Watch Noel Heath's hypnotic card manipulations

The video is titled "Gothenburg Shuffle." See more on Noel Heath's Instagram.

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Playing cards for marijuana enthusiasts


Neither of these decks are smokable, but they bring two of my favorite things together: weed and magic! For sleigh of hand, and other tricks, I always prefer the Bicycle brand cards, but the rolling paper inspired cards are fun as well.

Bicycle's Hemp Deck has a hemp leaf on the back, but the cards are made of your typical US Playing Cards stock and finish.

RAW rolling papers aren't as iconic as Zig-Zag, but if you want to tell a joint rolling story to accompany a magic trick, this deck'll help convince people they are looking at something special. They also come with a bracelet.

RAW Rolling Paper Playing Cards via Amazon

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Very black Bicycle playing cards


Black decks of cards certainly get a lot of attention. This Bicycle reversed deck may is my current favorite. They rule, even outside of a 90s dance club!

The stark contrast over the reversed rider back, and the super black faces of the cards is wonderful. The deck comes with a blank, and a double sided ace of spades.

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A quick "fuck you" of a card trick

Card manipulator Alix Becle:

A video posted by Alix Becle (@alixbcl) on Jan 2, 2016 at 7:16am PST

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Bicycle Big Foot playing cards


I figured Pesco might enjoy my magic tricks more, if I was using Bicycle's Big Foot deck.

The backs on this deck are just lovely. An absolutely homage to the Bicycle Rider Back, but done with Big Foot. Each face card is an illustration of a specialized, geographical Big Foot, and you'll rapidly learn the names from Ucu to California Desert Sasquatch. The numbered cards each include some Big Foot trivia!

I'm trying to come up with a Yeti themed trick!

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The Monarchs, a card deck


Growing up, I used to fill my shelves with things I collected in my travels. As my radius of movement was only about 5 miles, what I amassed was pretty lame. Nowadays, thanks to Internet retail, I never have to leave my home and every day is like Christmas.

You may not realize it, but we’re living during the collectable playing card revolution. 10 years ago, I wouldn't have thought about being on a mailing list for collector's decks, but that all changed when I discovered the green Monarchs from Theory11.

It’s pretty fancy, and it’d better be. It has to live up to the claim of being “The deck that’s fit for a King”. The box features gold foil on an embossed, durable card stock (gathered from sustainable forests), and feels very substantial.

The design is uncluttered, with striking intertwining serpents.

I’m just fascinated with their foil-stamping dies—and envious of the designer’s ability to make something so balanced, intricate and beautiful.

When you open the box, the first thing you’ll see is the Latin phrase - Cerca TrovaSeek and you shall find.

It’s the same messaging that’s found in their Contraband deck, but don’t hold it against them. I think it’s good that these decks nod to each other, because they feel almost as if they’re distant cousins.

If you look closely on the backs of the cards you’ll see another Latin phrase – Esto perpetuelet it be eternal. The phrase can be traced back to a man named Paolo Sarpi, who used it as his dying declaration in 1623. Read the rest

Learn epic tricks with the Penguin Magic starter kit, 59% off in the Boing Boing Store

Penguin Magic is a great way to get into magic tricks, and master the art in no time.

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The Contraband deck tells a subtle story in card design


I've been collecting playing cards since I was a kid. After amassing enough to choke Godzilla, I have a thing or two to say about the ones that stand out to me. 

When I used to open a pack of cards, the first one I was drawn to was the Ace of Spades. It was always the low-hanging fruit of awesomeness in a new deck, but as time went on, my tastes changed. There’s so much more going on on the backs of playing cards, the court cards, and on the box itself.

A London based designer, Joe White, took a full year to jam as much symbolism into his Contraband deck as possible. It’s so stuffed with content that it feels like it’s a treasure map to nowhere—and I think that’s the point.

You’re supposed to create the journey yourself.

If you look closely, you’ll find skulls, pirate symbols, the eye of Horus, hanging keys, the holy grail, Eve’s apple and the gates of heaven.  I thought these things were thrown in willy-nilly at first, but when I took the time to break things down, I saw a unified story.

The box is covered with delicate embossing, foil stamping and interwoven designs. An "X", which literally marks the spot in the center of the box, spawns a cacophony of imagery.

On the X itself, we have the Latin phrasing Carpe Noctem – seize the night, and Carpe Diem — seize the day. I put a lot of thought against this and here’s what I’ve come up with – There's an elite group within the deck called the court cards. Read the rest

Watch this young man's captivating card trickery

The incredible Zach Mueller up to his old (and new) tricks again! See more at Mueller's cardistry company site Fontaine Cards.

Previously: "Watch this mesmerizing floating cards magic"

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A beautiful card-magic tribute to Paris


Magicpeacelove writes, "Shin Lim, who created the extraordinary card act that took Penn & Teller (and the magic world) by storm has just released another rather stunning card act, this one in tribute to Paris. It looks like CGI but it's not; just beautiful magic done by a young master." Read the rest

Bicycle Eco Edition Playing Cards

Bicycle Eco Edition Playing Cards

The classic Rider Back deck, recyclable with organic finish and inks!

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Bicycle Nautic White Playing Cards


This modern reinterpretation of Bicycle's classic #55 Nautic deck is quite lovely.

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The Ultimate Deck (of cards) lives up to its name


The Ultimate Deck by Stranger and Stranger is one of the most impressive decks of cards in my collection. The luxurious design of each playing card is absolutely, without a doubt, the most over the top, detailed and decorative set of 52 that I have ever seen. Even the embossed box is exquisite and fun to hold.

Come on now. Just look at these things. Sure you won’t be playing poker with them any time soon because they’d just be too distracting but you may want to individually frame them.

If you're a collector, you should own this deck. If you're not a collector…you should become a collector and then reread the last sentence.  

These have been created by the award winning design firm called Stranger & Stranger. They took a full year to design the cards and claim it's the most expensive deck to ever be produced...and I don’t think anyone is arguing with them.

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Review: Skull card deck by Bicycle

As skulls are a beloved design motif at Boing Boing, it is no wonder this deck quickly became a favorite!

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Bicycle's Tragic Royalty playing cards


The delightfully expressive, quasi-macabre faces on Bicycle's Tragic Royalty deck also glow under blacklight.

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The Dark Deco Deck, packed with magician's extras

This steampunk-ish set of playing cards is excellent for practicing card magic.

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Purple Bicycle Riderback 808s with a double backer

Because purple is an awfully great color.

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