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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: High Victorian Playing Cards by Theory 11
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:37:57 AM »

High Victorian Playing Cards were inspired by the intricate, breathtaking style of the Victorian era. Every element was designed from scratch with painstaking, relentless attention to detail. Every single playing card within the High Victorian deck was designed from scratch - even the Aces, Jokers, and court cards exude the grand excess of ornamentation quintessential to the Victorian era. In a word: breathtaking.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: JAQK Amethyst Playing Cards - Theory 11
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:34:57 AM »
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Created in collaboration with JAQK Cellars, an award-winning winery in Napa Valley, California. This a deck that is as beautiful as it is functional, JAQK Cellars Playing Cards are a true work of art. The deep purple design features ultra-thin borders, with a flawless feel and durable finish.

52 Custom Faces. 12 Custom Court Cards

Every aspect of the deck has remarkable attention to detail. Even the court cards are designed from scratch, with regal, elegant, intricate illustration.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: SNL by Theory 11
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:49:08 PM »
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Since 1975, Saturday Night Live has been a legend of American television, with over 800 episodes, 231 Emmy nominations, and four decades of hilarious content. Every aspect of the design was inspired by Saturday Night Live, with iconic illustration elements featuring the SNL stage backdrop, Studio 8H, and tributes to fan-favorite sketches and segments.

Saturday Night Live Playing Cards feature a custom Ace of Spades, Joker, box design, and court cards inspired by iconic SNL sketches and segments dating back four decades. From Weekend Update to Stefon and The Ladies Man, these cards are a fitting tribute to countless hilarious segments. And cowbells.

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Deck Reviews! / Video review: Papilio Ulysses Playing Cards
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:15:02 PM »
Video review:

Papilio Ulysses V3 Playing Cards (printed by US Playing Card Company) encourages all who hold this amazing deck to experience its beauty and "Alis volat propriis" - Fly with your own wings.  When in flight, the female Ulysses butterfly can be seen hundreds of meters away as sudden bright blue flashes.

The value and quality of Papilio Ulysses Playing Cards is undeniable. Every card was thoughtfully modified to represent the stages of metamorphosis and flight. Each of the court cards are customized with royal beauty and class.  The numbered cards delightfully include a customized pip, while retaining the familiar design of the key indices.  In honor of this phenomenon, metallic blue and gold ink is strategically speckled throughout the deck on the tuck case, card backs, court cards and Jokers. The simple white and metallic blue tuck case cocoons the beauty and the unique color of the deck inside. The tuck also fittingly includes a prediction element for magicians:

Printed by USPCC
Metallic inks on court cards, Jokers, and tuck box
Special pip on each numbered card
Customized court cards
Includes 2 Jokers and one double back
Designed by Kiran Kuruvithadam

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: (product) RED playing cards from Theory 11
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:11:03 PM »
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AIDS is the leading cause of death among women worldwide. Yet it is preventable and treatable. theory11 is proud to continue our partnership with (RED) in the fight to end AIDS. Every deck makes a difference. You can help. Each deck of PRODUCT(RED) Playing Cards can provide up to three days of life-saving HIV medication. This medication not only keeps someone living with HIV healthy, but also prevents moms from passing the virus to her unborn baby.

The deck itself is breathtaking, with a simple, elegant, deep red design blind embossed with an objective we all share: Imagine a world without AIDS. The outer packaging is hot-stamped with a layer of white foil, blind embossed and sealed with a black stamp.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Red Inspire by The Blue Crown
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:58:01 PM »
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• Printed with USPCC.

• Fully Marked for Suit and Value.

• Second marking system for color. You can read the color of the card from a very tight spread.

• Long Lasting Air-cushion finish.

• Minimal every-day use design.

• Standard Faces + NEW Bicycle Ace of Spades.

• Duplicate Queen of Hearts in Every Deck.

• Secret Reveal on back of Duplicate Queen.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: BLACK NOC OUT by House of Playing Cards
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:55:07 PM »
Video review

The Secret Deck TBC has been hiding for close to a year! The NOC Out Black Edition (commonly referred to as the Black Out' know...on the street), are finally here!

This deck features everything you know and love about the NOC Out White edition ...but INVERTED to display the most elegant black deck of cards TBC has ever seen.

The Black Out's are the ultimate achievement in minimal yet elegant design. No matter what the occasion, this deck is the answer. Grab your decks not before it's too late! Don't say they didn't warn you! Happy Holidays to all!

Printed to perfection by The United States Playing Cards Company
Q1 Quality - Printed on Bee Stock with Air-Cusion Finish

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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Book Review: Card Devilry by J.K. Hartman
« on: November 27, 2017, 11:12:16 PM »
Title: Card Devilry
Creator: J.K. Hartman
Publisher: Vanishing Inc
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level: Intermediate
280 pages hardbound
Illustrations are by Tony Dunn

J.K. Hartman is back again with 60 brand-new effects in his latest book, Card Devilry. We invite you to revel in the wicked fun and mischief of these clever effects.

Known for short, clever routines, this prolific magician has long been a mainstay in the libraries of card magicians, and this new volume should not be the exception. Hartman once again brings his signature style and clarity to new effects that you'll soon be testing on spectators. Included are sections on impromptu card magic, stacked effects, mental magic, and gaffed effects. In addition, Hartman provides new utility moves that you'll likely be incorporating into your existing routines.

So, do yourself a favor and purchase yours today, and get ready to grab a deck and immerse yourself in a new round of wickedly clever and mischievous routines from the mind of Hartman!

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Aces From The Fore is a visual, eye-popping, Ace EXPLODING routine invented by the actual wizard that is Stephen Tucker.

The special Bicycle branded gimmicks provided allow you to take a Four of Hearts and proceed to tear the Ace of Hearts straight out of it. One second you're holding the Four of Hearts, then next you have the Ace of Hearts and the Three of Hearts.

Then you tear the Ace of Diamonds from the Three of Hearts, leaving you with the Two of Spades (well, you are looking for BLACK aces now).

To finish you pull the Ace of Spades from the Two of Spades, leaving you with the Ace of Clubs... and - voila - YOU HAVE RIPPED ALL FOUR ACES FROM A SINGLE CARD!

Fast and furious, this virtually self-working stunner makes the perfect opening for ANY set of card routines.

Learn not only the cunning principle and how to use the devious gaffs, but master advanced handlings, regular deck variations and even a borrowed, shuffled deck impromptu version.

PLUS - As a MEGA bonus, Aces From The Fore just happens to finish with you set and ready to perform one of the greatest four Ace tricks of all time... and WE TEACH YOU HOW TO DO IT!!!

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Custom poker-sized vampiric playing cards, with all new members of the sisterhood revealed. Designed by 52Ravens & printed by EPCC

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Deck Reviews! / Sisterhood of the Blood v1 & 2 [[WIN A SIGNED PROTOTYPE ]]
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:53:37 PM »
Video review - volume 1

The Sisterhood of Blood - Playing Cards by Kirk Slater @fiftytworavens

A custom designed deck of poker sized vampiric playing cards. Designed by 52Ravens and printed by The Expert Playing Card Company. The theme of this deck is based on London vampires from the Victorian era. As with 52Ravens previous project, The Coven, this deck also features an all female cast of court cards. Each of them have a different story to tell, but together they become The Sisterhood of Blood.

Each of the vampires have names and backstories that help to bring these beautiful monsters alive. Along side this, each of the groups follow a theme, the Jacks have just fed, the Queens revel in their malice and the Kings immortality is coming to a close.

The Aces are all larger and custom designed.

The tweaked pips follow a standard position but are slightly smaller and the layout is condensed compared to a standard deck of cards.


Video review:

The White Lions Tour Edition is the final version of the White Lions. David has now perfected it with loads of hidden features for you to discover, making it a great deck for the seasoned professional and beginner. During his entire North American tour David has only used these, and it is by far his favorite deck for performing. Breathtaking in its simplicity, the Black Edition is one of four beautiful additions to the White Lions family.

As the numerous online reviews attest to, White Lions are famous for the way they handle. This will be evident the moment they will touch your hands. Their premium texture and incredible durability make them perfect for performing or practicing.

The box design includes silver foil stamping, detailed embossing, and a beautiful matte white finish. The cards themselves are printed on the highest quality stock to produce a feel so good you don't want to put them down.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Karnival Fatal by Big Blind Media
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:18:59 AM »
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Brought to you by BigBlindMedia, the Bicycle Karnival Fatal Deck has the USPCC world famous Air Flow Finish for superb handling and unparalleled durability, and is printed on a beautiful stock. Beautiful double exposure artwork by Sam Hales of Dose Productions.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Arthurian by Kings Wild Project
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:16:00 AM »
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The art for this deck is a reflection of the Book of Kells and the King Arthur legend

Tuck Case:

Premium grade soft touch crimson red paper with gold foil design of Excalibur seated in the magical anvil. Once the box is opened the legendary sword Excalibur is pulled from the anvil.

Playing Cards:

The playing cards are printed by the Expert Playing Card Company (China).

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Royal Los Angeles Playing Cards
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:02:10 AM »
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Featuring an elegant and simple back design, Royal Los Angeles is a standard deck of cards perfect for everyday use. Designed by Toomas Pintson. Printed on high quality crushed Bee stock, the deck handles amazing and lasts extremely long compared to decks printed on Bicycle stock. Includes custom Ace of Spades, 2 jokers and double backer. Printed by The United States Playing Card Company. Bee crushed stock. Traditionally cut. Limited edition.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: WTF Cardistry Playing Cards De'vo
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:59:25 AM »
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This deck is so versatile, it's like many decks in one!

De'vo's playing cards have appeared on many television shows including Stan Lee's Super Humans television show! De'vo's cards are in the homes of celebrities and Hollywood superstars and used by magicians, card players and card artists around the world. Some of his decks sell out just minutes after release.

De'vo created the world's first playing card deck for card flourishing, and the world's very first Cardistry decks! De'vo's special design concepts are groundbreaking and lead the world in functional design. De'vo has now taken his design genius to another planet with this LIMITED EDITION groundbreaker!

WTF Cardistry is a very specialized deck for card manipulators, cardists, magicians, XCMers and card collectors. This deck was designed to change its appearance depending on how it is manipulated and also was secretly designed to be able to SPELL almost any word!

It can look like a WHITE DECK when fanned from left to right.

A BLACK DECK when fanned from the other side.

The cards are "reversible," allowing you to choose if you want the fan to look like a black deck, or white deck, or you can weave them into each other for some crazy results!

The back design is De'vo's Twin Tip Signature design, allowing for multiple patterns depending on how it is fanned.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Bicycle Fire Playing Cards
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:57:14 AM »
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Time to let competition heat up.

Bicycle® Fire Playing Cards is a showstopper with hues of red, orange, and black smoldering chars. The first of the element series, Bicycle® Fire Playing Cards is a new take on the very collectible Hobgoblin card back design printed on the renowned Vanity Fair deck produced by The United States Playing Card Company in 1895.

Faces are a retake on the classic, reset with the court cards wearing fiery garments of reds and oranges
Classic Air-Cushion Finish® for ease of shuffling and optimum performance
Printed on premium Bicycle brand cardstock and Made in USA!

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Totem Playing Cards by Aloys Design Studio
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:37:24 PM »
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The legends of the Miao people of China have survived for millennia, remembered for their poetry and beauty. Now the US Playing Card Company has given a new twist to the standard deck by infusing it with the symbols of Miao tradition.

Each card is printed with metallic ink on both the face and back—the tuck case, too. They are made from high-quality stock with a smooth finish. As for the art itself, the pips have been subtly re-patterned, the court cards are elegantly bordered, and the intricate custom joker has to be seen to be believed! The card backs show a powerful luck totem. Will this deck bless your gaming table as these symbols have blessed the Miao for centuries?

Limited edition of only 2500 decks

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: The Magic Notebook Playing Cards by Bocopo
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:09:41 PM »
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The Magic Notebook Deck is a limited deck which aims to pay tribute to Dai Vernon.

The Magic Notebook Deck uses a solid color with a beautiful border for the back design. The simple color design of this deck makes it perfect for magicians and will look like no cheating ever occurred. This deck is designed by the Bocopo Playing Card Company and is printed by USPC. The Magic Notebook Deck uses high quality paper to ensure each deck is of the best quality for the user. With smooth cutting, suitable weight and comfortable feeling, this deck handles nicely in any magic performance.

Only 1200 decks for each color has been printed at Bee Casino quality.

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Hippos Playing Cards by Homerun Games
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:39:05 AM »
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Magnificent & Hippos playing cards are a new line of luxury decks from Home Run Games. Printed byFreedom Playing Card Company with the finest German casino grade linen paper.
They have an incredible dream finish that makes them a delight to handle

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Magnificent Playing Cards by Homerun Games
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:37:24 AM »
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Magnificent & Hippos playing cards are a new line of luxury decks from Home Run Games. Printed byFreedom Playing Card Company with the finest German casino grade linen paper.
They have an incredible dream finish that makes them a delight to handle

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: NOC Sport by House of Playing Cards
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:33:46 AM »
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Since 2012, simplicity and elegance have defined the NOC series. With each edition, HOPC strives to make it better and better. Teaming up with USPCC, HOPC says that this is their best version yet! The NOC Original series by House of Playing Cards come in FIVE brilliant colors. Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, and everyone's favorite- Black!

These playing cards are MARKED for suit - that's right - you can tell if it's clubs, hearts, spades, or diamonds just by reading the marking system on the back. The NOC's have proven to be a top choice for workers, card collectors, and card enthusiasts. Whatever your preference, NOC's are the answer.

Printed to perfection by The United States Playing Cards Company
Bicycle Premium Stock with Air-Cusion Finish
Marked for clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds.

Deck Reviews! / Video Review: Bicycle Vintage by Collectable Playing Cards
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:30:02 AM »
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Introducing Bicycle Vintage! The deck of playing cards that have been locked up for nearly a century waiting for someone to come along and rediscover it. The intricate casing has aged beautifully as the tuck has yellowed but the red has kept its vibrant color through the years.

This deck of playing cards is printed by Bicycle and produced by Collectable Playing Cards.

Bicycle Playing Cards have been around for a long long time but never before has there been such a wonderfully crafted simplistic design that portrays the way cards used to be.
The Bicycle Vintage deck's emblem appears to resemble an old time secret society with the spade as it's symbol.

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Title: Holely Change
Creator: Sans Minds
Publisher: Sans Minds
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: Beginner
DVD Run time: 14 minutes

Type of effect:  Color changing card

Manufacturer's Write Up:
6 years ago, Holely Change dominated the Japanese magic market. Now, 6 years later, we are proud to present this jaw-dropping effect to the English-speaking market. It's a self-contained finale for your card routine that your audience won't forget.

Place your spectator's signed card between 2 cards having large holes, so their card can be seen at all times. In the blink of an eye, the back of your spectator's signed card changes colors!

With Holely Change in your arsenal, you will always be ready to draw a crowd! An easy-to-perform color change routine that leaves the spectator with a special memento, and ends 100% clean! Just watch the trailer and check it out for yourself!

TV rights not included with purchase. Please contact SansMinds for TV rights.

How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box?
1 Instructional DVD
1 Gimmick Package (Red or Blue option)
Key points: Please note that the gimmick color will need to match your deck.
How are the production values: SansMinds always makes great DVDs
Is it well made: USPCC stock

Is it well taught: “Super Dave” teaches you everything you need to know.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  Remove the add cards from your deck and slide these gimmicks in and you’re good to go.
Does it "play big?" This is a very easy and fun to do effect.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  No difficult sleights.
How much arts and crafts are involved? ZERO!
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) YES!
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 like this one a lot, a real winner from SANSMINDS

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Deck Reviews! / Video Review - Classic T Series Playing Cards by TCC
« on: October 22, 2017, 08:28:47 AM »
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T Series Playing Cards was the first deck released by TCC Playing Card Co. Twenty THOUSAND of these decks were sold within 3 months!

Given their popularity, TCC are now releasing the new Classic T edition.

Some features of this deck include:

It has a simple, yet elegant, design
The cards fan smoothly and are easy to recover
Printed in Taiwan
You will enjoy using these new Classic T Playing Cards.

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