by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
I also love writing about my passions. For me, writing is primarily a labour of love that I do in my spare time. I enjoy it because it gives me the chance to study and learn about new things, and to analyze and organize the material I've learned. I also like sharing my findings with others, and supporting creators and consumers - whether it's in the game industry, the playing card industry, or the magic industry. I've been writing reviews of board games over on BoardGameGeek for well over 15 years already. When I started writing about playing cards and related topics a few years ago, PlayingCardDecks (PCD) proved to be the ideal platform to host some of my articles on these subjects, although I also cross-post a number of them in other places at a later date.
The range of topics I've researched and written about is quite diverse: from the history of playing cards, to interesting facts about playing cards. I've interviewed creators, collectors, cardists, magicians, and historians. I've shared stories about the unique achievements of particular projects. I've covered the best card games you can play, including solitaire card games. I've provided information and tips about learning cardistry and card magic. And much more!
The fifth anniversary of PCD is the ideal time to go through this archive of material, and bring some of the best of these articles back into the light. Perhaps you may have seen many of these before, or perhaps not. Some may have escaped your notice the first time around, or maybe they warrant revisiting. So here's a collection of ten of my favourites, listed in no particular order.
This article has some nostalgia attached to it for me, because it was the first one of my articles to appear on the PCD blog. While not as long as many of my more recent articles, it does raise an interesting subject: what can you do with playing cards aside from playing card games?
There are obvious uses like using them for performing card magic. But what about some more interesting things to try, like building card houses, card flourishing, or card throwing? This article will give you some fun ideas for using playing cards in less orthodox ways.
You'll be surprised at some of the suggestions on this list, and when taken together, they can really help you get more mileage out of each precious deck that you own.
This epic article is the culmination of years of personal study, and time spent learning and playing all kinds of card games played with a traditional deck. You could consider it a greatest hits collection of card games, and if you're looking for good card games to play with your favourite deck, start here.
Klondike is considered a typical "builder solitaire game", and what most people don't realize is that many excellent solitaire card games work completely different than this, and can even be far more interesting. This article lists the best and most popular non-builder solitaire games you should know about.
But where do you begin? To help beginners, I put together a carefully curated list of simple flourishes that anyone can learn with a bit of effort, along with links to the best free video tutorials on the internet that will teach you how to do them.
You just need some pointers in the right direction, and that's what this article is about. I've written quite a few articles about card magic, especially ones that cover the best self-working card tricks in the world. But you have to start somewhere, and in this article I'll help you learn ten simple card tricks, with video tutorials for each.
I've done a lot of research in this area, and this article will help you understand the importance of things like stock, texture, coating, and cut, and what impact they have on handling.
But was it true? I put on my detective hat, and ended up having to dive very deep to find the answer. My sleuthing took me around the world, and after corresponding with cardists, magicians, collectors, and even a university and a hospital, I finally got to the bottom of things.
In this article I trace the roots of playing cards in the far East, identify the time they arrived in Western Europe, and describe how they spread throughout Europe, taking on a new look in different parts of the content, and eventually settling on the form we are used to today.
But one of the most insightful interviews of all was the one I had with Roberto Giobbi, author of the acclaimed Card College series, and arguably the best teacher in card magic today. In this interview he shares many helpful tips and tricks about how to use and handle your playing cards in a professional and pleasing way. What he has to say is well worth reading and studying carefully, whether you're interested in card magic, card flourishing, card games, or even just collecting playing cards.
● Interesting Facts About Playing Cards
● How Well Do You Know Your Playing Cards?
● Playing Card World Records
● Playing Cards as Weapons of War
● What To Look For In a Quality Deck of Playing Cards
● 10 Types of Playing Cards You Should Know About
● How to Create Your Own Deck of Playing Cards
● Great Quotes and One-Liners About Playing Cards
Want to read more? You can view a complete list of my articles on playing cards here: Playing Card Articles. If you're a relative newbie, start by checking out the FAQ: I'm New To Collecting Playing Cards, So Where Should I Start? It is a longer article that condenses some content from other selected articles to help you quickly learn the essentials.
About the writer: EndersGame is a well-known and respected reviewer of board games and playing cards. He loves card games, card magic, cardistry, and card collecting, and has reviewed several hundred boardgames and hundreds of different decks of playing cards. You can see a complete list of his game reviews here, and his playing card reviews here. He is considered an authority on playing cards and has written extensively about their design, history, and function, and has many contacts within the playing card and board game industries. You can view his previous articles about playing cards here. In his spare time he also volunteers with local youth to teach them the art of cardistry and card magic.
Last update date: 09/22/22