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The Famous J.G. Cotta Transformation Decks

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The Famous J.G. Cotta Transformation Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Historical Importance There's an incredible variety of custom playing cards in today's market. But of all the playing cards that I've seen over the years, there is one type of deck that remains a personal favourite: the transformation deck. The concept of these playing cards is simple to understand: the pips on the cards are cleverly incorporated into a larger picture. So an imaginative artist might transform the Heart pips into faces, the Diamond pips into hats, or the Club pips into paw prints.Some wonderful transformation decks have been produced in recent years, but the concept is hardly new....

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7 Top Marked Decks

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7 Top Marked Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Marked Deck Basics What is a marked deck? Shh, don't tell anybody. But it's true that magicians and mentalists sometimes use marked decks. A marked deck is a deck with secret marks on the back of the card, that allow you to identify the value and suit on the opposite side, just by looking at the card back.How does a marked deck work? There are two main types of marked decks that you'll commonly find being produced commercially: reader systems and optical systems. Marked decks with reader systems are what you'd expect: hidden somewhere in the back design, if you...

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10 More of the Best Self-Working Card Tricks in the World

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10 More of the Best Self-Working Card Tricks in the World

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameSelf-working card magic is often unfairly denigrated or overlooked. But it's not fair to dismiss the entire genre by generalizing from the mathematical atrocity we may have learned from our grandfather, or from the many painful self-working card tricks some of us have been brutalized with in our childhood. The truth is that self-working card tricks can be amazingly strong, so you just need to find the right ones.In a previous article I shared a list of ten outstanding self-working card tricks, which I consider to be the best of the best. But it's always tough to...

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Q & A with Collector, Consultant, and Card Gaffer Don Boyer (The Deck Tailor)

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Q & A with Collector, Consultant, and Card Gaffer Don Boyer (The Deck Tailor)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Don Boyer? I first came across Don Boyer a few years ago. It was in the early stages of my own hobby in collecting playing cards. I'd found a number of playing card communities and forums online, one of which was PlayingCardForum.com. When I asked what made this forum unique from others, I was told by several people: "Well, the advantage of PlayingCardForum is that it has Don Boyer".After joining there, it didn't take me long to figure out what they meant. Don Boyer is one of the most active members of the community there, and...

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Publisher Spotlight: U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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Publisher Spotlight: U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWhy should we care about brands and publishers in the world of playing cards? Because they play a huge role in the playing card industry. They are the drivers of the market by connecting creators with consumers, and they help turn projects into reality, and get playing cards into our hands. They decide what playing cards are worth making, organize the printing and distribution, and make decisions that will ultimately determine the quality, look, and feel of the product that eventually gets to us as a buyer. Without publishers, most playing cards wouldn't exist, even though in...

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