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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Leap of Faith by Sans Minds Creative Labs
« on: February 11, 2017, 08:50:42 AM »
Title: Leap Of Faith         
Publisher: Sans Minds
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 49 minutes

Type of effect:  Variation of Strange Travelers by Paul Harris

Manufacturer's Write Up:

Leap of faith creates a powerful connection between you and your spectator. SansMinds Creative Lab has modernized a classic plot and made it even more streamline and visual.

Imagine a thought of card, that only the spectator knows, visually vanishes in the performer's hand and reappears in the spectator's hand. No more complicated moves and you can quickly reset the effect.

When the effect is finished you will leave your spectator an impossible experience and a question in mind. How did you do it? This is Leap of Faith. Check out the trailer now to experience the impossible moment!
How accurate is the ad copy? This is basically the solution to ‘what would happen if the princess card trick and strange travelers had a baby?’
What's in the box?  DVD and a few needed supplies to build your gimmick.

How are the production values: Sans Minds always makes great DVDs, Jason is on the street doing the live performances – and Herman is back in the studio teaching you everything you need to know.
Is it well made: You make the gimmick, the reason it was not made for you is that it is very labor intensive. A good portion of this DVD is in gimmick constriction, be prepared to do a lot of arts and crafts.

Is it well taught: The entire first half of the DVD is gimmick construction and setup – the remainder is teaching you the routine.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  10 cards total including your “thick” gimmick.
Does it "play big?" If you’ve seen David Blaine perform strange travelers (un-gimmicked, I might add) then you’ve seen the reaction you can get from this effect.
Difficulty / Skill level required: You will need to build a convincing gimmick that involves, cut, paste, tape, and card splitting.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) As always with thick gimmicked cards, your angles are the “lines” that get created by light and shadow – be wary of them.
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
__X__ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
To be honest, I am terrible at gimmick building, glue gets everywhere and I can’t card split to save my life. At the end of the day $30 is too much for me for the amount of time and work that I still need to put into this bad boy.
+ 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: Mediations
Creator: James Went
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 3 hours

Type of effect: Collection of sandwich and triumph routines

Manufacturer's Write Up: An incredible collection of close-up card routines, smooth sleight of hand techniques and interviews direct from the mind of the UK's James Went.

James Went is best known as one of the stars of the Bafta award winning BBC TV magic show "Help, My Supply Teacher is Magic". Over three seasons, and thirty-nine episodes of the smash hit show, James demonstrated his relaxed, personable and engaging performance style. He is also a sought after consultant, having worked on the Discovery Channel show "Breaking Magic" with Wayne Houchin, BBC's "Killer Magic", and numerous major national theater productions.

Meditations, his first major release, extends to over THREE hours of material, and features ten of James' absolute favorite card routines, in depth tutorials on twelve indispensable sleight of hand techniques and fascinating interviews.

Learn just why so many professional magicians rate James so highly. Add his beautiful card work to your own repertoire and get a true insight into what it's like to work in TV magic in the modern era!
How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box?  Two DVDs

Roy's Sandwich
For Krenzel
Conditional Triumph
SandIwich Thing

4 of A Kind Production I
4 of A Kind Production II
T.I.T Peek
T.I.T.T.I.E.S Peek
Top Card Production
Jack's Ginger Snap
Plus interviews

Poker Con
Selected Daley
Broken Triumph

Spread Peek
Relaxed Pass
Thoughts on Controls I
Thoughts on Controls II
Spread Pass
Spread Half Pass
Plus More Interviews

How are the production values: BBM always makes great videos that are beautifully shot and contain very attractive spectators. This DVD uses the same sets we’ve seen in earlier Liam Montier releases.

Is it well taught: James is teaching the experienced card handler. He is not very patient if you’re new to the art. Plus with some of the more experienced sleights needed, I’d say this is for people who at an intermediate level.
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
Most of the effects were variations on a theme – I think it’s nice to have 1 sandwich routine or 1 triumph routine in your arsenal, but I don’t need 4 or 5.
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:

Deck Reviews! / Black NOC GAFF cards from The Blue Crown
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:45:24 AM »
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What are we hooking you up with? Here are just a few of the things you can expect to find when you crack open your Black NOC Gaff Deck:

-Mispipped cards
-Double Facers
-Mnemonica stack cheat sheet
-Blank Facers
-Double Backers
-Reversed 'Mirror' Cards
-Mini Card Gaffs (You're going to LOVE these!)

Get your hands on these now and start showing people what card magic should look like.

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Deck Reviews! / Dapper playing cards by Vanishing Inc
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:41:30 AM »
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In conjunction with the House of Playing Cards and The Expert Playing Card Company, Vanishing inc has produced a deck that is just as perfect for magicians as it is for flourishers. They spread beautifully, they cut and faro perfectly and the minimalistic design and vibrant colour makes them stand out.

Like the Dapper Deck, the Dapper NOCs also integrate the signature paisley pattern. It features on the gorgeous, large pip Aces, as well as on the inside of the side-opening tuck box. The back design is maroon with a light black border which makes the cards look crisp and immaculate when they are spread or fanned.

As a final bonus, the backs are marked with a VERY deceptive system which allows you to know the suit of the card. It is easy to read and opens up a number of doors for incredible card tricks.

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Deck Reviews! / Black Rider Back 808s by USPCC
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:38:59 AM »
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The United States Playing Card Company began as a printing company called Russell, Morgan & Company. Russell and Morgan produced their very first deck of cards in a Cincinnati, Ohio factory back in 1881. The brand was called “Tigers” and the number assigned to these new decks was 101.

A short while later, the numbers 202 and 303 were used when the firm printed decks under the “Army” and “Navy” brands. The “Congress” brand and a few others were produced and given similar numbers in sequential order. Eventually Russell and Morgan introduced the Bicycle® playing card line and assigned it the number 808.

Over 125 years later, Bicycle® Cards became the most popular brand of playing cards in the world, and the number 808 continues to be used on the Ace and Jokers provided with each and every deck.

Deck Reviews! / Auto Cycle no 1 by USPCC
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:36:51 AM »
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Bicycle Autocycle No1 -- a Target exclusive.
They come in this purple, and a green version.

Introduced in 1901 and discontinued in 1906. This deck depicts a motorized tricycle (see a detail of the fantastic machine, below). Note that a bicycle chain acts as the inner border in the design. Listed by Mrs. Robinson as having been produced in green and brown, but nobody has ever seen even a single card in either of those colors. Decks in red or blue are also extremely scarce.

In another contender for most expensive single Bicycle card, on May 21, 2016 a red Autocycle No. 1 single sold for $179 on eBay, with three bids over $150. Relatively calmer heads prevailed as another red single sold for $63 (USD) on July 2, 2016.

Deck Reviews! / Big Boy no. 1 by Gemini Decks
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:32:12 AM »

Big Boy No.1 deck is a fully custom deck of cards designed and developed from ground up.

The court cards feature 13 fun and unique Big Boy characters composed of only primitive shapes. Although it's a fully custom deck, it was also designed with cardists in mind. The back design features unique twin-tip design making this deck perfect for fans and spreads.

Big Boy includes two custom jokers and two ad cards.

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Deck Reviews! / Deck 6 playing cards from James Watson
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:30:20 AM »
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A standard playing card deck with two additional suits
In addition to diamonds, clubs, hearts and spades, this deck also adds the new suits of cups (black) and shields (red).

Most standard games can be played with no modification.

Deck includes 3 Jokers (red, black and red/black), 3 alternate Jokers, and 6 Info Cards, which should be removed from the deck before playing.

Cards are printed with smudge-resistant UV coating and linen finish.

Suits designed by Jim Watson: []

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Deck Reviews! / Memento Mori by Art of Play & Michael Mateyko
« on: January 23, 2017, 04:11:42 PM »
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Printed by The United States Playing Card Company and packaged inside a custom tuck box featuring foil accents and a unique die-cut window with clear-plastic covering.

Limited edition of only 2,500 decks

Thin crushed stock - same deck thickness as the Keepers from Ellusionist

In this stunning deck designed by Michael Mateyko of KOMBOH CREATIVE, all of the traditional suits have been reimagined to create stars, swords, flies, and feathers: which are the symbols of order, aspiration, chaos, and scavenging. The imagery adorning both the cards and ominous embossed tuck call attention to medieval existentialism, the occult, and divine mathematics.

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Deck Reviews! / Aurelian Playing Cards by Ellusionist
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:36:59 AM »
deck review:

Conceived by Geraint Clarke & designed by Oban Jones. Aurelians are so intricate that Ellusionist had to employ specialists to experiment with different weights of foil and ink to create this modern artifact.

Each court card has been draped in gold and fully re-worked to stand proudly with the powerful design The faces have also been completely re-sculptured to create a timeless pip arrangement, whilst still remaining recognisable for magic Aurelians custom ace is a symbol for the "Soldier-Emperor".  The Jokers are a homage to the Tally-Ho cowboys we've all come to love.

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Deck Reviews! / Snow Leopard / Signature NOCs / Blue Crown / HOPC
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:33:59 AM »
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Blue Crown was originally NOT going to sell this deck. But they got too many emails...and to be honest...complaints

The Snow Leopard Deck was made to commemorate the NOC Signature Series rare nature. Always going "extinct", selling out in days. This rare deck, and rare color, offers an elegant feel when in your hands. Whether for magic or cardistry, one thing is for sure- Snow Leopards definitely pop out!

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Deck Reviews! / Union Playing Cards - Theory 11
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:30:14 AM »
deck review:

Celebrating American Tradition
Patriotic playing cards inspired by American history. Timeless Americana is laced throughout the design, with iconography of colonial America and patriotic symbols of peace, prosperity, and potential.

Entirely Custom Design
Over a year in development, every aspect of the design was created from scratch - from the breathtaking court cards to the back design and Ace of Spades.

Printed by the USPCC
Union Playing Cards are filled with imagery of the American Revolution — with a message of freedom, hope, and independence. Unions are Made in America, using FSC-certified paper, vegetable-based inks, and starch-based laminates.

Purchase yours

Deck Reviews! / NPH / Neil Patrick Harris Playing Cards - Theory 11
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:28:15 AM »
deck review:

A legendary deck of premium playing cards that exudes elegance and sophistication.

Over a year in the making - with art direction by Neil Patrick Harris.

Breathtaking Design  DETAILED ART, INSIDE and OUT NPH Playing Cards are elegant, intricate, and visually stunning. Every aspect was handcrafted with relentless, unrivaled attention to detail.

For every purchase of NPH Playing Cards, $1 will go to (RED)'s fight against AIDS, which can provide more than 3 days of life-saving HIV medication. Every deck makes a difference.

Laced with Mystery  INSIDE AND OUT  As with everything, there's more than what meets the eye - with secret symbolism within the deck. Look closely and you may discover much more.

With a combination of artistic influences, NPH Playing Cards are a tribute to Neil's love of mystery, magic, games, and theater.

No Detail Untouched  NPH Playing Cards feature a custom ace of spades, joker, box design, and modified court card typography. Even the INSIDE of the box has a custom, elegant gold foil pattern by Jay Fletcher.

Help support the fight to end AIDS with (RED) and order now

Deck Reviews! / Black Scorpion Deck - Magic Makers / USPCC
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:25:28 AM »
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The Scorpion Deck is a two toned black and yellow poker deck, the first of its kind! This deck features yellow and white pips. Beyond the 52 standard cards, this deck holds 4 extra gaff cards sure to take your card work to a whole new level.

Printed by US Playing Co. USPC air-cushion finish
Rich Black Faces & Reverse Back Boarders
Deck Holds 4 Extra Gaff Cards To Perform Amazing Effects
Printed by US Playing Co. On Genuine Bicycle Stock
Created by Rob Stiff Magic Makers

purchase your own

Deck Reviews! / Black Crown Deck - Blue Crown / HOPC
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:23:12 AM »
deck review:


Black Crown Playing Cards, printed by USPCC. These were ONLY available from Black Friday 2016 through the holiday weekend. The Crown Deck is the signature deck of The Blue Crown. Designed to evoke quality, elegance, and style The Crown Deck has a Tally-Ho inspired back design and Arrco faces to offer a timeless appeal.

Top quality stock and finish for ultimate handling and longevity

Each Crown Deck is printed for us by the US Playing Card company using high-quality stock and finish to ensure lasting quality, durability, and handling superiority. The result is a deck that feels as good as it looks, and will add a touch of class to your magic, flourishes, and poker games.

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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / VCM by Eric Chien
« on: January 07, 2017, 09:38:37 AM »
Title: VCM
Creator: Eric Chien
Publisher: Vortex Magic
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: intermediate
DVD Run time: 41:38
BONUS content: 21:45

Type of effect: Collector Routine / Oil & Water

Manufacturer's Write Up:

Eric Chien's last release COIN caused a sensation amongst coin workers around the world. VCM is his latest release which features his original VISUAL CARD MAGIC with routines that he has been performing for the past six years and won numerous competitions with throughout Asia.

In this DVD, you will learn his techniques and handlings as well as have access to a BONUS download video where Eric shares even more inside information on his card work.

Eric's card magic is direct and to the point, and this is the first time he has shared his card work with the magic fraternity.

How accurate is the ad copy? You will not learn 6 card routines, you will learn 3 magic tricks and 3 flourishes.

What's taught on the DVD?

You will learn SIX insanely visual card routines including:

4 CARD SHOOT - from Eric's award winning act he designed in 2010
FLASH ACE PRODUCTION - an in-the-hands production
2 CARD TRANSPO - two cards visually change places

BONUS - extra access to more card work by Eric

How are the production values: the DVD is well shot with good production value, the download is shot with a cell phone in a hotel room with no microphone

Is it well taught: Eric is a good teacher and makes sure to cover every aspect of the effects, lots of time and on screen helps walk you through every aspect.

Difficulty / Skill level required: Aimed at card workers with some skill.

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

This DVD wasn’t really wasn’t for me, I was hoping for more – but I don’t know why – the add copy tells you exactly what you are getting, in the end it’s a few oil and water routines and a couple of collector’s routines with some card productions thrown in.  Eric is a good teacher and these are good tricks – fans of these two plots will get a lot out of these I am sure.

+ 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: Any Shuffled Deck
Creator: Liam Montier
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 10 tricks and each one is taught between 6 and 8 minutes

Manufacture's write up:

This is the ULTIMATE collection of totally impromptu, any shuffled deck in use, self-working card tricks ever!

Every single routine featured can be done from a borrowed shuffled deck, with no sleight of hand or prior setup needed. Someone hands you a deck, and you'll be ready to fry their minds with TEN incredible self-working miracles. And these are NOT transparent, underwhelming tricks. Seriously impressive, reputation making magic. Self-working these routines may be, but they will still make you look like a card magic ninja!

EVERY routine starts from a borrowed, shuffled deck in use.
Zero sleight of hand required.
Use ANY deck of cards.
Be ready to perform anywhere, any time with any deck.

What tricks are taught on the DVD?

Interstellar OOTW
Gemini Location
Silly Questions
Wheel of Fortune
Jack's Poker
Salto Triumph - a self working triumph effect? Worth the price of the DVD
Last to Turn Up
Invisible Dice
One Over the Eight

My two cents:

"You can’t go wrong with the combination of Big Blind Media and Liam Montier. Every magician needs a strong repertoire of self working effects and this DVD delivers."

Review video:

Deck Reviews! / Murphy's Magic Blue NOCs
« on: December 31, 2016, 11:13:48 AM »
Murphy's Magic Signature NOC Playing Cards

video review:

The Murphy's Magic Signature NOC deck has a regal Murphy's navy blue back with a thin trim of gold.
The side load tuck box opens to a bold yet classy Chevron pattern inside as an unexpected surprise.
This pattern is replicated in the large pips of the Aces and in the Joker.

Bold, simple and elegant. Perfect for any application!

These cards have an incredible Master finish to ensure exceptional handling for magic tricks and flourishes; as well as incredible durability to withstand even the roughest night with your poker buddies.

As with all of the NOC decks the backs are marked with a VERY deceptive system which allows you to know the suit of the card. It opens up a number of doors for incredible card tricks. Each deck includes a detailed video explaining how this clever system works.
Includes 52 playing cards plus two jokers
Side-loading tuck
Marking System & Free Video with purchase
Expertly printed in by House of Playing Cards and The Expert Playing Card Company
Graphics by Gordon Sutton
Master finish

Deck Reviews! / Revolvers by Daniel Madison & Ellusionist
« on: December 31, 2016, 10:56:13 AM »
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Very limited DM deck which was released after he claimed no more "signature decks" would be released.

purchase a signed deck from DM himself:

black revolvers:

Deck Reviews! / Knights - Ellusionist, Daniel Madison & Chris Ramsay
« on: December 31, 2016, 10:49:39 AM »
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markings revealed:

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Magician Daniel Madison and Chris Ramsay have teamed up to bring this elegant deck to life. KNIGHTS features fully custom artwork by Oban Jones, from the iconic Ace of Spades, the eye-catching Jokers to the card backs and custom faces of the court cards.

★ A collaboration between Daniel Madison & Chris Ramsay
★ Chris Ramsay’s third deck release, following the major success of Memento Mori and Carpe Noctem!

Deck Reviews! / Blue Steel from Bocopo Playing Cards
« on: December 21, 2016, 11:23:40 PM »

Created by the Bocopo Playing Card Company, these minimalist playing cards feature a simple dot pattern and thin white border. They are perfect for magicians and cardists.

Printed by the United States Playing Card Company.

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Deck Reviews! / Optricks from Mechanic Industries Ltd.
« on: December 21, 2016, 08:19:50 AM »
review :

A classic deck with mesmerising features, the Mechanic Optricks deck is truly like no other. Simple in its concept, the geometrical design on its backing is anything but! Bold black and white lines are purposefully arranged to create an optical illusion that is perfect for card flourishes and tricks. Of course, these are excellent playing cards for a friendly game as well.

Extra gaff cards have been incorporated into this deck to make tricks and flourishes more surreal and eye-catching. Hypnotize your audience and watch the cards come to life with this amazing Mechanic Optricks deck.

Main Features:
52 cards
Bee Stock with Magicians Finish
Additional custom gaff cards

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Deck Reviews! / Mandalas from Damien O Brien
« on: December 21, 2016, 08:16:50 AM »
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With its expressive Mandala design and aesthetics, the Mandalas by Damien O'Brien is a product of patient, meticulous passion. The Mandalas primary design is a symbol of spirituality, balance and beauty; which inspired Damien to include his love for tattoo art and masterfully blend the two styles into a working deck that will carry different meanings from one observer to the next.

Printed by the United States Playing Card Company, the premiere choice of professionals around the world since 1867, the Mandalas are outfitted with a slipstream finish and the ever-trusted bicycle playing card stock. We could not be happier to introduce Mandalas Playing Cards by Damien O'Brien to your collection.

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Deck Reviews! / Gold Gatorbacks by David Blaine
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:42:15 AM »


In a class by themselves, the unique Gold Foil Gatorbacks (Édition Dorée) are the newest luxury deck added to the Gatorback series. For the first time, David has chosen to use the advanced MetalLuxe® Technology Foil printing on the back of each card, showcasing the intricate design, color and luminescence while keeping the highest level of flexibility. Every card is printed on the highest quality premium casino cardstock that USPC has to offer. All face cards are printed in metallic ink.

The radiant white smooth tuck box is finely embossed and stamped exquisitely with white and gold foil.

The Gold Foil Gatorbacks with the MetalLuxe® Technology are destined to become collectors’ items whose value is sure to increase in the future.

Deck Reviews! / DMC Elite Rouge - DMC & Cartamundi
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:40:06 AM »


We are proud to announce the release of the latest version of the DMC ELITES – the ROUGE deck, created with the intention to be nothing short of the greatest deck of playing cards for performing card magic available today.

The new DMC ELITES : ROUGE deck is the fifth signature deck produced by Sovereign Playing Cards for elite British magician Drummond Money-Coutts and the fourth featuring our unique Optical Marking system. Each deck has been a collaboration between DMC (star of TV special Card Shark and 2015’s Nat Geo series DMC Beyond Magic) and designer Phill Smith (author of mentalism textbooks Mitox, Yokai and Mokele) combining their perfectionism and creativity to create a unique series of incredible decks. With a brace of serious improvements and upgrades, the ELITES : ROUGE deck is, quite simply, the best deck we have ever produced.

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