Acrobats, animals, death-defying stunts, dancers and clowns makes an appearance on Sawdust, the third deck of playing cards by paper-cutting maestro, Emmanuel Jose. The deck features the beautiful, strange world and a celebration of the people who make the circus their lives.

Emmanuel is well known for his transformation decks (Clipped Wings and Curator Playing Cards), which incorporate the suits into a design. Like its predecessors, Sawdust is a fully custom transformation deck featuring 55 unique works of art, all entirely cut by hand.

Emmanuel use just scissors and an X-acto knife to cut paper and create the images. Here's a look at the paper cutting technique for Sawdust's Six of Hearts:

Sawdust is now available on Kickstarter and will be printed by the USPCC with air-cushion magic finish. Pledge starts from $11 and there are multiple add-ons available such as uncut sheets, art prints, and art book.

Mysterious. Promotional. Stylish.

Designed by Lorenzo Gaggiotti, the No. 17 Playing Cards was a secret project created after the successful Heretic Playing Cards project on Kickstarter. This stylish deck was made in conjunction of the launch of Cardlauncher.

This promotional cards are printed by MPC (Make Playing Cards) and the second version with enhanced features, tweaks and improvements is in the works.

Find more awesome decks at JP Playing Cards. Use the code KARDIFY10 during check-out to get 10% off for orders over £50.

This is the second part of our exclusive first look of the highly anticipated Draconian deck from the Midnight Card Company. This stunning deck is created by the talented Randy Butterfield and available now on Kickstarter.

Available in 2 different editions, the Lightning and Spitfire decks feature borderless optical illusion back design formed from Dragon Scales while the faces incorporate a clean design that keeps them very functional and provides the highest level of playability.

The Cards will feature a 5-Color printing setup - 4 PANTONE Inks (Black, Dark Red, Blue & Orange) and 1 METALLIC Ink (Gold). They will use Legends' Classic Finish.

Pledge starts from $20 for a set and add-on such as the eye-catching dealer coin is available. To keep up to date on the Draconian deck, follow Midnight Card Company on their Facebook page.

Deck Finesse is a UK based company run and owned by Robert Adams. Robert is a long time collector and magician but decided to try something different than producing his own custom playing card deck. The product that came to be is a beautiful table top Playing Card Display.

As the industry grows its no surprise that enthusiast are always looking for a new way to present their "Prized Possessions". The display is available in two versions, one a solid top and the other a glass top.

I had the opportunity to talk to Robert about himself, Deck Finesse and what's next for the fledgling company.

I want to thank Robert for making some time to talk to us, especially since he's in a different time zone and stayed up a little late to collaborate on the video, it was greatly appreciated. We wish Deck Finesses all the best on this project and hoping for more items and accessories from them in the future.

If you interested in one of these beautiful displays or have any questions for Robert, we've included some information on the display as well as some links to Deck Finesses website and media outlets.

Glass Top Display

Description and Information:

A real show piece – displaying twelve decks of cards in a most elegant fashion, 
this glass topped case is your personal tabletop gallery. At last you can keep those 
extra special decks both well protected and in view, beautifully framed like the works of art that they are.

Sustainably sourced quality hardwood finished with furniture grade varnish.
Laser engraving on the underside of case.
Protective pads prevent scratching.
Accompanied by a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity.
Elegantly gift-wrapped with luxurious custom packaging.
Perfect for decks of 65-66mm width.

Product Dimensions: 300 x 210 x 65mm, Internal width 266mm (+/- 1.5 mm). Weight: 2.1kg

Pre-Order Pricing:
Wood Top 145 Pounds (Limited to 80 Unitis)

Glass Top 185 Pounds (Limited to 120 Units)

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Follow Deck Finesse on Facebook for the latest information and news on new products.

This exclusive 1-on-1 is produced by Anthony Ingrassia of Kardify. No part of this article or video can be reproduced without written permission from the author. You can check out Anthony's awesome collection on his Collection Blog "Sparkz".

The Theory 11 Rebels were designed by Shepard Fairey's StudioNumberONE. Shepard Fairey is the famous designer/artist who did the iconic Obama Hope poster as well as album art for many national recording artists. The Theory 11 Rebels were released on August 31, 2012. Review taken from the archive of TuckCase.

The Specs:

Name: Theory 11 Rebels
Company: Theory 11, Designed by StudioNumberONE
Release Date: August 31, 2012
Stock: FSC-certified stock
Finish:  Eco Finish
Colors: Black, Metallic Silver, Gold, White, Red
Face: Standard
Size: Poker

The tuck case is truly a work of art. The design is filled with iconic and symbolic imagery that is bordered by embossed metallic silver ink. The US capital building is the centerpiece of the two way back design as a two headed eagle, which is used throughout history on flags and other historical pieces, is the main piece for the front of the tuck case. I like the contrast between the name "Rebels" and the heavy imagery that often depicts the State or unity. Although it seems to be contrary, Theory 11's website states the following:
The back design proudly features the United States Capitol Building, a timeless symbol of our nation’s united spirit of independence.  

With that, the theme of this deck can be interpreted in many ways as it is quite mysterious as to why the elements were chosen. The deck can be saying that the US is a rebel as in independent country or it could be paying homage to the way our founding fathers rebelled in history to secure the nation's independence or it can be saying something else. The up-for-grabs interpretation definitely adds to the deck's appeal.

Once you open the tuck case, you are instantly greeted with a red inside. This is a nice change as most decks usually do not do much with the inside of the tuck case.

The deck is a standard 52 deck with 2 Jokers, one double back and an ad card. The two jokers do not offer any differentiation or secret reveal. I am surprised there is no reveal as this deck seems like it would offer something like that given its use of iconic symbols throughout. The Jokers  feature silhouettes of dancing but symmetrical jokers. Despite taking up most of the cards, the joker design is very light. The design is a nice fit in a deck that comes with so many strong objects.

The Ace of Spades is one of my favorite Ace of Spades ever, as it is a huge spade with the double headed eagle in the middle. This iconic image within another iconic image is extremely powerful. I do not think I have ever seen a stronger Ace of Spades design.

The court and number cards are traditional and predominately feature heavy and dark gold, red and navy inks. Given the metallic silver used on the tuck case, I am surprised the court cards did not feature colder colors.  Although I am surprised, it is certainly not a bad thing. To me the contrast shows just how much this deck "rebels" against the mind as you think you will get one thing but you end up getting another.

Aside from design, this deck performs like the majority of the Theory 11 decks. Fanning is quick and slippery but provides enough grip to keep control. Durability is also at the max. This deck can be shuffled, fanned, dealt and dealt again without losing form and snap.

Notes on the Theory 11 Rebels Playing Cards:

  • Designed by StudioNumberONE, which is owned by Shepard Fairey.

  • Heavy contrasting elements.

  • Features the latin phrase, Et Lux In Tenebris Lucet,  which means "And light shines in the darkness" on the back design and tuck case.

Final Assessment: The Theory 11 Rebels are most definitely in my top 5 favorite playing card decks. The iconic imagery exemplifies strength, confidence and power. All three feelings and qualities that are needed to perform under pressure, whether it be in close proximity to a small group or in front of a huge auditorium in front of hundreds. The Rebels are the epitome of it's name by utilizing contrasting colors and statist imagery. The only thing this deck doesn't rebel against is the handler's hands.

Final score: 9.7 

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