Playing cards can be made with paper or plastics. To make a card, layered paper is used. Layered paper is produced by putting a number of sheets of paper in a stack and gluing them together. This type of paper is stronger and more durable than standard paper.
Higher quality cards may be made from polymeric plastic films and sheets. One material that is often used is a cellulose acetate polymer. This is a semisynthetic polymer that is made into a paper-like sheet by being cast from a solution. This produces a film, which can be stacked and laminated to produce an appropriately thick sheet. This material is much more durable than paper and cards that are made with it last considerably longer.
Vinyl plastics are also used in the production of cards. Paper cards are typically of lower quality and wear out more quickly than plastic cards.
Tarot, numerology and divination the traditional methods for tapping into the supernatural are as popular as ever, and often just as suspect. Secrets of the Occult explores the world of the occult from the ancient and modern magicians who practice it to the cutting edge scientists attempting to explain its mysterious claims.
In Secrets of the Occult contemporary occult practitioners are joined by leading scientific and medical experts to examine the big questions of occultism: Can the mind alter reality? Can disease be cured by mind focusing techniques? Is receiving messages from the dead possible?
This documentary highlights the advances made by innovators like Newton, Galileo, Carl Jung and Einstein who all challenged established reality. It also examines the origins of occult magic from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to mediums centuries later such as Madame Blavatsky and Aleister Crowley who synthesized eastern and western mysticism into a new science.
No locks could hold him, no tomb could keep him, no audience could resist him, he was Harry Houdini the greatest magician and escape artist of all time, taking his audiences on a heart stopping ride with his superhuman stunts and death defying feats. More than just a vaudeville magician with a bag of parlor tricks, Houdini was an outsized personality the likes of which the world had never seen. Brashly challenging his audience to find a restraint, any restraint, that could hold him. Nothing could hold Harry Houdini and no one knew how he did it. Now nearly 80 years after his death a one of a kind public auction of Houdini’s magic memorabilia offers the faithful and the curious a glimpse of the secrets he left behind.
This special program, hosted by renowned magician Lance Burton, explores the life and magic of the great escape artist through his most prized possessions--the Chinese Water Torture Cell, the Milkcan, his straitjackets and handcuffs, and lockpicks that were "key" to his handcuff escapes--all revealed to the public for the first time. HOUDINI also unlocks secrets of the man--brash showman, fierce competitor, loyal son and husband. Interviews include his great-nephew and the last surviving member of his magic troop.