Contrary to what one might think by its name, this deck is neither dark nor demonic. Two forces confront each other and at the same time balance the universe: GOOD and EVIL. Traditionally Black Magic has been understood as the magic of evil, used for vile purposes. But we all know that it is not necessary to resort to this magic to do evil. Evil surrounds us every day. Conflicts, intolerance, selfishness … are part of a human condition increasingly tense and self-destructive.
After joining forces in the Syndicate deck, ShapeShifters and Max Playing Cards decided to re-collaborate in a deck that showed another duality, that of good and evil, fusing ideas that would represent their passion for cards and design and a reflection on the life itself. This is how BICYCLE BLACK MAGIC came about, a deck that remembers that the forces of evil must be fought with magic and with hope.
The best of both worlds has been combined again in this deck full of positive energy. Different graphic techniques in 2D and 3D have been combined to create something unique.
The deck talks about its own inspiration through a fairy tale.
The back combines elaborate medieval elements in sinuous shapes and intricate geometries to achieve perfect harmony.
The faces have been created on white backgrounds to maintain a perfect neatness for magical routines or table games. However, these backgrounds have been lavishly decorated with very elaborate but subtly presented structures to maintain cleanliness without sacrificing detail and exquisite elegance.
The colors have been chosen to convey joy and hope. Greens and purples substitute traditional reds and blacks in pips and indexes with a structure different from the traditional one to show a more interesting visual effect.
The aces and jokers follow the aesthetic of the back, with elaborate patterns that mix symbols through geometric shapes that are pure magic.
Although with traditional inspiration, the court cards have been completely customized, in which the characters convey calm and hope, but strongly armed to fight against the forces of evil.
Of course, it will be Bicycle branded and printed by the USPCC in a limited print run of 2500 decks.
This is an only 15 days campaign and it is almost funded so, if you like it, visit the project website and raise your pledge.