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Emperor Playing Cards (Single Deck)

The most beautiful penguin playing cards we've ever seen. Designed by famed illustrator Mark Stutzman. First edition will never be printed again. VERY LIMITED EDITION.
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When we decided to create a timeless deck that represents our brand at Penguin, we knew there were only a few must-haves. First, it had to be the EMPEROR. The most majestic of all penguins, the emperor penguin has a distinct, classic, and iconic look.

Our other must-have was a world-class artist. We sought out none other than Mark Stutzman to tackle the job. Mark has designed playing cards and posters for David Blaine, and even designed the iconic Elvis stamp for the US postal service. We couldn't be more delighted with the amazing work that Mark has done on this deck of cards.

BACK

The back design is the most intricate we've ever produced. Meticulously illustrated, the design features penguins galore.

We have sliding penguins, marching penguins, and our featured performer penguin to give a nod to the deck's magical roots.

Snowflakes and detailed scrollwork complete the look. The back design is rotationally symmetrical so it can be used for magic tricks, card games, and more.

ACE

The most powerful penguins for the most powerful card in the deck. Our custom Ace of Spades is simply beautiful. It features two penguins rising up from the icy waters, the tips of their beaks meeting at the apex. To say that we LOVE this design is an understatement.

JOKER

Our joker is represented by the delightful rockhopper penguin. The feather crests on a rockhopper's head give it a jester-like quality that we knew would be the perfect fit for the joker. Impeccably illustrated by Mr. Stutzman, this is a joker that you won't want to leave out of the deck. Each deck has 2 identical joker cards.

TUCK BOX

Beautiful cards deserve a beautiful box. The front of the box features a modified and more ornately decorated version of the performer penguin. Standing in the night sky surrounded by icy mountains, he is standing proud, declaring to the world that he is the EMPEROR.

The back of the box features the design of the card back at actual size. This is a classic touch that we know will be especially appreciated by card magicians.

The box is topped off with a foil seal that features our Emperor Spade design. The Unmarked Decks have a Silver foil seal, the Marked decks have a Gold foil seal. The Special Edition Decks (Only available in the 2-deck Collector's Set) have an individually-numbered Silver foil seal.

MATERIALS

The Emperor deck has been printed to perfection by the Expert Playing Card Company on a classic stock & finish. This is the same quality we have used on our Woodlands and Composition Decks, which feel terrific and offer ultra smooth handling. Expert is known for delivering precise registration, which is a MUST for a design with borders as thin as the ones on Emperor. The silky edges are a delight to hold whether you're a faro-shuffling magician, a quick-cutting cardist, or an at-home game player.

MARKED VERSION

In addition to the Standard version, we have also created a MARKED version of the deck. Each back design hides a secret code that allows you to identify the suit & value of the card at a glance. Perfectly hidden but easy to learn, the marked Emperor deck is a powerful magical tool. It is intended for entertainment purposes only, and should not be used for gambling or cheating.

•Designed by Mark Stutzman
•Gorgeous custom Back design & Ace of Spades
•Duplicate custom Jokers
•Custom Tuck Box with foil seal
•Printed by EPCC with Classic stock/finish
•Available in Unmarked and Marked versions
Collector's Set, Coin, Pin, and Art Prints also available

Conceived by Kevin Reylek, designed by world-renowned artist Mark Stutzman (Split Spades, Whispering Imps) and produced by Penguin Magic with printing by the Expert Playing Card Company.

Nominee Deck of the Year Penguin Magic Awards 2020

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 16th, 2021
I was under the impression all cards were USPCC but these were EPCC... of course, nothing beats the USPCC standard but these feel pretty good.
It handles very great in the hand, and it didn't have the sandpaper edges USPCC is known for when you use it for the first time. Nothing quite like a freshly broken in deck.
It feels almost like USPCC, although with a more slicker feel. Faros beautifully, fans beautifully, but my only complaint is that they feel stiffer than most decks. Other than that it's a smooth experience right when you break open the seal, no breaking in necessary.
Sleights, such as a simple cardini change and a second deal work swimmingly.
My two complaints, which are negligible, is that they come with exactly 54 cards, no room for gaffs or ad cards, but understandably this is printed by EPCC. The tuck flap is also unusually long, which I don't find quite attractive, but other than that, this deck feels great. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 23rd, 2021
One of my children is an ardent admirer of penguins, so I couldn't resist picking up this Emperor deck, which has been produced by Penguin Magic. The tuck box immediately puts the spotlight on our solo performer penguin, in keeping with the company slogan "Born to Perform".

The two-way backs see the return of our penguin friend from the tuck box, as part of a classically styled symmetrical design. A bold and familiar shape is the hallmark of a good design, which is evident with the figure eight pattern and hour-glass look. Yet the close observer is rewarded with many more details, not the least of which is ornate scrollwork, snowflakes, and even a line of tiny emperor penguins about to launch themselves down the ice into the water in their signature and spectacular sliding style.

While the majority of the deck features standard playing cards, there's always room for customization on a few selected cards. My favourite is easily the Ace of Spades, where a giant spade pip cleverly en-captures two emperor penguins lovingly meeting their beaks in a touching act of affection. The Jokers see a small departure from the Emperor penguin theme, with the mischievous Rockhopper Penguin making a cameo appearance.

Besides the standard version of this deck, there's also a Marked Emperor deck that is available separately, and which I also recommend.

Both decks have been printed in Taiwan by Expert Playing Card Company in their popular Classic finish. These have a slightly different feel than a typical USPCC deck, but EPCC is an industry leader renowned for printing high quality playing cards with precise registration and extremely durable card-stock.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 23rd, 2021
One of my children is an ardent admirer of penguins, so I couldn't resist picking up this Emperor deck, which has been produced by Penguin Magic. The tuck box immediately puts the spotlight on our solo performer penguin, in keeping with the company slogan "Born to Perform".

The two-way backs see the return of our penguin friend from the tuck box, as part of a classically styled symmetrical design. A bold and familiar shape is the hallmark of a good design, which is evident with the figure eight pattern and hour-glass look. Yet the close observer is rewarded with many more details, not the least of which is ornate scrollwork, snowflakes, and even a line of tiny emperor penguins about to launch themselves down the ice into the water in their signature and spectacular sliding style.

While the majority of the deck features standard playing cards, there's always room for customization on a few selected cards. My favourite is easily the Ace of Spades, where a giant spade pip cleverly en-captures two emperor penguins lovingly meeting their beaks in a touching act of affection. The Jokers see a small departure from the Emperor penguin theme, with the mischievous Rockhopper Penguin making a cameo appearance.

Besides the standard version of this deck, there's also a Marked Emperor deck that is available separately, and which I also recommend.

Both decks have been printed in Taiwan by Expert Playing Card Company in their popular Classic finish. These have a slightly different feel than a typical USPCC deck, but EPCC is an industry leader renowned for printing high quality playing cards with precise registration and extremely durable card-stock.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 19th, 2020
They bend easier than bicycles air finish or Cartamundi’s linen finish. I was hoping to get a double backer in a magician’s deck. I love the back design. I will definitely use them to make gaffs but not for handling or slight effects For V2 please add: double backer, black and white backer, blank card and a marking system w Cartamundi B9 linen finish
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