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  • Memento Mori Playing Cards - Murphys
    Memento Mori Playing Cards - Murphys

    Memento Mori Playing Cards

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    Stemming from the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, it has been a ubiquitous part of human culture for centuries. From...

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  • Banshee's standard throwing cards - Murphys
    Banshee's standard throwing cards - Murphys

    Banshee's Standard Throw Cards

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    Throw cards with precision. With the special plastic Banshee throwing cards.Banshees are thrown with a mixture of high-quality plastics ...

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  • Memento Mori Playing Cards blue - Murphys
    Memento Mori Playing Cards blue - Murphys

    Memento Mori Playing Cards blue

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    The Memento Mori Blue is a celebration of life, a sign of what inspires us, and a constant reminder that our time here is fleeting. It is a symbol...

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  • Bicycle Stargazer Playing Cards - Murphys
    Bicycle Stargazer Playing Cards - Murphys

    Bicycle Stargazer Playing Cards

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    Play among the stars! Lose yourself in space with this beautifully illustrated deck of cards. Bicycle Playing Cards Stargazer...

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  • Orbit V8 Edition Playing Cards - Murphys
    Orbit V8 Edition Playing Cards - Murphys

    Orbit V8 Edition Playing Cards

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    We're excited to unveil the latest iteration of the iconic Orbit deck, taking all the notes from previous Orbit editions. Inspired by...

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  • Bicycle Dark Mode Playing Cards - Murphys
    Bicycle Dark Mode Playing Cards - Murphys

    Bicycle Dark mode playing cards

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    The Bicycle® Dark Mode playing cards bring energy to your game nights and card turns! With an inverted color scheme, the Bicycle® D...

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  • Bicycle Stargazer Nebula Playing Cards - Murphys
    Bicycle Stargazer Nebula Playing Cards - Murphys

    Bicycle Stargazer Nebula Playing Cards

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    Hold the Birthplace of the Stars in the palm of your hand with the Stargazer Nebula Deck!These extraordinary playing cards feature glowing displays wh...

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  • Fontaine Deck Wine Edition - Fontaine Cards

    Fontaine Deck Wine Edition

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    Fontaine released the Wine Edition Fontaine playing cards at Guess Farmers Market on May 5th, 2018. The Wine Edition Fontaines are the 9....

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  • NOC Sports Playing Cards - House of Playing Cards
    NOC Sports Playing Cards - House of Playing Cards

    NOC Sports Playing Cards

    House of Playing Cards
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    A deck marked for the different suits! And with a beautiful colored back! Since 2012, simplicity and elegance have characterized the NOC...

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  • NOC Ltd Summer Edition 2022 - Orange - House of Playing Cards
    NOC Ltd Summer Edition 2022 - Teal - House of Playing Cards

    NOC Ltd Summer Edition 2022

    House of Playing Cards
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    Summer NOC Pros - The PERFECT summer deck! 2 NEW epic color variants + a limited variant. FULLY MARKED.For almost 10 years, the...

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  • Crystal Cobra Playing Cards - TCC
    Crystal Cobra Playing Cards - TCC

    Crystal Cobra Playing Cards

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    The cobra is one of the most dangerous animals in the world. Cobras symbolize grace, speed and power. In ancient Egypt, the cobra was also a...

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  • Ninjas Remix Cardistry Deck by Devo - Murphys
    Ninjas Remix Cardistry Deck by Devo - Murphys

    Ninjas Remix Cardistry Deck by Devo

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    This is the coolest, most visual deck De'vo has ever produced! This is a REMIX of the hugely popular Cardistry Kiwi Ninjas and Cardistry...

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  • Diamond Playing Cards No.5 Winter Warmth - Murphys
    Diamond Playing Cards No.5 Winter Warmth - Murphys

    Diamond Playing Cards No.5 Winter Warmth

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    This deck is the second part of a playing card project created by Artedame Dutch Design Studio in collaboration with the Bocopo Playing Cards Comp...

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  • Bicycle Tetra fan deck - Bicycle

    Bicycle Tetra fan deck

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    This is what many magicians have been waiting for: A fan deck in Bicyclequality, with Bicycle-back pattern! This deck of cards has a four-color R...

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  • Chicken Nugget Playing Cards Red - Hanson Chien

    Chicken Nugget Playing Cards Red

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    A modern rendition of the legendary Jerry's Nugget playing cards. Since their first production in 1970, Jerry's Nugget have been the legendary game...

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  • Dune Playing Cards | Theory 11 - Murphys
    Dune Playing Cards | Theory 11 - Murphys

    Dune Playing Cards | theory 11

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    FEAR IS THE MIND KILLERThe world of Dune in the palm of your hand - The outer packaging is simply amazing. The front of the box is in F...

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  • Memento Mori Genesis Playing Cards - Murphys
    Memento Mori Genesis Playing Cards - Murphys

    Memento Mori Genesis Playing Cards

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    Memento Mori: Genesis is Adrian Valuenzuela's reinterpretation of the widely acclaimed design. With humble beginnings as a self-challenge...

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  • Bicycle Stargazer New Moon Deck - Murphys
    Bicycle Stargazer New Moon Deck - Murphys

    Bicycle Stargazer New Moon Deck

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    The Bicycle® Stargazer New Moon Playing Cards bring the glow of the moon to your next deck or collection! The tuck case shines with...

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  • Diamon Playing Cards No.8 Summer Bright - Various

    Diamond Playing Cards No.8 Summer Bright

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    The Diamon playing card series is back with a third edition: N° 8! This time they have come up with an eye-catching design that has the same...

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  • Bicycle Aviary Playing Cards - Murphys

    Bicycle Aviary Playing Cards

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    Have your next deck of cards with you Bicycle® Aviary playing cards fly! With individually illustrated faces, colors and card backs...

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  • Memento Mori Genesis Gilded Ltd Playing Cards - Murphys
    Memento Mori Genesis Gilded Ltd Playing Cards - Murphys

    Memento Mori Genesis Gilded Ltd Playing Cards

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    Memento Mori: Genesis - Limited Edition is a highly exclusive limited edition of Adrian Valuenzuela's reinterpretation of the widely acclaimed...

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  • Cardistry Shuriken Playing Cards - Murphys
    Cardistry Shuriken Playing Cards - Murphys

    Cardistry Shuriken Playing Cards

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    Not all ninjas have to hide their weapons. Designed for performing cardistry and elevating visual impact! Inspired by rapidly spinning shuriken, an...

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  • Cardistry Fanning Deck White - Deinparadies.ch
    Cardistry Fanning Deck White - Deinparadies.ch

    Cardistry Fanning Deck White

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    Cardistry Fanning playing card is the most functional deck and it can provide stunning visual impact when you do the fanning. This white A...

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  • Limited Edition Tempo Playing Cards - Gemini
    Limited Edition Tempo Playing Cards - Gemini

    Limited Edition Tempo Playing Cards

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    Tempo is a new cardistry deck by Gemini, featuring a fun and colorful back design inspired by pop art, colorful toys and simple geometry. The eye c...

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Cardistry - The art of card juggling

Cardistry is a name given to the performance art of card fanning and artistic making. The term is a combination of "map" and "art". Unlike card magic, cardistry is meant to be visually stunning and very difficult to execute. 

History of Map Art

Conjuring tricks with playing cards became popular around the 19th century. At the time, simple card grips like Charlier Cut, Riffle Shuffle, and Thumb Fan were often used by magicians to demonstrate skillful card handling.

Cardistry is all about using your hands to create fans, intricate patterns and sequences with playing cards. Various techniques can be used. The goal is to create an engaging movement and beautiful display. The effects are limited only by the type of cards used, the imagination, and the level of manual dexterity of the performer. The presentation is usually neither "illusory" nor supposedly "magical", but more like juggling, pantomime or similar entertaining activities.

First cardistry moves in books

American magician Chris Kenner published Totally Out of Control, a textbook on magic tricks involving household items, in 1992. On page 125 was a two-handed flower which he called "The Five Faces of Sybil". The end face of Sybil shows five different packets being held between the fingers.

Kenner referred to Sybil in his book as "a quick flourish that demonstrates skill and dexterity". The cut became Totally Out of Control's most notable creation and would eventually form the core of what is now known as cardistry.

Kevin Pang of Vanity Fair magazine observed that "every cardist should perform Sybil skillfully the way guitarists can walk through a blues progression".

Los Angeles-based magician Brian Tudor released a 1997 VHS tape titled Show Off that featured only flourishes and included numerous variations of Sybil. The tape was well-received by critics and led to growing attention for the cards as performance art.

The spread of XCM art 

Sybil enthusiasts and twin brothers Dan and Dave released Pasteboard Animations, another VHS tape explaining advanced flourishes and cuts, in 2001. It sold hundreds of copies and was critically acclaimed in a Genii magazine review that same year.

In 2004, the twins released the instructional DVD The Dan and Dave System, which clearly separated cardcraft from magic. Three years later, in 2007, Dan and Dave released The Trilogy, a three-disc DVD set.

The Trilogy is the best-selling cardistry release of all time with over 25.000 copies sold. Virtually every cardist mentions either the system or the trilogy as a source of inspiration.