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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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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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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…

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18 June
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THE CONJURER decks. Beautiful playing cards Inspired by the most traditional magic

Following the successful Pride of Peacocks decks, Arcadia Playing Cards remain true to their elegant style that combines an atmosphere of mystery with beautiful illustrations. Thus, they have just released THE CONJURER. The Conjurer is inspired by classical, almost ancestral, magic in which magicians were a kind of sorcerers with supernatural powers in the spectator’s eyes. This inspiration has covered the deck with magical objects, animals and characters.     One of the most careful aspects of the cards is…

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07 April
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CARDEMONIUM Playing Cards. A 666% evil deck

This is one of those occasions when Max Playing Cards recovers the essence of its creation many years ago. The passion for playing cards collection finds a special sense in those decks that have been created by the pure pleasure to create, outside of the market and the satisfaction of a growing and worrying escalation of speculation to which many (and almost always the “most important” ones) creators have ended up succumbing. There are people in the world whose talent…

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07 November
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ARCADIA PRIDE OF PEACOCKS Playing Cards. The beauty and majesty of the bird of royalty

Arcadia Playing Cards, a new and young company, was born out of a passion for playing cards and design. Their new work combines elegance and refinement in the first deck of the series: ARCADIA PRIDE OF PEACOCKS. The inspiration comes from the Peacock, majestic bird symbol of royalty and immortality. Its symbolic meaning has been linked to great civilizations such as the Persian culture, the one that gives the designs a special charm through elaborate patterns and elegant shapes. In…

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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…