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Cardistry: 3 Questions with Nicholas Lee of Rose Playing Cards


The Rose deck was conceptualized by two friends, Nicholas Lee and Sean Wu from Taiwan. Like a lot of people, they started off with magic before going to cardistry, almost 2 years ago. When they created the Rose Team, the idea was not to create a brand but to create something that would provide identity and a sense of professionalism, motivation to push their creativity forward.

Earlier this week, we had a chat with Nicholas on the inspiration behind the Rose deck, support from the community and his favorite flourish and cardistry decks.


What is your inspiration behind the Rose Playing Cards? How did you come up with the idea?
We were mostly inspired by Chris Ramsay's Carpe Noctem deck. We both wanted something more from the design, something richer and more compelling, instead of having just a black background, and thus, the Rose Deck came into our minds. To us, it combines both the elegance and radiance of a rose coupled with the interesting shapes of geometric designs, shining brilliance even when the deck is not being shuffled.


We first noticed the deck on Instagram. What do you think of the community in terms of the feedback and support that you’ve been getting so far?
The feedback and support from the community have been great. Hitting 50% on our project within 2 days?! INSANE! Also, I personally feel like the cardistry community is one of the few online communities that are still for the most part non-toxic and filled with friendly and greatly helpful people, and I'm grateful for that.


Finally, what are your favorite flourish and playing card decks?
My all-time favorite flourish is probably Bullet by Andrei Jikh, while my favorite deck (design wise) would be Monarchs by Theory11. I really enjoy decks that incorporate intricate yet not incredibly overwhelming designs, as it provides the eye with something to search.

If you liked what you read here and would like to support the Rose deck, head to Kickstarter here! Pledge starts at $13 and the deck will be printed by Hanson Chien Productions Co on Luxury Stock and Legendary Finish.

Images courtesy of Hanson Chien Production. Used with permission.

Cardistry: 3 Questions with Nicholas Lee of Rose Playing Cards Reviewed by Ivan Choe on 10/20/2018 Rating: 5

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