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hearing some crazy rumors for a stretch goal.... people are going to want to get in on this one.

Here is a closer look:

The next deck in this AWESOME series !!!
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Jetsetter Playing Cards: Premier Edition in Restricted Red

Classically inspired deck of playing cards for the aviation, travel, and playing card enthusiast. Printed by EPCC.

The art work was done by Nick Vlow

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Pantheon are custom poker size playing cards. Inspired by mythology, drawn with a sharp and modern style, printed by EPCC with foil on backs. Pantheon is a limited deck from Thirdway Industries, with a luxurious tuck box and gold foil on card backs. All the court cards are Greek Gods.

Tuck box Features:

Dark matte paper
Double foil outside, Gold and Violet
Red inner foil
Numbered custom seal (1-1777)
Card Features:

2 Metallic inks on faces, bright gold and bright violet
Fully custom: courts, aces, back, box - everything redesigned
Gold foil on the backs
Limited - 1777 / around 1500 available through Kickstarter
NEW - 55 cards (extra joker included)

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The United Cardists 2017 5th Annual Deck of custom playing cards! A deck inspired by Art Deco and Art Nouveau themes.

* The tucks are made of soft touch 300 gsm Black art paper using two foils - Blue and Gold.

* 100% Custom Design

* Limited Edition - one printing, never to be reprinted

* Poker size deck, 54 cards

* Printed by EPCC

* Master Finish

* Gold metallic ink

The blue and gold tones radiate a coolness that fits the design quite well, especially when juxtaposed with the detail of the card back and tucks.

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Gemini playing cards from Stockholm 17
« on: May 13, 2017, 08:15:57 AM »
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Gemini Playing Cards is a deck of poker size playing cards completely custom and illustrated. The choice of the name Gemini is based on the peculiarity of the court cards (JQK).
At first glance the figures of each card look perfectly symmetrical, but they are not. The courts are depicted them as twins (Gemini in latin), so you will be spotting differences when you look at the details. The figures on the court cards interact with their own pip, which becomes part of the illustration.

This deck has a classic medieval feeling.

The aces are depicted as axes 

The pips (2 to 10) are big and they take a lot of space using an unconventional index, which is horizontal instead of vertical.

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Title: Marksman Deck
Creator: Luke Jerrmay
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 45 minutes

Type of effect:  Open Marking System Deck of Cards

Manufacturer's Write Up:

Magicians have used marked decks for centuries to fool even the most astute audiences. Luke Jermay's Marksman Deck builds on classic marking systems, with additional secret marks that open up a whole range of new tricks and possibilities.

How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box? 

Includes a specially marked red Bicycle Mandolin deck in Mnemonica stack, 33 page pfd of technical notes and a 45-minute instructional DVD by Luke Jermay.  Your deck has the standard faces, the trademarked Bicycle Ace of Spades, Jokers and the traditional box. The top of the deck DOES say Marksman and ironically the tuck seal covers the “SMAN” and the deck top clearly reads “MARK.”

Your two extra cards (typically advertisement cards) have been offered as “key cards” that tell you how to read the cards and what the markings mean.

Key points:

This is an “open marking system” / in other words “readers” this is not a marked deck of cards (ie no scratch marks, no binary to memorize or flower petals to count)

How are the production values:

A lot of time and care has been put into this project and it’s apparent from the first frame. For the most part, Luke is sitting at a table, facing the camera and he is mic’d. Luke walks you through the “how” of each routine and also includes a studio performance.

Vanishing Inc has also included a full live performance video as well, but that is available on line here:

Together these two videos create a “magical system” that is sure to give you more than just “ideas” but a real working knowledge of this utility.

Is it well made: The deck is made by USPCC and is in the Mandolin back design (809s) Magician Paul Harris directed the development of the 809 Bicycle back with USPCC. Paul worked with three world class artists (including Garrett Thomas) to create a soothing traditional looking back that's instantly trusted as part of the Bicycle family.

Is it well taught?

While the deck can be used for your own marked deck routines, Luke also teaches five of his own semi-automatic tricks: Three Tests of Intuition, Dowsing, Card Peeks Routine
Card Calling, Card Memory

What are the markings like?

Usable for magicians but built particularly for mentalists, the Marksman Deck is jam-packed with information that allows you to do effects never before possible.  There are five (5) markings available to be read when the deck is flipped either way (10 markings in total).

The marks allow you to:
•   Find the current card
•   Find the card above (in Mnemonica stack)
•   Know the position of the card in the stack
•   Know how many cards are above it
•   Know how many red (and therefore also black) are above it
•   Know the combined total of all the card values above it
•   The deck also has a one way back design

Yes, they are visible in plain sight – not hidden at all. For most of us, as magicians, we are trained to see the markings and so right away when you open the package, you will see all of them immediately with no problems. Luke assures you that they will still fly right by your spectators.

Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  Everything you need is residing in this single deck of cards, nothing to add or take away.
Does it "play big?" Remember, Luke isn’t giving you one effect – he is giving you an entire system that will start you off with a myriad of effects – this coupled with your own ideas and card strengths will give you several working routines.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  I only say intermediate skill, not because of the ability to do card sleights, but just in your ability at routining, reading markings in performance and being able to false shuffle.
How much arts and crafts are involved? Nothing to do.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Luke assures you that this can be used on stage or in a close up parlor setting.
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

Video review and more notes coming soon, but for now - we can "discuss" and field questions if you have any....

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giving away a deck of Elite cards here:

Bicycle Elite Edition delivers the Rider Back design you know and love in a way you've never felt before. Experience a super-premium feel thanks to ultra-thin luxury stock with elite embossed finish.

These cards are flexible, snappy, and durable. They offer a soft yet supple handling with smooth edges and a traditional cut. The thin stock is reminiscent of the popular cards of decades past and is resistant to developing the dreaded warp or "click" that happens from high humidity. These are cards that feel broken in right out of the box! Bicycle Elite Edition decks are an absolute dream to handle whether you are a magician, gambler, or cardist. The cards are packaged in the iconic classic tuck box.

Bicycle Elite decks are not only the best-feeling deck of Bikes you've ever owned, but also come complete with two identical Jokers, the iconic Bicycle Ace of Spades, and two incredibly useful and versatile gaff cards.

Available individually or by the brick. Priced for the working professional. Get them, use them.

Classic Rider Back Design & Tuck Box

Super-Premium Feel & Handling

Long-Lasting & Flexible Thin-Crush Stock

Duplicate Jokers & Classic Ace of Spades

Traditionally Cut

Double Backer & Blank Facer Gaffs Included

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Deck Reviews! / Re: Faded 808 Playing Cards from Magic Makers
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:31:45 AM »
thank you for drawing attention to my typo....

1.  It does need updating, because it says that USPCC only offers two types of stock (Bicycle Standard, Bee Casino), whereas now they offer a third as well: Thin Crush.  Do you have any experience with their newer paper stock at all David?

All of USPCC stock is "crushed stock" crushed is the "type" of paper and standard and casino is the "thickness" It is also true that all of their decks going forward are "thinner." I have a brand new deck of Bee cards that measure thinner than STANDARD and closer to this new "crushed" thickness; and I bought it retail. So it "seems" like there is a third option, but in a year or so who knows... USPCC could decide all their decks use this new thinner feel?

When I think of "finish," it's a "coating" made of an element that is "applied" to the cards. The definition of "finish" includes these words: varnish, lacquer, veneer, coat, stain, wax, shellac, enamel, glaze....

Air cushion is an embossing, that is stamped into the cards - it is not "added" to the paper - it IS the paper. The definition of "emboss" includes these words; carve, mold, or stamp a design on (a surface) so that it stands out in relief.

Decks that have Magic Finish ALSO have Air it has two "finishes?" I would think the word "finish" implies the "last and final" thing applied.

Air cushion is only a finish, because USPCC says it is. But for the sake of clarity when I do a review, I list it as an embossing (which is true and more accurate verbiage)

anything you ADD to the card - detracts. Right? Because all things being equal - with no ink and no coating - then it's apples to apples. So anything that is added to the cards takes away from it.

Performance coating is "magic finish" again, Ellusionist trying to be sneaky. Chiefly it's put on decks that have heavy inks to prevent chipping. You lose some of the glide with heavy inks and so the finish is applied to bring some of the fluidity back.  (I mention all of this in the video along with how it was developed and who developed it)

But there is no such thing as "standard finish" - there is just Magic Finish... or nothing.

Remember air cushion finish is NOT a finish - it's an embossing that creates the linen look and air cushion feel.

Deck Reviews! / Re: Faded 808 Playing Cards from Magic Makers
« on: May 08, 2017, 08:29:38 AM »
Point taken... I typically "edit" the ad copy I must have dropped the ball on this one

this is true.... but if you watch this 12 minute "inspiration" deck with Oban Jones and Daniel Madison

they talk about themselves as the "two guys who designed it"


Deck Reviews! / Re: DMC Elite Rouge - DMC & Cartamundi
« on: May 08, 2017, 08:24:47 AM »
These cards are amaze-balls, I even added them to my top 10 Marked cards video

Deck Reviews! / Re: Decks which last the longest and handle great
« on: May 08, 2017, 08:23:31 AM »
How does this deck handle? Watch the video and then read the article below. I asked "the experts" your questions, and here is what they said....

But what if it isn't a USPCC deck?

Surely there are other factors in deck handling....

Don't forget to pass on what you have learned ! Great question.

Deck Reviews! / Re: Black Rider Back 808s by USPCC
« on: May 08, 2017, 08:21:53 AM »
I totally agree with you for all of those reasons, PLUS _ trick decks and gaff cards come in red and blue rider, so you don't draw suspicion when you add them into your routines! Great comment !

No, I don't. 9 times out of 10, I don't think it matters WHAT deck you use. Just so long as your using a design that doesn't make the pips and courts hard to distinguish. I try to stay away from decks that have a "color" as the background on the face cards.

For me it's like a lot of these "magic decks" made by magicians that are tying to "appear" like a standard deck, but secretly they are loaded with bells and whistles. So I'd compare it to DMC's deck

....or the 52Kards Mint deck or even the NKW Cadenza

Yes, the old adage that one is "better" than the other or that this or that "handles better" is B.S.

I cover all of that in my video on cut stock and finish - which is backed up by Peter McKinnon, Jason Brumbalow, Rick Davidson and Don here....

The article below goes into all of the differences from deck to deck that would make one different over the other

What if it isn't a USPCC deck?

Other factors in card handling

Hope that helps, spread the "gospel"

Title: Kung Fu Foot
Creator: Héctor Mancha
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 41 mins

Type of effect:  Find a spectator’s card

Manufacturer's Write Up:
How do you reveal a card onstage? It has to be something dynamic, physical, and memorable. Cue Kung Fu Foot! Created and honed to perfection by FISM Grand Champion Héctor Mancha, this hilarious card revelation allows you to stab a card from midair... with your foot!

Kung Fu Foot works with any pair of socks and pants and minimal one-time preparation. You receive a custom-manufactured gimmick that allows you to "catch" a card between your toes, through your socks. The effect is easy to do and perfect for parlor, platform, and stage performances. You can even do it up close, so long as you have the space to toss a pack of cards into the air.

You also receive a 42-minute online video instruction from Hector Mancha, taking you through each phase of his brilliant "Card to Foot" effect.
How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box? Device (rig), force card and download code to the 41 min video

Key points:

Works with any deck of cards
Perform surrounded
Detailed instruction
Ninjas not included.
How are the production values: This is filmed in a white brick garage with an old bike and fireman’s gear in the background. I don’t think Héctor Mancha is wearing a mic, nor is there any background music, so it’s very echoey. I watch a lot of magic instructions from performers with accents, I did find Héctor Mancha very thick and hard to understand at times.
Filmed in a white brick garage with an old bike and a fireman’s gear
Need black socks / uses black art
Force the card
Comes with a card, but you could use any deck with an extra card
Is it well made: Héctor Mancha gives you all of the materials, but in truth it’s a lot of parts you could have acquired on your own. He even gives you a force card, but you will need to use a new card for each performance as the card will be destroyed. No, it’s a duplicate and can not be signed.

Is it well taught: Héctor Mancha does spend a considerable amount of time on the DIY and performance portions.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  This is an entire rig that will be “wired” through your entire lower half. It also relies on black art and you will need to wear black socks.  The reset on this is – not fast and will have to be done “back stage.” Also you are left “dirty” at the end of the effect and Héctor Mancha attempts to give you a comical way out.
Does it "play big?" I think it plays “funny.” I don’t know how adapt you’ll be at convincing your audience that you caught the card with your foot.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  Being that this involves a rig that you need to wear PLUS the dirty clean up at the end, I’d say this might not be great for beginners.
How much arts and crafts are involved? Héctor Mancha gives you everything you need, but the rig will require specific items of clothing and some wardrobe adaptation. No, you can’t wear shorts.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) In the right situation.
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 really don’t like the clean up at the end of this trick and I don’t really do comedy magic. This would make a great trick to do at parties, especially for kids – they’d love it!

+ 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: Mickael Chatelain
Publisher: Gimmick Magic
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 9:11

Type of effect:  card trick

Manufacturer's Write Up:

Hand your deck of cards to a spectator, and ask him to exam and shuffle it.
It's a standard deck, all the cards are different.
Take back the cards...

The cards are face down in your hands. Ribbon spread the cards and ask a spectator to touch any card - really, ANY card.
At this point, no one can know the identity of the card as the deck has been shuffled and the cards are all still face down.
Close your eyes or turn your head so that you'll see NOTHING!
Show your spectator the card he just touched and replace it in the deck in its original place, changing nothing, manipulating nothing.
The deck is immediately placed in the center of the table.

Point out that in such conditions, it would seem totally impossible that you could discover the chosen card.
Concentrate for a few seconds before writing the name of the card on a piece of paper.
As you turn over the paper, invite the spectator to name the card that he had simply touched. It's impossible, but you have divined the correct card!

How is this possible with a freely-chosen card from an ordinary deck shuffled by a spectator? You've seen NOTHING, yet you were able to name the chosen card!
Those are questions no one will be able to answer!

With Vision, you'll be able to perform two effects and more - you'll truly amaze your audience!
How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box? 
The handmade gimmick, and the download code available in both French and English

Key points:

Use your own ordinary deck.
No marking or other points of reference.
No inks or chemical products.
No force. The spectator really can select or name ANY card!
Instant reset.
Nothing to hide - your hands are empty!
Easy to do.
Many effects possible. The secret is completely invisible.
Machine-made to assure quality. The gimmick will surprise you by its simplicity and its effectiveness!
How are the production values: The entire thing feels as though it was filmed at a noisy diner during Mickael Chatelain’s lunch break. You get a straight on table shot and an over the shoulder table shot.
Is it well made: this is a machine-made gimmick and it is made very well. I would also add that even though it comes in Bicycle, it’s a standard face and could be easily adapted to any deck that uses standard faces – you don’t “need” to see the back design. For fans of magic history, yes, this is a “classic” mentalism tool being used in a new way.

Is it well taught: Mickael Chatelain has a thick accent, but it does not distract from the teaching, the video is only 9 minutes long so there are not a lot of extras outside of the presentation and quick explanation. Mickael would advise a load and a ditch of the gimmick so that the deck can be examined, but it’s not necessary, card looks normal and could pass a “fast” examination.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  Same as a “thick card.”
Does it "play big?" Mickael Chatelain offers to effects, finding a spectator’s chosen card, or having a deck shuffled and then identifying each card face down.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  Feels self working, but it will take practice so that it’s not obvious to your spectators as to what you are doing.
How much arts and crafts are involved? None
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) with practice
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 do really like this a lot and apparently so did a lot of Magicians at the 2017 Blackpool convention where this effect SOLD OUT!

+ 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: Sublime Self Working Card Tricks   
Creator: John Carey
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 27
Skill Level: Beginner
DVD Run time: (?)

Type of effect:  DVD of 10 beginner level effects

Manufacturer's Write Up: Renowned card worker John Carey has a stellar reputation for creating practical, powerful card magic. Tricks that play brilliantly, and shock audiences, but are eminently DO-ABLE. Carey is known for employing clever thinking and choreography rather than complex moves and techniques, but on this project he has distilled it down even further and crafted 10 routines that require NO sleight of hand AT ALL!

Often entirely impromptu, these routines are simple in method but staggeringly impactful.

The TEN sleight-free tricks include gems like:

Yes, You CAAN - a brilliant self-working 'Card At Any Number' routine that requires NO DECK! Everything you need will slip into your wallet, and you'll be prepped for a total mindblower anytime/anywhere!

Sync - a thought of card routine that seems utterly impossible - a card 'constructed' by your audience is divined with almost zero procedure. Super clean. Super awesome!

One Hand & One Card - a card is selected, disappears from the deck and then appears in your pocket. ALL WHILE YOU HAVE ONE HAND STUFFED IN YOUR POCKET! Super clean. Ridiculously easy.

Plus seven more stunning examples stuffed with cheeky ruse's and deceptive routining in place of difficult sleights to make you look like a mega-skilled card shark.

Featured routines -

1. Opening Time
2. Think as I Think
3. One Hand & One Card
4. Yes You CAAN!
5. Scattered
6. A la Goldman
7. Dice CAAN
8. Sync
9. Make Believe (a coin effect!)
10. Redford Unplugged

How accurate is the ad copy? Good hype – no deception
What's in the box?  Single DVD with 10 effects, a performance video and an explanation video

Key points: You'll be able to perform all ten routines immediately and really concentrate on engaging with your spectators and creating magical moments.
How are the production values: BBM always makes good videos. Multiple camera angles, simple, easy to follow teaching, everything is well mic’d, well set with beautiful assistants.

Is it well taught: John Carey is a very soft spoken, slow, easy to follow teacher. It’s almost like learning magic from your Sunday School teacher.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  Zero – these effects are even easier than previous “no skill” BBM titles. I was able to “learn” all of these effects without ever watching the explanations. They are THAT easy.
How much arts and crafts are involved? Zero
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Very easy
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 love no skill card tricks – you say, “self working” and I dial right in, but even these effects were TOO EASY for my taste. I think these tricks would be great for those just starting out in card magic, and would like some simple card magic beyond the “dover” offerings of yesteryear.

+ 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! / Deck Review: Liberty Playing Cards
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:04:13 AM »
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Decks of cards perfect for poker nights with a traditional style but a modern touch. Designed by "Jackson Robinson"

Originally a kickstarter release and printed by Expert, this review is for the second release printed by Liberty Playing Cards in Arlington Texas

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Frostbites pair a chill geometric abstract back design with custom minimalist faces. What started out two years ago as a one-way back design has transformed into a striking two-way design perfect for cardistry and magic.

The blue and white colorway features triangular shapes and a simplified compass rose design on the back. On the front, you'll find striped pips and geometric court cards.

The deck handles like a champ. Frostbites will be printed by The Hanson Chien Production Company (HCPC) in Taiwan. Hanson has produced several amazing decks, including the Chicken Nugget Deck and Odyssey Playing Cards by Sergio Roca. 

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