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Q & A with Magician and Collector Lee Asher (President of the 52 Plus Joker American Playing Card Collectors Club)

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Q & A with Magician and Collector Lee Asher (President of the 52 Plus Joker American Playing Card Collectors Club)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Lee Asher? I first came across the work of Lee Asher many years ago. At that time I was exploring my long-time interest in card magic, and Lee had made some good contributions in that area. One of his signature tricks that he is well-known for is an ace routine called the Asher Twist. If you enjoy card magic, you'll appreciate the cleverness involved and the impossibility it apparently creates. Lee is skilled magician, and his name will be familiar to many from his work as a magic consultant. But Lee Asher's credentials extend much further than...

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Piatnik

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Piatnik

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGamePiatnik prints playing cards. A LOT of playing cards. In this next article in a series about playing card manufacturers, we head to Austria's Vienna to learn about a company that manufactures playing cards and board games right in the middle of Europe.To give some idea of their size and influence, Piatnik tells us that their products are available in no less than 72 countries around the world. They also operate affiliate companies in several other European countries, as well as one in the United States. One of their slogans will give you some sense of their...

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Noir Arts (NPCC)

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Noir Arts (NPCC)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameUsually a lot of the focus in the playing card industry is on big name playing card manufacturers like United States Playing Card Company (USPCC), Belgian manufacturer Cartamundi, and to lesser extent Taiwan-based manufacturers like Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC) and Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC). While these manufacturers hold a dominant position in the market, there are some lesser known manufacturers that also make important contributions from time to time. You might not immediately recognize their names, but it is worth knowing something about them, so that you have some idea of what to expect from...

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Q & A with Playing Card Designer Giovanni Meroni (Thirdway Industries)

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Q & A with Playing Card Designer Giovanni Meroni (Thirdway Industries)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Giovanni Meroni? When I first stumbled across some of Giovanni Meroni's playing card designs online, I was just blown away. The classy and elegant appearance of the decks he has created made an immediate impression on me. I was also very impressed by the way he has drawn on mythology, literature, and art in the creation of his playing cards. So who is Giovanni Meroni? He's a freelance designer and art director in Italy, who has created the product brand Thirdway Industries. To underline his credentials as a designer, he's done work for big-name clients like...

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More Great Gift Ideas for the Playing Card Collector

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More Great Gift Ideas for the Playing Card Collector

Accessories for the Playing Card Enthusiast - Part 3 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThis is the third in a three-part series about some must-have accessories for the serious playing card enthusiast. We've already covered some great products that help you display and store your favourite decks, as well as carry them around safely and stylishly. But what other things are available for purchase that will be of interest to connoisseurs of playing cards, besides decks and solutions for storage or protection? If you love playing cards, you're almost certain to find at least one of these related items to be of interest!...

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