I have to be honest, when I first saw these advertised, I didn’t think I’d like them… But I have been very pleasantly surprised. Here’s a look at the box:
On a random note, the seal broke more cleanly/easily than any other Bicycle deck I have ever opened. I don’t know if that was a one off or if USPCC have changed something, but it was a good start!
The USP here is the idea of a little animation in the top right corner of the deck. Each card has a different ‘frame’ of a sword fight between 2 stickmen. So when you riffle the deck (see end of review) you get a groovy animation.
The cards handle beautifully, and the distinctly non-bicycle back design gives an amazing almost irridecent effect when it is spread out – very nice.
They have completely re-imagined the jokers and court cards in a slightly abstract style. An extra card is supplied which shows all the frames of the animation.
And here’s the animation itself… (apologies for the focus)
I think this is a really fun deck. I enjoy the fact that it is less gothic and ‘dark’ than many of the newest designs we’ve looked at recently. The animation is a nice novelty, and I’m sure some creative magician will work it into a routine before too long. Available now at MagicNevin for £5.49.