Now you, too, can throw playing cards like you favorite superpowered mutant. Like I mentioned in this previous post, it’s not hard to learn to throw playing cards like Logan does in The Thirteenth Hour. But it does help to know a little about the technique and have the right cards.
Wait no longer. Thirteenth Hour throwing cards are now here. You throw heavier, more rigid cards first in order to get the technique down, then work your way down to lighter cards until you;re throwing regular playing cards. This kit is essentially a pair of “training wheels” to jump start your throwing while keeping your confidence up and frustration low. They’re handmade and contain pictures from The Thirteenth Hour and come in different weights:
1.) laminated cards with Thirteenth Hour illustrations (weigh 5 g each) x 2
2.) unlaminated cards with Thirteenth Hour illustrations (weigh 3 g each) x 3
3.) regular playing cards (weigh 1 g each) x 3
So you start with #1, then go to #2 when you have the throw down, then go to #3 when #2 is too easy. At that point, you’ll be able to use a regular deck of playing cards you can find anywhere.
Comes with a set of instructions showing the basic throw and grip variations.
UPDATE (2/15/16): Well, the first time I posted these on eBay, they were removed since eBay doesn’t allow weapons to be sold, and I guess “throwing cards” were flagged as potential implements of destruction. It probably goes without staying, but I’ll paraphrase what’s said on the packaging on the cards themselves:
These aren’t intended as weapons! Even in the book, Logan uses them as a distraction. The idea that could you could seriously injure someone from thrown paper playing cards is not without its legends (see the original post for a book by magician Ricky Jay about it), but if you have any doubts, check out this Mythbusters episode where the myth of the lethal throwing card gets busted. Ricky Jay actually makes a cameo as well). However, you should still exercise caution, since if you get really good, you can cause small paper cuts, and walls and doors may get chipped. That said, these are primarily novelty items. If you’re seriously looking at them as a way of defending yourself, I wish I could say different, but there are many, many more effective ways!! Throwing cards for self defense is probably best left in the realm of fantasy unless done for distraction, like Logan did in the book. Of course, a handful or dirt or some coins to the face would do the same with much less practice, too.
UPDATE (2/18/16): There’s now a video showing the cards in action!
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