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Invisible Deck Bicycle (Black) review by Michael
Invisible Deck Bicycle (Black)
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quick service

Ideal, easy to use, cards with a 'surprise' ending. Just make up your own patter and away you go.

(Posted on 19/06/2018)

Genii Magazine June 2018 - Book review by BARRY
Genii Magazine June 2018 - Book
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genii magazine june 2018, very good read.

HALF THE WAY THROUGH THE MAG, EXCELLENT ADVICE AND ARTICLES TO READ. I REALLY LIKE THE AMERICAN MAGIC SCENE, HAVING SEEN MANY A SHOW THERE ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS.REALLY GOOD PRODUCT AND BOOK REVIEWS INSIDE, WELL DONE.

(Posted on 17/06/2018)

Sponge Eggs (4pk.) by Alan Wong review by West59
Sponge Eggs (4pk.) by Alan Wong
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Hidden Eggs

Arrived promptly and was as described. Four highly compressible eggs for palming or hiding for later extraction. I can fit them in a wallet and extract them one at a time to good effect.

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

French Baguette by Alexander May review by West59
French Baguette by Alexander May
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Hidden Loaf

Small Baguette that can be highly compressed and hidden for extraction. Add some other sponge food to create the potential for a hearty magic meal.

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

Paul Harris Presents Haunted 2.0 review by Greg
Paul Harris Presents Haunted 2.0
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Does exactly what it says on the package

Nice trick easy and straightforward easy to perform love it

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

9" Silk (Pure Italian Hemmed) - Yellow review by Terry
9" Silk (Pure Italian Hemmed) - Yellow
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Excellent product!!!

Excellent all-round service and delivery!!!

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

Alice of Wonderland Silver by Gamblers Warehouse review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Alice of Wonderland Silver by Gamblers Warehouse
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Alice in a steampunk Wonderland! (Silver deck)

This is the second of two companion decks - Gold and Silver - which together make up a set of decks inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as well as the Steampunk genre. With artwork by Juan Solorzano, this project was originally crowdfunded in 2013, and finally brought to life in 2015. Note that the two companion decks can be purchased separately.

Ever since his childhood, Juan was fascinated by fairy tales, and it is this childhood love and passion that helped fuel the artistic vision he had for this project. This is not just another Alice in Wonderland deck, because that's been done several times already. Instead, Juan wanted to continue the story-telling beyond the classic book, by continuing the adventures of Alice further than the original story. In his imagined world, Alice is now a young lady who has earned the title "Alice of Wonderland".

Besides extending the original story, a steampunk Wonderland theme is now the background setting. Here's how Juan explains it: "The original Wonderland story was written and set in the late 1800's Victorian era. The genre of Steampunk derives from that same era so it ties in nicely with the Wonderland theme. However, my deck of Wonderland playing cards is part of a larger picture, one that tells the story of the continuing adventures of Alice. In this more mature setting, Alice is now a young lady and the world she remembers from Wonderland has changed, everything is now Steampunk - but still Wonderland. The 4 main kingdoms of Hearts, Clubs, Spades, and Diamonds, rule Wonderland. "

The artwork of the Alice of Wonderland Silver deck matches that of the companion Gold deck, but uses a different colour scheme. As expected, the card backs now employ a more regal and polished silver look instead of a vintage gold/brown look. Furthermore, the card faces have dispensed with the vintage style background, and gone to an unadorned white, which really makes the grey and black stand out.

The big difference with the Silver deck is noticeable with the card faces, which use the same artwork as the Gold deck, but are now presented in a stark black and white. This emphasizes the drawings themselves, and brings to mind the famous drawings by John Tenniel that accompanied the 1865 edition of Alice in Wonderland.

This impact of the simple black and white colour scheme is particularly noticeable with the court cards, which look exquisite! To ensure clarity and functionality, the pips of the Hearts and Diamonds use the traditional red, and these stand out all the more on the otherwise black-and-white canvas. Besides this change in colour, all the other details in the Silver deck are the same as the Gold deck.

There's lots of customization, including the pips. and the cards are filled with artwork that harks back to the Steampunk Wonderland setting. For the Jokers, this deck takes advantage of the fact that many decks include extra cards. As a result, the Alice of Wonderland playing cards come with three Jokers, so you can take your pick which to use. Included are Jokers featuring the Cheshire Cat, Alice herself, and the White Rabbit. These are individually labelled with character names along the sides of the cards, and unlike the court cards, depict the entire character in a one-way design.

Artist Juan Solorzano certainly has done a fine job of bringing his imagined Steampunk Wonderland to life, and his characters are lively and memorable. My only concern is with the card quality. The original plan was for these decks to be printed by USPCC, but there seems to have been some major issues with the fulfilment of the project, and I'm almost certain that the published decks were printed by another publisher. The quality doesn't match usual USPCC standards, and while there is some air-cushion style embossing, it's a smoother and inferior finish that doesn't spread or fan as smoothly as one would like. Somewhat surprisingly, the Silver deck handles noticeably better than the Gold deck, perhaps because there is less ink on the cards.

The artwork is nice, but due to the card quality being what it is, I'd recommend these decks more as a novelty item rather than for serious use, although they should be fine for playing card games. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

Double Black (Unbranded) Classic Edition Playing Cards review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Double Black (Unbranded) Classic Edition Playing Cards
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The ideal deck for James Bond - in a brand new and improved edition

The Double Black Waterproof deck was produced at the same time as the Double Black Classic deck, a recent project from Gambler's Warehouse. The overall design was a collaboration with artist John Powell, also known in the playing card industry as Blackout Brother.

The Double Black Classic deck is a redesigned version of the successful original Double Black deck. The first edition of the Double Black deck was produced around 2014, in both an unbranded version and a branded Bicycle version. One of its most striking features was its jet black tuck box, which was finished with a very classy looking silver foil. The vision for this deck was to create something that secret agents like James Bond would use and be proud of: "We envisioned a deck of playing cards that someone as deadly and debonair as James Bond would pull out of their suit at a card game-- Classy and sleek with just enough customization to be unique, yet still hold the classic style of traditional playing cards. With this concept in mind, Double Black was born."

The new Classic edition has more elaborate and clearer illustrations, for a bolder and more functional look. Like the previous version, two different editions of the main deck are available: an unbranded Classic edition, and a Bicycle branded Limited edition, with different tuck box corresponding to each. Both boxes are finished with a custom seal, and beautiful silver foil accents which really come to life on the dark black background, and look absolutely stunning and regal. Every secret agent needs a gun, and if you look closely you will see a pair of crossed revolvers as part of the exquisite artwork. Both tuck boxes have a very classy interior printing that adds to the sense of elegance and sophistication. No doubt Mr Bond would approve.

The artwork on the face cards has had a complete makeover. While there is still a focus on black backgrounds with custom designed faces that use white/grey along with some small instances of red accents to highlight some details, the use of a more distinct and vibrant white and red ensures that the artwork is more visual and clear against the backdrop of inky black.

The pips also have a whole new look, and the solid design that is embellished with single diagonal stripe offers a tuxedo like impression that fits better with the theme and artistic direction of this deck, and also makes them far more visible and recognizable. On the number cards the pips have a custom arrangement within a honeycomb design consisting of 13 faint circles, for a very creative and original look.

The branded and the unbranded versions of this deck have identical cards, but there is one exception: they have slightly different card backs. The unbranded deck changes the single-circle design to two circles separated by a diamond shape that includes our two double-black revolvers in the center.

Besides the two Jokers pictured above, this deck also comes with two extra cards, a double backer, and a split King-Queen gaff card.

Unlike the first edition of this sleek deck, which had darker tones that made the suits and values very difficult to discern, the Classic deck does a much better job of offering a classy feel while still being usable. It's a solid improvement of the original, that retains a jet black look that James Bond types will appreciate, and combines being suave and sophisticated, with style and discernment.

Printing has been done by USPCC, with their air cushion style finish ensuring smooth handling and playing cards that are long lasting. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

Double Black Waterproof Playing Cards review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
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A waterproof version of the new Double Black Classic deck

The Double Black Waterproof deck was produced at the same time as the Double Black Classic deck, a recent project from Gambler's Warehouse. The overall design was a collaboration with artist John Powell, also known in the playing card industry as Blackout Brother.

The first edition of the Double Black deck was produced around 2014. The vision for this deck was to create something that a secret agent would use and be proud of: "We envisioned a deck of playing cards that someone as deadly and debonair as James Bond would pull out of their suit at a card game-- Classy and sleek with just enough customization to be unique, yet still hold the classic style of traditional playing cards. With this concept in mind, Double Black was born." The Double Black Classic deck is a redesigned version of the successful original, but has more elaborate and clearer illustrations.

This special Double Black Waterproof deck was produced to complement the new Classic decks. With this unique version, transparent spot varnish has been used on the tuck box to create a textured and glossy look, with an embossed feel that is emphasized by the matt black of the box.

This deck features cards that are 100% plastic, and hence fully waterproof. The artwork and designs have been applied to the cards by means of UV spot varnish, for a textured and glossy look that matches the tuck box.

The overall effect is highly unusual and curious - the cards look almost jet black at first glance, and it's only when you hold them up to the light at the right angle that the glossy parts of the surface comes to life as the light reflects off it. They're not practical for use in an actual game for this reason, but they certainly make a great novelty item.

Unlike the main decks, due to the unique demands of all-plastic rather than paper cards, this waterproof version has been produced in Taiwan, rather than in the United States by USPCC. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

Bicycle Ophidian Playing Cards review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
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Snakes Alive!

The Ophidian deck is named after the reptile suborder Opidia (snakes), and is a word that refers to snakes. Snakes alive! Sure enough, this deck is all about what its creators describe as "the hypnotic beauty of a snake".

The artists at Shapeshifters Playing Cards have teamed up with Gambler's Warehouse to produce this elegantly designed snake-themed deck.

The tuck box immediately introduces us to an intricate and artistic tangle of multiple snakes, with an engaging design that draws you in as you rove your eyes along the twisting shapes of our ophidian friends.

The hypnotic design of these slithering creatures is also a key feature of the card backs, which are bordered in a reptilian brown. These are inspired by the classic rider back design in that they have two strong circular shapes that ensures a mirrored/symmetrical look. Yet within this traditional pattern is a detailed and intricate design that is highly original, and is full of intertwined patterns that closer examination reveals to be snakes. The overall background pattern also brings to mind the scales one might find on our reptilian friends.

All the Aces are oversized, and reprise the highly detailed artwork found on the card backs, with entangled snake-like coils. The design of the card backs also returns on all the card faces in a faint watermark style. The overall design of the faces is also highly reminiscent of the style of the Mystique deck, which was also created by Shapeshifters.

The court cards have a monochromatic look, in either black or red. While clearly inspired by classical court cards, they also offer a fresh and fully customized interpretation. A light yellow-brown serves as the soft background to the characters, and this colour complements the card backs nicely. Especially noteworthy is the use of "scales" as part of the design. Careful observers will also be rewarded by noticing lots of curled shapes, some of which turn out to be actual snakes.

The number cards have a very bold look, highlighting the customized pips that are found on all of the cards. Especially noticeable on these cards are the use of pips on all four corners, which is an unique feature of the entire deck, as well as the arrows piercing the smaller pips used for the indices.

The Jokers complement the design of the card backs, but offer a completely new interpretation of the entangled shapes present there, with an hour-glass shapes that also incorporate ovals decorated with scales to look like serpent heads. The text of the words Joker also features a snake wrapped around it.

This deck has been printed by USPCC, which means that the creative artistic vision of this project has been matched by a quality product that looks and handles great. Like all USPCC decks, it also comes with two extra cards, which are a diptych, i.e. when placed together, they create a single large image not altogether unlike the design on the card backs.

The Ophidian deck is a brand new release, that has only just become available for the first time in early 2018. It was produced in a limited edition of only 2500 units, so be sure to get one while you can. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

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