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Emperor Playing Cards (12 Decks / Dozen)

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2020
I saw this advertised and I quickly bought a whole brick. A few things I want to focus on in this review:

Deck Box design
Material of tuck box
Card design
Feel and Performance

Deck Box Design- 5 stars

Phenomenal design it just looks pleasing to the from the penguins to snow flakes, all highlight the elegance of the deck very well. I love the special touch of the penguin holding a magicians top hat, this definitely hints to the magical connection with penguin magic.

Material of tuck box- 3.5 stars

Honestly not impressed. The material of the tuck box seems very rigid and hard not flexible at all! Also another point to point is the closing flap is a bit too big in my opinion. Attention to these fine details could improve the deck quite dramatically!!!

Card Design- 5 stars

Another brilliant point,card design is quite beautiful! The special attention to detail was well reflected! I love how the red cards are slightly crimson, I believe this makes them easier to read. My favorite card was probably the Ace of Spades, the two penguins coming into one was a beautiful and pleasing image.

Feel and performance- 4.5 stars

Definitely beats the feel of a standard bicycle that you could get in stores however it does take a little bit of breaking in.

Final thoughts: 4.5 stars

Overall, this was a good deck. I bought a whole brick in hopes of sharing some with friends, I think with the way I feel about them I will share these decks with friends!!! I do like them but I feel for the pricing and the feel I will not use this as my everyday carry deck! I would recommend this deck just for the artistic value alone!!!
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