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09 January
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BICYCLE DIVIDE OF A NATION Playing Cards. Political conspiracies and hidden treasures

The history of the United States is full of secrets, mysteries and conspiracies. If there is an expert in converting that part of the history into playing cards, it is precisely Robert Tomlinson (Barclay Mountain Co.). After his success with Rise of a Nation, which opened the Decoded History series and talked about the secrets behind the creation of the United States and the important role of Freemasonry in that process, Robert launches the second deck of the series: DIVIDE…

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08 January
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THE MUSIC BOX Playing Cards. Open the lid and enjoy the melody

Technological advances developed by the companies behind playing cards production allow creators to offer us better quality and more original products. The most recent and original proposal by Classics Playing Cards is THE MUSIC BOX. Inspired by a traditional music box, the tuck case has an opening, design and finish similar to a real music box, with a wooden look, a magnetic flap, embossing and gold foil. In addition, and this is the main novelty, when you open the lid,…

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28 December
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COMPANY INSIGHT: MURPHY’S MAGIC. The big supplier and their own decks

If you ask any magician about the largest magic dealer, he (or she) will probably tell you about Murphy’s Magic. With a family business vocation, a fantastic customer service  and an impressive catalog of magic items, Murphy’s Magic is one of the main suppliers of books, tricks, DVDs, gadgets and, of course, playing cards for the of retailers scattered around the globe. In addition to the wholesale of these items, Murphy’s Magic also produces their own decks of cards. I…

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24 December
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HEROES OF THE NATION Playing Cards. Watercolor warriors from the four cardinal points

April is a Russian advertising agency that has decided to launch a new and amazing deck of cards: HEROES OF THE NATION. Inspired by a fantastic world, the deck depicts legendary warriors of four imaginary nations located in one each of the four cardinal points.     The illustrations have been handmade by the artist Oleg Shapkin in beautiful compositions made with watercolor pencils in which all details have been taken care of. The color combinations are sober but quite…

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18 December
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BUTTERFLY Playing Cards. The most beautiful insect for the most beautiful magic

Ondrej Psenicka is one of those amazing people that captivate you with the look, with the smile and with a very special way of doing magic. After many years reaping success as a magician, Ondrej has launched his own deck of cards: BUTTERFLY.     Butterfly is a unique deck, specially designed for magicians as only a magician can do it. For a better integration into routines and tricks, the cards have standard faces, in which Ondrej and his also…

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17 December
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BICYCLE ERFWORLD decks. Characters from the webcomic universe visit the world of playing cards

Both worlds of comic and playing cards join together in the most recent project by Rob Balder: BICYCLE ERFWORLD. Rob created a fiction universe called Erfworld exactly 10 years ago with the help of talented illustrators like Jamie Noguchi and David Hahn at the beginning, followed by Xin Ye (in 2009) and Lauri Ahonen (last year), both great fans of the history. Rob is not new at all in crowdfunding. He has a long experience and a fantastic group of loyal…

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11 December
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BICYCLE HEIR Playing Cards. Parents and children from the most remote places of space and time

Collectable Playing Cards has just launched a new deck: BICYCLE HEIR.     The designs of the court cards, which include characters as diverse as royalty, aliens, future visitors and zombies, show the reflection of fathers and mothers in their sons and daughters taking advantage of that duality of the traditional mirrored court card pattern. With hand-painted portraits and a comic style, the deck is quite original and also very funny.     If funded, it will be printed by the…

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10 December
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CARNAVAL DE MUERTOS Decks. Lively playing cards to celebrate death

The traditional Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico has already been the inspiration of several decks. One of the most interesting one was undoubtedly Fuego!, created by Nam Tibon (Cellar Window). Inspired by the designs of Nam and by Steve Simpson‘s illustrations, Noir Arts has released a deck about this popular celebration: CARNAVAL DE MUERTOS.     The designs on these cards are hilarious, with a humorous tone and fantastic coloring. The characters in the court cards live the…

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05 December
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RUSSIAN FOLK ART Limited Edition Playing Cards. The court cards are more Russian than ever

A few months ago Natalia Silva launched the most luxurious of her decks inspired by Russian folklore, the collector’s edition, with a colorful design on a black background. Since its price was a bit higher due to its special features and its print-run was limited to 75 decks, many of her fans regretted not being able to get it. Natalia, who never wants to disappoint her followers, has decided to create a limited edition of a standard deck with the same…

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04 December
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ARTIST INSIGHT: ANNETTE ABOLINS. NINE LIVES Cards and her upcoming project VIZAĜO

Writing for so many years in Max Playing Cards has provided me with fabulous moments (and also some bitter ones), because I have had the opportunity to know the human quality of artists whose talent is hidden behind the fabulous designs I talk about. And there are (fortunately many) occasions in which meeting those human-beings behind the artists makes it worth the effort and dedication to this work. One of those occasions came a few weeks ago, when I had…