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EYEPHONE By Chris Kenworthey and Mark Mason review by Slydini
EYEPHONE By Chris Kenworthey and Mark Mason
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Awesome

This prop is an excellent application of the method involved and bringing it into the 21st century.
Can be a trick in and of itself, but used as a tool for various effect, it flies past everyone I've performed for.


Highly recommended!

(Posted on 18/04/2018)

LUXX Elliptica (Green) Playing Cards review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
LUXX Elliptica (Green) Playing Cards
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Beautiful borderless design from Randy Butterfield

The LUXX Elliptica deck is the third design in the LUXX series, and was the second contribution from Randy Butterfield of Midnight Cards. The Elliptica deck reflects a love for simple and beautiful borderless decks, and was inspired by a love for the classic Bee diamondback design. The aim was to make this the best value LUXX deck in the series, with the lowest price point yet, biggest print run yet, and largest range of colours. With that in mind, the Elliptica was produced in four different colours: Red, Green, Blue, and Purple.

The love for luxury is immediately evident from the richly produced tuck-boxes, which feature a wrap-around pattern that takes up the design from the card-backs, but uses brilliant gold foil to enhance the visual glamour and appeal, for a very stylish and classy look. They feel soft to the touch, but when held up to the light, the patterned gold foil is instantly eye-catching, creating a shiny pattern that stands out beautifully from the rest of the tuck box for a look of absolute class.

The card-backs feature a simple repeated design that has a powerful effect as a result of the borderless design, and has deliberate overtones of the classic Bee diamondback style. The court cards aren't a radical departure from classic styling, but a simpler colour scheme of oranges and reds combined with black creates a whole new look. I'm particularly fond of the way that the background to the court card character has a black or red colour that matches the colour of the suit, which is heightened by making the inside pip white. It ensures optimal and practical clarity, while still evoking a fresh feel and an original and stylish look - it's one of the things I like most about this deck.

The indices have a very straight forward and practical font, while the pips feature an almost heavy and bloated shape that adds real emphasis to them. One interesting feature is how the black pips are slightly lighter in tone than the indices themselves. The arrangement of the pips is also custom, with a tight unity that emphasizes the center of each card. The hearts/diamonds are given a sense of extra "weight" by the addition of stylish black borders that are slightly heavier on one side, to create a sense of emphasis. The Jokers take up the main motif from the back design on opposite corners, along with an original image of a juggling jester. This combination helps bring together the deck's theme, while retaining a very clear connection with traditional playing cards.

All the decks have the same face-cards, the only difference is the colour of the card-backs and the tuck box. But the fact that this deck comes in a choice of colours is a real bonus. If you are a fan of the classic Bee diamondback design, then you'll appreciate what the LUXX Elliptica offers: a more elegant and borderless design accompanied with superior paper quality, and at a reasonable price. It looks like an expensive high end end deck, and yet it is the best value of the entire LUXX range.

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 18/04/2018)

Alloy Cobalt Playing Cards Special Numbered Edition Deck (Blue) review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Alloy Cobalt Playing Cards Special Numbered Edition Deck (Blue)
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Perfect for people who like new and shiny things

When I heard about the shiny cards of the new Alloy decks, I could hardly resist. They are a gaming industry first, by having iridescent foil tuck boxes and card backs with iridescent foil. Iridescent means it shows changing colours from from different angles, like the rainbow effect you see in soap bubbles and on CDs.

Several editions of the Alloy Deck were created at the same time, the main difference being the available colours: Copper (brown), Amethyst (purple), and Cobalt (blue). Of these, the Cobalt version of this deck is the most impressive - it actually has iridescent foil on the fronts of the cards - another apparent industry first.

I can't say enough about how amazing the iridescent effect on these cards is. Photos really can't do justice to it, and you need to see it to believe it. Like most bling, you can't help but be drawn in by the sparkle, and the moving rainbows that emanate from the cards. It immediately grabs your attention with its high visual appeal and unusually bright appearance.

One issue with the court cards is that they have intricate borders, so the larger pips that are usually on court cards had to give way in favour of other artwork. There are still pips on the card indices, but the court cards aren't as quickly distinguished from each other at a glance as they might in a regular deck. However, I didn't find this to be a big issue in playing games with the cards. The deck is also somewhat slippery, as a result of the significant amount of foil on the backs. This isn't a deal breaker, because it doesn't make them unplayable. You learn to adjust, andreally, that's just a small price to pay for all this bling, isn't it?!

While I love the card-backs of the Copper and Amethyst edition, these editions aren't as impressive as the Cobalt edition, which has the iridescent foil on the card faces as well. Let me warn you, once you've seen the Cobalt edition in person, there is no going back! I have all three decks, but if I was only to buy one, it would be the Cobalt edition for sure, despite the larger price tag. As for the Copper and Amethyst, it's largely a preference as to whether you prefer a look with a brown colour palette or a purple one.

But all these editions are stunning. The Alloy deck is definitely something to consider if you enjoy something unusual, or are looking for a visually stunning deck of cards.

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 18/04/2018)

Truth Playing Cards (Lies Require Commitment) review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Truth Playing Cards (Lies Require Commitment)
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TRUTH deck - ideal collector's piece for magicians: magic is about the illusion of truth & lies!

This deck is part of a larger collection of six decks released by Murphy's Magic, entitled Truth and Lies Playing Cards.

CONCEPT: These playing cards are made to represent the dual nature of deception and honesty, as is evident already from the names. Magicians especially will appreciate the importance of the old adage "A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Deception is at the heart of magic, because it is what illusion is all about. In magic, we need to create a narrative so that what did not actually happen looks very much like it did. The truth and lies decks explore this duality that is inherit to magic. In the words of the publisher: "Truth and Lies Playing Cards represents the dual nature of deception and honesty. They are two sides of the same coin, both interwoven deeply within every magic trick. A parade of ornate lies are what spectators are driven to see, while the bare and unembellished truth is ignored and often hidden in plain sight." Designed by Bobby Haiqalsyah and Lance Miller, with the idea from Jason Brumbalow, each of the six decks has a different phrase related to this theme in beautiful blind embossing on the tuck case. Aside from this external difference, the cards themselves within the three Lies decks are identical, and those in the Truth decks also match each other, while the Lies and Truth decks are quite different from one another.

TUCK CASE: Each box features the name of the deck (Truth or Lies) on the front of the tuck case, and is in different colour schemes for each deck, the Truth being mainly a dark navy blue and the Lies deck a white and elegant gold. These colour schemes fit with the back designs of each deck. The two back designs are the same style and artwork, featuring a bordered design with some intricate diamonds and designs, but the Lies deck has a white back design with gold coloured design, while the Truth deck is a black back with light blue shapes. The tuck cases are exquisitely designed, the intricate designs creating appealing boxes that look wonderful as a partnership, because they have been designed to pair together perfectly when placed next to each other, with the two circles entwining from one box to another, as can be seen partially below. They also side-loading tuck cases, which means that they open from the side rather than the top.

TRUTH DECK: The Truth deck has a pale blue theme, and the different phrases on the Truth tuck cases are:
- I Never Believe Me
- Lies Are Convenient
- Lies Require Commitment
This embossing really looks stunning, and the text highlights something about the nature of magic. To quote the publisher: "The embossed phrase illustrates that the distinction between truth and lies may not be as clear-cut as you'd think! ... Sometimes the truth is just the lie we tell ourselves, but sometimes true magic can be found in the lies we tell others."

CARDS: The card backs use similar colours to the tuck box, and look very stylish when cutting and shuffling the cards. The faces of the cards are basically identical to those of the Lies deck, with only a few differences, mainly in the colours. In the case of the court cards, the Truth deck adds some pale blue to the colour palette, which complements the back design. Another difference is with the colour of the pips used for traditionally red suits. Unlike the Lies deck, in the Truth deck these are pale blue instead of gold, again to fit with the back design. What is somewhat unusual from normal is that all the pips are facing the same way - I'm not convinced this was the best design choice. But the whorls and shape of the pips especially looks great when doing twirls and spins with the cards. The custom Ace of Spades in the Truth deck is composed of all phrases about Truth, while the Truth joker is made up of the word "Truth" and a phrase below it says "There is no beauty in truth".

HANDLING: The quality of this deck is slightly disappointing unfortunately. The tuck boxes are wonderful - certainly no issues there. But the card quality isn’t as high as some other decks, and they just don't handle as smoothly. Based on my personal experience with a lot of decks of cards, it is my educated guess that these cards have been printed by Noir Arts (NPCC). While NPCC does print decent quality cards, it doesn't quite match the high quality of USPCC, LPCC or EPCC. These cards are very snappy, have a very smooth edge, possibly from being laser cut, and but they don’t always fan the most evenly, although some of the Noir Arts decks do perform better than others. It isn’t that these decks aren’t worth using, but just don’t expect something too high performance.

SUITABILITY: Even so these cards are great for collectors due to their brilliant design of the cards and tuck case, and they are truly great to look at and enjoy. They are especially usable for games due to their design, and some might find them suitable for card magic, but due to their quality their handling is not quite up to the high standards demanded by card flourishing or magic. Despite this, they are still great decks that can especially be enjoyed for playing card games, for a place of honour in a playing card collection or on a magician's shelf.

RECOMMENDATION: While the handling of these cards isn't quite consistent enough to live up to the exacting standards demanded for use in card flourishing or card magic, magicians will appreciate the thematic idea that these decks represent about the nature of illusion, and they will make a great collector's piece side-by-side on a shelf in the home of a magician. They're also very stylish, and are of a much higher quality than your standard department store deck of cards, so they'll be more than adequate for playing a game of poker or cards as well.

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 18/04/2018)

Sleeving # 1 by Rocco - DVD review by Pog MIMC
Sleeving # 1 by Rocco - DVD
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One of the finest magic DVDs

Rocco is a master of sleeving and an excellent teacher.
Unlike most magic DVDs, it is extremely well produced, the content is superb, and I'm pleased to say no annoying " music " !

(Posted on 17/04/2018)

LUXX Elliptica (Purple) Playing Cards review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
LUXX Elliptica (Purple) Playing Cards
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Beautiful borderless design from Randy Butterfield

The LUXX Elliptica deck is the third design in the LUXX series, and was the second contribution from Randy Butterfield of Midnight Cards. The Elliptica deck reflects a love for simple and beautiful borderless decks, and was inspired by a love for the classic Bee diamondback design. The aim was to make this the best value LUXX deck in the series, with the lowest price point yet, biggest print run yet, and largest range of colours. With that in mind, the Elliptica was produced in four different colours: Red, Green, Blue, and Purple.

The love for luxury is immediately evident from the richly produced tuck-boxes, which feature a wrap-around pattern that takes up the design from the card-backs, but uses brilliant gold foil to enhance the visual glamour and appeal, for a very stylish and classy look. They feel soft to the touch, but when held up to the light, the patterned gold foil is instantly eye-catching, creating a shiny pattern that stands out beautifully from the rest of the tuck box for a look of absolute class.

The card-backs feature a simple repeated design that has a powerful effect as a result of the borderless design, and has deliberate overtones of the classic Bee diamondback style. The court cards aren't a radical departure from classic styling, but a simpler colour scheme of oranges and reds combined with black creates a whole new look. I'm particularly fond of the way that the background to the court card character has a black or red colour that matches the colour of the suit, which is heightened by making the inside pip white. It ensures optimal and practical clarity, while still evoking a fresh feel and an original and stylish look - it's one of the things I like most about this deck.

The indices have a very straight forward and practical font, while the pips feature an almost heavy and bloated shape that adds real emphasis to them. One interesting feature is how the black pips are slightly lighter in tone than the indices themselves. The arrangement of the pips is also custom, with a tight unity that emphasizes the center of each card. The hearts/diamonds are given a sense of extra "weight" by the addition of stylish black borders that are slightly heavier on one side, to create a sense of emphasis. The Jokers take up the main motif from the back design on opposite corners, along with an original image of a juggling jester. This combination helps bring together the deck's theme, while retaining a very clear connection with traditional playing cards.

All the decks have the same face-cards, the only difference is the colour of the card-backs and the tuck box. But the fact that this deck comes in a choice of colours is a real bonus. If you are a fan of the classic Bee diamondback design, then you'll appreciate what the LUXX Elliptica offers: a more elegant and borderless design accompanied with superior paper quality, and at a reasonable price. It looks like an expensive high end end deck, and yet it is the best value of the entire LUXX range.

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 17/04/2018)

Lies Playing Cards (There is No Beauty in Truth) review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Lies Playing Cards (There is No Beauty in Truth)
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LIES deck - Magic is about the illusion of truth & lies - ideal collector's piece for magicians

This deck is part of a larger collection of six decks released by Murphy's Magic, entitled Truth and Lies Playing Cards.

CONCEPT: These playing cards are made to represent the dual nature of deception and honesty, as is evident already from the names. Magicians especially will appreciate the importance of the old adage "A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Deception is at the heart of magic, because it is what illusion is all about. In magic, we need to create a narrative so that what did not actually happen looks very much like it did. The truth and lies decks explore this duality that is inherit to magic. In the words of the publisher: "Truth and Lies Playing Cards represents the dual nature of deception and honesty. They are two sides of the same coin, both interwoven deeply within every magic trick. A parade of ornate lies are what spectators are driven to see, while the bare and unembellished truth is ignored and often hidden in plain sight." Designed by Bobby Haiqalsyah and Lance Miller, with the idea from Jason Brumbalow, each of the six decks has a different phrase related to this theme in beautiful blind embossing on the tuck case. Aside from this external difference, the cards themselves within the three Lies decks are identical, and those in the Truth decks also match each other, while the Lies and Truth decks are quite different from one another.

TUCK CASE: Each box features the name of the deck (Truth or Lies) on the front of the tuck case, and is in different colour schemes for each deck, the Truth being mainly a dark navy blue and the Lies deck a white and elegant gold. These colour schemes fit with the back designs of each deck. The two back designs are the same style and artwork, featuring a bordered design with some intricate diamonds and designs, but the Lies deck has a white back design with gold coloured design, while the Truth deck is a black back with light blue shapes. The tuck cases are exquisitely designed, the intricate designs creating appealing boxes that look wonderful as a partnership, because they have been designed to pair together perfectly when placed next to each other, with the two circles entwining from one box to another, as can be seen partially below. They also side-loading tuck cases, which means that they open from the side rather than the top.

LIES DECK: The Lies deck has a white theme (white lies anyone?), and the different phrases in blind embossing on the Lies tuck cases are:
- Nothing Is Real
- The First Casualty Is Truth
- There Is No Beauty In Truth
This embossing to create the phrases really enhances the tuck boxes and adds something unique to them, which is great.

CARD BACKS/FACES: The back of the cards has ornate artwork that picks up the diamond inspired design that appears on the tuck box. The court cards of the decks are redesigned from standard courts, and maintain their standard look so are very usable, but feature better looking colours to make them more aesthetically appealing, using mainly a black and gold colour in the Lies deck. The pips of these cards have all been intricately designed with various whorls and lines to create an elegant looking effect, which is very nice. For both decks the spades and clubs are black, while the hearts and diamonds are gold for the Lies deck, fitting in with its respective back designs. The indices are clear and easy to identify, making it suitable for games or card magic if desired.

ACE/JOKERS/GAFFS: Each deck has its own custom Ace of Spades, and the Lies Ace of Spades features an intricate design in gold with the name of the decks "Lies" below it, also the phrase “Nothing Is Real”, which is also embossed on one of the tuck boxes.There are two Jokers, which are both identical which is handy for some magic effects. The Lies Joker pictures a demon type figure uncovering his face from a mask. Each deck also comes with two extra gaff cards, a blank card and a double backer in each deck. This allows for some great magic effects, and is always great to have in a deck of cards.

HANDLING: The quality of this deck is slightly disappointing unfortunately. The tuck boxes are wonderful - certainly no issues there. But the card quality isn’t as high as some other decks, and they just don't handle as smoothly. Based on my personal experience with a lot of decks of cards, it is my educated guess that these cards have been printed by Noir Arts (NPCC). While NPCC does print decent quality cards, it doesn't quite match the high quality of USPCC, LPCC or EPCC. These cards are very snappy, have a very smooth edge, possibly from being laser cut, and but they don’t always fan the most evenly, although some of the Noir Arts decks do perform better than others. It isn’t that these decks aren’t worth using, but just don’t expect something too high performance.

SUITABILITY: Even so these cards are great for collectors due to their brilliant design of the cards and tuck case, and they are truly great to look at and enjoy. They are especially usable for games due to their design, and some might find them suitable for card magic, but due to their quality their handling is not quite up to the high standards demanded by card flourishing or magic. Despite this, they are still great decks that can especially be enjoyed for playing card games, for a place of honour in a playing card collection or on a magician's shelf.

RECOMMENDATION: While the handling of these cards isn't quite consistent enough to live up to the exacting standards demanded for use in card flourishing or card magic, magicians will appreciate the thematic idea that these decks represent about the nature of illusion, and they will make a great collector's piece side-by-side on a shelf in the home of a magician. They're also very stylish, and are of a much higher quality than your standard department store deck of cards, so they'll be more than adequate for playing a game of poker or cards as well.

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 17/04/2018)

Bicycle Little Atlantis Day Playing Cards review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Bicycle Little Atlantis Day Playing Cards
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Companion to the Little Atlantis Night deck

Let's head under the sea, and check out some of the creatures that can be found there, in the Little Atlantis deck. This deck has its setting a peaceful and prosperous kingdom under the sea, which is ruled by four families. Each family has its own qualities, with Spades representing Wisdom and Clubs representing Power. Hearts represents Love, and Diamonds represents Justice. The number cards have schools of fish corresponding to the number of pips.

You even get a choice: do you want to visit by Day or by Night? The Day deck is populated by the same creatures as the Night deck, but the two decks have a very different colour scheme. While the artwork is identical for both decks, the different background and colour scheme results in a whole different look, so make sure you get the one that you like best - or both.

This deck was designed by Devina of Yellow Dice Studio, and produced by Gamblers Warehouse. A very charming deck of playing cards, especially suitable for families and children due to the cuteness factor.

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 17/04/2018)

Alloy Copper Playing Cards Special Numbered Edition Deck (Copper) review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Alloy Copper Playing Cards Special Numbered Edition Deck (Copper)
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Perfect for people who like new and shiny things

When I heard about the shiny cards of the new Alloy decks, I could hardly resist. They are a gaming industry first, by having iridescent foil tuck boxes and card backs with iridescent foil. Iridescent means it shows changing colours from from different angles, like the rainbow effect you see in soap bubbles and on CDs.

Several editions of the Alloy Deck were created at the same time, the main difference being the available colours: Copper (brown), Amethyst (purple), and Cobalt (blue). Of these, the Cobalt version of this deck is the most impressive - it actually has iridescent foil on the fronts of the cards - another apparent industry first.

I can't say enough about how amazing the iridescent effect on these cards is. Photos really can't do justice to it, and you need to see it to believe it. Like most bling, you can't help but be drawn in by the sparkle, and the moving rainbows that emanate from the cards. It immediately grabs your attention with its high visual appeal and unusually bright appearance.

One issue with the court cards is that they have intricate borders, so the larger pips that are usually on court cards had to give way in favour of other artwork. There are still pips on the card indices, but the court cards aren't as quickly distinguished from each other at a glance as they might in a regular deck. However, I didn't find this to be a big issue in playing games with the cards. The deck is also somewhat slippery, as a result of the significant amount of foil on the backs. This isn't a deal breaker, because it doesn't make them unplayable. You learn to adjust, andreally, that's just a small price to pay for all this bling, isn't it?!

While I love the card-backs of the Copper and Amethyst edition, these editions aren't as impressive as the Cobalt edition, which has the iridescent foil on the card faces as well. Let me warn you, once you've seen the Cobalt edition in person, there is no going back! I have all three decks, but if I was only to buy one, it would be the Cobalt edition for sure, despite the larger price tag. As for the Copper and Amethyst, it's largely a preference as to whether you prefer a look with a brown colour palette or a purple one.

But all these editions are stunning. The Alloy deck is definitely something to consider if you enjoy something unusual, or are looking for a visually stunning deck of cards.

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 17/04/2018)

Antler Playing Cards (Maroon) by Dan and Dave review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Antler Playing Cards (Maroon) by Dan and Dave
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Quality playing cards that are a beautiful tribute to Dan & Dave Buck from Art of Play

Dan and Dave Back run the Art of Play brand under which the beautiful Antler decks were produced. Given that they are twins with the surname Buck, what theme for a deck of cards would fit better than a deck of cards with two identical Bucks on the back? The limited edition Antler decks showcase the majestic and amazing beauty that is found outdoors, and were produced in both a Hunter Green and a Deep Maroon version. Both tuck boxes are embossed and full of intricate and detailed artwork, and come sealed with a weathered and vintage looking perforated seal, which is in keeping with the style of the rest of the deck. Unlike the monochromatic Standard edition, the Limited edition versions of this deck have two different fully coloured back designs with a buck on top and bottom. The beautiful flourishes surrounding the two twin bucks on the card backs are said to mimic the lush greenery that can be found within Yosemite National Park, a National Park in the USA that is a great place to visit, famous especially for its waterfalls and giant, ancient sequoia trees.

The exquisite Ace of Spades showcases an elegant and noble buck, with beautiful natural ornamentation around his horns, which really illustrates the theme of this entire deck, and fits in great with the back design. The court cards are depicted in an older style, but still are very recognisable for what they are. The colours used for these courts fit the theme of the two decks, and the use of the hunter green and deep maroon colours for these cards ensures they match with the rest of the deck. The Jokers feature the name of the deck in an elegant style, with the indices having the word Buck.

What is really unique about this deck is the fact that each deck has actually been hand-wrapped in parchment paper before it was sealed inside the box. This is a great touch and makes opening the deck really special, and turns it into a rare experience. Both the Hunter Green and Deep Maroon versions of this limited edition deck are equally beautiful, and simply have a different colour scheme. The cards themselves have been printed by the United States Playing Card Company, so they are high quality cards that will be long lasting and durable. Collectors and gamers will enjoy using them for sure, for both their feel and great looks!

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 17/04/2018)

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