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17 June
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Magistrate Playing Cards. The deck is ready for judgment

Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially. Socrates Linked all his life to the Law since his student days, Jason Troiano has become a renowned Chief Magistrate in his community. However, his passion for magic and cards has pushed him to create his first deck: MAGISTRATE. Jason’s interest in playing cards came 5 years ago when his 10-year-old daughter was impressed with a magic effect seen on Penn…

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05 June
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CIRCUIT Playing Cards. Inspired by modern technology with a retro touch

After four years of tireless work, Ben Jones (Elephant Playing Cards) has already established himself as a solvent creator who has explored a multitude of creative and technical scenarios. His new campaigns are much more solid, with a varied offer of decks and different aesthetics to meet the needs of a large group of fans who follow him on a regular basis. His latest creation is CIRCUIT. CIRCUIT is inspired by electronic technology, the basis of our modern civilization. The common…

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02 June
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REINCARNATION Playing Cards. The life after death

Life and death, those two sides of the same coin that have always been present in literature and art, are now presented by Gambler’s Warehouse and masterfully illustrated by the great artist Blackout Brother in the REINCARNATION deck. The belief in reincarnation is as old as religion itself. Life thus becomes a purifying and learning step in the search for the liberation of the essence of each individual. After death, a new life in another body allows us to be…

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30 May
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CLOCKWORK EMPIRE CITY Playing Cards. The deck and the passage of time

After Halloween deck and Wonderland and Looking Glass decks,  Stephen W. Brandt (Swabbed Decks) has launched a new deck with his own style but with a very original concept: CLOCKWORK EMPIRE CITY. The imagination of the artist is in the service of a different deck, with an aesthetic that reminds a lot his previous works in which the custom suits and indexes are the hallmark of the creator.     Inspired by a large clock and its mechanism, the designs make…

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28 May
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BICYCLE HESSLERS RIDER BACK Playing Cards. Color and tradition of the most popular deck

At the very beginning of 2016 I had the opportunity to tell you about Matt Hessler and his Bicycle Hesslers deck. Matt wanted to give his passion for card games a touch of color with an original but traditional deck. Hesslers did very well and Matt has just released a second edition: BICYCLE HESSLERS RIDER BACK.     In this new deck, Matt wanted to take into account all the feedback and suggestions of those who have been able to…

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18 May
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HUSTLING JOE and YE WITCHES Playing Cards. Interesting reproductions of the late Nineteenth Century

After achieving a fantastic success with the reproductions of Vanity and Faro decks, Will Roya strikes back with an exciting project with two new reproductions: HUSTLING JOE and YE WITCHES. Hustling Joe No.61 deck was first produced by the USPCC in 1895 and modified later in a second edition to correct some mistakes. The designs are comical and inspired by the relationship between playing cards and the scams, represented by the character “Joe” in the Ace of Spades. All the…

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15 May
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THE BOX AND LINE Playing Cards. A different deck, contemporary and with a retro touch

I have always said that one of the greatest satisfactions in my work on this website over the years is to have been able to meet new creators (and the great people behind them) and do my part in making their dreams come true, especially in their very first deck project. A few days ago I met Steven Summers, an explorer of art in motion who has been working in the creative video world for many years. Now he is…

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13 May
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Beta ONE deck by MPC. Playing cards not for playing

Make Playing Cards continues working to be at the forefront of the production of quality cards with special finishes. Now he makes his first bet for a different deck: MPC Beta ONE. With this deck MPC shows us a completely new development to satisfy the growing need for special cards for magic and cardistry. There are several aspects that MPC has taken into account for this new work. On the one hand, the design is adjusted to a minimalist concept…

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12 May
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BLACK MAGIC Playing Cards. A playful vision of the dark arts of magic

Besides producing his own designs, Robert Tomlinson (Barclay Mountain Co.) collaborates with other artists to convert their artwork in real decks. This is the case of BLACK MAGIC Playing Cards. These cards designed by the Russian artist Philip (Fil) Kustov are inspired by the fantasy of black magic with a more casual interpretation and comic style illustrations.     The geometric back has been created by Robert himself.     A highly symbolic tuck case will be printed with velvet finish…

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11 May
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WILD WEST Playing Cards. Decks with authentic Far West flavor

Although he has not stopped working and collaborating in playing cards design, it’s been a year since Randy Butterfield (Midnight Card Company) launched his latest solo campaign. He’s back with a fabulous success: WILD WEST. A good friend of Max Playing Cards for years, I have always recognized my weakness for Randy and his personal style. Inspired by the Wild West, Randy has used a traditional pencil-on-paper technique to capture a historical vision of one of the many episodes of late-nineteenth-century…