Sometime in January 2020 a mysterious invitation appeared in the inbox of around 200 of the best Magicians in the world. It announced a confirmation of a rumor, that the #1 Card brand in America: Bicycle Cards would be merging with one of the oldest playing card companies in the world the United States Playing Card Company. The event was to take place at New York's As Is Bar (Rumored to be owned by a Magician).
Upon entering the intimate venue packed with magicians, flourishers, mentalists and journalist you may have seen a few faces. We assume many more were invited and/or couldn't make it. We also heard rumors of various Instagram magicians who were said to have been invited .
-Joshua Jay: Author
of multiple magic books including Big Magic for Little Hands. Guest on James Corden, Producer of NYC Magic Show 6 impossible Things
-Chris Ramsey: Youtuber/Magician with Hundreds of millions of views. In 2020 Chris earned his own self produce show on Facebook.
Devontae stopped through the party looking fashionable as always. Since Quarantine started he has gained over 100,000 organic followers performing magic for influencers and clarities over zoom
We is the commonly naked beer drinking Canadian Magician featured on Fool Us with a fencing sabre. With multiple self produced comedy specials under his belt, Wes decided to take his talents to Youtube in the form of comedic skits. He has racked up tens of millions of views in his viral videos since the beginning of Quarantine. Rumor has it he is working on a TV show with Chris Ramsey.
The Marketing Manager for Murphy's Magic made an Appearance. Murphy's has since gone through a small personnel change since quarantine.
-Xavier Spade was in attendance, This Youtube magician has gained tend of thousand s of subscribers, launched a magic company and is known for his near impossible pass. He must be super
-Ondrej Psenicka is an Award Winning Czech Magician who fooled Penn and Teller. He was buzzing off the fact that he was about to launch a new limited deck of his signature Butterfly Playing Cards with Murphy's. We wonder if they came out despite Covid.
THE man the myth the legend. This man looked like an unsuspecting onlooker however his fingers were flicking and flourishing with expert precision. He was teaching 1-on-1 tutorials on the Asher Twist outside.
Ryan Plunket: A frequent guest of the Chicago Magic lounge Magician and Author Ryan Plunkett graced the Party with his presence.
FrankSung: Iconic Cardist Frank was spotted with his signature textured playing cards and stlish specs. He could be spotted in the far corner flourishing with other notable names.
We may have seen him, but it was quick. Will update.
Grant & Chandler Henry (Rise Magic):
The popular youtuber duo was caught showing off some fantastic moves and cardistry. Note: They were the tallest people there.
Linus Schmidt: A giant in the flourishing world and in stature. Linus, founder of @komorebinyc was spotted jamming with the bros.
The internet sensatiion Caroline Ravn popped by and picked up a pair of decks
She mad a video posted to her Youube channel where she opened the decks. Maybe they will be worth more now.
Though we love Andi and Vanishing Inc. we didn't get to see him at the event. However he was there and his experience is detailed in a great blog on Vanishing's website.
Mattew Beaudouin: The mysterious cardist whos hands fold like beautiful Origami. He's a mysterious figure in Cardistry. We hope he reaches out.
You had absolutely no Idea who you would run into from influencers, AGT Contestants, Foolers, Creators and USPCC Corperate officers. The night was punctuated by the reason we were all there, to get whatever was in that gift bag. It turns out it was no other than...cards , of course. But they were special. A limited batch of 200 decks. One Deck Representing Bicycle, One USPCC. The Cards were encased in a magnetized blue faux leather bow with a vintage wax seal.
This event did not have THE best magicians in the world, as it was missing many heavy hitters. However many of the best and most talented entertainers in America were there that night. That night we drank, we laughed, we smoked and we dig magic; blissfully unaware of the worldwide catastrophe that would engulf New York, and the world in 2020.
Rumor has it that the Limited Bicycle & USPCC Collab deck has sold in Ebay & in Magic Shops for as much as $400 if dealer can get their hands on one.