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Brand Spotlight: Penguin Magic

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Brand Spotlight: Penguin Magic

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameSome brands are very well known to playing card aficionados, and have been around for many years, even prior to the playing card boom that Kickstarter produced a little over a decade ago. Ellusionist and Theory11 are two of the more well-known and respected brands that have made their mark on the playing card industry, and both have been producing high quality luxury playing cards for around 15-20 years. Other familiar brands include Art of Play, which was created by Dan and Dave Buck, the magician twins famous for their cardistry skills and decks.But in more recent times we've seen the arrival...

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Let's Visit an International Playing Card Convention! (Part 2)

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Let's Visit an International Playing Card Convention! (Part 2)

Your chance to view the main events from 52 Plus Joker's annual convention by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIn my previous article, I shared information about a great opportunity: the chance to sit in on some great speeches about playing cards delivered by experts and leading figures in the industry. Via online videos, we could get front row seats inside an international playing card convention organized by 52 Plus Joker, the American Playing Card Collector's Club.This prestigious club has managed to find a silver lining in the cloud called COVID. They had to cancel their annual convention, but they didn't let this disappointment rain...

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Let's Visit an International Playing Card Convention! (Part 1)

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Let's Visit an International Playing Card Convention! (Part 1)

Your chance to view the main events from 52 Plus Joker's annual convention by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame The 52 Plus Joker Collectors Club I've never been to a playing card convention. Probably you haven't either. But along with me, today you will. Each October an international playing card convention is organized by 52 Plus Joker, the American Playing Card Collectors Club. But travel restrictions as a result of COVID forced the regular convention to be cancelled in 2020 and again in 2021.So what do you do when it rains lemons? You make lemonade. In light of the unfortunate cancellations, the club...

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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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