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Card-Shark official FISM Partner News
01.08.2011: FISM and Card-Shark have become partners as of the 1st of August 2011. The Phoenix Deck is now officially the world only FISM recognised deck for magicians. read more

Phoenix Double-Decker officially released News
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Charlie Frye
Bravo
Hey Christian, I never thought I'd be replacing my old Bicycle friends, but your Phoenix deck is killer. I'm also completely enamored by your Gypsy Deck. The props you put out are truly first class all the way. Bravo and thanks!
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Christian Schenk

My name is Christian Schenk. In my "first" life, I studied marketing and graphic design, and worked as a self-employed web designer and graphic artist since 1997. In 2004 a client's trade show project themed "IT's Magic" brought me (back) into magic when I did my first printing of playing cards. I suggested producing an advertising deck that was cut as a Stripper Deck (magicians know what that means) and as I liked the idea also for my own business I produced them for my web design company, too. At the trade show I met a magician who was booked for strolling and he invited me to my first small one-day convention. There the whole story started, I met friends, learned magic as if was a dried out sponge (ball) sucking in all magic that he could get.

What seemed to be a new hobby turned out to be the most serious (and fun) part of my whole life. Being a member of world's most prestigious magic societies, I became the #1 specialist for magician's playing cards. Nobody else in the world ever got into the inner core of so many playing card manufacturies than me. Learning all secrets, strengths and weaknesses of so many different manufacturies, I can realize the best solutions for any problem you give to me. "Impossible" is not really in my vocabulary, I love to stretch boundaries and even bring the printers to results they have never seen before.  

But how did I become the "Card-Shark"?

After visiting several manufacturies and testing all cards I can get my hands on I can confirm that the best playing cards available on the market today are those from US Playing Card Company (USPCC). The one deck used by most magicians is the Bicycle 808 ® deck, which most of you will already know. Being a graphic artist, I set my mind on imitating that very playing card design as much as possible, so as to have my self-manufactured gimmicks and cards closely match the original ones. In fact, hardly anyone will be able to imagine the effort I put into this task. For weeks, I literally did nothing else but scan, separate, and re-design playing cards in every excruciating detail - always with the hope that this was going to be a one-time effort and that it would finally pay off. Imitating the most common used brand by magicians worldwide was just the beginning.

Today, after creating several vintage style, authentic looking decks, I finally started a revolution in the card magic as we know it today. What I found out during the last few years was that there are several interesting playing card companies around this world who can contribute their work for the magic community. Unfortunately every playing card company has its own designs and artwork. Therefore it was impossible to merge all the features together into a single project. This was changed with the release of my Phoenix Deck. A deck first to be printed as a regular deck at USPCC. But also in thin card quality by a European playing card company. I even created a new size of playing cards that are perfect for Parlour Magic. More to come...
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