"I love when a deck is not only beautiful, but useful. This deck is both, and so much more. Well done"
-Jeremy Griffith (lost_angelus).
"A very elegant design with powerful secrets. An essential tool for magicians and mentalists"
-Luca Volpe, The Italian Mentalist.
Medusa playing cards are not just a deck, they are a powerful tool for all magicians and mentalists. The deck comes in Mnemonica stack right out of the box , the cards are marked in seven different ways that have been incorporated perfectly into the design in order to be invisible to the specteror' s eyes. This is the Holy Grail of magic.
This deck opens the door to endless combination of magic tricks and the elegant and timeless design inspired by serpent-headed goddess Medusa makes it perfect to work with.
render by Nicolas Molines
- Mnemonica stack right out of the box.
- 7 different marking systems.
- True linen B9 finish.
- Printed by Cartamundi.
- 2 identical jokers.
- 1 double face card.
- 8 of spades duplicate.
- Buying the Medusa you will not receive only the cards but also a pdf that reveals the secret of the markings and a video explanation of many routines possible with this deck made by Antonio Cacace.
We wanted to create a worker's deck for daily use and performance, 52 cards that merges elegance with function. We have been strongly inspired by the standard and timeless decks like the Tally- oh in the creation of this back, we used snakes ( to keep the Medusa theme) as the main element creating patterns surrounded by lines and dots.
Medusa playing cards don't attract too much attention at the first glance. A positive feature, especially for magicians who don't want their audience to believe that it is a tricked deck, especially if marked in seven ways.
All the faces have been modified but we kept the total look very similar to a standard decks to be used in any type of performance. Personalized face cards with modern elements take the dust off the original standard cards without destroying the classic look and feel.
The majestic ace of spades has always been regarded as the most pretentious card in a deck of playing cards.
As a crucial card in a deck of cards has been naturally designed to be the most distinctive style respecting the theme and keeping it recognizable.
The jokers have the Medusa logo in the center and two snakes as pips. Everything started from the Medusa logo, to draw it we took inspiration from the famous painting by Caravaggio.
To make Medusa's face and "hair" we took a lot of inspiration from a sketch by Anton Tokarev we fell in love with.
We redesigned the pips, the suits, the suits' size and disposition. The faces are now 100% symmetrical. We used a thinner and slightly smaller font for the pips (it is the same font of the logo). We didn't want anything that's too fancy, so you have samething familiar but not standard.
- The four aces
The figures as been simplified, resized and recolored. We wanted them to look more simple and elegant as possibile but not standard.
We did not want to be trivial putting in the usual double back and white face so we decided to insert as additional cards:
- duplicate 8 of spades
- double face card.
The tuck is clean, simple and as similar as possible to the standards not to make the deck suspicious.
As we told you the Medusa deck has seven marking systems that work in "Memonica stack", the stack introduced by Juan Tamariz and the most popular among magicians. Reading the back of every single card you can know a lot of information:
- The deck is marked for value and suit.
- Each back also tells you what the previous card was.
- If a spectator cuts off a portion of cards, the top card tells you exactly how many cards he is holding.
- You can tell how many court cards are in the spectator's pile.
- You can tell how many even and odd cards are in the spectator's pile.
- You can tell how many red and black cards are in the spectator’s pile.
- You can also tell the values' addition of the previous cards.
- Each card reveals its own position in the stack
The best feature of these marking systems compared to other marked decks is that they use a code that is very easy to read for those who know the secret, but they are unreable for the spectator, in addition we worked a lot on design to make the marks as hidden as possible for those who do not know where to look. This is a comparison between a card with 7 markings and an unmarked card.
Close up of a marked card:
The card (value and suit):
Previous card (value and suit):
Card' s position:
Number of figures:
Number of red cards:
Number of even cards:
Value's addition of the previous cards:
If you are familiar with Mnemonica this adds a new level or you can perform all the effects in Mnemonica without remember the order. You can also mix the deck and use it as a marked deck (for value and suit of every card).
You can add one or several add-ons to your pledge by increasing your pledge amount by the amount listed under your location in the reward section. If you want to add several add-ons, or one add-on multiple times to your pledge, just send us a message to avoid confusion.
The shirts have a long-lasting print on a 100% cotton white T-shirt. They are available in the sizes S - XL. To add a t-shirt to your pledge, simply increase your pledge amount with 30€ (free shipping) and message us the size of your choose.
You can choose between the Medusa logo t-shirt and the ace of spades t-shirt.
Hi, my name is Antonio Cacace, I'm 28 years old.
I'm Italian an magician and mentalist and like many magicians I love close-up magic and playing cards.
I started practicing magic in 2006 but I started doing it professionally in 2010 and in these years I start to have the first appreciation from the Italian magic environment. In 2015 I did my first magic production called INSOMNIA produced by Titanas Magic and distributed by Murphy's Magic.
In 2016 I had the honor of working for Lost Art Magic,a big magic production company, with Xavior Spade and Eric Jones.
I continue to spend all of my time doing magic for work and passion but the Medusa playing cards is the project in which I belive most right now.
Two years ago I met Dylan, who is a really talented magician and designer, so we decided to collaborate to design a deck of cards that would be beautiful and useful for magicians around the world. Dylan chose the theme and we worked together on it for more then one year, we changed the marking systems and the design hundreds of times until the result did not fully satisfy us. It was a long and difficult journey but the product that came out of it is a real gem.
- USEFUL LINKS
Medusa playing cards complete trailer:
Italian Medusa deck review:
- GOLD SEAL AT 8.000 €
- UNMARKED MEDUSA VERSION AT 15.000 €
- WHITE MEDUSA AT 20.000 €
- GAFF DECK AT 30.000€
Printed by Cartamundi on Superlux stock and coated with legendary B9 true linen finish. The snappy 310sgm core of the thin and sturdy superlux stock provides an amazing finished product complementary to cardstry and sleight of hands alike. the true B9 linen finish is a tactile finish allowing for incredibly long angles and isos as well as buttery smooth spreads and perfect faro shuffles
Gambler's Warehouse will process every order with care. They have a well-known reputation for playing card handling and fulfillment. Some of their features include; global shipping, lower international shipping rates and safe delivery. USA shipping includes tracking. We tried to keep the international shipping as low as possible, therefore there is no door to door tracking for less then 12 decks (12 decks and up will have). International backers do get a tracking code, but this only indicate the package till the US border, there is no tracing within the designated country.
Risks and challenges
The deck will be printed by Cartamundi and shipped by Gamblers Warehouse. We decided this, because shipping from Europe with tracking is much more expensive. Also we feel more confident with Gamblers Warehouse shipping process, costs, and packaging.
The estimated delivery date is just that, an estimate. it depends on the factory and their workload. We will send the final files at the conclusion of the campaign, but we cannot speed up the production. There is a possibility of earlier delivery, but it all depends on how quickly Cartamundi completes the production, once we approve all the printing proofs.
- (40 days)