I finally received both decks in the mail and the Aladdin's were the first deck that I opened. WOW, those cards aren't just smooth, they're super, super smooth. As I handled them I can feel how thick the card stock is and the cards are quite rigid, but I just couldn't get over the smooth coating they put on the cards. For some reason, it reminded me of some board games I used to play with friends and other family members while either camping, or just having a "party". The feel alone brought me back to when I was like 11 or 12 years old, and a very sore loser at any board game!
Anyways, back on topic. I'm very glad that I was able to play with them for a bit and then placed them next to all the other decks of cards I have collected over the years. I really doubt I will do much card magic with the Aladdin's, but they're still fun to have on hand when either you or everyone else wants to try a new/different deck of cards.
After all of that, I reached for an Arrco
red U.S. Regulation deck, and I was really taken aback as I started to go through the cards. Removing the Jokers and those other pesky cards they place in every deck of cards, and then just started shuffling, dribbling, and all sorts of stress test flourishing.
What really surprised me was the fact that if they got bent, it never even flawed the card all that very much, something that Bicycle cards lack. The court and face cards have a distinct old school look to them, and none of the face cards have had a make over to make them look identical to every other King, Queen and Jack. I have been practicing with these cards ever since I got them and I just don't want to put them down! Nice sleek, and smooth finish (although no where near as smooth as Aladdin's, thank g*d) that I went back online and bought 3 more red Arrco
decks and 3 more blue Arrco
Now there is only one other deck I have been wanting to own and practice, perform and flourish with, and those are the Wynn Casino cards. They have received the same hype, if not more, than Aladdin's and the Arrco
decks, but since they have all been recalled and the ones remaining sell for anywhere from $39 to $65 dollars for a SINGLE DECK!
Too rich for my blood, but I'll keep my eyes on the look out for a way to get some Wynn cards that wont make me broke.