I'll preface this by saying I'm hard on a deck of cards. They're NOT treasured objects to be
revered. They are pieces of paper used in making a connection with the audience. I do 160+ days of
shows a year and several shows each day. Cards get a LOT of use. When I am performing in outdoor
venues I can easily go through 1-2 decks each day due to environmental factors - dirt, moisture, and
humidity as well as having cards signed, bent, and given away as souvenirs. Otherwise, it's a deck
a day habit.
These cards last through at least TWO days. And that's saying a lot.
Yes, they faro easily out of the box. But so do fairly fresh packs of regular Bikes. However,
they hold their "faroability" much longer than standard cards. They hold up to the elements better
than any other card I've used. They still fan evenly, spread evenly and predictably, and will hold
"work" done on a finer level due to the thinner composition of the cards.
It isn't all tea
and cakes, though. The cards are thinner and "softer" - which would make them better for card manip
work, but they feel a bit "cheap" when you're used to standard Bikes, Bees, or Tally Hos. The box
looks a little off if you're doing work which requires one since the box printing doesn't match the
regular product and there is no seal. No worries, just use a standard card box. And it does take a
bit of an adjustment to get used to them. But it's not a huge thing and you'll have it in short
Were they worth it? Depends on what you're looking for. Price, of course, it a key
point for me since I go through so many decks. They are easy to work with and durable. Those are
two positives for me. YMMV.
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It's everything you want, classic 808 tuck with no seal, so it will work with all of your classic
gaffs and that "escaping card" trick you know. Nice soft crushed stock, two gaff cards and a
traditional cut for all you card sharks.
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I buy quite a bit of magic, but rarely do I review any products. I had to take time to let everyone
know that Penguin has done it! This deck is PERFECT The feel of the cards is great and the cut is
the best. Finally, a red bicycle deck that performs like a high end deck. Great price so you're not
hesitant to open and use. Can't wait for them to make Blue!!
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I ordered half a dozen different types of cards hoping to find something smooth, springy and supple
for general purposes. These fit the bill exactly. They are (May 2017 batch) thinner than the
Gold-Seal (Bee card-stock) Bicycles, but are nearly as springy. Individual cards are supple and
snappy and the feel is just perfect. They're not overly slippery, they have a nice smooth slightly
viscous feel that allows them to glide like hot butter when you're moving them around, but they're
controllable when you need to keep them in place. In other words, they respond very accurately and
predictably to different amounts of pressure. A joy to handle. I followed up by ordering a brick of
them. Well done, folks.
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I am not a card person by any means, however handling these cards might change that. Instead of
coming out with the next "fad" deck someone took what every magizard uses and actually made them
great again. They look great because they are the standard and feel simply incredible. These will
be your new "go to deck" so load up!
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These are wonderful. I am able to spring the cards with arthritic thumbs fresh out of the box (what?
the thumbs?). I cannot take NSAIDS so up until now I have really had to work-in decks for
flexibility. Not anymore.
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I have to be honest, at first I was extremely skeptical about these cards, but after handling them,
I was proven wrong. The first deck of Elite Bikes I opened has been sitting on my dresser for just
about two weeks, and after constant daily use, it still more or less feels like new!! I can't wait
to order another brick of these!!!!
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I could tell right away I was going to get into the handling of the cards. Easier for me to work
with than any other cards I have owned. They amplify my existing skills.
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The quality of standard bikes have gone down in the last few years. The elite series brings that
execellant quality back to life. Every detail is perfect. This is easily the only deck I'll ever
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Everything already said above is true. But being more of a mechanic than a magician I would like to
point out a couple things for people of the card sharp world. First thing you notice is holding this
deck in your hand it feels as though your light a few cards. It has the same thickness as a regular
deck LESS 6 CARDS! Right out of the box, making dealing a bottom on the first card much easier. As
for seconds a push off second is much easier to do with these as well as the pressure needed to push
over the cards is greatly reduced. There is also way less friction on dealing the second and the
bottom also doing a stud turnover second. You are also able to move the bottom card out of the way
much easier due to the paper thin stock to help with a Greek deal. This is hands down the best deck
I have used.
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