Produced by The Conjuring Arts Research Center, the Smith Back No. 2 design is exceptional! This white and blue deck is a unique hybrid design that can be used for gambling routines and sleights, as well as effects that require or benefit from white borders. These commemorative decks, designed by Guy Hollingworth, were printed on the US Playing Card Co. web press using Bee® Casino paper with a special coating to ensure optimal handling and durability.
About The Design
These cards are named Smith in honor of Marshall D. Smith, the illustrator of The Expert at the Card Table. The pattern is actually made up of tiny reproductions of the illustrations from the book.
The Erdnase 1902 brand cards apply the original faces used by U.S. Playing Card Co. in 1902. These great faces have somewhat larger pips and somewhat smaller indices which combine to create an unusually attractive face. The head playing card researcher of US Playing Card Co. supervised all aspects of production of these cards, including overseeing production of printing the backs, embossing, crushing and the final cutting and casing at the U.S. Playing Card Co. factory.
These are among the finest cards the US Playing Card Co. has produced and we're grateful to have made a deal with The Conjuring Arts to offer them to you. The cards were printed in a very limited quantity and there is no guarantee that they will be re-printed.
With a stiff springy stock, these cards are sure to please. The beautiful small indecies mean the faces look gorgeous. The handling is excellent, they fan beautifully, and are great for cardistry and table work. I love these cards...they are extremely durable. And with the hybrid design it is a very different, unique looking deck.