SPECIAL NOTE: As of August 2014, we have redesigned and reprinted the Mini Collection to make them even better than the originals. The printers were able to color-match both the pips and court cards of the regular Artifice decks, so the Minis are now a true reflection of their larger counterparts.
We have also worked with our paper supplier to improve the stock, bringing back that snap and feel that you love from Ellusionist Playing Cards. Due to their size, they still don't feel exactly the same - but we're confident we have pushed the production specifications to as close as it's possible to get.
The Artifice Mini Decks have incredible potential for card magic.
* Better finish than other Mini's
* Start creating tricks NOW
* Carry it in your pocket everywhere
* Do all your normal tricks with it too
It's time for something new. Bigger isn't always better. In this case, it's SMALLER. The same high impact visuals that you love from the Artifice deck are still there, now in miniature.
With a crisp feel and stunning looks, these are identical in every way to the normal sized Artifice Decks, except in size! The uses for these cards are as limitless as your imagination, take your Mini Decks and go wild.
No detail was spared in the production of these decks. These look, and even feel just like our standard Artifice Decks - a feat that took 6 different trial-and-error production runs to achieve.
The teaching download features two of our favorite effects with the Mini Deck - a 'Card Stab', where a chosen card is plucked from midair between two red aces, and Brad Christian's 'HeadShrinker' - where a chosen card shrinks to half its size with the wave of the hand.
Add the Artifice Mini Set to your collection today.
Full OverviewNote from Brad: please understand that the texture of the cards, paper stock and finish is NOT the quality of the larger Artifice cards. It's very difficult to get exceptional quality with MINI decks. We use a good printer in China in order to keep costs LOW (if we used USPC you'd be paying over $10 for a deck and the quality wouldn't be much better because they outsource their MINI printing), but the cards are simply not going to be the same quality as their larger cousins. I hope you understand. It's just one of the trade offs we have to put up with. Fortunately the tricks work great, card changes etc. And MINI's are so much FUN to play with!
I appreciate the full disclosure that Brad posted with the description of these minis. But I remain less satisfied with these than I've come to expect from Ellusionist cards. The paper stock is inferior and arguably not much improved over so-called standard minis. The printing is sharp sure, but the colors are not true to the full size Artifice decks, appearing subdued and muddy. Same with the case. Worse, I use these in a routine that shrinks both the deck and the case at different phases. This is less convincing when the design of the card case is so distinctly different (the minis have no white border on the case to match the Artifice full size). I had to split a card and laminate it to the case to fix this flaw. Finally, several comments mention how well these minis fan. I've got a very good fan generally, but have significant trouble with these due to the lack of texture. Fanning powder seems to make it worse.
Really good handling, thought not as good as regular cards. I bought all five, and I think my favorite is the Tundra, so If you can't pick one, pick the tundra!
I reviewed these mini decks before the upgrades and was not pleased. Now.....I love them! They feel more like, move like, and look like their bigger counterparts. Like Brad says above, they are not perfect, but darn close. They are fun to play with, get great reactions, and look beautiful. I hope the black club gets mini gold and black arcane decks. (Hint Hint E)