Ever since the wonderful Ellusionist Vintage 1800s there have been any number of decks which adopt this approach.
But I still love the idea – especially for story-telling type effects or slightly more bizarre magic.
So enter the rather lovely Bicycle Expert Deck. As you can see, it has a rather attractive back design – first printed in 1895.
The backs, however, all have the same weathering (i.e. are identical) – which gives an effect more like a fanning deck! Of course you have to ‘suspend your belief’ when you are using ‘aged’ cards – but this does slightly spoil the effect.
However, I like the back design a lot – the penny farthing type bicycles are displayed in four small circles and there is a pleasing leaf-work design over the rest of the card.
As ever, with aged cards, if you are performing you need to watch lighting and your spectators’ eyesight – especially if you want them to identify cards in the course of the trick. But we think this is a nice little deck. Only £5 at MAPro Magic (who kindly supplied a review copy).