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Title: Favorites
Creator: Roberto Giobbi
Publisher: Vanishing Inc
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: intermediate
DVD Run time: 3 hours and 25 minutes

What happens when the foremost scholar on card magic is asked about his favorite magicians? You get Favorites, a collection of magic that assembles separate, serious studies on three of the greatest card magicians of all time:

Alex Elmsley

Frank Garcia

Dai Vernon

In each case, Mr. Giobbi provides background information on the person, and frames the influence of the tricks in a modern perspective. Then you'll see a performance of three pieces by Elmsley, Garcia, and Vernon, followed by step-by-step instruction on each piece.

Giobbi has selected three of his favorite tricks from each of his "favorites." Some are well-known, while others will likely be new to you.

You will learn:

From Vernon - Emotional Reaction, Four of a Kind, and Slow Motion Aces
From Elmsley - All Backs, Double Swap, and 1002nd Aces
From Garcia - A Lady Up My Sleeve, Ace Faroleros, and A Surprise Package

This DVD is unlike any other Vanishing Inc has released before. This is your opportunity to spend three hours in the company of Roberto Giobbi and learn some of the finest card magic conceivable.

It will surely be one of your Favorites!

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Design & Development / RunAround Playing Cards
« Last post by VandeR on Today at 07:06:22 AM »
Hi Everyone,
Check This Out, it's my new project !

what do you think ?
I think I cracked it, but the answer is underwhelming.  Unknown back is "Feather".  See price list from 1920 with mention of Feather back
Title: The Imagination Box
Creator: Olivier Pont
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: all
Video Run time: 34 min (also available in French)

​What could be better than being able to make things appear and disappear at any given time? Transform an object into another, change the value of a bill, restore a torn card or picture... or even better: TURN A SIMPLE DRAWING INTO REALITY!  With this gimmick, everything is possible, and YOUR IMAGINATION is the limit!  Don't look further because it's right here, in front of your eyes!

Whether you are standing or sitting, outside in the street, at a cocktail party, regardless of your particular magic style, everything will be possible for you.  Discover an endless flow of creative possibilities! Are your old tricks stale and boring? Freshen them up with the Imagination Box.  Find a card in a way that will blow your spectator's mind and make incredible appearances!

Repeat your tricks as much as you'd like with the help of the provided erasable sticker.  If you do card tricks, you will always want to carry your Imagination Box, so you can be ready to impress your audience at any time!

Incredibly visual and breathtaking! The Imagination Box will do everything for you and will spice up your magic tricks! Keep your Imagination Box with you everywhere.  No need to take your cards out of the box. They will remain inside it during your performance, so you can be ready to remove them and start a new card trick at any time!

This tool will really change the way you perform your tricks and will give you new ideas every day! Do not delay, watch the trailer! Your Imagination Box is waiting for you! If you dream of having a unique style, start thinking outside the box. With the Imagination Box, you will be on the right track!
No special skill required
Erasable sticker provided (whiteboard marker not provided)
Endless possibilities (switches, appearances, T&R card/picture, Drawing to Reality, etc....)
Extremely visual

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review - The Moirai Playing Cards
« Last post by The Gentleman Wake on Yesterday at 10:05:49 AM »
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I'm surprised I don't see or hear much about this deck or its creators. I'm also relatively new to collecting playing cards... so maybe I'm missing something. Regardless one of the coolest decks I own. Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below.

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A quick version of my background story...
A quick caveat... you're gonna see attempt some cardistry and in some rare cases some magic tricks, let me apologize in advance for the shoddiness of my mechanics. Truth is a few caveats, Iím not a cardist or a magician, but my love affair with playing cards goes back far. Watching my grandfather and father playing cards with friends and family still count as some of my earliest memories. . I apologize in advance for my crappy mechanics. Some decades later, I found myself frequent a lot of poker tables and fancied myself a bit of an amutuer rounder--I lived off of what I made playing cards for about year. Then I lost my ass in Atlantic City and that was the end of that. But I never lost the affinity for the feel of card deck in my hands. Iíve also been a collector of many different sorts. Comic books when I was younger, scale action figures later. They put me on TV once for my ⅙ scale diorama collection. To me Comics, Figures, and Cards are art. Thatís what draws me to them, and the stories they might tell makes them worth reviewing.I am an avid collector of classical and pop art though, and playing cards slot pretty nicely in there..

I plan on doing a lot more of these for many different kinds and styles of decks.

Hope you enjoy it!

I know these have been out for a while, but I wanted to talk about what might be my favorite tuck case in my collection....

I'm new to reviewing, so please comment and let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

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It is a very attractive tuck - my wife was rather impressed by it and she's a very infrequent card collector, only getting things that catch her eye, nothing standard or boring.  She liked the cards in terms of the design, because it was custom and interesting, but the monochrome design, nice as it is, is a little less interesting to look at.  Reminds me of old woodcut prints.
There is an old thread on PCF ( that mentions that there are Aristocrat back designs other than the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, but I've never seen one or been able to find any images, until now.  Just picked up an Aristocrat Allover No. 7 deck c.1944 (see pics).  So I guess there are backs No. 4, No. 5 and No.6, maybe more.  Does anyone have any of those decks or info about the Nos. 4+ Aristocrat backs?  If so, please post.  Love to see the mystery deck backs.

That No. 7 back does look a lot like the back designs used for casinos, minus the casino logos/branding.  It's not impossible that they made backs 4 through 6 but only as casino-branded decks.  Just a guess.
??? Ok so i know there are a Red, Green, Blue & Silver version of the foil prototype and there labeled out of 1000 Buttttt??? I have two red decks that are different one has the signature sticker on the outside of the box and the certificate and the other is just a plain white box with a red foil prototype deck. Are they the same just someone has removed the certificate and the sticker or are there different versions?

I could be mistaken, but to my knowledge, there was just the one run of the prototype decks.  But having said that, there's still the fact the Bicycle Rider Back MetalLuxe decks are on sale at the USPC website in cobalt (blue) and crimson (red).  It's possible that they might no longer be selling "prototypes" but are now selling newly-printed ones as standard merchandise.  Nothing about those decks on the website say "limited edition" and they don't appear to be serially-numbered.

EDIT: in the comments where they're selling the red and blue set, someone asks about when the gold ones are coming back.  A USPC rep answered by saying they are indeed limited editions and that the gold is sold out.  But he does say in response to a request to print more golds that he'd pass on the request to the development team.  So you never know.  For now, limited; tomorrow, anyone's guess.  No mention in the comments about the green or silver.
Introduce Yourself / Re: How did you find PlayingCardForum?
« Last post by Don Boyer on Yesterday at 06:29:42 AM »
google - popped right up :D

Yeah, it's all the playing card stuff we talk about...  Doesn't hurt that we have nearly 120,000 posts on the subject!
Introduce Yourself / Re: Greetings from Germany
« Last post by Don Boyer on Yesterday at 06:15:32 AM »

You'll find you're in good company here.  We have collectors of all stripes - young and old, vintage and antique and modern, standard and custom and transformation...and everything in-between.  Check out the forum and if you have questions, please feel free to ask!
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