Vintage Casino Playing Cards.
NOTE: Despite the controversy, Ellusionist did not deduct any cards from the photos of Blue Cohorts vs Red Cohorts. The photographs were taken by a freelance photographer (who does not know magic / care about playing card stock) ... The difference in Blue Cohorts is about 6 cards thinner than the original B9 (on Red Cohorts), but the perspective in which the decks were photographed made the difference look far bigger. We apologize if you thought this was mis-leading, this was not our intention. The cards ARE thin, beautiful, durable and simply don't need that photo to prove their worth. We love them and we know you will too.
Our favorite marked deck is finally available in BLUE.
This vintage casino style deck was designed with simplicity in mind. From our classic court cards to the nostalgic back design, Cohorts were engineered to look unassuming on the card table or in the hands of a master card mechanic.
Each deck comes with 52 cards, 2 jokers, 1 alternate color double-backer and a duplicate Queen of spades (for obvious magical reasons).
Hidden within the lines of the intricate back design are markings undetectable to the untrained eye. Easily readable for any magician, card mechanic or mentalist out there.
Printed on our brand new luxury pressed E7 stock in a vibrant blue, this is the crushed stock deck you’ve been waiting for. We worked hand-in-hand with Cartamundi to find an answer to ‘Bicycle Crushed' and boy did we deliver!
As an Ellusionist exclusive this is the only place you can get the thinner-stock cards produced with a durable Cartamundi finish.(We have a 6 month exclusive)
People often comment on Cartamundi's stock... "Their stock would be perfect if it was just a bit thinner" ... NOW IT IS.
This is one deck that you need to feel to believe.
Get your Blue Cohorts NOW.
I own 100s and 100s of decks. Cohorts are always my favorite! They are secretly marked, shuffle great, feel great, look awesome!
I collect various playing card desks mostly for the variety. I like having as many different deck designs as possible and the Blue Cohorts fill that function.
Really liked the back design which drew me to this deck, also very pleased with the fact they feel great and farro perfectly out of the wrapper. Couldn’t be happier with this purchase.
They handle really well! The marking system is easily readable by my almost 70 yr old eyes and subtle enough to remain undetectable to the untrained. Glad I bought them!
Simple, unassuming, and fantastic to handle.
Learn some routines with marked cards -- it would be a shame to not utilize these beautiful marks.
These Blue Cohorts are in a word, brilliant. I am also a big fan of the first-released Red Cohorts, but for some different reasons, including the massive thickness of those cards. I use them a lot, great for staying on top of table sleights. If you can burn bottoms and Greeks with these, then you can....
SMOKE them with these Blues!! A whole different deck from the Reds, these are very thin, very smooth, yet have all the great firmness of a thicker card.
THIS RIGHT HERE is what really makes these stand out from almost all other decks: The Cut and The Edges. Yes, the cut and edges. These cards are remarkable in their resilience and have what must be the smoothest most perfect cut, the cards are SO clean on the edges. Traditional cut, so faros table and in hand are perfect and zip right up. When squared, the deck feels like a single object, its THAT smooth. Thr card definition is crisp pinkie counts and lifts of any number are effortless.
The finish is durable. Really durable. I dare say it's near perfect. Both in hand and on table, these perform flawlessly. I bought 2 bricks of the Blue. I work this deck every single day. I have 23 decks left. Seriously. It's STILL in fantastic shape, and the edges are as smooth as opening day. It's unbelievable, but it's absolutely true.
Along with a perfect blue, a box and back design I fell in love with first time I saw them, and the fact that the marks are done SO WELL (readable from a distance and well placed), make this deck an absolute killer.
Get these, try these, and I can almost guarantee they'll be among your favorites of all time. These take a rightful place amongst my timeless favorites:. Turner Gold Seals, Bee 92s, Roadhouse, and now Blue Cohorts. Red Cohorts get special mention because while I have learned to love them, I have a feeling they are over now, and a Red V2 will likely follow, which will be the Red version of these Blues.
I'm going to end this review with nearly the same line I ended the Red review with, ironically. "Now if we can just get these in Red!!! Seriously E, I'll buy the first few bricks!". :).
Thanks for being bold, E. These are a really special deck, PLEASE re-release these in Red as well!!
Photo controversy aside, these cards are incredibly thin. They seem about 2/3s of a standard cartamundi deck and about 3/4s of a standard bicycle deck, they are the thinnest cards I have used. They handle like butter and have very soft edges. Despite being so thin the cards still have a nice snap to them. They just feel so different to normal playing cards especially if you're used to USPCC. Love these cards and will be picking up more of them.
As for the difference in thickness photo ... If you look closely it isn't JUST that the blue deck is closer to the camera it is ALSO the angle/perspective of the image and what is misleading is the arrows that suggest the difference at the TOP of the decks is the difference in TOTAL height. But ... look at the bottom of the decks. The bottom of the Blue deck is lower but that isn't pointed out in the description.
So ... if you subtract the difference at the BOTTOM from the difference at the TOP of the decks you'll get a true picture [pun intended] of the "net" difference.
I have both the Red and Blue Cohort decks. I do like the thin E7 stock and how it handles. But the pictures on this product page are very misleading about how big the difference is, and exaggerate it to make it look much larger than it actually is. The Blue E7 deck is only about 6 cards thinner than the Red B9 deck.
**Ellusionist response** We don't exaggerate or mis-lead. The photo used is a genuine photo. Nothing added or taken away.
The difference is about 7 cards.
However, it has been brought to our attention that the perspective (with the thinner deck being closer) makes it look thinner. That was not our intention. We hope you still like the cards.
Just received my cards fast delivery. Love the feel of the deck very smooth. I will be ordering more of these. Ellusionist does it again with top rate products.
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