SUMMARY: For the discerning magic professional - includes two decks, matching silk tie/handkerchief, wooden box, and certificate
Dapper" is an adjective used to describe gentlemen that are "neat and trim in dress and appearance", and synonyms include: smart, spruce, trim, debonair, neat, tidy, neat and tidy, crisp, well dressed, besuited, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressed, elegant, chic, dashing. Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay are two such dapper gentlemen, and they have created their very first deck of signature brand of playing cards designed for magicians, appropriately called The Dapper Deck. In this review I've covering the Dapper Deck Deluxe set, which includes two different Dapper decks, a matching silk tie/handkerchief, wooden box, and certificate.
This is the top-of-the-line version of the Dapper deck, and has this tag-line: "The ONLY deck designed by fashion industry insiders, that comes complete with matching tie and pocket square." I'm not sure it ever occurred to me to even try matching my tie with a deck of playing cards, but for magicians who work professionally with playing cards and want to look truly dapper, this is actually a very creative and polished idea!
So let's just list all the luxury that was just mentioned right there. We're talking about two Dapper decks of playing cards. A matching silk pocket handkerchief. A matching silk tie. A luxurious wooden box with a practice mirror. And a signed, numbered certificate/card. That's a whole lot of deluxe items that come along with some playing cards!
Now all this luxury doesn't come cheap. Most people aren't going to need a wooden box and a tie that matches our decks of playing cards. But put yourselves in the shoes of a professional magician, and keep reading: "The idea here is not to look over-matched or branded. Instead, our hope is that early in your performance, perhaps as the cards are being shuffled, your most astute spectators will notice that the attractive print on the back of your cards is matched to your pocket square and tie. This is the kind of detail we strive for in the quality of our magic. It should be the detail we strive for in our appearance as well." That starts to make a whole lot of sense, doesn't it? And it sure looks beautiful too!
While the deluxe version of this deck will be of limited interest to the average person, there will certainly be some professional magicians who will find this appealing. As well as looking dapper, they will also be able to use the handkerchief for certain tricks as well. A deck that comes with a tie and pocket square, plus a lovely wooden polished box for storing everything - that's certainly unique.
And Andi and Joshua didn't rely on their own expertise to accomplish this - they consulted with two experts in the fashion industry, one who specialized with colour palettes who helped select a colour scheme for the decks, another who specialized in apparel material who helped ensure quality materials and fabric. Despite the high price point, this is a luxury item that professional magicians might well find a valuable and classy addition to their wardrobe and magic gear.
- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame