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DomKabala
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On November 30th I received an e-mail from Christian Schenk (AKA Cardshark) that my pre-order (placed in early October) was in route. I received them yesterday...3 days later. Pretty quick service I may add. These cards are manufactured by the USPC and have the standard Air Cushion Finish.

I opened a blue back pack and fanned them as I usually do and they behaved like any standard Bicycle deck, smooth and even. The smell of fresh printing ink permeated the room as I played with the deck.

They where in new deck order and at first I thought there was something wrong with the deck as there were some duplicates of the Ace of Clubs, Hearts & Diamonds in the deck. There was 1 joker also.

The dupes had the standard pips as the deck also has Christian's enlarged pip design. This is a nice touch in case you are a traditionalist and want a normal deck. I like the large pips though, but I believe many will opt to use the standard size pips. Time will tell. Nice touch Christian!!

As with any new design I often scrutinize the backs to find if they are a one-way design...and this is a very subtle one-way design. It didn't take me long to determine that.

I like the back design a lot and it is reminiscent of the old Alladin 1001s of which I've always liked. The cards were printed a little off center (a USPC bugaboo). The edges were a little rough but they faroed with no problem and after a Steven Youell polishing they faroed effortlessly.

My order came with a gaff card sampler with the usual DB, BB, etc. and a packet trick reminiscent of Mike Skinner's Ultimate 3 Card Monte, the routine is by Mark Elsdon. While I don't particularly care for this variation, the cards can be utilized in Skinner's routine with ease. Again Christian has included a normal pipped Ace of Hearts if you want to use it...I like the large pip BTW.

In all I give this product 9.5 out of 10 only because I prefer to have 2 Jokers in my deck. DO yourself a favor and order some for Christmas... for yourself and magic friends (if you are in the giving spirit).

Cardamagically,
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wpt1031
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I agree wholeheartedly with you 110 percent! Fantastic cards fantastic price!
Bill Palmer
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I purchased a brick of Phoenix cards when I first got the announcement. They arrived yesterday. Mine handled very well. I haven't applied Steven's treatment to the cards yet, but I didn't have any trouble faro shuffling them.

The paper has a good snap to it.

I don't really have a problem with the single joker. Most of the time, I don't use the joker at all. If I need an extra one, I'll pinch it from another deck.

The large pip aces are okay. It doesn't make a big difference to me on that, either. I will probably continue with the standard aces, though.

This is a very good deck of cards. The one way marking was very easy for me to spot.
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BTW, these cards also have a one-way marking on the faces.

See if you can find it.

The more I work with these cards, the better I like them.
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gbradburn
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I just got 4 packs and can not see the one way marking on either the backs or faces. I would have expected a deck with a one-way marking to come with some indication as to where it is. Can someone PM me with some assistance?

Thanks,

Greg.
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