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The Virtuoso P1 Deck: A Metaphor for the Evolution of Cardistry and of its Tools

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The Virtuoso P1 Deck: A Metaphor for the Evolution of Cardistry and of its Tools

The impact of the first generation Virtuoso decks Few playing cards attract as much attention upon their release as the Virtuoso series of decks from Singaporean cardists The Virts. The story of the success of the Virtuoso cardistry brand goes back almost a decade, to the release of their very first deck in 2012. At the time, the concept of a cardistry deck was somewhat ground-breaking and revolutionary. A deck designed and optimized purely for cardistry? It was an industry first, and the outcome was completely uncertain. Would this venture even be financially viable? To many observers, it seemed to be...

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Interview with AZURED OX, the artist behind the Cotta's Almanac Reproduction decks

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Interview with AZURED OX, the artist behind the Cotta's Almanac Reproduction decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Cotta's Almanac Reproduction Decks and AZURED OX A deck of playing cards is really a portable portfolio consisting of 52 miniature works of art. And when it comes to these collections of art-pieces, few decks are better than transformation playing cards. These cleverly transform the pips on the cards into a larger single work of art. For example, a creative artist might transform the Hearts into faces, the Diamonds into hats, or the Clubs into leaves on a tree. Transformation decks exhibit a level of creativity and ingenuity like few others, because their creators need to be...

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Brand Spotlight: Uusi

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Brand Spotlight: Uusi

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame The Uusi Design Studio A wonderful thing about the custom playing card industry is that anyone with creative gifts and talent can make an artistic contribution, impress collectors, and produce a successful deck of playing cards.  A recent example of this is Peter Robinson, better known under his artist moniker Ten Hundred, an artist whose Vivid Kingdoms Playing Cards came out of nowhere and raised over $2 million on Kickstarter, making it the most funded deck of playing cards ever.Uusi is the brand of artists Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, and is a more well-known name in...

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What You Need to Know About USPCC's Crushed Stock

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What You Need to Know About USPCC's Crushed Stock

And the Elite Edition playing cards which are helping popularize it by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThin-crushed stock is all the rage these days. A lot of modern cardistry decks are produced using this card stock since it is beloved especially for card flourishing and much loved by card handlers.The main difference you'll notice with crushed stock is that it gives playing cards a softer and more flexible feel. Right from the very first time you take them out of the box and use them, they feel worn in and comfortable. You can go right into performing, without a prior need to...

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The First Ever Million Dollar Playing Card Project on Kickstarter

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The First Ever Million Dollar Playing Card Project on Kickstarter

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame The million dollar playing card project So it's finally happened. A playing card project on Kickstarter has hit over a million dollars. Congratulations to Vivid Kingdoms Playing Cards, created by artist Peter Robinson, better known by his artist moniker Ten Hundred.And it has done this easily. The project reached the original funding of $10,000 in just three minutes flat. Sixty minutes later, it was topping $100,000. Within the first 24 hours, the project had already hit $850,000. And early on day two, it had crossed a magical milestone, the million dollar mark.At the time I'm writing this article,...

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