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Mantecore Playing Cards (Deck)

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Magicians, cardists or poker players, Mantecore Playing Cards will suit your needs. Mantecore sports an original and striking back design with custom aces, pips and court cards. These cards will also last longer than your average deck as they are printed by the good guys at Legends Playing Cards Company.

They have breathed new life into the classic back design, by redesigning everything from the backs to the pips from scratch but still kept the Rider Backs overall layout.

Mantecore was named as a tribute to magicians Siegfried and Roy's famous tiger. The tiger was chosen as the main theme for the deck because of their love of these majestic beasts.

The backs of the cards feature an intricate design inspired by one of the most classic back designs of all-time, the Rider Backs.

Every part of the design for the back of the cards have been carefully thought of. From how it looks in a fan, to when it is spread vertically and horizontally, as well as when it is spun on one finger. There are even areas for magicians to "work their magic".

Mantecore has custom pips (Spades, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds) that have a fresh new look but are yet easily recognizable.

All 4 aces have a tiger interacting with the pip in the middle.

The court cards have been simplified and enlarged, taking inspiration from 2 of their favorite decks Smoke and Mirrors, and Magic Con 2012 by Dan and Dave. The simplified court cards have their faces tweaked to look younger. The borders that restrict the royals have also been removed. The color of their clothing have been tweaked to match the color scheme of the deck as well.

They have worked closely with Lawrence Sullivan from Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC) to print these cards to our specifications in Taiwan. LPCC has for the past few years produced world class playing cards that cardists, magicians and poker players adore; such as the highly sought after Legends #852 v.1 and v.2. Their traditionally cut European card stock has a great snap and feel, coupled with precise printing registration making really thin borders possible which look great in fans and spreads. Mantecore Playing Cards will feature LPCC's signature Emerald Finish which feels and handles wonderfully and lasts for a long time even in warm and humid weather where cards tend to clump easily.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 12th, 2021
This is one of my favourite deck. And penguinmagic stil have it. Thanks to penguinmagic
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 29th, 2018
These exceed all expectations Love them & I Love Tigers. My only concern is this only came with ONE JOKER what I do know is every deck comes with TWO Jokers this one didn't any reason WHY
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 25th, 2017
Mantecore is the name of a something rare indeed - a famous white tiger. Animals have always had a close connection with magic, but it takes a brave magician to include the big cats like lions and tigers as part of their routine. This deck is a tribute to the famous Las Vegas magician duo Siegfried and Roy, whose iconic white tiger named Mantecore was one of the big drawcards in their popular act, until the time he nearly killed Roy in a live performance in 2003.

The mention of "Save the Tigers" on the tuck box alludes to the dwindling number of tigers as a result of poaching. Part of the profits from the making of this deck went in support of Panthera's "Save the Tiger Fund".

The card-backs of this deck feature Mantecore's face against the background of his stripes, and the overall design shape is inspired somewhat by the classical Bicycle rider-back. But of course instead of bicycles, these cards feature the beloved tiger Mantecore, who is also prowling around the Ace of Spades. In fact Mantecore has a position of honour and prominence on all the Aces! The Joker is another opportunity to showcase the hero of this deck, while the second Joker has a card reveal that magicians will be able to use. Meanwhile the court cards have been simplified and enlarged from the classic set, and the result is a younger look, and colour scheme that matches the rest of the deck. The pips in this deck are also custom, although they don't differ drastically from a traditional deck.

The quality of the cards themselves are terrific, because this deck was produced by Legends Playing Card Company, in both their Diamond and their Emerald finishes, which are extremely durable, even more so than USPCC produced decks. The design is by graphic designer Edo Huang from Indonesia, who also produced the Nautical deck, and Benjamin Loo from Singapore also contributed to the production. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
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