In the beginning, the Smoke & Mirrors were designed to be a personal deck. They were custom tailored to our taste with original art by Si Scott. We never imagined they’d be used by so many, let alone the best in the world.
For the countdown to the final edition of Smoke & Mirrors, we partnered with the best magicians and cardists across the globe to showcase the style, prestige, and excellence that is the Smoke & Mirrors.
When the Deluxe Box Set was finally released we announced an exciting new trailer contest that would award one lucky winner with a lifetime supply of playing cards (approximately 600 decks). Narrowed down to just one from nearly 100 submissions, we now present to you The Offical Smoke & Mirrors Promotional Video:
The grand prize, a lifetime supply of Smoke & Mirrors went to Bayu Ajie, Abie Jie Assegaff, Noer Reza, Alex Rudianto, Rama Dimasatria and Gior Getarcipta for their kickass video we call, The Agents. The video was shot by Abdul Kohar Zulkarnean and edited by both Bayu Ajie and Gior Getarcipta.
The cards in this set do not disappoint.
After a couple of days practicing some flourishes and faro shuffles with a deck, I was satisfied enough with their quality to order additional sets, so I will both have more on hand and to justify opening and working with a second deck.
These cards are far better quality than typical Bicycle, Tally-Ho's, or Bicycle Masters. For comparison I opened a Bicycle "Ghost" deck I'd been saving and there's just flat-out no comparison; these are far and away MUCH better.
I have a single deck of "Pro XCM Passion" cards from "Handlordz" that is somewhat comparable in feel and cardstock quality...however, since all their cards (Dominion, Viper, and Passion) are sold out and out of print, you'll definitely have a tough time finding them, and pay dearly if and when you do. (At the time of this review, ebay had 3 listings for Passion cards, ranging from $23-$28 in price for a single deck.)
The Smoke & Mirrors decks are gorgeous to look at and a pleasure to handle. They fan, cut, and shuffle flawlessly and after several days have yet to pick up a serious ding that would make smooth faros or other moves difficult. Everywhere there are simple little touches that show the attention to detail, and increase the quality and artistic sensibilities brought to this set of cards.
My only regret is these are not a regular product-- I would gladly pay $100 or more for a brick of a dozen decks of a particular color and/or design. I hope D&D will reconsider discontinuing the line because they've put a lot of thought and work into these cards, and it definitely shows.
In case they don't reissue them, you'll be kicking yourself if you're a regular card worker and don't pick some up.
For card collectors, how can you not have Smoke and Mirrors in your collection!? This set is the collectors set and is absolutely gorgeous.
You can tell the level of detail put into every aspect of these cards, tuck box, and display box. Buy a few, you won't be disappointed!!!