We haven’t done a new deck review for a while and so we were delighted when the Bicycle Gold Deck landed on our desk. It has been out for a while now, but it is new to us, so here are our thoughts on this classy deck.
According to Elite Playing Cards, who designed the deck, this is the first in their ‘Premium Collection’ and it certainly smacks of some style. The styling is influenced by Renaissance designs and the baroque features certainly appeal to my aesthetic.
The tuck case has nice clean lines and the gold and black contrast nicely. The Bicycle logo is prominent – giving you confidence in the quality of the card stock.
On the subject of fanning, the cards handle very well – they are the ordinary air-cushion finish and have enough thickness for flourishing.
We’re always a fan (sorry) of aces with significant sized pips and the pips on the gold tick that box nicely. The filigree style artwork on top of the lightly patterned background almost makes them stand out in three dimensions.
The Jokers are a nice take on the harlequin idea – and again fill the card well. You are also supplied with a useful (for magicians) matching blank card, and the ubiquitous advertising card.
The court cards are richly coloured – again adding a note of quality to the whole deck.
Available from Merchant of Magic for £9.50 at the time of writing.
Review copy kindly provided by Murphys Magic to whom dealer enquiries should be directed.