Daily Archives: 13.02.2013

Encarded: Aurum Playing Cards

Aurum is designed by Paul Carpenter (printed by USPCC) to be intricate, elegant and fit for the Venetian royalty that inspired it. Every card is intricately designed and features multiple metallic inks and was also carefully crafted to be “purposefully imperfect.” The court figures are all based on the familiar Bicycle court but were painstakingly redrawn to have many subtle imperfections and asymmetric features.


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Encarded: Tendril Playing Cards

Tendril uses some brand new ideas in playing card design. The goal is to produce a whole new playing card look that is both beautiful, unique and usable. Magicians, cardists and collectors alike will find something to appreciate in Tendril. Designed by Paul Carpenter.


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Card Experiment: Babel Playing Cards

CARD_EXPERIMENT_LogoBabel playing cards is the second deck produced by the young company from Hong Kong. First one was Asura deck which initiated the series of decks. Card Experiment adheres the declared aim to provide collectors with custom playing cards by collaborating with independent artists. Playing cards were produced by the company and printed by USPCC in 2013.

This deck was designed by German artist/illustrator Simon Prades. The artist is known for his etching technique. Simon’s works, especially those that represent nature, can be distinguished by the intricate details and vibrant watercolors. Most of his projects represent social awareness and are endearing to the audience.

The deck: 52 playing cards + 2 different Jokers + ad card + double back card. Poker size. There were printed  3,500 decks on Premium Aristocrat® stock with Magic Finish.


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Card Experiment: Bicycle Asura Playing Cards

CARD_EXPERIMENT_LogoCard Experiment is a young company based in Hong Kong (but they ship all purchases from their distributor in US). Their aim is to provide people with different playing cards by collaborating with independent artists from around the world. Bicycle Asura playing cards is their first series of playing cards. Bicycle Asura Red deck was produced in 2012 and Bicycle Asura Metallic Blue deck was produced in 2013. Both decks were printed by USPCC. This article is dedicated to both Bicycle Asura decks.

Decks were designed due to collective efforts of the Card Experimet’s team. They both are dedicated to deities named Asuras.

Asuras as deities can be met in various mythologies and religions. And they can have quite different meaning in particular mythology or religion. Even the same religion could endow Asuras with different traits depending on ages. Asuras held an important place in Hinduism and Buddhism.

Bicycle Asura Red Deck: 52 playing cards + 2 quite different Jokers + 1 ad card + 1 double back card.

Bicycle Asura Metallic Blue Deck: 52 playing cards + 2 almost the same Jokers + 1 double back card + 1 double back card with inverted colours on one of its sides.

There were printed 2.500 decks of each colour on Aristocrat stock with Magic Finish. Poker size.



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