Sleepers Playing Cards
Introducing Sleepers - Dreamed up by Daniel Madison, and brought to life by Oban Jones: a 25 year-old artist from England, and the new authority in playing card design.
Oban has thrown out the 800 year-old rule book. Stripping a deck of cards back to ornamental minimalism, while still keeping it's function.
It all started with an idea. Resilient...highly contagious. "What if all the court cards were asleep, except the King of Diamonds?"
True inspiration is impossible to fake.
"I started with the pips and wanted to do the absolute least I could, to not clutter the design. They're 100% recognizable as a club or a spade, but look like nothing you've ever seen." - Oban Jones
From the first familiar snap of the tuck box lid, to first smooth thumb fan you perform. It's easy to tell, these cards are different from anything you've seen before.
The backs cut away the noise of color with clean, sharp lines that pay tribute to the art deco era, with each custom court card featuring a grain of wisdom that will stay with you forever. Reminding you to take charge with every cut, shuffle, flourish or deal you execute from now on.
This isn't a dream - within a dream - within a dream. Sleepers are a reality.
This deck is absolutely amazing! The design has a unique feeling of different realms, and the captions provided on the court cards are just perfect as quotes.
As for handling, they're smooth, sleek and thin, perfect for magic and sleights, not exactly for cardistry, but still, they can be used for cardistry. If I were you, though, I'd reserve them. Exquisite.
I love the design of these cards, especially the face cards with the quotes (I have one as my lockscreen on my phone actually). I do think it can be confusing for someone who isn't too into cards at first glance to know what sign they are looking at though.
The finish is great and the look really impresses. Good work!
The most underrated deck on this site. The gaffs that come with it are amazing. It feels great. It's not really a deck to use on poker night with your buddies but for magic/gambling demos it's fine. I will continue ordering and using these cards.