As a magicians first and card lover second, these Black Luxury Expert at the Card Table playing cards tick all the boxes. A classic look, celebrates a classic text and the cards even look something like a book. These are great. £12.50
On a completely different theme (and not to be mixed up with the classic Syzygy Magazine) are Elite Playing Cards new Syzygy Playing Cards. The name (who knew?) comes from an Ancient Greek word for an astromonmical phenomenon – and there are astronomical elements in the classy design. I also love the velum tuck case and rich colours. £12.99
On a more mundane note, you have probably heard about USPCC’s Maiden back design – a variation on the classic rider back. I can almost guarantee a spectator won’t notice the difference if you swap between the two. Some gaffs are being printed with this design, so you may want a normal deck too. Also available in Blue. Both at £4.99
If you’re a fan of variations on a theme, then check out this limited edition Bicycle Paris Back deck. The design features the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and includes a few special cards which would be useful for magicians. Also available in Blue. Both at £13.99
The same company (Jokarte) are behind another limited edition deck – the Bicycle Golden Luxe. This is a re-release of a deck long sold-out and has been put out with a new embossed black tuck case to add to the ‘lux’! Real metal is added to these cards yet they still handle beautifully. (Also available in a striking Emerald edition). £25.50
We’re slightly out of space and time now (this is sounding like Dr Who!) and can’t do justice to all the other latest cards. But for an intriguing design, why not have a look at The Other Kingdom Playing Cards – both limited edition decks – one focused on animals and one focused on birds. £14.99 I I also like the look of the Black Crown Deck (£5.99) but have rather mixed feelings about the Death Playing Cards (£9.99)!