Whispering Imps might be the most beautiful deck of cards I’ve seen. The Ace of Spades, the King of Diamonds, the two Jokers, and the backs of all the cards have drawings of imps (mischievous little goblins of German fairy tales) inspired by the classic 1894 magic poster for Kellar the Great Magician, which feature a pair of imps whispering in his ears. 1894 also happens to be the same year that the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) was founded. USPCC is still in business and makes the highest quality playing cards. They make Bicycle cards, as well as Tally-Ho cards, and other decks. They also manufacture Whispering Imps for Whispering Imp Productions.
The original red-backed Imps are sold out, but you can buy the even cooler Black Edition on Amazon. My deck was given to me by professional magician Andrew Mayne (who is going to be giving a “how to break out of a straitjacket” workshop at Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder extravaganza on September 18-20, 2015). If these cards are good enough for Andrew, they are good enough for me!
Whispering Imps Black Edition
By Whispering Imp Productions
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