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10 July
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ART OF PLAY latest releases. When art becomes Playing Cards

Art Of Play was created in 2013 by the popular magicians Dan&Dave with the aim of offering a carefully selected collection of  designer playing cards. Although they have expanded their business to other items such as puzzles and games, playing cards are still the flagship product. With all these items they have built an image that mixes beauty and elegance with mystery and, of course, magic. Among their activities, Art Of Play also produces their own line of decks teaming…

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17 April
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VOODOO Playing Cards. Disturbing skulls with a top hat

After successfully funding his first deck Hypnotik on Kickstarter,  Sven Philipp (Spielkartenshop.com) has teamed up again with  Sam Hayles (DOSEprod) to offer a new and interesting deck: VOODOO. Sam is especially known for his disturbing designs in which skeletons and skulls are protagonists. This dark and mysterious aesthetic perfectly matches the inspiring source source of this deck, voodoo, an ancestral belief considered one of the oldest religions in the world.     The illustrations are extremely striking and fundamentally monochromatic, except for the…

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28 March
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THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SPADE Playing Cards. The key to magic and mystery

He has been showing and creating a huge expectation with teasers and mockups about his new deck. Finally, Lorenzo Gaggiotti (Stockholm 17 Playing Cards) launches his latest creation: THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SPADE.     When a designer with the talent and imagination of Lorenzo creates a new deck, inspiration usually comes from many sources, and that makes you to discover something new every time you contemplate the designs. In THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SPADE the artist has taken…

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24 March
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COBRA cards from JP Games. Let it bite you

Apart from their well-known LUXX series, JP Playing Cards (JP Games) don’t stop working on other own produced decks. The most recent one is COBRA. For COBRA, JP has counted again on the talent of Rick Davidson. With an idea based on versatility, JP’ head, Paul Middleton, was looking for a reference to some of his favorite decks (such as DCM’s Elites or T11’s Monarchs) that would be interesting for any kind of customer. The design of the faces basically follows…

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20 February
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HYPNOTIK Playing Cards. Stare fixedly at this back

Crowfunding has not only served to make new creators convert their designs in real cards, but also many consolidated companies traditionally dedicated to the playing cards market have found the opportunity to launch cards with their own label. This is the case of Sven Philipp (Spielkartenshop.com), an online store with one of the largest playing card catalogs in Europe. They have just started their new crowdfunding adventure the HYPNOTIK deck.     For this first campaign, Sven offers a deck…

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26 April
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DONDORF “HUNDERTJAHKARTE” Playing Cards. The most beautiful restoration of a centenary deck

This is not the first time we have seen a modern restoration of an old deck but I think this is the most beautiful restoration I have seen lately: DONDORF HUNDERTJAHKARTE. Bernhard Dondorf was a long-lived German card maker born and based in Frankfurt who created a lithograph company and who always worked with innovative techniques. The most notable of these techniques was the chromolithography, patented in the mid-nineteenth century and which Dondorf elevated to the category of graphic art…

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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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27 November
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MUS&FUN Spanish Playing Cards. A group of solidary mustache “sotas”

The modern facilities of the current Casino Kursaal are in fact worthy heirs to the Gran Casino, an emblem of the Belle Epoque in San Sebastian which began its activity in 1921, just three years before the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera banned the game and closed its doors.     Today, Casino Kursaal is a consolidated and updated institution that offers its clients a wide variety of entertainment services in the heart of San Sebastián city. But in addition…

15 May
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Naipes Cofrades Playing Cards. Imagery of Sevillian fervor in a poker deck

  Spain is a country with deep-rooted traditions. There are many internationally well-known feasts that take place in our country and many of them have become a worldwide cultural and touristic reference. One of the most important is the Holy Week and one of the most popular is the Holy Week of Seville. And it is precisely the Holy Week of Seville which has inspired the creation of Naipes Cofrades, a collection of many of the imagery that goes over…