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15 August
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CROWN JEWELS EMERALD Playing cards . The dazzling beauty of the Green Ice

After the successful project of the Sapphire deck in the Crown Jewels series, SVI Group has just launched the second one following the wishes of their backers: EMERALD GREEN ICE. Gemstones have traditionally been associated with magical properties and are part of a multitude of stories and legends. and the Crown Jewels series combine the usual historical and adventurous atmosphere of SVI with inspiration in gems. Precious stones have traditionally been associated with magical properties and are also part of…

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14 August
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WALHALLA Playing Cards. A new vision of the epic Norse mythology in two luxurious decks

Mythology is a huge source of artistic inspiration and Norse mythology has been especially used during the last years. Today I bring you a new deck inspired by the magical world of the Norse Gods: WALHALLA.. When a soldier dies in combat, he is brought to the presence of Odin in Valhalla or Freia in Fólkvangr, the best know god and goddess of Norse mythology. Inspired by these gods, the WALHALLA decks take a tour of the family tree and the…

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07 August
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CULTURAE ANIMALIS Playing Cards. A sustainable deck with deep cultural and artistic roots

Jack Brutus Penny is a nonsense writer, illustrator and English teacher based in Japan. His experience in the artistic world has led him to create written and printed works in which respect for nature is a common denominator. Jack leaps now  to the card design world with a completely original and different deck: CULTURAE ANIMALIS. This is one of those projects that you have to read slowly to be able to squeeze all its juice. The talent and the enormous…

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05 August
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EMPEROR Playing Cards. An elegant, big, powerful and especially magical deck

Two great forces come together to bring card fans to an iconic deck: EMPEROR. Penguin Magic, internationally well-known for and selling online playing cards and magic items, has teamed up with one of the most popular and elegant designers, Mark Stutzman, capable of turning a brush and a pen into a fabulous and inspiring tool to create art. Conceived by Kevin Reylek, EMPEROR is much more than a custom deck: it represents the spirit behind Penguin Magic and seeks to…

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30 July
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LAST HOUR: the surprise at the end of the trip of that butterfly that went so far

Let’s not fool ourselves, crowdfunding is more unstable than ever but there are a few creators with guaranteed success. That’s the case of the great friend of Max Playing Cards, Ondrej Psenicka, who after almost thirty days of campaign has overcome many funding records with the new editions of his fantastic  BUTTERFLY deck. After unlocking many stretch goals, Ondrej wanted a really happy and wild ending for the last (or not) stretch goal (1800% over the funding goal). One of…

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21 July
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LUNAR AND ZODIAC: YEAR OF THE RAT Playing Cards. The second deck of the Chinese lunar calendar

Continuing with the series that successfully started a few months ago, Nomads Playing Cards has released the second deck: LUNAR AND ZODIAC: YEAR OF THE RAT. This series takes as reference the relationship between the nomads of Xiongnu in ancient Mongolia and the well-known Chinese lunar calendar represented by 12 animals. In this calendar each animal is related to the lunar year of birth and also marks, according to its beliefs, the destiny of each person. This project is part…

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17 July
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DANCE OF DEATH Playing cards. A trilogy of monochromatic death

Hans Holbein the Younger was a German artist who masterfully commanded different expressions of pictorial art and printmaking. Known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century, one of his most controversial works, of which he even had to conceal his authorship, was the series called “Dance of Death”, 51 xylographies (woodcuts) showing medieval allegorical drawings with sarcastic allusions to the Church of the time. Inspired by these works, Sergey Kostyuchenko has launched the second campaign of an…

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15 July
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INVASION BLOOD Playing Cards. Alien invasion has already begun

Late 2018, I talked about the Invasion deck, created by Dmitrii Lebedev with his son Nikita, an experienced cardist. The campaign was succesfully funded but unfortunately they couldn’t unlock the second edition that has just been released: INVASION BLOOD.     The inspiration for the design comes from an imaginary UFO sighting, lived by the creators themselves, in which they found a card containing the information necessary to recreate in a deck the identities of the alien races that seek…

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06 July
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JEWELRY BOX cards. Decorative watercolor beetles

Ehsan Ziafati is a versatile artist always in search of new creative challenges. His extraordinary vision of art as an individual and collective experience has enlisted in the adventure of creating a new deck of cards: JEWELRY BOX. The insects fascinate the artist and that is the inspiration of these cards. Encouraged by his friends in a game night, Ehsan decided to create his own deck using original illustrations, made entirely by hand with watercolors and in which the protagonists…

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03 July
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BUTTERFLY BLACK Playing Cards. The most beautiful insect now with metallic shine

No amateur or professional can doubt that Ondrej Psenicka is one of the most promising and successful card magicians on the international stage. His career and his charming performance has allowed him to go really far. But talking about Ondrej is also talking about Butterfly, the deck which revolutionized in 2016 the concept of card marking. Now, after 3 years and a production of almost 35,000 decks in several editions, he has just launched the new series of BUTTERFLY BLACK…