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Magic Goings On

Hello everyone,
There’s a lot that’s been going on in the Magic world lately so I figured I’d do a news update. First off, Dan and Dave started out their own clothing line. Their debut consists of two T-Shirts called 52 Leagues. The two shirts feature the same design but in different colors. As with all of D&D’s products I’ms sure they are high quality. They better be with that price tag anyway.

“Our latest venture goes beyond anything we’ve done before and into the exciting world of fashion. D&D Clothing was inspired from our interest in design and love for magic, this new endeavor expresses a lifestyle we know will appeal to the magic enthusiast of all ages and levels.”

Next up is The Crown Deck. The Blue Crown is an up-and-coming magic site run by Alex Pandrea. Ever since they’ve started, The Blue Crown has kept a high-level of professionalism. It’s an impressive project and I’m sure we’re going to see great things from them in the future. This Friday The Blue Crown is releasing their first deck of cards, The Crown Deck. There’s a lot of pictures up on FaceBook, as well as a contest you enter by tagging yourself in one of them. Rumor has it that these cards will be a limited run so I’d recommend picking a few up this Friday.

In other card related news Lance T. Miller, artist behind the Bicycle Gargoyle deck, is starting up a new project. Tentatively named the Steampunk deck, he’s trying to start the whole process himself. If this deck is the same quality of the last one then I can’t wait to get a pack. He’s just about halfway there with his pledges. Check out the page on Kickstarter and pledge if you like the idea. If you give $10 or more then he sends you a deck once they’re produced. Check the right side of the page for the different prize tiers and help Lance out.

A little farther off in the distance is EMC 2011. This is the Essential Magic Conference. Last year was their first run in 2010 and it was awesome. It’s a completely online conference streamed live. It’s $90 to sign up and worth every penny. Last year the wealth of information was crazy. There are all kinds of presenters from all corners of the world of magic.

The Speakers have already been announced including names like Apollo Robbins, Lennart Green, Dan and Dave, Eric Mead, Max Maven, and many others. You can see a video including all the presenters here. EMC is great if you have friends into magic as you can split the cost and invite them all over to watch. It lasts 3 days, July 7th through July 8th. The best part is that you get DVDs of all the presentations and lectures, as well as bonus material. I plan on doing a review for the box set sometime during June before the conference so you guys can see what they’re like.

Images taken from their respective websites.

Posted: May 9th, 2011
at 11:53am by Robin Carey

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School and Such

Hello everyone!
As you may have noticed, my blog was a bit stagnant last week. This was due to a combination of school, work, and a few other things. But my last exam is tomorrow so after that I should be right back on track.
I ended the poll as well. I’ve got quite a bit of a workload planned out for the near future, and I just posted the second part to the Sentinels review yesterday. Starting tomorrow I’ll be putting up the reviews for Foundations by Jason England. I’m going to do them one 1-on-1 at a time and there are 8 in total. After that I’ll have my review for the Conjuring Arts Bee Smith Back No. 2 ready to go. So stay tuned, good things are in store.

Posted: May 1st, 2011
at 9:54am by Robin Carey

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Smoke and Mirrors v6 :: Dan and Dave

Hey Guys, a quick update here. Earlier today Alejandro Portela posted a picture on twitter of Dan Buck with an uncut sheet of v6 Smoke and Mirrors. Luxury toilet paper? Seems like it would be uncomfortable. As rumored the next version of Dan & Dave’s renowned decks will be printed in a deep red color. Hopefully the Ace of Spades, Jokers, and Court cards will follow suit.

Smoke and Mirrors v6

Posted: April 6th, 2011
at 8:58pm by Robin Carey

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The Blue Crown

There’s a fairly new magic site (about a month old) founded by Alex Pandrea. It’s called The Blue Crown and looks like the start of something great. They have six products available right now, 3 DVDs and 3 downloads. These effects are from great magicians such as Tony Chang, David Roth, Dan Hauss, and Alex himself. They also have a blog with some insightful advice Tony Chang and Joshua Jay. Not only that but the site is beautifully and skillfully designed.

Blue Crown

If you enjoy their original style, check out their Limited Edition Art Book they have for sale. You can have it autographed by all the contributors too. It’s a bit too pricey in my opinion but, you get what you pay for. The book is top quality and a lot of work went into producing it. The Blue Crown is also selling some really cool Expert at the Card Table T-shirt. I saw quite a few people wearing these at Magic-Con last week and they look great. I’m waiting to get one when their playing cards come out.

Erdnase T-Shirt

That’s right, they’re producing their own deck of cards. With the Crown’s sense of style and design I’ll bet the deck will be nothing short of elegant. All the information they’ve released so far is the cryptic “coming soon” picture posted below. Hopefully Alex will decide to give us a sneak peak soon?

Blue Crown Playing Cards

Well this site looks like it has great potential. An awesome line-up of artists, some solid effects from the beginning, and hopefully a lot more in store. Definitely a place to check out and see where it goes.

Posted: April 6th, 2011
at 12:24pm by Robin Carey

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Thanks, News, and Other New Things

I want to start this post off by saying Thank you. Yes you, reading this right now. I’ve had an overwhelming response to the reviews in the past couple days. It’s awesome to know that the stuff I put up actually helps you guys out. That’s the whole reason I write these reviews. And if you guys ever have any suggestions, comments, or ideas feel free to say them! We’ve got a few exciting things in store for the site so stay tuned. (Maybe some contests with cool prizes?) Again, thank you guys.

There’s been a couple brand new releases this weekend and Dan and Dave as well as Theory11. The one I’m most excited about are the new Red Bee Stingers! They look incredible and I’m curious to see if the changes Theory 11 made in the stock and finish are noticeable. The first stingers were smooth and durable so if these shouldn’t disappoint. You guys can expect a review for them as soon as I get my hands on a pack.

Bee [red] Stingers

T11 also put out another interesting deck of playing cards, Bicycle Titanium Edition. I have some reservations about these. Don’t get me wrong, they look cool from the pictures and I’m excited to see them in person. I just wonder if the metallic is going to be too subtle and go by unnoticed, just right, or too pronounced and distracting. Knowing Theory11 and the playing cards they produce I’ll bet it’s a good balance. Titanium bicycles seem like a unique looking deck, but still have the sense of familiarity for spectators. Again, check for a review soon.

Bicycle Titanium

Dan & Dave also had some cool new stuff up for grabs on Friday. Papercuts by Chris Hestnes Was their big project. I won’t talk to much about it here, as I did an extensive review of it a few days ago. Check that out if you have any questions about the DVD.

Their other release was some Magic-Con Swag. This including Magic-Con playing cards and the Magic Con programs. If you’re interested in the playing cards they are, sadly, sold out. The programs are still available tough. Very nice booklets with information and some effects/ideas from each presenter. I talked more about them in my Magic-Con Day One post. If you didn’t get to make it there this year, this is your only chance to get one of these.

MC2 Goodies

Well, that’s all I’ve got to say for now. The swamp of new releases should keep us all busy for a while. If new playing cards aren’t enough for you then you could always check out new effects like Twitch or Eclipse. If you guys have any specific products you want reviewed or just want to talk about these, leave a comment. We love to hear what you all have to say!

Images from Theory11 and D&D

Posted: April 3rd, 2011
at 4:07pm by Robin Carey

Categories: Cards,General Artifice,Interesting Tidbits

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