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How to Get Started in Card Magic

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How to Get Started in Card Magic

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Why Card Magic? Maybe card magic is what brought you to the hobby of collecting or buying playing cards in the first place. Or perhaps you've always wanted to give card magic a try, but never really knew where to start. Magic with playing cards is definitely a wonderful way to enjoy those custom playing cards you have! Every kid growing up should learn at least a few good card tricks, and all you need for that is a decent quality deck of cards, and the help of your public library, or of course the internet...

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Different Uses for Playing Cards in Previous Centuries - Part 2

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Different Uses for Playing Cards in Previous Centuries - Part 2

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThis article is the next installment of a two part series about how playing cards were used in different ways in previous centuries. Before our modern deck obtained its traditional look, playing card decks were often highly customized, and used for a variety of different purposes. The previous article covered how playing cards were used in more typical ways: for playing card games, for art, and for education. But the past has also witnessed playing cards being commonly used for other purposes, like the ones described here. For Fortune Telling Fortune telling, or cartomancy, has a long...

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Different Uses for Playing Cards in Previous Centuries - Part 1

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Different Uses for Playing Cards in Previous Centuries - Part 1

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameFor a long time I had the mistaken impression that customized playing cards were a relatively modern innovation. Ignoring for a moment all those cheap souvenir decks of bridge sized playing cards, most of us associate the traditional deck of playing cards with a Bicycle ride-back deck with a standardized set of court cards. Perhaps we've seen some minor variations, but this is what we thought a deck of cards has always looked like.But then at some point, we discovered customized playing cards. And we found ourselves getting excited about the possibilities this opened up. I suspect...

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The Cartamundi Decks: A comparison between their popular finishes

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The Cartamundi Decks: A comparison between their popular finishes

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameBelgium-based publisher Cartamundi is already arguably the biggest publisher of playing cards in the world. As a big player in the games and toy industry, they have 11 manufacturing plants around the world, and their popular Copag brand of playing cards can be found in casinos across the globe. As further evidence of their clout is the recent news that Cartamundi has signed an agreement to take over the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) later this year. In the mean time, they have also become a growing presence in the custom playing card market. Not only have...

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The Cartamundi Brand: USPCC's Competition and Now Their New Owner

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The Cartamundi Brand: USPCC's Competition and Now Their New Owner

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Big playing card publishers In the past week, an unexpected bombshell hit the playing card industry, with a press release dated 4 June 2019 announcing that publisher Cartamundi has just signed an agreement to purchase the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) from its parent company, Newell Brands. But who is Cartamundi, and what does this mean?For a long time, the playing card industry in North America has been dominated by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). With a long history that goes back to the 1800s, and a solid reputation as the producer of the famous...

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