matt Gaetz had an obscene amount of makeup on his face, and his speech was just...imagine a far-right AOC. He mentioned “woketopians” and “an auditorium emptier than Joe Biden’s platform (I think).” Guy has lost his damn mind.
-- Lots of POC speakers on this first night. Vernon Jones, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley (whose speech was also actually decent, after she got her required Trump ass-kissing in), Cuban-born Maximo Alvarez, Herschel Walker.
--Speaking of Tim Scott, his speech was excellent. I'd recommend watching it. Not only did he say both Breonna Taylor and George Floyd's names, but he also brought up our own version of Trumpism-- progressive cancel culture. Here's a snippet:
From a global pandemic, to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, 2020 has tested our nation in ways we haven't seen for decades.
But regardless of the challenges presented to us...every four years...Americans come together to vote...To share stories of what makes our nation strong, and the lessons we have learned that can strengthen it further for our children and grandchildren.Because while this election is between Donald Trump and Joe Biden...it is not solely about Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It's about the promise of America. It's about you and me...our challenges and heartbreaks, hopes and dreams. It's about the promise of America. It's about you and me...our challenges and heartbreaks, hopes and dreams.
It's about how we respond when tackling critical issues like police reform...when Democrats called our work a token effort, and walked out of the room during negotiations because they wanted the ISSUE more than they wanted a solution.
Do we want a society that breeds success, or a culture that cancels everything it even slightly disagrees with?
--Sean Parnell actually appealed to moderate Democrats, asking them to stand with Republicans if they felt their party was becoming too radical. I hate to say it, but I hard agreed with parts of his speech as well. If we don't denounce some of this woke performance art happening around the country, then we will really be screwed. Nikki Haley touched on this as well, quite eloquently:
The black cops who've been shot in the line of duty -- they matter. The black small business owners who've watched their life's work go up in flames -- they matter. The black kids who've been gunned down on the playground -- their lives matter too. And their lives are being ruined and stolen by the violence on our streets.
It doesn't have to be like this. It wasn't like this in South Carolina five years ago. Our state came face-to-face with evil. A white supremacist walked into Mother Emanuel Church during Bible Study. Twelve African Americans pulled up a chair and prayed with him for an hour. Then he began to shoot.
After that horrific tragedy, we didn't turn against each other. We came together -- black and white, Democrat and Republican. Together, we made the hard choices needed to heal -- and removed a divisive symbol, peacefully and respectfully.
-- I couldn't watch Jr's speech. Sorry everyone.
One last thing I noticed: nobody (except Matt Gaetz) attacked Biden personally. It was mainly the whole "he'll be a Trojan horse for the Squad, Bernie, Pelosi, and Warren" thing. Quite a few speakers said he'd be weak and spineless, that he was merely a puppet for a "socialist agenda," the usual. The overall narrative was that Joe, while a good man, was simply too feeble to protect America, and too prone to radicalism. His party had left him, and there was no way he could stop the evil progressives from walking all over him and turning America into a nanny state. They constantly trotted out other (justice) Dems' calls to ban fracking and Joe's own vision to ban fossil fuels during his lifetime as proof of this.
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Welcome to the B.L.o.K. (Big List of Kelowna)

Tons of posts are asking about this town (mine included), so I decided to go through the /kelowna history and put all the responses in a central place. It can be a guide for visitors and Kelowna newbies in general. All the information has been gathered exclusively from posts here. If you'd like to add anything to the list, or see any errors, reply below and I'll add it to the main post below. (Mods, if this is long-term useful, you can sticky it.)

Activities & Things To Do

Indoor

Outdoor

Barber

Bike Rental

Breweries / Craft Beer

Camping

BC Parks Campgrounds Reserve

Other Camping

Concert Hosts / Weeklies / Promoter Events

Dispensaries

Dog Parks

Festivals & Annual Large Events

Fly Fishing

Food and Restaurants

Asian

Chinese

Dog-friendly

Good for Groups

Indian

Ramen

Thai

Brunch

French

Hamburgers

Italian

Mexican / Comida Latina

Pies

Pizza

Subs / Sandwhiches

Sushi

Tasting Menus

Steakhouse

Vegan & Vegetarian

Not Dedicated Vegan, but a Decent Vegan Selection

Wineries

Wings

Gaming

Gyms

Hiking

Ice Skating

Internet Service Providers

Live Music

Mountain Biking

Nightlife / Clubs

Places to Avoid

Real Estate Agents

Salons

Hair

Nails

Skiing & Snowboarding

Local, within 90 minutes

Within a few hours drive

Helicopter

Cross Country & Nordic

Strippers

Swimming Pools

Taxis / Driver Service

(There's no Uber or Lyft in Kelowna)

Tailor

Tattoos

Theatre

Thrift Stores / Consignment Stores

Veterinarians

Watch Hockey

Wineries

Yoga

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Back to Makai (Part 2)

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is Usami and I’m your chief flight attendant. On behalf of the entire crew, welcome aboard Japan Airlines flight 40X, non-stop service from Dullus to Tokyo. Our flight time will be of 14 hours 30 minutes. We will be flying at an altitude of 1200 meters at a ground speed of 900 kilometers per hour. At this time, make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position and that your seat belt is correctly fastened. Also, your portable electronic devices must be set to ‘airplane’ mode until an announcement is made upon arrival. Thank you.”
Well bollocks, I had a window seat, first class, near the bathrooms, just waiting to fly. They had an amenity bag, with some nice freebies. It was nice seeing that I got lots of freebies for flying first class.
After a very generic and boring monologue about safety shit, the airline lady asked me what I want to drink, and I replied, "Water."
After refreshing from the 2 Cokes I had earlier at McDonalds, I began planning my way to the mountains. I know I have to give this my all, perhaps even more. This is my one chance to find my missing family and I will take it. I've searched the fastest way to get to the mountain while not arousing suspicion. I had to get to a supply store first though, no doubting that.
Seeing that there was nothing to do, I brought out a deck of cards, exclusive gold-tipped ones that you can buy for $100000, or earn by winning 25 games in a row without losing once, with the box being made of gold and diamonds, the box being signed by me (the CEO of the Golden Grin Casino), the logo of the Golden Grin facing one side, and GGC being written on that same side, above the smile. I started organizing the cards from Ace counting up to 10, Jacks, Kings, Queens, and Jokers.
Sorting that mess out, I placed them back into my suit and the airline lady starting going up to all of us asking if we want to drink. I asked for the the best alcohol, a Salon 2006 Champagne... bloody hell the only time I had remember drinking this during the Golden Grin's biggest event, 8 of the most skilled gamblers in the world were going to eliminate each other until 1 of them won so they could have a drink, picture, and autograph with me, the exclusive deck of cards, and the most important thing, bragging rights.
The event was livestreamed by so many news corporations, YouTubers, normal people, and Dallas told me his cruise was booked hard when he was sailing to L.A. from Hawaii, the reasoning given by most people was, "Golden Grin Hype Train!!! CHUGGA CHUGGA CHOO CHOO!!!" Chains, Gage, Sydney, and Locke attended, and it was a pleasant experience.
The airline flight lady gave me pajamas, and set a meal down. They had pufferfish with some vegetables, eel, some sort of custard with caviar, something the lady calls owan. I was nearly stuffed at that point, the food was good, but still lacking in comparison to what the Lunarians can cook up.
Granted that a technologically advanced alien species who also specialize in magic from the distant past that had more years than the amount of money I have should be able to have better cooking techniques and by extension, better food. It was then when I missed Yorihime and the other Lunarians, a bit less than me with my mom and Alice, but still missed them.
Now I had a new plan in mind, stay in Makai until my mother is ready to see me leave back to the Lunar Capital without suffering a breakdown. I know there's no way I'll be exiting that barrier, not without having to fight the sages Eirin told me about. I knew once I get into Gensokyo, it's basically a one-way ticket through. I was told by Kaguya there's a hallway leading directly to the Moon. How I never seen an ancient Japanese tunnel that was connected to the Moon was beyond me.
"Just some magic shit..." I said to myself, "It's like that place. Just magic shit I probably won't learn."
I searched the screen they had to learn Japanese, after searching for a bit, I found a program called, "Learning Japanese for 馬鹿," well shit, I guess I have to learn that. Good thing those wankers gave me free learning material, and $300 headphones. Turning off my music, which really sucked because Underground Lockdown was playing.
I took the headphones and started to learn Japanese. After minutes of learning, they want down to the 馬鹿 part. Apparently it's pronounced baka, and it means idiot. Cheeky little bastard probably called everyone on that flight an idiot and will have no repercussions whatsoever.
After a few hours passed, the lady passed us all an otsukuri, some sort of roe with crab. I don't care about the name of the food, I only cared that it tasted good. They then gave us beef, mushrooms, rice, miso soup, and pickles.
I noticed I kept seeing the same lady every time I asked for a drink, got food, and now, we were getting deserts. When she stopped by to give red beans, custard, and custard to our rich arses in first class, I asked if we could trade names. I started, "My name is James Hoxworth. How about yours?"
The lady replied, "Shikiyama."
I replied, "Bloody well, name's great, even better than the food."
The lady blushed and gave me one more truffle.
Looking at the screen, there were a few more hours... for one last meal, possibly breakfast and a first-class view of Tokyo. Looking at their menu, I missed something, their tea. I wanted to see what the Japanese has to offer on the table, a Queen of Blue tea, "Must learned a bit from the Queen, eh?" I said to myself. I was starting to get a bit too bored of enjoying first class and looked back. Every mom pops, and little kid was sleeping in. It wasn't like I was going to do anything useful, so I slept.
In Hoxton's Dreams
"Hey Hox! It's Alice... I heard you're going to Gensokyo to find me. Meet me in the Forest of Magic!"
"Forest of Ma-what the fuck? How do I find someone in the goddamn forest, much less a Forest of blood Magic."
"Ara ara~ you'll know it's me."
"What the hell do you mean when you say 'you'll know it's me.' And what the fuck does 'ara ara' mean?"
"You will know Hoxworth... it's just a matter of time."
"Alice, what the bloody? ALICE YOU TWAT! Can't just leave me like this. FUCK!!!"
Back in the airplane
"Bloody hell," I said to myself, "it was just a dream..."
Catching my breath and relaxing, I ordered the assorted cheese, desert tray, and a coffee. As I knew, Shikiyama brought my order and told me breakfast was going to be in a bit, and I missed the wine with cheese. Ah whatever, I've already had the best Japanese alchol in my life. Anyways, phone was charged and the Golden Grin's stock value was still the highest of all casinos in America. I managed to find a place to buy secondhand bikes to own. Those things reminds me of Rust, who told me motorcycles were a biker's best friend. Legend says he seeked adventure and was never seen again.
Breakfast was there, all I asked for was a smoked salmon sandwich and udon. It reminds me of Jiro, poor guy has been through so much, ratted out, left in prison, wife died, son was missing. And spoiler alert, the last time he saw his son in person, Bain had killed him with his bare hands. The man who was said to find his son ironically killed him.
After some time being forced to listen to another boring airplane monologue, I finally landed down at the airport. I said bye to Shikiyama, grabbing my stuff, I knew there was no going back or cowering around after I stepped foot into the hallway thingy airports have.
This was my choice, my decision, and I was going to stick to it.
Mom, Alice... I will find you, and we will be a family again. Nothing will stop me, every last fucker that tries is going to fall. Yorihime... sorry, but this is more important to me. We'll see each other again in person.
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Tips on card handling from expert Roberto Giobbi

Roberto Giobbi is a highly respected magician and expert card handler, famous for his Card College series of books that teach the fundamentals of card magic. I recently did an interview with Mr Giobbi about playing cards and magic. Below I am posting some excerpts from this interview (with permission) that relate specifically to playing cards and the proper care and handling of a deck. Much of this has direct relevance to cardistry and his expert insights will be of real interest to cardists.
The full interview also includes content about magic that will be of less direct relevance to cardists, but can be found here for those who are interested: Q&A with Magician & Card Handling Expert Roberto Giobbi.
THE INTERVIEW
Why do your refer to playing cards as your "instrument"?
Rather than calling playing cards a prop, as it is often done in the technical literature, I would like to consider them to be an instrument of the card conjurer, like the piano or the violin is an instrument to a musician, and I would even dare saying that cards are the most important and most widely used instrument in all of conjuring.
The more you know about your instrument, the more sensitively you will handle it and the more expressively you will master it, making it an extension of who you are.
What kind of playing cards do you mostly use today, and what are the reasons for this choice?
After USPCC bought up Fournier, the quality of the cards started to change, for my taste to the worse, so I again switched back to Bicycle Rider Back and Tally-Ho Circle Back when performing for magicians, and Bee or Steamboat for gambling demos. For my professional work in front of lay audiences I still use Fournier 505, for practical reasons, since many of my special cards and decks are by them.
I still have to find the "perfect" deck – I don’t think it exists. But maybe the upcoming "Card College Playing Cards" by TCC is the one! (planned for release very soon)
How do modern decks compare with the ones you used at the start of your career, and how have playing cards changed over this time?
For magical purposes it matters whether the cards are cut from top down or bottom up, because it influences in which direction you do a Faro Shuffle or a Perfect Table Shuffle. In recent years there has been a tendency to cut them bottom up, which favors table techniques, and shows the influence and number of amateurs in thumb field. Also, it is clear that companies do what they have to do: save as much as they can by economizing in materials in order to maximize their earnings. I cannot judge whether this is good or bad for the economy, but it certainly isn’t for the cards.
The advantage of all this is that new companies with new and creative approaches are emerging and producing cards nowadays. Still, even the good cards produced nowadays have specific characteristics, and none can satisfy the needs of all people and all purposes. Therefore the search for a good deck is made even more difficult than it used to be, because there are so many. It is similar to information: in my time it was hard to come by because there was so little, today it is hard to find, because there is so much.
What kinds of playing cards are best?
The perfect playing card for card magic does not yet exist. And most likely it never will, for not only do numerous objective and often conflicting criteria enter into the equation, but also one's personal tastes and sensibility. It may well take you years to find the cards you like best.
There are as many brands of cards as there are grains of sand on the proverbial seashore. A good card consists of three layers: a face layer, a center layer for stiffness, and a back layer. The quality of the card is determined by the quality and grain of the paper, the glue, which becomes the center layer, the treatment of the outer surfaces called "finish" as well as the precision of the printing and the all-around cut.
Among the many designations used to categorize the treatment of the outer layers of playing cards, the most commonly seen are plastic coated, linen finish, resilient linen finish, air-cushion finish, ivory finish and Nevada finish, but there are several more. Buy one of each of these decks and experiment with them. But be prepared to change your preference in the course of time. Criteria that seem important to you when you begin your study may seem less so as you become more expert. The advantage of plastic coated cards is that they last longer and generally stay flat. But they also cling less to one another, which can make them more difficult to fan evenly. Then again they are better for false deals and false shuffles, having less friction.
Should we use bridge-sized cards or poker-sized cards, and why?
The fundamental distinction is between poker-size and bridge-size cards, although there are also miniature decks and jumbo decks. Poker-size decks are somewhat wider than bridge-size decks. My advice is to use poker-size cards from the very beginning, for practical reasons. I shall outline the pros of poker-size cards:
Finally, if you practice with poker-size cards, you can always perform with bridge-size cards if offered a borrowed deck.
Is it necessary to treat playing cards with fanning powder or in any other way?
Some magic books will tell you that the cards must be specially treated, but generally this is in reference to cards for the stage manipulator. Cards for close-up performances need not be treated. So forget about fanning powder, simply use a good quality new deck.
Decks with rough edges, or ones that do not spread evenly, must be broken in by handling them for several minutes, shuffling, cutting and dealing them. But stop before your perspiration penetrates the edges of the cards. Here is a simple, quick and cheap remedy for rough edges, told to me by card expert Dave Solomon of Chicago. Take a piece of relatively rough cardboard, larger than the deck. Grip the deck firmly and rub its ends and sides quickly back and forth a few times on the cardboard while pressing hard. You can also bevel the sides slightly and repeat the rubbing, doing so as you bevel the deck first one way and then the other. The cardboard acts like a very fine sandpaper and quickly smooths the edges, making them amenable to faro shuffles and other expert handling.
What other advice do you have for selecting a deck to use for card magic?
Once you have found the cards that work best for you, stick with them until you have a compelling reason to switch. Work exclusively with these cards.
Whether performing for a large or small audience, always use a new deck or one in new condition. New cards guarantee optimal execution of techniques and identify you as a polished artist, one who pays attention to detail; so don't try to skimp on this. Never forget that the deck of cards is your instrument.
What should we consider in terms of our hands when handling playing cards?
German philosopher Karl Jaspers once remarked, "The hand is the extension of the mind", and Andreas Tenzer maintained, "The hand is the extended arm of the heart." To this I would add that the instrument, in our case a deck of cards, is the extension of the hand. To stay with this analogy: mind, heart and hand are the “artistic trinity”, which through the use of an instrument can create amazing experiences for a small or large group of people, if led by a skilled and inspired individual.
Together with the cards as your instrument, your hands are the most important tools that actually determine the success of the magic you are going to perform. And any work of art is generally only as good as the tools employed to create it. In any case, you can only expect the best results if you care for them properly. The coordination between your thoughts and the movement of your hands is also extremely important.
How important is size of your hands and your skin type?
People with all types of skin can, of course, perform magic. But there are certain techniques that are easier for those having somewhat drier skin, whereas others are facilitated by a somewhat moister skin. The specific anatomy of your hands will make some techniques easier for you, while others will test your patience. Obviously, huge hands and long fingers better cover most sleight-of-hand. But such an attribute can also have its disadvantages.
Once you know your hand and skin type, you will take note of this relationship and patiently spend more time on some techniques than on others; and you will naturally be happy when some techniques prove easy for you. From my own experience and the result of polling many experts throughout the world, I can assure you that you can learn every technique, independent of the kind of hand and skin you have, providing you motivate yourself to devote sufficient practice to it, which - as stated earlier - can vary from hand to hand. In the worst case you can console yourself with the knowledge that every technique may be replaced by another technique, or a principle, or a subtlety or ruse.
The anatomy of your hand will change very little during your lifetime - unless you are reading this as a child. However, several factors, such as age, environment, climate and stress, are responsible for a change in skin types. From birth to my mid-twenties, I had very moist hands. Around age twenty-six, my skin got drier. This can also be measured in terms of one's use of decks: I used to need three to four decks each week. Now I need only that many a month.
Do you have any advice about hand care?
Your hands will be on constant display during performance. Can you risk having them not look their best? Pay attention to your hands, for they represent your greatest investment in the art of performing magic with cards. Well-groomed hands will give you the same feeling of well being as wearing a freshly laundered and pressed shirt.
Your hands will quickly become soiled as you practice. The dust all around us will stick to the sweat and oils of your hand to make them dirty. Soiled hands in turn shorten the lifetime of your deck, even with plastic coated cards, which otherwise last a long time. Before practicing and, of course, before every performance, wash your hands with a mild soap. I personally use an alkali-free pH7 liquid soap. Such neutral soap removes dirt without harming the natural oils of the hands. This keeps the hands from drying out after washing, and leaves you with practically the same feeling in your fingers after washing as before, so that your practice session can continue unimpeded. Try different soaps and, when you find the one that is best for you, stick with it. If you have very moist hands, you can find dehydrating creams in drug-stores that will keep your hands dry. This can be a great help during practice and performance. I used them for years when I was young and had naturally moist hands.
If you have normal or somewhat dry hands, I recommend that you apply a cream after each washing. Use a formula that is quickly absorbed and non-greasy - your cards will thank you. You can skip the cream after the practice-session washings. Office supply stores sell so-called fingertip moisteners used for instance by bank tellers to count paper money. "Sortkwik" is one such product, which is common in the USA, but you can find similar products in every country. Dai Vernon and other experts used a hand lotion called "Chamberlain's Golden Touch Lotion"; it is still available and you can find it over the internet. Both these products are applied just before performing, and with a little ingenuity you can make their use even part of your presentation.
The appropriate length of your fingernails is partly a matter of taste, but short nails facilitate the execution of most techniques and generally look better. Nail biting is absolutely taboo; break the habit, even if it means visiting a therapist. Pay just as much attention to your cuticles. My advice: Go at least once to a professional manicurist, paying close attention to the procedure and getting professional advice on the proper care of your nails. Then buy a good pair of nail shears, a cuticle remover and a good cream, compatible with your skin type.
Does it really matter how you do basic things like dealing or spreading cards?
Dealing cards would seem to be so elementary a topic, you may wonder why it is necessary to discuss it at all. But once again there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. Initially, either would serve the purpose equally well, but for advanced techniques precise positions of the fingers are critical.
The same is true with spreading cards. This technique will be used often with the cards either face up or face down. Once again we are analyzing a procedure with which you may feel you are already completely familiar, for who has not spread the deck between the hands when picking out cards? But pay attention to the positions of the fingers and the manner in which cards are pushed from hand to hand. This technique is the foundation on which sleight of hand will also be built.
I already know how to shuffle a deck. Do I really need to re-learn how to do this?
There are different ways to shuffle a deck of cards, including in the hands, or on the table, and in the air. Even though you may think you already know how to do these moves, and indeed have probably been shuffling cards for a long time, you should learn methods to professionally do it. These methods are elegant because they are efficient and economical. However, they also use precise fingering, which will become important when you want to learn more advanced sleights based on these grips, such as jog- and break-shuffles.
It is important that you learn to do these moves properly, even if this means unlearning some handling habits. At the beginning some of the new "ways" will feel strange, but within a few days you will feel at ease with them and recognize how well they allow you to control the cards; control is what shuffling is about. Piano virtuoso Arthur Rubinstein in his autobiography states: "Virtuosity is when the artist controls his instrument, and not vice-versa."
How important is the overhand shuffle, and its technique?
Overhand shuffling is a basic tool of card conjuring. More likely than not, most of you will already have mastered a version of the overhand shuffle. But even if you have been performing the overhand shuffle since you first learned to play cards, you will soon recognize that the proper method employs a technique that feels somewhat different. The grip will probably seem a bit unconventional, and you may wonder why this retraining is necessary, since your present overhand shuffle technique is more than adequate to mix the cards.
However, as soon as we get to the first actual techniques using the overhand shuffle, such as control of top and bottom stocks or the control of selected cards, you will realize that the "family style shuffle" is totally inadequate for a precise and secure execution of such sleights. The basic method I teach is a prerequisite for successful execution of all subsequent overhand shuffle techniques. Of particular importance are the positions of the forefinger and the little finger of the left hand, as well as the way the cards are shuffled off. With a little patience and perseverance the proper technique will open a door to a big room you probably didn’t know even existed; it is the room to artistic and expert card handling. Please believe me if I say that it is worth mastering.
How important is the riffle shuffle, and its technique?
The riffle shuffle is the shuffle preferred at gambling tables. This is primarily because it was once thought that the riffle shuffle made cheating more difficult. Today there is more literature devoted to various riffle shuffle techniques than to any other shuffle. Anything you can do with an overhand shuffle can be done with a riffle shuffle, and much more besides.
Although most card players know and use the riffle shuffle today, many people still find it fascinating when it is neatly performed, perhaps partly because of its association with gambling and its lore. You should therefore include in your performances tricks using the riffle shuffle, and become familiar with the basic riffle shuffle techniques. Don’t neglect to master these basics from the outset, as they will be the foundation for more advanced techniques you will encounter later.
Also learn how to square after shuffling. The method first recommended in print in 1902 by the mysterious card sharp S. W. Erdnase is a particularly efficient and elegant method of doing so. The Waterfall Riffle Shuffle is also a technique to learn, and is not only impressive to spectators, but is also very useful when no table is available.
Should magicians perform card flourishes?
Flourishes are essentially overt techniques in the service of showmanship. The "card tricks" of stage manipulators often consist largely of flourishes, such as one- and two-handed fans, springing and cascading the cards, tossing a ribbon of cards into the air and catching it again, throwing and catching individual cards like boomerangs. There are also flourish effects, such as the bare-handed production of single cards or even fans of cards, the diminishing and expanding of cards, etc. Flourishes showcase the performer’s skill, whether at the table or on the stage. The goal is not to mystify by performing something inexplicable, but to handle the cards in an unusual, yet aesthetically pleasing manner. They also create psychological and dramatic accents in the course of a routine.
Many competent performers have expressed their opinions on the use of flourishes, resulting in three basic schools of thought on the subject:
  1. At one extreme are those who maintain that the performer should handle the cards clumsily, so that the subsequent trick appears as miraculous as possible. With no apparent skill involved, it can only have been accomplished by magic.
  2. At the other extreme are those who believe this is nonsense and that the performer should appear as skillful as possible, dazzling the spectators with displays of manipulative bravura.
  3. Between these two extremes lies a third school, which follows the philosophy of naturalness championed by Dai Vernon, universally and respectfully known as the "Professor". This school teaches that the cards should be handled so as not to arouse suspicion. Above all, they should be handled neatly and nonchalantly, with the ease and casualness that defines the true master. Doesn't one expect a violin virtuoso to hold the violin securely and guide the bow precisely, with complete ease and confidence?
A discretely introduced flourish, such as the dribbling of the cards after the return of a selection to the deck, helps to underscore the fairness of the procedure. An unusual way of turning a face-down card face up to reveal the chosen card can strengthen the effect. Using an elegantly made fan to display the cards as all different imbues the handling with an aesthetic quality. Even relatively easy flourishes such as a ribbon spread and turnover on the table give the impression of above-average dexterity and - properly applied - can make an effect considerably more memorable and impressive for an audience. Introduce them into your performances with care and intelligence, and they will contribute disproportionately to your success.
What simple card flourishes should beginners learn?
Dribbling cards is a technique that has numerous uses. Among them are: as a flourish, as a method for having a card chosen and replaced, as a demonstration of the performer’s lack of control over the cards, as a way to prepare for a palm, by affording a reason to briefly hold the deck with two hands, and much more.
The Ribbon Spread is a flourish, but also a utility move that serves many purposes, such as having cards selected and replaced, showing that all cards are different and mixed, glimpsing a card at a certain position, and a large etcetera. You will be astonished at the incredibly strong impact this gesture with the cards has on laymen. Somehow the technique appears much more difficult than it is. Knowing it has such an impact, use it sparingly, acknowledging that you are accomplishing something extraordinary.
The Riffle is a little flourish that should be used sparingly and deliberately. I emphasize this here because the riffle can become a nervous tic, subconsciously repeated without realizing that it annoys the spectators. In such circumstances it communicates an impression of clumsiness. Yet, if introduced judiciously, it can underscore dramatic moments, providing an artistic highlight.
The Swivel Cut is the creation of the American vaudeville legend, Nate Leipzig. It is a two-handed flourish that has many possible applications to trick techniques.
The Charlier Cut can be used as a one-handed pass - that is, a secret cut not intended to be seen by the spectators - but can also be used as a visible flourish, and even as a gag. It is the invention of the nineteenth century enigma, Charlier.
Different methods of turning over the top card are suited for turning over a previously selected card at the climax of a trick, or simply to show the spectators a card that will be used subsequently.
In closing, how would you describe the importance of playing cards for card magic?
Without doubt, playing cards are the most fascinating instrument employed in the art of magic. No less a performer than Hofzinser designated card conjuring the "poetry" of magic. Cards have produced a palette of sciences, from their symbolism of humanity to their numerical properties and all the mathematical possibilities embodied therein. They serve at play and strategy, for fortune-telling and occult practices, and as a vehicle for social communication. They permit an expression of skill and intelligence.
Everything is brought together in card conjuring, for there is no effect, no emotion, that can’t be expressed with a deck of cards. They are a microcosm reflecting the "human condition", to use Rousseau’s expression, mirroring the fate and reality of mankind. Card tricks unite the principles of nature (natural material), of art (creativity, interpretations, self expression, talent), of science (psychological and mathematical principles) and of spirituality (symbolism, personal growth, therapy).
CLOSING THOUGHTS
If you are interested in learning more about expert card handling techniques, you can't go wrong by checking out some of Giobbi's books or videos. I wish that when I began my journey with playing cards by learning the fundamentals of proper card handling. You'll get far more enjoyment out of your card flourishing and progress more quickly by first learning the proper and basic techniques of card handling.
So where can you start? I'd suggest two resources, both of which Mr Giobbi has made available for free or a nominal cost, as part of his love for the art of magic, and his genuine desire to help new card handlers get off on the right foot:
Video: Fundamental Techniques - Giobbi has an entire course that teaches the fundamentals of card magic, corresponding to the first two books of Card College. He's made the first lesson free, and it covers the following topics: Basic Grips, Squaring, Various Cuts, Spreading & Outjogging Cards, Dribbling, Various Deals, Various Break Handlings, Step, Ribbon Spread, Preparing the Card Case. It's more than half an hour long, and has excellent content.
E-Book: Introduction to Card Magic- This e-book was created in 2012 (and recently updated in 2019) as an introductory course for newcomers, and features 150 pages of extensive instruction about the basics. It is in PDF format, and is dedicated to teaching general card handling techniques, e.g. the correct way to hold and shuffle playing cards, and much more. It also includes half a dozen solid card tricks that are basically self-working. It's well-illustrated with accompanying photographs and examples, and contains links to youtube videos illustrating the move or shuffle that you're learning. To help budding card handlers, Giobbi has made this available for just €6.95 via his website.
Where to learn more?
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Things to do this weekend (10/4-10/6)

Happy October! Here are all the big events happening this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:
Visit a Haunted House - See the Megathread for dates / times.
Old MacDonald's Farm - final weekend
Bart's Farm and Pumpkin Patch
Amana Oktoberfest
RoughRiders Hockey
What Cheer Flea Market
SWITCHFOOT & Their Fantastic Traveling Music Show
Chocolate Walk 2019
Hello, Dolly!
Mamma Mia!
Anamosa Pumpkinfest
Luke Combs "Beer Never Broke My Heart" Tour
Adventureland's 5th Annual Oktoberfest
2019 Northside Oktoberfest
4th Annual Holistic Fair
Harvest Fest
Farm Glow
2019 Mount Vernon Chili Cook-Off
Movin' at the Museum Fitness Classes 2019
Iowa City Farmers' Market
Especially For You Race
Take Flight!
Killer Queen
MV Porchfest 2019
Hiawatha Farmers' Market
Mount Trashmore Mini Challenge
New Movies This Weekend:
Joker (R) -78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes
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Tulalip Casino (Washington) is shutting down it's poker room for good October 31st 2019.

https://twitter.com/TulalipPokestatus/1179872785771847680
For those in Washington who live up North, this is a pretty big hit and will now have to venture down south to play some Poker. Depending on where you work and time of day, going down South just isn't feasible for a lot of people.
This casino was more a hub for Everett/Lynnwood/Marysville/Tulalip//Arlington/Lake Stevens/Mt Vernon folks, so to lose that is unfortunate. Small shoutout to Vancouver BC people as well, because this is a nice casino on the way to Seattle, as Marysville/Tulalip is just a couple hours from Vancouver, BC.
Unfortunately, not surprising. Casino's make so much more off slot machines and other table games. However, if you frequent this casino, it is a really nice casino/resort and to lose Poker, one of the more profitable player skill games here is a big shame and provides myself and many others less incentive to come to this very nice casino. It's already filled with what seems like thousands of slot machines, and I'm not interested in playing the least profitable games in the casino.
There is another Casino being built nearby, but no word on if it will have Poker and it obviously won't be as nice as this Casino/Resort is. One of the finest in Washington, but losing the Poker room for good. Such a shame.
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Card handling expert Roberto Giobbi's thoughts on playing cards

Roberto Giobbi is a highly respected magician and expert card handler, famous for his Card College series of books that teach the fundamentals of card magic. I recently did an interview with Mr Giobbi about playing cards and magic. Below I am posting some selected excerpts from this interview (with permission) that relate specifically to playing cards and the proper care and handling of a deck.
The full interview also includes additional content about magic that will be of less direct relevance to some readers in this playing cards forum, but can be found here for those who are interested: Q&A with Magician & Card Handling Expert Roberto Giobbi.
THE INTERVIEW
Do you use playing cards for anything besides card magic? (e.g. card flourishing, card games, or anything else?)
My father was an excellent card player with a photographic memory. We used to play many of the standard Italian family card games, such as Tresette, Scopa, Briscola, etc. When we came to the last hand he was able to tell me the cards I was holding! That might have been the first card trick I have been exposed to… Nowadays, when our sons come to visit every Sunday, after dinner, we play cards, mainly Swiss Jass (36 cards).
Finally: Although I do not consider myself a collector, I do have a few hundred different decks, and a well-sorted library on the subject, with some of the “classics” (d’Allemagne etc.).
Why do your refer to playing cards as your "instrument"?
Rather than calling playing cards a prop, as it is often done in the technical literature, I would like to consider them to be an instrument of the card conjurer, like the piano or the violin is an instrument to a musician, and I would even dare saying that cards are the most important and most widely used instrument in all of conjuring.
The more you know about your instrument, the more sensitively you will handle it and the more expressively you will master it, making it an extension of who you are. It is therefore imperative that you learn some facts (and speculations) regarding the origins and symbolism of playing cards, because this can form the basis for both intelligent conversations with your spectators as well as presentations for card routines.
What kind of playing cards did you first use when you started magic?
That’s a long time ago (1973)! However, I remember as if it was yesterday, that at age 14 I was given a flight from Basel to Geneva for my birthday, and that I went there with my godfather. When I got a chance I sneaked away and went to “Le Trucstore” in rue des rois in Geneva, a magic shop run by Jean Garance, who was quite a character and one of Switzerland’s few real professional magicians with an international reputation. He was most gracious, taught me a one-handed fan, and I bought the first deck of Bicycle Rider Back cards from him at the price of 12 Swiss Francs. I then used those as well as Tally-Ho Circle Back and Fan Back for years, because they appeared in the photos of the Ganson books on the card magic of Dai Vernon.
In 1978 I met Juan Tamariz, started to visit him once or twice a year in Madrid, and under his influence started to use Fournier’s Peacock 505. The printing qualities at that time were and still are superior to any USPCC card I know (the colors on the court cards, the tolerances on the white border etc.). Also they were almost flat being a bit stiffer without being fatter, you could table a face up pair with a face down card in-between, and they still appeared like two cards. With USPCC cards this was impossible, as they had a pronounced bend. The surface of the 505, however, was plastic coated, and so I had to relearn many of the sleights, especially the palms, as the cards behaved differently.
What kind of playing cards do you mostly use today, and what are the reasons for this choice?
After USPCC bought up Fournier, the quality of the cards started to change, for my taste to the worse, so I again switched back to Bicycle Rider Back and Tally-Ho Circle Back when performing for magicians, and Bee or Steamboat for gambling demos. For my professional work in front of lay audiences I still use Fournier 505, for practical reasons, since many of my special cards and decks are by them.
I still have to find the "perfect" deck – I don’t think it exists. But maybe the upcoming "Card College Playing Cards" by TCC is the one! (planned for release very soon)
How do modern decks compare with the ones you used at the start of your magic career, and how have playing cards changed over this time?
I can of course only state this from the point of view of a performing magician, which is different than that of a card player or a collector, I suppose.
For magical purposes it matters whether the cards are cut from top down or bottom up, because it influences in which direction you do a Faro Shuffle or a Perfect Table Shuffle. In recent years there has been a tendency to cut them bottom up, which favors table techniques, and shows the influence and number of amateurs in thumb field. Also, it is clear that companies do what they have to do: save as much as they can by economizing in materials in order to maximize their earnings. I cannot judge whether this is good or bad for the economy, but it certainly isn’t for the cards.
The advantage of all this is that new companies with new and creative approaches are emerging and producing cards nowadays. Still, even the good cards produced nowadays have specific characteristics, and none can satisfy the needs of all people and all purposes. Therefore the search for a good deck is made even more difficult than it used to be, because there are so many. It is similar to information: in my time it was hard to come by because there was so little, today it is hard to find, because there is so much.
What kinds of playing cards are best for card magic?
The perfect playing card does not yet exist. And most likely it never will, for not only do numerous objective and often conflicting criteria enter into the equation, but also one's personal tastes and sensibility. It may well take you years to find the cards you like best.
There are as many brands of cards as there are grains of sand on the proverbial seashore. A good card consists of three layers: a face layer, a center layer for stiffness, and a back layer. The quality of the card is determined by the quality and grain of the paper, the glue, which becomes the center layer, the treatment of the outer surfaces called "finish" as well as the precision of the printing and the all-around cut.
Among the many designations used to categorize the treatment of the outer layers of playing cards, the most commonly seen are plastic coated, linen finish, resilient linen finish, air-cushion finish, ivory finish and Nevada finish, but there are several more. Buy one of each of these decks and experiment with them. But be prepared to change your preference in the course of time. Criteria that seem important to you when you begin your study may seem less so as you become more expert. The advantage of plastic coated cards is that they last longer and generally stay flat. But they also cling less to one another, which can make them more difficult to fan evenly. Then again they are better for false deals and false shuffles, having less friction.
Should we use bridge-sized cards or poker-sized cards, and why?
The fundamental distinction is between poker-size and bridge-size cards, although there are also miniature decks and jumbo decks. Poker-size decks are somewhat wider than bridge-size decks. My advice is to use poker-size cards from the very beginning, for practical reasons. I shall outline the pros of poker-size cards:
Finally, if you practice with poker-size cards, you can always perform with bridge-size cards if offered a borrowed deck.
What kind of design is best for playing cards used for card magic?
The best back designs for the card conjurer have a white border. Prominent examples are Bicycle Rider Backs and Tally-Ho Circle Backs. Borders are more pleasing aesthetically. They also relax the eye and facilitate the execution of many techniques.
For gambling routines, though, cards with a borderless back design, particularly the Bee and Steamboat brands, are recommended, as such cards are generally used in professional gambling. This is because of the widely held belief that such cards are more difficult to mark on the back - which is a total myth.
Is it necessary to treat playing cards with fanning powder or in any other way?
Some magic books will tell you that the cards must be specially treated, but generally this is in reference to cards for the stage manipulator. Cards for close-up performances need not be treated. So forget about fanning powder, simply use a good quality new deck.
Decks with rough edges, or ones that do not spread evenly, must be broken in by handling them for several minutes, shuffling, cutting and dealing them. But stop before your perspiration penetrates the edges of the cards. Here is a simple, quick and cheap remedy for rough edges, told to me by card expert Dave Solomon of Chicago. Take a piece of relatively rough cardboard, larger than the deck. Grip the deck firmly and rub its ends and sides quickly back and forth a few times on the cardboard while pressing hard. You can also bevel the sides slightly and repeat the rubbing, doing so as you bevel the deck first one way and then the other. The cardboard acts like a very fine sandpaper and quickly smooths the edges, making them amenable to faro shuffles and other expert handling.
What other advice do you have for selecting a deck to use for card magic?
Once you have found the cards that work best for you, stick with them until you have a compelling reason to switch. Work exclusively with these cards.
Whether performing for a large or small audience, always use a new deck or one in new condition. New cards guarantee optimal execution of techniques and identify you as a polished artist, one who pays attention to detail; so don't try to skimp on this. Never forget that the deck of cards is your instrument.
What is your advice about the tuck box / card case?
The card case is not only a natural protector of the deck, but can also serve as a prop for tricks. Prepare the case so that the deck can be removed from it without unnecessary fumbling. A well-prepared case looks better, and as an adjunct to the performance is one of many details that serve to support the performer‘s image, whether he or she cultivates an elegant or informal style.
Opening the case and removing the deck can even be treated as a tiny ritual, a theatrical vignette for the audience. One might think that removing the cards from the card case is such a trivial handling that no explanation is necessary. Nothing could be further from the truth, as even in this phase of the performance, when apparently nothing is happening, signals are being transmitted to the observant spectator that reflect on the performer‘s competence and virtuosity.
I also recommend using a card clip for each performance deck and when you travel. There are many wonderful products on the market nowadays, and you will be spoilt for choice.
How do you recommend opening and preparing a new deck for use?
Most cases are shrink wrapped in cellophane. My preference is to remove the cellophane completely and throw it away. But you can also leave the cellophane on the case, removing only the upper portion, which can be separated from the lower portion by a not always user-friendly tear ribbon. This allows you to insert one or more cards between the case and the cellophane, either in front or in back of the case.
Remove the remnants of the seal that project above the semicircular cut in the front of the case. The seal remnants can be stuck to the discarded cellophane and both may then be disposed of, magically or otherwise. If these remnants are not removed, then the top card of the deck may stick to them once the flap of the card case is opened. The card expert will know how to use this to his advantage…
The flap of a card case consists of several parts, defined by three creases. Reinforce these creases by running your thumbnail along them several times. The third crease is particularly important. Many experts now favor the removal of the side tabs, either by tearing them off cleanly or cutting them off with scissors; they serve no useful purpose and can hinder and delay the replacement of the deck in the card case.
What should we consider in terms of our hands when handling playing cards?
Together with the cards as your instrument, your hands are the most important tools that actually determine the success of the magic you are going to perform. And any work of art is generally only as good as the tools employed to create it. In any case, you can only expect the best results if you care for them properly. The coordination between your thoughts and the movement of your hands is also extremely important.
How important is size of your hands and your skin type?
People with all types of skin can, of course, perform magic. But there are certain techniques that are easier for those having somewhat drier skin, whereas others are facilitated by a somewhat moister skin. The specific anatomy of your hands will make some techniques easier for you, while others will test your patience. Obviously, huge hands and long fingers better cover most sleight-of-hand. But such an attribute can also have its disadvantages.
Once you know your hand and skin type, you will take note of this relationship and patiently spend more time on some techniques than on others; and you will naturally be happy when some techniques prove easy for you. From my own experience and the result of polling many experts throughout the world, I can assure you that you can learn every technique, independent of the kind of hand and skin you have, providing you motivate yourself to devote sufficient practice to it, which - as stated earlier - can vary from hand to hand.
Does it really matter how you do basic things like dealing or spreading cards?
Dealing cards would seem to be so elementary a topic, you may wonder why it is necessary to discuss it at all. But once again there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. Initially, either would serve the purpose equally well, but for advanced techniques precise positions of the fingers are critical.
The same is true with spreading cards. This technique will be used often with the cards either face up or face down. Once again we are analyzing a procedure with which you may feel you are already completely familiar, for who has not spread the deck between the hands when picking out cards? But pay attention to the positions of the fingers and the manner in which cards are pushed from hand to hand. This technique is the foundation on which sleight of hand will also be built.
I already know how to shuffle a deck. Do I really need to re-learn how to do this?
There are different ways to shuffle a deck of cards, including in the hands, or on the table, and in the air. Even though you may think you already know how to do these moves, and indeed have probably been shuffling cards for a long time, you should learn methods to professionally do it. These methods are elegant because they are efficient and economical. However, they also use precise fingering, which will become important when you want to learn more advanced sleights based on these grips, such as jog- and break-shuffles.
It is important that you learn to do these moves properly, even if this means unlearning some handling habits. At the beginning some of the new "ways" will feel strange, but within a few days you will feel at ease with them and recognize how well they allow you to control the cards; control is what shuffling is about. Piano virtuoso Arthur Rubinstein in his autobiography states: "Virtuosity is when the artist controls his instrument, and not vice-versa."
How important is the overhand shuffle, and its technique?
Overhand shuffling is a basic tool of card conjuring. More likely than not, most of you will already have mastered a version of the overhand shuffle. But even if you have been performing the overhand shuffle since you first learned to play cards, you will soon recognize that the proper method employs a technique that feels somewhat different. The grip will probably seem a bit unconventional, and you may wonder why this retraining is necessary, since your present overhand shuffle technique is more than adequate to mix the cards.
However, as soon as we get to the first actual techniques using the overhand shuffle, such as control of top and bottom stocks or the control of selected cards, you will realize that the "family style shuffle" is totally inadequate for a precise and secure execution of such sleights. The basic method I teach is a prerequisite for successful execution of all subsequent overhand shuffle techniques. Of particular importance are the positions of the forefinger and the little finger of the left hand, as well as the way the cards are shuffled off. With a little patience and perseverance the proper technique will open a door to a big room you probably didn’t know even existed; it is the room to artistic and expert card handling. Please believe me if I say that it is worth mastering.
How important is the riffle shuffle, and its technique?
The riffle shuffle is the shuffle preferred at gambling tables. This is primarily because it was once thought that the riffle shuffle made cheating more difficult. Today there is more literature devoted to various riffle shuffle techniques than to any other shuffle. Anything you can do with an overhand shuffle can be done with a riffle shuffle, and much more besides.
Although most card players know and use the riffle shuffle today, many people still find it fascinating when it is neatly performed, perhaps partly because of its association with gambling and its lore. You should therefore include in your performances tricks using the riffle shuffle, and become familiar with the basic riffle shuffle techniques. Don’t neglect to master these basics from the outset, as they will be the foundation for more advanced techniques you will encounter later.
Also learn how to square after shuffling. The Waterfall Riffle Shuffle is also a technique to learn, and is not only impressive to spectators, but is also very useful when no table is available.
What simple card flourishes should beginners learn?
Dribbling cards is a technique that has numerous uses. Among them are: as a flourish, as a method for having a card chosen and replaced, as a demonstration of the performer’s lack of control over the cards, as a way to prepare for a palm, by affording a reason to briefly hold the deck with two hands, and much more.
The Ribbon Spread is a flourish, but also a utility move that serves many purposes, such as having cards selected and replaced, showing that all cards are different and mixed, glimpsing a card at a certain position, and a large etcetera. You will be astonished at the incredibly strong impact this gesture with the cards has on laymen. Somehow the technique appears much more difficult than it is. Knowing it has such an impact, use it sparingly, acknowledging that you are accomplishing something extraordinary.
The Riffle is a little flourish that should be used sparingly and deliberately. I emphasize this here because the riffle can become a nervous tic, subconsciously repeated without realizing that it annoys the spectators. In such circumstances it communicates an impression of clumsiness. Yet, if introduced judiciously, it can underscore dramatic moments, providing an artistic highlight.
The Swivel Cut is the creation of the American vaudeville legend, Nate Leipzig. It is a two-handed flourish that has many possible applications to trick techniques.
The Charlier Cut can be used as a one-handed pass - that is, a secret cut not intended to be seen by the spectators - but can also be used as a visible flourish, and even as a gag. It is the invention of the nineteenth century enigma, Charlier.
Different methods of turning over the top card are suited for turning over a previously selected card at the climax of a trick, or simply to show the spectators a card that will be used subsequently.
In closing, how would you describe the importance of playing cards for card magic?
Without doubt, playing cards are the most fascinating instrument employed in the art of magic. No less a performer than Hofzinser designated card conjuring the "poetry" of magic. Cards have produced a palette of sciences, from their symbolism of humanity to their numerical properties and all the mathematical possibilities embodied therein. They serve at play and strategy, for fortune-telling and occult practices, and as a vehicle for social communication. They permit an expression of skill and intelligence.
Everything is brought together in card conjuring, for there is no effect, no emotion, that can’t be expressed with a deck of cards. They are a microcosm reflecting the "human condition", to use Rousseau’s expression, mirroring the fate and reality of mankind. Card tricks unite the principles of nature (natural material), of art (creativity, interpretations, self expression, talent), of science (psychological and mathematical principles) and of spirituality (symbolism, personal growth, therapy).
CLOSING THOUGHTS
If you are interested in learning more about expert card handling techniques, you can't go wrong by checking out some of Giobbi's books or videos. I wish that when I began my journey with playing cards by learning the fundamentals of proper card handling. You'll get far more enjoyment out of your card flourishing and progress more quickly by first learning the proper and basic techniques of card handling.
So where can you start? I'd suggest two resources, both of which Mr Giobbi has made available for free or a nominal cost, as part of his love for the art of magic, and his genuine desire to help new card handlers get off on the right foot:
Video: Fundamental Techniques - Giobbi has an entire course that teaches the fundamentals of card magic, corresponding to the first two books of Card College. He's made the first lesson free, and it covers the following topics: Basic Grips, Squaring, Various Cuts, Spreading & Outjogging Cards, Dribbling, Various Deals, Various Break Handlings, Step, Ribbon Spread, Preparing the Card Case. It's more than half an hour long, and has excellent content for anyone who uses playing cards.
E-Book: Introduction to Card Magic- This e-book (in PDF format) was created as an introductory course for newcomers, and features 150 pages of extensive instruction about the basics. It's not just for magicians, because it is dedicated to teaching general card handling techniques, e.g. how to select and hold a deck, correct shuffling techniques, and much, much more. It's well-illustrated with accompanying photographs, and has links to youtube videos illustrating what you're learning. To help budding card handlers, Giobbi has made this available for just €6.95 via his website.
Where to learn more?
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Payday 2: Point Break Heists - Discussion Thread Day 3 + Release

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Day 1 - The Heists

New Contract: Locke
Born in South Africa, educated at Lincoln Laboratory, trained under MI5, and now employed by Murkywater. Vernon Locke heads their special cyberwarfare division, which has been tasked with infiltrating and destroying Crime.net. Locke has managed this. However, being a mercenary with no loyalties that extra money couldn't bend, Locke sees this as an opportunity. An opportunity to get rich, and cause a little chaos. He has reached out to Bain and the Payday gang. The deal? Work with him, or he brings Crime.net down forever. And he already has a couple of jobs for you...

Beneath the Mountain

Going Underground ~~~~ Built deep into granite bedrock, Black Ridge was designed by the Air Force to survive a direct nuclear impact. After the Cold War, it was purchased by Murkywater, and re-fitted to act as a command center for the mercenary army. Locke knows there is loot stored in the deep vaults of this mountain fastness. He will guide you through it, supplying intel and assets. Can Black Ridge survive a direct attack by the Payday gang?
Defense at Depth
These old Air Force bunkers are built to last, built to withstand any kind of attack, and over the years Murkywater have added to this. In addition to ranks of Murky mercenaries, you can expect heightened security protocols and deadly fixed defenses. These include airlocks and the latest anti-personnel ceiling turrets.

Birth of Sky

Keep Those Heisters Flying!
Robbing stores is great. Robbing banks, warehouses and casinos is really fucking great. But how about robbing a plane? A military cargo plane, 20,000ft above the ground? Murkywater is a private army with a private air force, and part of that air force is tasked with transporting huge pallets of ill-gotten cash around the world. One such plane is scheduled to fly over the Eastern Seaboard soon. Locke has arranged for you to be on board. Getting the money will be one thing - getting off the plane, that's something else...
A speedy getaway
Need a quick getaway? Locke has your back. This guy is prepared. In the sewers beneath the town he has stashed a dinghy. But we're not talking the kind of boat you take out for a Sunday bob by the beach. This is a military speedboat, designed for infiltration, assault and fast exfiltration under fire. Is everyone aboard?

Day 2 - New Character

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Bodhi

Bodhi is known as one of the greatest legends in the world of crime, but few know the man behind the mask. As the founding father of the Ex-Presidents gang, Bodhi's renowned in the criminal underworld for his extreme athleticism and daring heists. His recent feats of strength in Mumbai and Austria got Bain's attention, granting him an invitation into the Payday gang.

Platypus

When looking for the cleanest, most beautiful line, every firearm except the sniper rifle feels clumsy and random. An instrument of precision in the hands if one is focused in the mind. Don't let the name fool you. The Platypus is precise.

Bodhi's Mask

Masks have always been used in spiritual traditions that relate to deities, the divine and those chasing the apotheosis of the self. Bodhi's mask reflects the man behind it. Strong, cunning, single-minded, and centred.

Utility Knife

It may seem like a utilitarian tool, but if this blade can cut through the tough-bastard vacuum-sealed plastic of packing crates it can deal with anything the cops might wrap themselves in.

Perk Deck

Bodhi's Perk Deck, called the Ex-President, is about you and your crew working together as a team. The better you and your team are at disposing enemies, the higher chance of survival you have.
The Ex-President perk deck works best when the crew works together. The support of the full crew and quick reaction when your armour is depleted will let you stay in the heat of battle for a longer time.
Keep in mind however that letting yourself be cornered with no cover or running away from your crew will leave you vulnerable, as regenerating your armour as fast as possible is crucial to your continued life of crime.
The Ex-President perk deck is also efficient with dodge builds as well as armour builds. Try adapting it to your favourite playstyle. It's up to you to find the combination of dodge, armour and health stored that you feel is your perfect line.

FREE

The Bodhi character pack is a free update

Day 3 - Movie/Achievements

Day 3 - Movie/Achievements

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6 New songs!

  • Lock and Load - Simon Viklund
  • Drop Zone - Simon Viklund
  • Do you wanna - Point Break soundtrack
  • I need your love - Point Break soundtrack
  • Still breathing - Point Break soundtrack
  • Take me down - Point Break soundtrack
"Locke and Load has a very atmospheric stealth part that builds into a booming techno track with huge Taiko drums and feverish melodies. Drop Zone starts off with some live bass and subtle but unpredictable drum riffs in a very 'secret agenty' stealth part. The track then builds to a high adrenaline fusion track" - Simon Viklund
Great action heists share many things with great action movies. They're exciting, adventurous, dramatic, and feature a great soundtrack. So with the Point Break DLC we're also dropping four tracks taken directly from the movie's soundtrack!

New Weapons/Melee

  • Baby Deagle
  • Ice Pick - *When you're scaling the slick cliffs beneath angel falls, you need something that can gouge into the hard rock. When you're robbing banks in D.C., you need something that can gouge into the helmets of cops.
  • Diving Knife - Simple and strong. Whether you're cutting throats, or cutting dolphins free of tangling fishing nets, it gets the job done. And it looks badass on your hip when you come swaggering out of the surf.
  • Selfie-Stick - As hoxton said, "look at that fucking berk with the selfie-stick. What a bellend. I bet it's strong, though. Y'know, I should take it off him and twat him with it. Back in a mo..."
  • Machete - They say you can last three weeks without food, and three days without water, but in a hostile environment you won't last three hours without a good blade at your side.

New Masks

  • Oro - It was exploring the islands of french polynesia, bodhi encountered the disciples of the war-god oro. The young adventurer quickly became enamored of this god, who valued the appreciation of beautiful crafts as much as the art of struggle.
  • Maui - Exploring the pacific "ring of fire" in his youth, bodhi came to the following revelation: honoring oneself means honoring the myths. A myth that stuck with him was that of maui. Like bodhi, maui was a dauntless champion of humankind, a trickster and adventurer.
  • Tane - Tane was the god of the forest who used his mighty strength to separate his parents, the earth and the sky. Legends also credit him with creating tiki, the first man. Thus, he created the world as we know it, and the people within it.
  • Tawhiri - Brother of tane, tawhiri is the god of weather, most particularly violent storms and lightning. Bodhi experienced plenty of both, and it was during a particularly vicious explosion while reef-diving in tuvalu that bodhi gained a true appreciation for this powerful deity.
  • 4 patterns
  • 4 materials

"Beneath the Mountain" Achievements

  • Hall of the Mountain King - *Complete the "Beneath the Mountain" job on the Deathwish difficulty.
  • Clean House - *In the "Beneath the Mountain" job, secure all the loot from the vaults and mountain-top in the escape helicopter. Unlocks the "Tawhiri" mask, "Flow" material and "Sun avatar" pattern.
  • Commando Crew - In the "Beneath the Mountain" job, open the 4 vaults that contain loot within 10 minutes of starting the heist on the Overkill difficulty or above.
  • No Scope - Kill 10 enemies in a row by shooting them in the head with a platypus 70 sniper rifle while not aiming down the sights. Unlocks the "Tane" mask, "Sancti" material, and "Tribal Face" pattern.
  • Juggernaut - Complete the Beneath the Mountain job on the Overkill difficulty or above without any player going down

"Birth of Sky" Achievements

  • The Sky is the Limit - Complete the "Birth of Sky" job on the Deathwish difficulty
  • Pinpoint Landing - In the "Birth of Sky" job, parachute into the diner through a hole in the roof
  • No blood on the floor - In the "Birth of Sky" job. release the money without having any player take health damage on Overkill difficulty or above. Unlocks the "Oro" mask, "Glade" material, and "Tribal Wave" pattern.
  • 1... 2... 3... Jump! - In the "Birth of Sky" job, have the entire crew jump out of the airplane within 1 minute and 23 seconds on the Overkill difficulty or above. Unlocks the "Maui" mask, "Wade" material, and "Ornamental Crown" pattern
  • Black Tie Event - Complete the "Birth of Sky" job using only pistols and a two piece suit on Overkill or above. You have to be in the heist from the start to receive this achievement

Changelog

  • 2 new heists - Beneath the Mountain & Birth of Sky
  • 10 new achievements - 5 for each heist
  • A new pistol secondary weapon
  • Four melee weapons
  • 6 new songs added: 2 all-new heist themes composed by Simon Viklund, and 4 menu themes from the Point Break soundtrack.
  • New Contract: Locke
  • 4 masks, materials, and patterns
Bodhi Character Pack
  • Bodhi - a new playable character
  • A new sniper rifle primary weapon
  • A new melee weapon
  • A new perk deck featuring 9 perks
  • 2 new masks

Weapons

Assault Rifles
  • All Assault Rifles have had their accuracy increased by 8
Pistols
  • Stryk 18 Pistol - Damage from 38 to 35
  • Chimano 88 Pistol - Damage from 38 to 35
  • Deagle Pistol - Damage from 160 to 145
  • Crosskill pistol - Damage from 80 to 65
  • Bernetti 9 Pistol - Damage from 40 to 37
  • Bronco .44 Revolver - Damage from 190 to 175
  • Interceptor 45 Pistol - Damage from 80 to 65
  • Chimano Custom Pistol - Damage from 80 to 65
  • Gruber Kurz Pistol - Damage from 40 to 37
  • Sig .40 Pistol - Damage from 80 to 65
  • Chimano Compact Pistol - Damage from 40 to 37
  • Broomstick Pistol - Damage from 40 to 37
  • Leo Pistol - Damage from 80 to 65
  • Peacemaker .45 Revolver - Damage from 195 to 180
  • Matever .357 - Damage from 195 to 180
General Changes
  • All weapons have had their ammo pick up rate increase. Weapons with a higher total ammo will benefit most from this change.
Shotguns
  • M1014 Shotgun - Damage from 30 to 40
  • Predator 12G Shotgun - Damage from 30 to 40
  • Izhma 12G Shotgun - Damage from 23 to 33
  • Steakout 12G Shotgun - Damage from 23 to 33
  • Street Sweeper Shotgun - Damage from 23 to 33

Perk and Skill Changes

  • Gunslinger - Akimbo pistols will now benefit from the skill in the same way as pistols. Akimbo pistols damage from 7.5 to 15
  • Disturbing the Peace - The panic effect can now be triggered by all weapons

Weapon Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where some shotguns didn't fire all 12 pellets
  • Fixed an issue where the projectile fall off by some shotguns was too severe
  • Normalised the projectile fall off difference among all shotguns
  • Fixed an issue where the accuracy bonus from crouching and aiming down sight didn't apply properly

Sound

  • Added more voice lines for Dallas
  • Added more voice lines for Hoxton
  • Added more voice lines for Houston
  • Added more voice lines for Chains
  • Added more voice lines for Clover
  • Added more voice lines for Bonnie
  • Added more voice lines for John Wick
  • Added more voice lines for Jacket
  • Added more voice lines for Sokol
  • Added more voice lines for Jiro
  • Added more voice lines for Dragan
  • Added more robber lines in First World Bank
  • Added more robber lines in slaughterhouse
PLEASE NOTE: This is a partial addition from the "Big VO Update" that we are continuously adding to the game.

Slaughterhouse Heist

  • Moved some containers and props in the escape to avoid players getting stuck while opening them
  • Fixed two graph issues in open containers in the container yard, they can now be randomly closed
  • Moved a coat hanger you could get stuck on
  • Fixed an issue with cloaker spawns
  • Fixed a few portal issues

Vehicles

  • Added an option to change the camera view in vehicles for the driver by clicking the right mouse button while driving a vehicle
  • Added an 'Edit Keys Option' for vehicles

Aftershock Heist

  • Fixed performance issues on the heist
  • Fixed an error in the heist description

First World Bank Heist

  • In stealth, manager detects you, but heist doesn't go loud
  • Magnetic lock computer can be hacked through wall
  • Fixed missaligned spotlights
  • Sniper on the right side could shoot through roof
  • Crash when dropping loot in the vent
  • Dominating the camera security guard in the first area will not disable the cams

Level Experience Rework

Experience is rewarded for each day instead of after the contract is completed. The experience reward system has been reworked on the following heists:
  • Hoxton Revenge
  • Big Oil
  • Go Bank
  • Framing Frame
  • Art Gallery
  • Diamond Store
  • Hoxton Breakout
  • Hotline Miami

Other Changes

  • Fixed an issue where stamina would not regen while looking through a camera
  • Fixed an issue where damage skills would not work properly while being tased
  • Fixed an issue with a crash related to Captain Winters
  • Fixed an issue with Chains VO volume for his Inspire lines
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The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (8/28/16)

Sunday:
NORTH:
· 1. First U.S. Olympic rhythmic-gymnastics team trained in Deerfield (Chicago Tribune)
· 2. Skokie woman chosen to be part of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council (Chicago Sun-Times)
WEST:
· 3. New addition to Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn sets stage for school's future (Daily Herald)
· 4. Cicero man killed in shooting in Cicero (CBS 2)
SOUTHWEST:
· 5. Person tackles Plainfield man who robbed Bolingbrook Bingo hall of $4,000 at knifepoint before robber gets away (ABC 7)
SOUTH:
· 6. Lansing: Little Calumet River levee-improvement project stalled because 11 residents haven't signed off on easement agreements (Northwest Indiana Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 7. Cancer Resource Centre in Munster offers healing garden for meditation, reflection(Northwest Indiana Times)
· 8. Merrillville looking into partnership with Gary Public Transportation Corp. that would provide shuttles to connect town's residents with existing bus routes (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 9. Man fatally shot after fight that started at Hammond bar (CBS 2)
· 10. Gary Redevelopment Commission selects East Chicago native to paint mural with the theme of 'resurgence' (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 11. Munster resident pens book in hopes of saving elephants (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 12. Former Gary mayoral candidate sues city, Redevelopment Commission over deal with MaiaCo LLC (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 13. Municipalities, including Michigan City, call for citizen panel to draw legislative district lines (Northwest Indiana Times)
Monday:
NORTH:
· 14. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says President Obama 'acting like drug-dealer-in-chief' in response to question about money paid to Iran, release of hostages (NBC 5)
· 15. Glenview police search for man who tried to lure several children into his car (FOX 32)
· 16. Alleged victim files medical-malpractice lawsuit against Wilmette doctor whom she claims provided prescription medications in exchange for sex while she was 17-years-old (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 17. Skokie police arrest four people in connection with several car burglaries that took place Sunday, Aug. 21 (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST:
· 18. 18-year-old charged with stabbing man at Woodstock house party (FOX 32)
· 19. Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 to spend about $600,000 to buy laptops for all of its middle-school students (Daily Herald)
· 20. Bartlett village administrator to retire next January after 35 years on the job (Daily Herald)
· 21. Driver of SUV seriously injured when semi truck runs red light on Route 176 in Crystal Lake (Daily Herald)
· 22. Des Plaines Subway restaurant robbed of more than $400 at 3 a.m. Sunday (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 23. Fire at Oakbrook Terrace motel causes evacuation; one person injured (CBS 2)
· 24. Rosemont swears in original 'Incredible Hulk' actor Lou Ferrigno as honorary public-safety officer during Wizard World Chicago (ABC 7)
· 25. Car lands 200 feet off road following crash in Batavia; driver extricated from vehicle (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 26. Dow Furniture in North Aurora closing (Daily Herald)
· 27. Fox Valley Wildlife Center reports goose recovering after group of Batavia High School students attacked it (Daily Herald)
· 28. Soldier from Maywood dies in Food Hood, Texas, barracks (CBS 2/Associated Press)
· 29. DuPage Public Safety Communications (DuComm) may move to DuPage County Complex in 2018 (Daily Herald)
· 30. 14 people taken to hospital after gas leak at Sugar Grove chemical distributor (Daily Herald)
· 31. New Jersey-based Strategic Properties of North America buys Briarbrook Village apartments in Wheaton for $50 million (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 32. Cyclist critically injured after being hit by car in Chicago Ridge; driver being questioned (CBS 2)
· 33. Pregnant Florida woman moves in with mother in Orland Park to avoid Zika virus (CBS 2)
· 34. 28-year-old Crest Hill man convicted of possession of child pornography, given three years probation, must register as sex offender for life (Chicago Tribune)
SOUTH:
· 35. Police, SWAT team engage in 8-hour standoff on Monday at Park Forest home where they thought burglary suspects were; suspects remain at large (CBS 2)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 36. Airports across Northwest Indiana fighting economic head winds, drop in licensed pilots (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 37. Lake County deputy rescues dog from burning car in Gary (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 38. Crete man arrested in Dyer after high-speed chase that followed attempted traffic stop in Cedar Lake (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 39. Michigan City-based NW Indiana Gay Straight Coalition aims to improve relations with LGBT community, reduce gun violence (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 40. Northwest Indiana communities witness decrease in homicide rate (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 41. East Chicago police seek hit-and-run driver who injured ArcelorMittal worker on his way to work (Northwest Indiana Times)
Tuesday:
NORTH:
· 42. Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 to look for places to cut after board approves $98.3 million budget (Daily Herald)
· 43. Fourth-grade teacher at Skokie school uses rap video to introduce himself to his students (NBC 5)
· 44. Would-be smash-and-grab burglary of Libertyville gun shop thwarted by weapons not being on sales floor (Chicago Tribune/Libertyville Review)
· 45. Manager of Northbrook beauty salon, daughter narrowly missed being hit by car that crashed into salon's front door (Chicago Tribune/Northbrook Star)
· 46. Armed robber gets away cash, cigarettes during robbery at Libertyville gas station (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST:
· 47. West Dundee approves downtown special taxing district despite business owners' objections (Daily Herald)
· 48. 87-year-old Arlington Heights man charged with battery for using pepper spray on officers sent to check on his well-being (Chicago Tribune/Arlington Heights Post)
· 49. Carpentersville launches interactive shopping/marketing tool on village website (Daily Herald)
· 50. Sears Holdings reopens Des Plaines Kmart (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 51. Special census to be conducted in North Aurora beginning Sept. 1 (Daily Herald)
· 52. Wheaton City Council reducing plans for downtown improvements, while debating bond sales (Daily Herald)
· 53. Darien man struck and killed by train on Metra BNSF line in Hinsdale (Chicago Tribune/The Doings)
· 54. Man robs Addison bank (ABC 7)
· 55. Clarendon Hills cyclist struck and killed in Hinsdale (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 56. Aurora man dies as result of rollover accident in Virgil Township (Kane County) (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 57. Glen Ellyn Elementary School District 41 has busing problems on first day of school (Daily Herald)
· 58. Elk Grove Village gives Marino's Wood Fire Restaurant permission for outdoor dining (Daily Herald)
· 59. Kane County Sheriff's Office reinstates school-resource officers in Kaneland, Burlington Central high schools (Daily Herald)
· 60. Head of Choose DuPage urges better use of public transit, bicycles as way to boost county's job market (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 61. Woman reunited with doctors, nurses who saved her life 10 years ago at Oak Lawn hospital, where she now also works (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 62. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso euthanizes 4-year-old 16-pound Giant Chinchilla rabbit after it gets sick (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 63. Woman from East Chicago, man from Hammond charged with child endangerment after leaving infants in car while they were gambling at casino (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 64. Crown Point considers pay hikes for non-elected employees, incentives for police officers to live in city (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 65. Split decision forces choice of new Portage Township School member to courts (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 66. Hobart may create program to encourage businesses to invest in green infrastructure (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 67. NIPSCO plans to shutter coal-fired generation station in Chesterton by 2018, much of Wheatfield facility by 2023 (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 68. Porter County Board rejects wheel tax to generate money for road/bridge projects; moves $5.5 million into rainy-day fund (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 69. Fugitive from LaPorte County leads officers on chase; found in cubby hole underneath plywood door in his home (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 70. Indiana shore drawing Chicago-area commuters away from the big city (Chicago Tribune)
Wednesday:
NORTH:
· 71. Morton Grove, Wheeling men plead guilty to defrauding schools of $33 million of tutoring funds (CBS 2)
· 72. Highland Park extends contract with embattled red-light-camera firm Redflex Traffic Systems to give police time to find a replacement (Chicago Tribune/Highland Park News)
· 73. Two people arrested after drug lab discovered in Waukegan apartment during eviction (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 74. Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 OKs budget, which includes additions at two schools (Daily Herald)
· 75. Island Lake Village Board to consider raising mayor's salary to $25,000, tops in Lake County (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 76. Former Crystal Lake resident pleads guilty to drug-induced homicide in death of McHenry mother (Chicago Tribune)
· 77. Streamwood teen accused of running over his father three times with a car during fight with relatives in Chicago (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 78. Law going into effect in 2017 would allow Elgin Area Unit School District U-46 CEO to also serve as district's superintendent (Daily Herald)
· 79. Illinois Department of Transportation agrees to $4 million in funding for proposed U.S. 14 underpass beneath Canadian National Railroad tracks in Barrington (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 80. Forest Park-based Nadeau's Ice Sculptures turns ice into works of art (WGN TV)
· 81. Engineering firm: Batavia needs larger stormwater pipes, to invest more in culvert maintenance to resolve flooding problems on city's southeast side (Daily Herald)
· 82. Naperville launches program to help police officers, firefighters, members of the military, reservists, veterans, health-care and EMS workers, teachers with real-estate financing (Daily Herald)
· 83. One person killed in car crash in Maywood (NBC 5)
· 84. DuPage judge orders release of dash-cam video related to Lisle man's claim Naperville police tried to run him over during a protest (Chicago Tribune)
· 85. Bloomingdale to reduce telecommunications tax from 5 percent to 3 percent (Daily Herald)
· 86. Aurora activists upset about using non-local artists for blues mural, which they say doesn't represent the city or its connection to the style of music (Daily Herald)
· 87. Atlanta-based T5 Data Centers acquires former Forsythe Technologies building in Elk Grove Village for new data center (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 88. Actor Nick Offerman to visit Minooka High School on Oct. 23 as part of book tour (Chicago Tribune)
SOUTH:
· 89. Man shot outside house in Flossmoor (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 90. Child struck by car in Merrionette Park (FOX 32)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 91. Thieves steal more than $1,000 worth of razor blades in less than four minutes at Chesterton CVS store (NBC 5)
· 92. Northwest Indiana's unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent in July (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 93. Highland town officials want new municipal building, citing numerous condition issues with current facilty (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 94. East Chicago man accused of stealing cologne from Hobart's Southlake Mall, attempted to carjack a woman leaving the mall (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 95. Gary police seek man in connection with bank robbery (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 96. Illinois legislator introduces bill to protect parks, sensitive properties from Pokémon GO players (ABC 7)
Thursday:
NORTH:
· 97. Northwestern University unearths 1954 time capsule inside institution's library (CBS 2)
· 98. Lake County coroner appeals removal from ballot to Illinois Supreme Court (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 99. Zion man charged with multiple felonies in fatal May 13 car crash in Graylake (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 100. Woman convicted of Deerfield toddler's death at Lincolnshire daycare facility to get new trial (Chicago Tribune)
· 101. Wheeling man charged with criminal aggravated sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of two children from his neighborhood (Daily Herald)
· 102. Fox Waterway Agency struggling to deal with sediment in Chain of Lakes, Fox River (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 103. Prairie Grove police officer on trial for DUI following crash that wrecked village-owned vehicle (Chicago Tribune)
· 104. Mundelein Parks & Recreation District to borrow $4 million to replace Chalet at Keith Mione Community Park with larger multi-use facility (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 105. Former Rosati's Pizza building on Route 31 in Carpentersville to be torn down; village hopes it will spur further redevelopment (Daily Herald)
· 106. Imam of Elgin Islamic center pleads guilty to sexual abuse of student, must register as a sex offender (CBS 2)
· 107. Bartlett family battles Canadian National Railroad over fallen trees, branches that damaged their fence (NBC 5)
· 108. Pennsylvania woman charged with filing false rape/battery report in Schaumburg; Rolling Meadows man charged with trespassing in same incident (FOX 32)
· 109. Executive director of Schaumburg Township District Library to retire at year's end (Daily Herald)
· 110. Rivers Casino donates $5,000 to help bring traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Des Plaines (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 111. Environmental activists claim Cicero-based Tough Cuts Inc. is allowing construction rubble to creep into Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal, threatening wildlife (CBS 2)
· 112. Pizza-delivery driver robbed at gunpoint in Willowbrook (CBS 2)
· 113. Terror suspect from Hillside deemed unfit to stand trial; sent to psychiatric facility for treatment (CBS 2/Chicago Sun-Times)
· 114. Aurora mayor to step down from post in October due to cancer, treatment (ABC 7)
· 115. Gas leak closes South Finley Road in Lombard (ABC 7)
· 116. DuPage judge rules against Hinsdale in attempt to remove sculpture from couple's yard (ABC 7)
· 117. Batavia aldermen indicate willingness to demolish historic First Baptist Church to make way for redevelopment (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 118. Tickets go on sale for Freaky Deaky 2016 Halloween festival at Toyota Park in Bridgeview (CBS 2)
SOUTH:
· 119. Homeless man wanted for fatal shooting in Harvey arrested in Virginia (CBS 2)
· 120. Hammond man believed to have robbed Lansing Goodwill store dies in car crash on Ridge Road (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 121. 20-year-old man shot to death in Flossmoor (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 122. Midlothian bank robbed (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 123. Man killed by semi trailer on I-80/94 near Lake Station after exiting his pickup, which was involved in a crash with another vehicle (FOX 32)
· 124. Vote on East Chicago homeless shelter postponed after city planner says dry-cleaning business was located on proposed site (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 125. Portage Rotary Club looking to rebuild after membership dwindles to one person (Northwest Indiana Times)
Friday:
NORTH:
· 126. Waukegan man charged with drug-induced homicide in Antioch man's death (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 127. U-Haul pulls out of Lake Zurich; Life Storage Inc. has eye on same property (Daily Herald)
· 128. Fox Lake pension board to await outcome of Melody Gliniewicz's criminal trial before making decision on late husband's pension (Daily Herald)
· 129. Two carjackings reported overnight in Evanston (CBS 2)
· 130. Waukegan School District 60 to replace pipes, water fountains in areas serving preschoolers, kindergarteners (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
NORTHWEST:
· 131. Lemonade Brigade raising money for McHenry County girl who crawled into a hot car and passed out, suffering heat injuries (CBS 2)
· 132. Schaumburg woman convicted of killing her severely-disabled daughter granted bond, could be freed (Chicago Tribune)
· 133. Elgin councilman objects to city's sale of parking lots to St. Joseph Catholic Church without putting the properties on the market first (Daily Herald)
· 134. St. Louis-based Capstone Development Group buys The Tower Building in Elgin after two years of negotiations (Daily Herald)
· 135. Two men jailed for crimes in Woodstock now charged with burglary in Union (CBS 2)
· 136. Elgin-based Nick's Pizza & Pub plans expansion into Chicago (NBC 5)
· 137. Referendum on ballot to decide fate of proposed early-learning center in Mount Prospect-based River Trails School District 26 (Daily Herald)
· 138. Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 schedules parent open houses for Thursday, Sept. 1 (Daily Herald)
· 139. Elgin Community College lays off 15 employees, considers other cuts in face of state funding shortfalls (Daily Herald)
· 140. Taxpayers question referendum seeking $130 million for construction put forward by Palatine Elementary School District 15 (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 141. Naperville 'salt spa' shuts down suddenly, leaving cystic-fibrosis patients out money and nowhere to go(CBS 2)
· 142. Fenton High School District 100 board, teachers reach pact, holding off on cost-of-living increases for two years, but giving them raises based on experience, education (Daily Herald)
· 143. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses social action during book-promotion appearance at North Central College in Naperville (Daily Herald)
· 144. Residents raise concerns about intersection of Oak Street and Ravine Road following cyclist's death (ABC 7)
· 145. Batavia police: Investigation shows teens didn't attack goose at Batavia High School corn boil (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 146. No injuries reported when bus rolls over on Roosevelt Road in West Chicago (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 147. Elk Grove Park District demolishes buildings at Community Athletic Fields to make way for new facilities (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 148. Lockport man pleads guilty to domestic abuse, sentenced to 9 years in prison (FOX 32)
· 149. Darien woman become first DuPage County person with West Nile virus in 2016 (Daily Herald)
SOUTH:
· 150. Car struck by bullets on I-57 in Matteson (CBS 2)
· 151. Dolton man in custody in Lansing now charged with multiple armed robberies in Hammond (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 152. Semi-truck driver from LaPorte killed in crash with three other vehicles on I-80/94 near Hammond (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 153. Security guard in Gary hit with hammer, robbed of bag containing gun (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 154. Lowell, Tri-Creek School Corp. to partner on school resource officer (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 155. Cook County assessor refunds $6.1 million to municipalities collected because of 'erroneous' exemptions (NBC 5)
Saturday:
NORTH:
· 156. Woman killed in high-speed, head-on crash on Golf Road in Morton Grove (WGN TV)
· 157. Firefighters rescue group of teens from Deerfield water tower (WGN TV)
· 158. North Chicago police arrest suspect in Waukegan home invasion that left disabled man injured (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 159. Extensive restoration work under way at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 160. Governor signs into law bill spawned by fight over Crystal Lake South High School bleachers (Chicago Tribune)
WEST:
· 161. Aurora to review liquor license for Latin American Club where man died in Aug. 1 shooting (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 162. Naperville opens $24 million Fort Hill Activity Center (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
SOUTHWEST:
· 163. Oak Lawn mothers/teachers create one-of-a-kind books that teach kids acceptance, confidence, kindness, respect (ABC 7)
· 164. Joliet man charged with grooming Mokena boy for sex via e-mail (CBS 2)
SOUTH:
· 165. Cook County State's Attorney's Office investigating case where lawyer who posed as judge at Markham courthouse (Chicago Tribune)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 166. Lowell girl who found abandoned baby in family's back yard to appear on 'The Steve Harvey Show' on Oct. 4 (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 167. South Haven man charged with molesting a child now facing child-porn charges (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 168. St. John swears in first female police officer (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 169. Merrillville warns residents to lock Dumpsters after Waste Management threatens to cut off garbage collection because of illegal dumping (Northwest Indiana Times)
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