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by the time I saw him in Texas - the black deck had sold out, the red was on its way to selling out and they were putting the 2012 White Lions out for sale

My video review:

This is the sixth volume in this series of easy-to-do, subtle card effects from master card trick creator, Nick Trost. As with the rest of the books in this series, Mr. Trost's card magic is based on subtle moves and principles, rather than difficult sleight of hand - leading to audience astonishment. The majority of the material has not been previously published. There are over 100 tricks in 13 chapters, including Unique Card Effects, Coincidences, Court Card Capers, Blackjack Bafflers, Poker Puzzlers, Gambling Tricks, Divinations, Predictions and ESP Card Tests. Two chapters with new and different effects are also included: "Gilbreath Plays Poker, Part 3" and "Triple Dealing Effects."

You'll enjoy performing his style of magic, concentrating on presentation to WOW your audience!

237 pages

Title: Less is More
Creator: Benjamin Earl
Publisher: Vanishing Inc
MSRP: $ 50
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
142 pages

Type of effect:  Book on Card sleights and magic

Manufacturer's Write Up: When Benjamin Earl takes a shuffled deck and cuts to the four Aces, it feels completely authentic -- as if his deft fingers can somehow locate them by touch alone. But here's a secret: he has developed techniques and psychological methods that fake this seemingly impossible feat.

The journey starts by looking at Henry Christ's classic "Fabulous Four Ace" routine and improving it one piece at a time. His noble list of goals for the routine include removing anti-climactic moments and ensuring that the revelations build in progressively stronger and more distinctive ways. He achieves this in spades.

That routine is the springboard for further experimentation. Ben's analysis of the four-Ace effect leads him along many interesting paths, stripping away every unnecessary action. He teaches twelve complete Ace-cutting effects and gambling demonstrations (including a multi-phased routine that requires absolutely no sleight of hand), and provides thorough and thoughtful analysis on their construction.

Ben also teaches a collection of original moves and techniques, focusing on three areas: maintaining a stack while a spectator shuffles the deck, maintaining the stack himself, and producing the Aces. In particular, the Sting Cut and his Real Optical False Shuffle are two moves that introduce the idea of improvisation into the mix.

This is a gorgeous 142-page hardback book, bursting with high-quality photographs. It's as much a book on the theory and construction of card magic, as it is a tome of workable effects and world-class card technique.

What do I think?

The book has a beautiful layout and it’s packed with information.  Other people are saying “it’s the best book I’ve bought in years” and that it’s their “favorite book on card magic.” Benjamin Earl has brilliant thinking, coupled with exceptional magic. I would expect nothing less from him.

 Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
___X__ Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

 My thoughts: Love Benjamin Earl – top notch world class book, sure to become one of your favorite reads.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:

Title: Over The Edge
Creator: Landon Swank
Publisher: Hydra Entertainment
MSRP: $ 40
Skill Level: intermediate
DVD Run time: 2 hours

Type of effect: Deck Marking techniques

Manufacturer's Write Up: Over The Edge is the second release in the Complete Control series featuring renowned Illusionist, Landon Swank. These closely guarded, underground techniques built the foundation for Swank's gambling exposés performed around the world and with almost two decades of evolution, the scope and scale of this utility is enormous. Edge Work is the secret of secrets, and without a doubt the single most powerful tool a sharper can possess.

There are countless time-tested gambling practices that are extremely useful: crimps, nail nicks, peeks, daubing, the list goes on and on. What this video exposes, however, is in a league of its own for the simple reasons that it can be implemented almost immediately after it's learned, and it allows for the exceptional ability to know the position of every card in a deck, even after a spectator shuffles!
This is one of those incredibly rare skills that transcends the boundaries so often present when sleight of hand is required, and your imagination is the only limit to the miracles that can be performed.

Swank's exact edging methods have been a closely guarded secret for years, but now this powerful, versatile, and highly coveted information is being made available for anyone who shares the passion for controlling cards. Without a doubt, the secrets divulged in this video, when used properly, will astound not only laymen, but professional gamblers and magicians alike!

If you want to learn more gambling secrets, Complete Control is an in-depth exposé of powerful techniques used by master card sharps worldwide. The four-part series provides a meticulously selected, comprehensive collection of sleights, secrets, and skills that, when combined, are arguably the most versatile and practical collection available.
Every move has been obsessively reengineered and continually performance-tested for over fifteen years, resulting in virtually a nonexistent line between what's fraud and what's fair. Regardless of your current skill level, if you want the ability to impress friends, perform professionally, or simply have the knowledge to protect against potential cheats,
Over The Edge gives you the necessary arsenal to build a masterful reputation.

How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box?  DVD and “normal” Bee casino deck in red or blue

Key points:
- Quickly Learned, Easily Implemented & Unimaginably Powerful!
- Know The Location Of Any Card In A Shuffled Deck!
- The Most Powerful and Versatile Weapon In A Card Sharp's Arsenal!
How are the production values: He is mic’d - A lot of it is Landon standing behind a table, but I really would have appreciated a lot more close ups – especially for the gimmick construction. I felt the camera was too far away
Is it well taught: 30 minutes is gimmick construction, Landon teaches you how to “mark” a borrowed deck (provided it is a casino back) and he will also teach you how to: cut to a marked card. 
A few of the Tricks Taught:
Full Control – magician allows the spectator to select any four of a kind and shuffle the deck – and the magician cuts to all four cards.
Omniscient – once again the spectator is allowed to shuffle the deck, the magician then proceeds to do a deck memorization routine, calling the suits or pips of each top card and ends by cutting to all 4 aces.
There is also an unnamed Poker deal demonstration.
Homing Beacon – a selected card is “marked on the fly” and then using the two jokers – the chosen card is sandwiched between the Jokers. (also marking one card on the spot, makes a good ‘key card’ for future effects)
Instant Aces – a cutting to the aces effect
Out of my own world – a out of this world effect
Beyond a Flourish – a cut and shuffle flourish that reveals all 4 aces
Double Estimation – spectator shuffles and calls out either the red or black aces and you call out the exact position (by number) where both aces are in the stack from the top down.
As far as the explanations to the effects, much of what takes place depends on your spectator, so Landon tells you how to “navigate” the trick as it progresses. For these types of effects, each time you perform them – the effect will play different.
Landon also expects you to have a working knowledge of card work – second deals, culling, double undercuts etc.
Does it "play big?" This deck has the potential to create several different routines – the concept of knowing the location and value of any card – is limitless.
Difficulty / Skill level required: You will need to learn how to read the markings, get fast at reading them and develop the skill to cut to those cards.
How much arts and crafts are involved? You will need to modify the entire deck per Landon’s instructions … and you’ll need to be careful… and patient.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely, but work best for those of you who do gambling and poker demonstration effects.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
_____ Very Satisfied
__X___ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
My thoughts: It was good, there is a lot of potential there, but I was left feeling like there should have been more.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:

Title: QuAntum Angel
Creator: Paul Harris (Special Thanks to Bro Gilbert)
Publisher: Paul Harris Presents
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level: All
DVD Run time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Type of effect: Inspired by Dan Harlan's CARD-TOON

Manufacturer's Write Up: "A Bicycle Angel Hand Delivers a special Message to your spectator!"  A printed angel visibly reaches into the card's "hyper-dimensional quantum zone" to pull out a tiny "angel" envelope. Sealed inside the envelope, written in ruby red ink on golden paper, is the spectator's secret name or word.
If you can riffle cards, you're ready to QUANTUM!

Watch the Astonishing Demo: No presetting the spectator's word. This is a self-contained real-time miracle. Super Easy. Nothing to palm, load, steal, switch or ditch. Features a killer card prediction with gimmick built right into the unit. Convenient self-contained small packet fits into your shirt pocket ... So no need to carry an extra deck. Resets in seconds. Performed and Taught by Chris Turchi and Brandon David Based on Cardian Angel By Paul Harris and Mike Maxwell


How accurate is the ad copy? Yes, this is what happens
What's in the box?  Gimmicks, envelopes, parts and pieces – everything you need to pull off this miracle.  (no construction necessary)

Key points: Your Quantum Angel can deliver birthday wishes, your phone number, corporate logo, thank you notes... even a tiny love letter.
How are the production values: The video is “ok” nothing special. About on-par with other Paul Harris videos. You get a set up section filmed at chest high level on a table, the camera pans when the teacher is gesturing or speaking, there is a full studio routine without edits and on screen text to clear up any confusing instructions.
Is it well made: Very well made using USPCC cards. Chris and Brandon do say at the beginning that this is the only opportunity to get this effect, they are more than likely made from old stock that Paul Harris had in his warehouse – so USPCC will not print these anymore.

Is it well taught: Chris Turchi and Brandon David teach you 2 versions – one is a preset force and the second one is where you can do the trick impromptu with a name and card reveal.
On the video you will also get ideas for preloaded messages, tons of tips and move advice, the full impromptu routine is taught twice, once quickly, the second time in a more longer explanation. There is a svengali deck routine included and a “gimmick repair” section.
You can even jettison the envelope out into your spectator’s hands!
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  It all packs into a black envelope that you could carry in a breast coat or top pocket.
Does it "play big?" Card animations plus a kicker ending? This trick kills.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  It feels like it should be a harder trick to learn, but it’s as simple as “card toon” to perform.
How much arts and crafts are involved? None
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
__X___ Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
 My thoughts I love Paul Harris – who doesn’t? This is certainly an astonishing moment that packs a one – two punch.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:

video review:

A mind-blowing collection of card magic that is easy to perform (mostly self-working with options to add some simple sleights if you want to)!

Ryan Schlutz is known as a genius creator of easy to do card tricks. His bestselling DVD’s ‘Miracles Without Moves’ and ‘Effortless Effects’ have armed countless magicians with material that has blown spectators away but required no sleight of hand skill to perform.
On ‘Only Slightly Sleighty’ Ryan unleashes seven brand new barnstorming card routines that take everything to the next level. Most of the routines are still sleight-free or super easy (and those that aren’t are still easily achievable by magicians of any skill level), but Ryan also teaches extra options for those who want to incorporate some sleights into the equation and add extra layers of deception to the material. Everything is taught on the DVD, so you can start simple and then build your way to card ninja expert!
The focus of the tricks on ‘Only Slightly Sleighty’ is giving your audience the feeling that THEY have control of everything. Ryan has honed and refined these routines with the implicit target of making the audience feel like they have made every decision. Because if THEY made decisions, then the tricks truly ARE magic! It’s a masterclass in audience control and relaxed misdirection. You’ll have a lot of fun performing these routines, and you WILL fool people!
Future Card
Shuffles Therapy
Long Way Out
Any Card To Any Sum
Magic Camp
We Do As We Do
Plus a great bonus section on how to use Pencil Dots & Edge Marking to expand your magical skill-set and add a very special tool to your magical armory.

Deck Reviews! / Best Playing Cards - Top 10 Decks for Cardistry
« on: July 08, 2017, 09:06:50 AM »
video review:

video review:

Get all of your favorite cardistry decks here:

Cardistry is a name given to the performance art of card flourishing. The term is a portmanteau of "card" and "artistry". Unlike card magic, cardistry is meant to be visually impressive and appear very hard to execute. People who engage in cardistry are nicknamed "cardists". Some popular cardists are Chris Ramsay, Dan and Dave Buck, and The Virts; a team of 5 Cardists.

Honorable Mentions

3. Vanda (violet)

2. Big Boy

1. Encarded

/////////////  TOP 10 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\

10. Fontaine

9. Mondrian

8. Frostbite

7. Metropol

6. Cherry Casino

5. NOC

4. Cardistry deck:


2. The Virts SS16

1. ICO 2016

Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Hocus Pocus Playing Cards
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:48:11 AM »
video review:

Created by Maxwell Gross in celebration of 40 years in the magic community, HP is excited to introduce their 40th Anniversary Playing Cards!

40 years ago, Paul Gross started Hocus Pocus Magic and grew it from a small corner shop into one of the world's largest family owned and operated magic suppliers. Paul has equipped famous magicians and hobbyists alike with everything imaginable from stage props to coin shells, from head twisters to silk scarves, all while providing unparalleled customer service. Paul, along with his sons and family continue to operate the business with the same enthusiasm and dedication to the customers that got them this far. 

To honor the 40th year of the business, his sons Max and Cole sat down with renowned card designer, Edo Huang, to come up with a deck that would capture the heritage and feel of the company as well as appeal to all areas of card community. 

Get yours here:

Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Cardistry Playing Cards by Bocopo
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:44:48 AM »
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The back of the card ingeniously combines the the geometric and aesthetic beauty to provide awesome visual effects when performing tricks -  like fans and spins

The springy stock and pristine finish bring benefits to all aspects of your performance. The United States Playing Card Company was chosen for stock and inks as they used can ensure the cards have a great snap and feel to them.

If you’re a big fan of Cardistry then you just can't miss out on this fantastic deck.

You can find all of your favorite cardistry styled cards here:

Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Styx Playing Cards from Eric Ross
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:36:06 AM »
video review:

It is the dark river that waits for us all, the boundary between Earth and the Underworld. The grim ferryman Charon watches here in an endless vigil. If your loved ones have buried you with a coin in your mouth for payment, you may be transported across upon your death—if not, you may be stranded to wander its shore forever.

Now groundbreaking card designer Nick Vlow and celebrated magician Eric Ross have created a new, Bicycle-branded deck inspired by this famous myth, and the Styx Death’s Head moth (Acherontia styx) that bears its name. The card backs feature a detailed rendering of the moth, with its haunting, famous skull motif, and the custom jokers and ace of spades bear funereal imagery of their own.

Printed by the USPCC.

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Worried about your straw house? Is the Big Bad Wolf knocking at your door and threatening to huff and puff?
Have no fear: the Three Little Pigs are here to shore up your card collection against any difficulty. Famed designer Joe White of Ye Olde Studio has learned his lesson well from this classic fable, lavishing so much care on this deck that even the most diligent little pig would be proud. The card backs feature a rich red-and-white scrollwork pattern, while the charming custom court cards and aces include detailed portraits of porcine royalty. The Ace of Spades features the menacing Big Bad Wolf himself, while the joker portrays the boiling cauldron that waits for him beneath the chimney.

Printed by the USPCC in a limited edition of only 2500 decks.

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Playing Card Plethora / Re: Intaglio
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:24:58 AM »
launched - joint effort with Expert /Shanghai

Title: Gaff Tacular
Creator: Stephen Tucker
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 27
Skill Level: Beginner

Stephen Tucker invented some AMAZING magic, and here, Liam Montier collects 6 of the very best tricks using GAFFED cards!

First up, all of these tricks are EASY - well in the reach of anyone who has done a few cards tricks before! (No Elmsley Counts or Half Passes here!)

All the tricks are fun, social and FOOLING! Blank cards become printed, and then blank again in a heartbeat. Cards change into selections, and then into a bizarre mish-mash! Signed cards vanish and appear in different pockets, then jump BACK even more impossibly, and take on a life of their own in a staggering cards across routine! And 'Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder' is the PERFECT multi-phase trick for your wallet!

Together with these incredible routines, you get all of the gaff cards you need, and Liam Montier's acclaimed teaching, together with professional hints and tips on how to perform them, make them commercial and practical for professional use, and much, much more!Get ready for GAFF-TACULAR!

All the necessary gaffs are provided.


Fade In / Fade Out
Spectral Beast
Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Decenial Delight
Time After Time
Also - learn how to do super easy double lifts from a packet of cards!

video review:

Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: top 10 decks from Ellusionist
« on: June 24, 2017, 09:53:40 AM »
Top 10 Ellusionist Decks


10. Aurelian -

9. Absythne -

8. LTD -

7. Vintage 1800 -

6. White Ghost -

5. Carpe Noctem -

4. Keeper -

3. Artifice -

2. Knights -

1. Black Tiger

Obviously this is "my" top 10 list - not yours. Not counting "Daniel Madison" decks (i'll do those in a later countdown) what did I miss? What are your favorite Ellusionist decks?

Title: Mind Invasion
Creator: Morgan Strebler
Publisher: Sans Minds
MSRP: $ 20
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 13 minutes

Type of effect:

Manufacturer's Write Up: From the mind of Mentalist Morgan Strebler, this is a creation he has developed for himself and, after over a decade, is now ready to share with the world! This is Mind Invasion!

Have someone write or draw anything they want on a piece of paper, whether a symbol or a word. With Mind Invasion, you apparently read their minds by revealing what was written down! A peeking technique like no other! Learn all the techniques necessary and freak out even the toughest, most skeptical audiences!

Some say peeking is the mother of Mentalism. While many peeking techniques have restrictions tied to them, this one has been refined to allow for the most versatile performances possible!

How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box?  1 Mind Invasion Instructional DVD

Key points: No restrictions to Lighting, Positioning, or Tearing!
How are the production values: Chiefly it’s 2 or 3 live performances on the street and then it’s Morgan back in the studio, dressed in black against a black backdrop. He’s well mic’d and there are two torso camera and one close up for when you need to see the peek close up.

Is it well taught: Morgan gives you the basic moves and a few extra final thoughts.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  All you need is a business card and a sharpie marker
Does it "play big?" Can be combined with any standard mind reading routine or any time you need to glance a piece of written information.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  This is fairly simple with some practice.
How much arts and crafts are involved? You need to be able to fold a business card into fourths.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Yes, it can be done. It relies on a sort of “dodge” but should fly right by most.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
_____ Very Satisfied
__X___ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
 My thoughts it’s ok. I’ve seen a few peeks and I’d say this is probably the easiest one I have seen and would be great for beginners and those just starting out. This is a perfect “first peek” to learn.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:  ​

Title: Chinese Tweezers       
Creator: Mario Lopez
Publisher: Tango Magic
MSRP: $ 50
Skill Level: intermediate to advanced
DVD Run time: 12 minutes

Type of effect:  Classic Chinese tweezers routine

Manufacturer's Write Up: Mario Lopez is one of the recent big surprises of the world of magic. He won the second prize in Micro Magic at the most recent FISM -- his magic is original, simple, different, and fresh.

Imagine poking a pair of tweezers down through the small hole in the center of a Chinese coin, and upon pulling the tweezers back up through the hole, a large Eisenhower Dollar appears on the tip of the tweezers. Amazingly visual!! The effect can be repeated numerous times with the same audience, becoming more magical each time! This looks incredible! There are other ways to make the dollar appear - your imagination is the limit!

Now you can perform this beautiful and incredible magical routine. See what all the excitement is about!

How accurate is the ad copy? No deception.
What's in the box?  The set includes all the necessities: coins, tweezers, and a link with video instructions in both English and Spanish. The link also gives you access to 50 more coin effects

Key points: Chinese Tweezers is one of his creations, the kind of magic that can only come from a brilliant mind.
How are the production values: The entire video is shot very dimly lit. Everything blends together and there are no close up shots, which I would have liked for a coin routine.
Is it well made: Everything is 100% real, but I would have appreciated better quality tweezers at this price point.

Is it well taught: I didn’t think the video was long enough and Mario has a heavy accent.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  It all packs in your pocket.
Does it "play big?" It’s a beautiful routine if you can perform it like this FISM winner
Difficulty / Skill level required:  This is sleight-heavy and palming heavy
How much arts and crafts are involved? None
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) This is best as a table hopping routine.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
_____ Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
__X___ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

 My thoughts: I was really hoping for gimmicks at this price point. I’m not a coin magician, so I don’t think I have the time or skill to sit and learn this routine.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:

Creator:  The Other Brothers
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level: All
DVD Run time: 35 minutes

Type of effect:

Manufacturer's Write Up: In what is destined to become the go-to trick for professionals around the globe, Bare generates screams, gasps, and reactions like no other trick we know. This special, hand-altered Sharpie marker allows you to cause ANY card, initials, number, or simple shape to appear ON A SPECTATOR'S HAND.

They hold out a hand, palm down, and you gently sprinkle salt, pepper, coffee grinds, or sand on their hand. By rubbing their hand gently, their thought-of shape APPEARS on their own hand.

The Bare Sharpie allows you to invisibly write or draw anything on YOUR hand, which you easily and imperceptibly transfer onto their hand. The best part? It has no scent or stickiness, and can be easily wiped away after the performance. This is a hygienic, "neat" version of the "Ashes on Arm" trick -- it doesn't endanger a spectator's clothing or look "dirty."

How accurate is the ad copy? Wonderfully accurate, they really tell you what this effect is – very clearly.
What's in the box?  Gimmick pen and download code

Key points:  The pen lasts for hundreds of performances, and is disguised inside a real Sharpie marker. Includes download link for full video performance and explanation. Easy to perform.
How are the production values: It’s chiefly the other brothers sitting in a living room on a couch talking to a stationary camera.
Is it well made: This is made to look like a real sharpie marker.

Is it well taught: the other brothers are fun teachers and I think they always try to give you as much as you can.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  This effect packs the same as a standard sharpie and your “set up” is mostly pre-show work.
Does it "play big?" The ash effect always plays well if done well
Difficulty / Skill level required:  Super easy – no sleights or difficult moves. You will need to practice a bit with different substances for the reveal.
How much arts and crafts are involved? You need to be able to write backwards (in mirror image)
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Yes, this is great for strolling and street magic.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
___X__ Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

 My thoughts this definitely moves the ashes effect into the 20th century.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:  ​

video review:

In all fairness these decks are both "readers" and technically not marked decks per se, since marked decks are more associated with systems and codes that need to be memorized and are much more invisible to the naked eye.

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Marked Cards:

Marksman deck:

Deck Reviews! / Foliage Playing Cards by Patrick Kun
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:59:32 PM »

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The Foliage Playing Cards were conceptualized by magician Sam Porter and illustrated by magician and graphic designer Nick Vlow. Every detail was carefully placed with purpose to ensure a high quality, classic design with a fresh, new look.

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Deck Reviews! / Mondrian Playing Cards from Got Magic
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:57:39 PM »
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Mondrian Playing Cards are a modern rendition with direct inspiration taken from Piet Mondrian. Manufactured by The United States Playing Card Company. Printed on crushed Bee® stock, a dream feel for any card handler. The back design features an abstract of primary colors with horizontal and vertical lines. The simple and clean Mondrian design is distinctly recognizable The face cards are enhanced with custom Mondrian blue, yellow and red. The ace of spades is also a work of art. Sharp angles with the Mondrian design inside the spade give it an edgy look while still being elegant.

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Deck Reviews! / Memento Mori Blue by Murphy's Magic
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:54:29 PM »

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Stemming from the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, it has been a ubiquitous part of human culture for centuries. From the philosophical to the artistic, the fascination, fear and appreciation of death has consistently captivated and cultivated our imagination. Many practitioners of this theory kept with them, artifacts or keepsakes which served as a reminder that the only thing certain in life, was death. Many of these items were often objects (watches, necklaces) in the shape of skulls.

The low-poly design represents a simplistic one. The bare "bones" of 3D creation and graphic art, the first steps of animation can be interpreted as the beginning of 'virtual' life.

Many historians believe that playing cards represented a deeper, esoteric meaning, that each suit was one of the four seasons. Each card within a suit was one of the thirteen phases of the moon. The fifty-two cards in a deck would represent the fifty-two weeks of the year and together, this would represent just one year of your life.

A constant reminder of our fleeting time on earth.

"This deck is my Memento Mori." - Chris Ramsay

Deck Reviews! / Visa playing cards from Alex Pandrea & The Blue Crow
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:52:30 PM »
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VISA Playing Cards are the creation of Patrick Kun and Alex Pandrea. Enter the world of travel, adventure, and discovery. 3 editions of VISA were printed: Blue/Silver, Red/Gold Edition, and Private Reserve. Simplified standard court cards with metallic ink accents along with custom Ace of Spades and Jokers

Playing Card Plethora / Re: Bharata Playing Cards - Live now on KS
« on: June 13, 2017, 10:16:52 AM »
wow - beautiful courts !

Title: Fortuity 
Creator: David Jonathan
Publisher: Alakazam
MSRP: $ 38
Skill Level: All
DVD Run time: 1 hour

Type of effect:  Rainbow deck prediction

Manufacturer's Write Up:

From the creative mind of David Jonathan comes Fortuity. An amazing prediction that looks so clean and fair, it will truly blow your spectators' minds!

David has taken the Duel Match premise to incredible new heights with a complete change of method.

By rolling two dice, your spectator generates a random number. You cleanly count to this number from either end of a rainbow deck and remove their chosen back design.

The deck is now completely spread to show that there really is only one card with this unique back design. The dice are rolled again and once again the cards are counted from either end of the deck to arrive at a random value. The deck is completely spread to show absolutely no duplicates are in play.

In essence, your spectator has created a random playing card from these two free selections. You now ask him to open an envelope that has been sitting in view from the very beginning -- inside is a perfect duplicate of the card that has been created.

Your package comes complete with a very special custom deck, two beautiful dice and full video tutorial. Fortuity is so easy to do; even a beginner could do it with only a few minutes of practice.

How accurate is the ad copy? This is exactly what happens
What's in the box?  Gaffed rainbow deck, 2 dice, prediction envelope and card reveal

Key points:

No Loaded Dice, any numbers can be rolled (or use imaginary Dice)

All the cards can be shown both front and back

Absolutely Zero Sleight of Hand

How are the production values: Chiefly it’s David Loosley in studio, he is seated, mic’d and presenting everything with a stationary camera (a few close ups) It’s a well shot, well edited video
Is it well made: Alakazam gives you the very best products, however your deck will not look like mine, or the one in the video – each deck and tuck case will be unique.

Is it well taught: The trick is fairly simple and the deck works itself, David goes over everything you need to know.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  This is a “one hit wonder” so you will need to carry a full deck, envelope and dice for this single effect.
Does it "play big?" Can be played as either mentalism or a card trick or humor, so the sky is the limit for your patter and presentation.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  super easy, anyone can do it.
How much arts and crafts are involved? zero
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Yes, this is real world ready.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
_____ Very Satisfied
__X___ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

 My thoughts: I liked it a lot and I see why a lot of magician's like it, however, it just wasn't "for me" as I already own a few other effects that accomplish the same plot but with different props.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:

Don't know if you've heard, but Paul is wanting to release his first limited edition deck on this campaign - and it will be exclusive to backers only

We're so close to reaching $10,000 on Kickstarter which means we're that much closer to seeing the limited deck.  It will be an add-on feature ONLY

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