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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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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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Q & A with Video Reviewer Magic Orthodoxy

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Q & A with Video Reviewer Magic Orthodoxy

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWhat is Magic Orthodoxy?There are many contributors to the playing card industry. It begins of course with the designers, in whose minds the genesis of a custom deck begins. Then there are publishers like Art of Play and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, that team up with the creators to actually produce a deck. Next are the printers like USPCC, that make the physical deck by putting actual ink on paper. In many cases there are also retailers that act as a "middle man", whether it be an online website or a physical brick-and-mortar store. Finally there are...

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Q & A with World of Playing Cards Curator Simon Wintle

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Q & A with World of Playing Cards Curator Simon Wintle

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What is the World of Playing Cards? If you're anything like me, you'll not only enjoy using playing cards, but also reading about them, and learning more about their history and background. There's a lot of sources online with information about the history of playing cards, but one of the very best that you'll find is the World of Playing Cards. Self-described as "a living encyclopaedia of the history and visual art of playing cards", the World of Playing Cards has as its mission "to make a contribution to the public awareness and appreciation of this fascinating...

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Q & A with Playing Card Designer Paul Carpenter (Encarded Playing Card Co.)

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Q & A with Playing Card Designer Paul Carpenter (Encarded Playing Card Co.)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWho is Paul Carpenter?Graphic designer Paul Carpenter is the man behind Encarded Playing Card Company. He made a big splash in the custom playing card industry in 2012 with his original Tendril deck, which was produced with the help of crowdfunding, and broke the Kickstarter record for the highest funding for a playing card project at the time. These decks were originally priced at under $10 each, but since they are prized by collectors, they typically sell on the secondary market today for more than ten times that much! Why was the Tendril deck so successful? It had some...

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