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Sorcerer's Apprentice Playing Cards (Black & Gold) (Single Deck)

Limited to 500 individually numbered decks, this gold foil edition of the Sorcerer's Apprentice are stunning. ORDER THE SIX-PACK TO GET A FREE COLLECTOR'S BOX.
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Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the back design. It contains an openly-readable marking system that allows you to secretly learn the suit & value of a card, just by looking at its back!

A magical deck of cards 225 years in the making!

The desire to wield true magical powers is a wish as old as mankind itself. One of the most well-known stories about this fantasy is "Der Zauberlehrling", better known as The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and originally published in 1797, the story stands the test of time.

Exactly 225 years later, Penguin Magic is proud to present our tribute to the original poem, crafted into an ultra-limited deck of playing cards. Designed by Douglas Fuchs and art directed by Kevin Reylek, the entire deck is illustrated in a woodcut style.

The black & metallic gold back design features the Sorcerer's spellbook, the enchanted brooms, and of course the waves of unending water. The design also contains an openly-readable marking system that allows you to secretly learn the suit & value of a card, just by looking at its back!

The custom faces give the deck a unique flair with metallic gold ink highlights, while still being suitable for all applications. Some of the court cards are even performing small feats of magic themselves. The Jokers showcase a broom and a bucket of pouring water. The Hearts & Diamonds use a deep shade of red, while the Spades & Clubs use black with light blue highlights.

The tuck box features the Sorcerer himself on the front, casting a spell over the whole package. The box is crafted from a premium soft-touch matte black paper stock, with gold & white foils on the outside and gold foil inside. The package is topped off with an individually-numbered gold foil sticker seal.

Sorcerer's Apprentice playing cards feature Penguin's exclusive UltraLux™ Finish and AquaFlow™ Coating. The casino-grade European card stock has a perfect linen texture that handles like an absolute dream. The cards are traditionally cut with smooth edges that provide just the right amount of grip.

Printed with vegetable-based inks and water-based coating, the cards are planet-friendly as well! Sorcerer's Apprentice decks are soft enough to get to work straight out of the box, but durable enough to meet the needs of a full-time magician, cardist, or card sharp.

Limited to only 500 decks, the Black & Gold Sorcerer's Apprentice decks are available individually, or in a 6-pack with a custom collector's box made from the same soft-touch black paper and gold & white foils as the tuck boxes.

•Ultra-limited printing of only 500 decks
•100% custom artwork by Douglas Fuchs
•Black & gold metallic ink used in the back design
•Openly-readable marking system tells you the suit & value of each card
•UltraLux™ Finish with AquaFlow™ Coating
•Traditionally cut
•2 gaff cards included
•Custom soft-touch matte black paper tuck box with gold & white foils
•Custom gold foil sticker seal with individual numbering
•Available individually or in a collector's 6-pack

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 2nd, 2022
Fine cards. Beautiful design. Regarding the marks the values are legible, but the suits are near impossible to distinguish. I ended up adding an additional mark to determine the suits. If you don't mind adding additional marks this is a lovely deck. Not the best reader, not the worst.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 13th, 2022
This might be my favorite deck from Penguin so far this year. The theme is perfect for magicians and the style is really well executed.

I've become a fan of Penguin's UltraLux decks and use them often. The feel on these is no exception.

The art is fun, but still looks normal enough for me to perform with.

The markings are not quite as easy to read as the Penguin Marked Maidens, but are a close second. I'd bring these into a gig and rely on the marks without question.

Maybe in the future we'll see a red option??
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 2nd, 2022
I was really hoping these cards would be something practical for me to use, but, alas, that is not to be. As far as the cards themselves are concerned, the paper is excellent, and they faro shuffle well. The marks are a different story.

First of all, there are NO instructions with the cards that show where the marks are located. When I requested some help locating them, a well-intentioned young fellow posted a youtube video showing the marks. However, he did not hold the cars still long enough for me to see them on screen. This did, however, give me a clue as to where to look for the marks. Eventually, I found them. However, they are far too small for me to read quickly without straining to see them. So, consider this if you are an older magician.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 28th, 2023
Really neat deck,lots of possibilities. Love the cards.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 25th, 2023
Nice straight out of the box. Tuck case is beautiful. Cards are as well. Broken in very easily. Shuffle nicely, spread nicely. Markings are hidden, but easy to read,if you know where to look. I purchased the Gold deck too. This is for sure a Five Star deck.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 2nd, 2023
These cards are aesthetically pleasing and so much fun to use. There are so many possibilities with the markings and the bonus cards. Worth every penny!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 13th, 2022
Nice deck!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 2nd, 2022
This is a gorgeous deck. The foil and illustration on the tuck box is exquisite. I'm still working on reading marked cards (mostly due to eye-sight) but after watching the tutorial, it was indeed easy to see. They also walk you through how much detail of thought went into the system..
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