On the route to nowhere, gas money comes from the pockets of strangers.
With you, is your one accomplice, hero & best friend; your cards.
The Roadhouse deck swings to the rhythm of 50's underground America. Jazz, booze, sex, and generosity.
You take your seat at the table. The stench of spilled beer, cigarette smoke & corruption fills the air of these backroom games.
The soft cards glide effortlessly across the ash-covered felt and into the hands of your marks.
Each back-design gear blooms like a flower, and the borderless design hides second-deals as easy as you hide your tell.
They lost before you even shuffled the deck.
It's important to not be greedy... an aggressive winner creates a sore loser. You need to be on the road before they can count how much they've actually lost.
The ice in your whisky glass hasn't melted before your tires screech off into the horizon.
Some say it's only cheating if you're caught.
Roadhouse. Own yours TODAY.
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I also got this deck free in the 3 pack and also assumed it would be just a throwaway deck. I was planning on using it as my first quality practice deck as I'm brand new to card magic. However after opening all of the decks I'd bought this was by far the nicest in feel. It's buttery smooth, thin flexible crushed cardstock with a quick glide to it and I agree that the borderless design covers up mistakes and flashes of unpracticed double lifts. I'm going to have to take a break from buying cards for a bit as I got a little card hungry but when I'm in need of some more this is the first deck I'm reordering. 10 out of 10, would do again!
I first got this deck with the 3 pack and assumed it would be garbage because they were giving it away, I am now buying my 3rd brick. Not only does it feel great but includes a dupe and a double backer which my other favorite decks don't have either one or the other
As with many others, I received this deck as part of the 3-Deck Bundle Pack and I absolutely LOVE it.
This deck is an INCREDIBLE introduction to 'professional quality' playing cards, especially for a beginner card magician! It's got a light feel, handles smooth, and has some awesome hidden features (9C on the KD, for example). It's no wonder they offer it as a bonus in the 3-deck bundle -- they want to get you addicted!
I'm relatively new to card magic and my first-ever handling of non-Bicycle cards included this deck, Madison Rounders, and Black Ghost (all from Ellusionist). They're all good decks, but this one feels so much more luxurious in comparison even to the 'luxury' Rounders. It's got a thinner 'crushed' stock which allows for some awesome (nearly seamless) double-lifts and other maneuvers. It's light and slick and the borderless design actually seems to help cover the little slips and errors in handling as I learn new and more difficult sleights.
I've been beating the ever-loving crap out of this Roadhouse deck for months now and it still handles amazingly well. I carry it with me everywhere.
As a beginner, I drop cards a lot. I bend cards a lot. I nick the edges of my cards a lot. My first few Bicycle decks are all but unusable now -- bent, warped, dirty on the edges, etc -- but this deck has been through perhaps 10 times the abuse and still looks virtually new!
After months of use:
The cards still spread, spring, dribble, and shuffle like new. They bow well, but spring right back into shape! You'd think the lighter, thinner stock would result in a greater degree of disfiguration, but I've found the opposite to be the case.
Double-lifts, pinky counts, springs, and certain other flourishes and sleights are incredibly easy with this deck. The quality covers a multitude of flaws in handling. Going between a standard Bicycle deck and my well-worn Roadhouse cards is (to me) the difference between a Big Mac and a medium-rare porterhouse -- the first might technically satisfy a need, but there's neither elegance nor pleasure in partaking.
After so much use, they don't fan very well. HOWEVER, they don't 'stick' in other circumstances like I've noticed my Bicycle's doing.
The ink is susceptible to water. There's an inkless patch on the back of my beloved King of Diamonds (the 9C reveal card that I like to use in the hand-sandwich trick) where a small amount of moisture contacted the card and was rubbed off, taking the ink with it. The ink will also bleed over a tiny bit from the backs of the cards onto the faces with heavy use.
I've already mentioned the KD that reveals the 9C on the king's hand. The deck also includes a duplicate 9C and a double-backer. One of my go-to tricks with this deck is the 'hand-sandwich' using the two 9 of Clubs and forcing the King of Diamonds for that final magical reveal on the King's hand. Kids eat it up.
There is custom art on the Ace of Spades (very cool, IMO), Jokers (nice, but not quite my cup of tea, and there's a misspelling on one: theif instead of thief), and the Kings of Diamonds and Spades (I assume these are the designers, Madison and Jones, respectively). I'm a sucker for custom art. I really wish they had a full compliment of custom face art like the Madison Dealers, but since I use the King of Diamonds in so many tricks, I find it forgivable).
And, last of all, to receive the deck for $0 when it typically costs $8.49 means I'll be dipping again and again into the 3-Deck Bundle Deal so long as the Roadhouse cards continue to be offered as a bonus deck!