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2019 in Review: Decks created by PlayingCardDecks.com

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2019 in Review: Decks created by PlayingCardDecks.com

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWe are living in a golden era of playing cards, and a large number of wonderful and creative decks continues to be produced on a regular basis. One of those producers is Will Roya from PlayingCardDecks. He started producing his own decks in mid-2017 by partnering with talented artists and graphic designers around the world, and with the help of crowd-funding.In this article we'll take a look back at all the new playing cards that Will has successfully produced and brought to the market under the PlayingCardDecks label throughout the past year. So let's take a tour...

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

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

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThe good news for people interested in simple card magic is that there are some fantastic card tricks that rely on methods that are basically self-working. Self-working card tricks are often and unfairly considered somewhat condescendingly. But because strong magic is all about being entertaining, a clever self-worker that relies on a good method and is combined with a good presentation, can be among the most baffling card trick that there is.In this article I'm going to introduce you to some of the world's very best self-working card tricks. Self-workers like these really have the potential to...

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Why You Should Try Self-Working Card Tricks - And: Where to learn them

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Why You Should Try Self-Working Card Tricks - And: Where to learn them

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What are Self-Working Card Tricks? What even is "self-working" card magic? This term is a common term used in magic circles to refer to card tricks that don't use sleight of hand. There are zero secret moves involved, and all the magic happens semi-automatically.Now strictly speaking, there is no such thing as "self-working" magic. Every trick needs a good magician to present it well, and magic never happens all by itself. You still need to remember the sequence and order of a routine. You still need to do some set-up in some instances. You still need...

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Modern Hanafuda Playing Cards Inspired by Ancient Japan

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Modern Hanafuda Playing Cards Inspired by Ancient Japan

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame The panoramic art of Hanafuda I know very little about Japanese culture, but I can recognize something beautiful when I see it. And when I first saw the Hanafuda deck created by IndianWolf Studios, I knew at once that I was looking at something beautiful. They've produced two so far, a Hanami Fusion deck and a Sensu Fusion deck, both of which are available from PlayingCardDecks, along with a more traditional styled Hanami deck. The former are more contemporary poker style decks, while the latter is a Hanafuda deck with a more traditional look.So why did these decks capture my...

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Using Playing Cards For Propaganda

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Using Playing Cards For Propaganda

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameAre customized playing cards a recent phenomenon? Given the massive boom in the playing card industry over the past decade, you might think so. The arrival of crowd-funding has certainly given the market a real shot in the arm, by opening up new opportunities for both creators and consumers, and it's arguably a golden era like never before. But people have always been producing and collecting custom playing cards right back to the 15th century, which is when the printing press helped playing cards spread rapidly through Europe. All along, besides their primary use for playing card...

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