UPDATE (2/9/2018): Welp, hope you got your order in because these cards are officially all sold out.
Richard Valentine Pitchford, aka The Great Cardini, is a legend of close-up magic and sleight of hand. Now, you can own a part of his legacy with this limited edition reprint of his iconic “Peau Doux” playing cards, available exclusively through Art of Play and created in conjunction with Potter & Potter and Pitchford Entertainment.
According to Kardify (who got a first look at these beauties), these cards are inspired by the same playing cards Cardini picked up from a Walgreens drug store in 1934 to use for his act. Original complete packs can easily go for around $700, so this is an opportunity to celebrate the life and work of one of the masters without breaking the bank.
A single deck costs $15, and includes a vintage-inspired tuck box, custom tax stamp, as well as specially designed ace of spades and joker cards, the latter of which features a silhouette of Cardini himself. The cards themselves are printed by the United States Playing Card Company on Art of Play’s proprietary crushed stock.
If you’re interested in grabbing one for yourself, you better act fast; Art of Play is only making 2,500 of these, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Snag one for yourself here, and if you use the promo code KARDINI at checkout, you can save 10% off the $15 purchase price.
Full disclosure: GeniiOnline owner Randy Pitchford is also the owner of Pitchford Entertainment.
German illusionist Simon Pierro is making a name for himself as “the iPad Magician”; a performer who combines physical trickery with the digital wonder that could only come from Apple’s high-tech tablet. But that’s not to say Pierro is constantly looking toward the future. In fact, Pierro’s recent German TV special featured a segment recognizing one of the great classic sleight of hand magicians: Richard Valentine Pitchford, aka Cardini.
To honor his impressive legacy, elegant style, and “because we all know that everything we create today or in the future is based on the work of the masters from the past,” Pierro crafted a routine using an iPad and a digital representation of Cardini’s iconic white gloves It’s a modern, 21st century twist to some of the most simplistic yet stunning sleight of hand ever performed.