Cardistry: 3 Questions with Ryszard Blaszczyk of Cloud9 Playing Cards

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Cardistry: 3 Questions with Ryszard Blaszczyk of Cloud9 Playing Cards

Cloud9 Playing Cards is an intriguing deck by young Polish magician, Ryszard Blaszczyk currently funding on Kickstarter. Magic is always his biggest passion and he carries at least one deck with him everywhere he goes. Ryszard told Kardify,
I can’t imagine myself leaving the house without them. I’ve always been into magic and cardistry, so a few years ago we decided to form a business and start producing cards we love. For us, it was always about producing something really special; something different.

Cloud9 was designed to give you an amazing experience for magic and cardistry. The deck features custom faces, unique back design, cool balloon aces, and playful pips. All in vibrant blue and rose colorway.

What is your inspiration behind the Cloud9 Playing Cards How did you come up with the idea?
I was walking down the beach with my sister's lovely labradors and I stopped to lay on the sand for a while. Chill a little... So I started thinking about the design. I looked up and what I saw was just a blue sky. It was perfection - only two beautiful clouds, pure and white drifting away... It was almost like a painting, I thought "damn, that's it, we got it!"

Now when you see our cards, it's easy to feel that way. Imagine laying on the beach... feeling the warm sand between your feet and dreaming... Feels like being on a Cloud 9, doesn’t it?

We first noticed the deck on Instagram. What do you think of the playing card community in terms of the feedback and support that you’ve been getting so far?
I have been involved in the magic/cardistry/art community for a long time now. I always loved the idea of creating something for people, a piece of art that is useable to do everyday miracles. I still can’t believe that it got such a good response, it’s absolutely amazing. We had a lot of support, more than we could ever expect. If it weren’t for all our friends and supporters, Cloud 9 would still just be a dream, with me lying on the beach, looking for ideas!

Finally, what are your favorite flourish and playing card decks?
That’s a very good question, one of my favorite subjects! I will have to hold myself back a little to not turn the answer into a book! I'll limit it to flourishes that I can perform and playing cards that I own. One of my absolute favorites moves is Anaconda, it looks amazing in slow motion and it shocks every time. Giant spring, as well as various Z type cuts are an awesome way to show your skills.

With playing cards, I love Memento Mori and Knights created by Chris Ramsay and friends. Virtuoso handle perfect for cardistry, as well my latest purchase, Art & Machine; beautiful art. I also really love Orbits, as it was these cards that convinced me to go with crushed Bee stock. They handle like a dream!

If you want to support Ryszard and Cloud9 Playing Cards, head to Kickstarter here! Pledge starts at $13 and the deck will be printed by the USPCC on Classic Stock with Air-Cushion Finish.

Cardistry: 3 Questions with Ryszard Blaszczyk of Cloud9 Playing Cards Reviewed by Ivan on 4/20/2019 Rating: 5

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