What we love about the cards is the incredible attention to detail which has woven the theme so clearly throughout the deck. From the very first view of the tuck case (“We’re all mad here” it proclaims – which could well be my family motto!) there are lovely touches everywhere. The Cheshire Cat’s grin disappearing; the mock turtle and gryphon holding the crest; the messages on the side of the case. I particularly love the deck seal – which illustrates Alice’s frustration!
The stylised garden makes a pleasing back design with those elusive locked doors in view. Each suit has its own graphic (the pocket watch, the pepper pot, etc) which carries through the whole suit – and gives an interesting ‘edge marking’ effect.
The court cards have been delightfully illustrated with many of the main characters. Alice herself gets pride of place on the Aces with allusions to a number of the key scenes. The jokers represent that pesky potion and the cake which are responsible for so much of the mayhem.
The preview deck we saw didn’t include the delightful artwork inside the case – of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. So we may just have to get ourselves a real deck!
It really is a charming deck which will certainly appeal to any Alice in Wonderland fan. And as a limited edition deck it will appeal to collectors too.
It is printed on Bee Stock – which promises the same finish as ‘air cushion’ but felt smoother to me. I’m not sure I would use it as a magician unless I had a specifically Alice flavoured routine to perform. But well worth a look.
At the time of writing the Kickstarter campaign has 17 days to go (if you want to get some of those lovely bonuses – which include things like uncut sheets etc) – so what are you waiting for? You don’t want to be late…
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