Piatnik range of cards

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Piatnik range of cards

Postby IAIN » Apr 4th, '07, 12:49

Ok, not really a review as such, more of a mention...

from: cards4magic.co.uk

price: £5 a deck

there are: e.s.p/number/alphabet

each deck are lovely little things; bridge sized, and complete with 70s austrian looking version of austin powers on the front...

esp - 5 sets of coloured symbols, in 5 colours, plus a black marked set of 5 too...as well as a few double facers thrown in for good measure too...

number - 1-52, in big bold capitals, with indexes, a few gaffed cards, with NUMBER written on it, grids of digits and so on too...

alphabet - a-z X2! yes, for a fiver, the bike versions are at least a tenner for one set...

they all come with a small sheet of paper with a couple of effects and ideas on them too to get ya started...

very good value for money, easy to manipulate, last ages, and just look a little different too...just what's needed in todays modern society...and if the esp decks were good enough for the late great basil horwitz, they're good enough for me...superb...


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Postby philipsw » Apr 5th, '07, 15:51

On the subject of Alphabet cards, you can get Lexicon cards fairly cheap on Amazon which are also a good substitute. Obviously their backs don't match, but in some ways this is an advantage, because it moves the effect away from the realm of 'card trick'.

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Postby Al Doty » Aug 23rd, '07, 02:10

One nice thing about them is they are thin and you can make DF cards and they still are about the thickness of a single Bike.

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Re: Piatnik range of cards

Postby magicofthemind » Aug 23rd, '07, 09:31

abraxus wrote:
esp - 5 sets of coloured symbols, in 5 colours, plus a black marked set of 5 too...as well as a few double facers thrown in for good measure too

Small correction - there are two sets of 5 marked cards, black and red. I've used them successfully in a card match-up effect (included in the instructions). There are also 5 cards with blank backs - not sure what they are for - any ideas?


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Postby themagicwand » Aug 23rd, '07, 09:55

A - Z cards are ideal for a ouija board effect when you or your specs are a bit dubious about using the real thing. Make a circle of the letters and use an upturned wine glass. Works a treat on a wooden table, and I actually prefer this to using a proper ouija board.

Steer away from even using the "ouija board" name by calling it an experiment in glass moving.

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Postby IAIN » Aug 23rd, '07, 09:56

more importantly, i missed out on a pun in my original description - AUSTRIAN POWERS...

anyway, yeah not got a clue why they're there...some kind of paddle move perhaps and the symbol appears later on? dunno...


Postby trashmanf » Aug 27th, '07, 16:57

you can use a blank backed card to have a card hidden in the card box, but apparantly show it "empty" (blank face is up obviously)

Also, you can use it for single-card "spin" or pirouette type changes to apparantly "print" the card (any color change)

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