Penn & Teller’s Fool Us & Masters of Illusion both Renewed..

Penn & Teller’s Fool Us & Masters of Illusion both Renewed..

January 20, 2022 (Burbank, CA) — The CW Network announced today the renewal of three hit alternative series for the 2022-2023 broadcast season, including the captivating magic competition PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, the awe-inspiring magical showcase MASTERS OF ILLUSION and the fur-ociously funny WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS. The 2022-23 premiere dates for these series will be announced at a later time.

Renewed for a ninth season, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The remote studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The remote studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic.

Hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “How I Met Your Mother”), PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and executive produced by Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden (“Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” “Penn & Teller: BS”), Andrew Golder (“Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” “Solitary”) and Lincoln Hiatt (“Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” “Solitary”), in association with 1/17 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media).

Hosted by actor Dean Cain (“Supergirl,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), MASTERS OF ILLUSION returns for its ninth season on The CW showcasing great escapes, fascinating sleight of hand and large scale illusions, all in front of a studio audience.

MASTERS OF ILLUSION is from Associated Television International with executive producers David McKenzie (“The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “Marie”), Gay Blackstone (“The World Magic Awards” 2007-2009), David Martin (“The World Magic Awards” 2007-2009, “Marie”), and Al Schwartz (“The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards” 2013 and 2014, “The Gulf is Back”).


Oyster Playing Cards (Marked) – by Think – A Review

Oyster Playing Cards (Marked) – by Think – A Review

Oyster (Marked) Playing Cards by Think – A Review

This is the Ad Copy:

Luxurious and elegant custom playing cards based on the fascinating process that enables a pearl to be created inside an oyster.

It was long ago, my dad used to work as a fisherman.
Growing up with him I got to learn quite a few things about the sea.
One that has fascinated me since, is the process in which a pearl is created inside an oyster.

A foreign substance slips inside the shell and to protect itself, the oyster covers it with a nacre. A true mystery and beauty of nature itself.
The layers of an oyster’s shell somehow reminds me of the art of magic.
Layers of deception.
Layers of mystery.
Layers of secrecy.
There is always more to uncover.

With the Oyster Deck, that is what I’ve wanted to share with the community.
A back design that reflects complexity yet bold, minimalistic and classy.
Standard faces for everyday uses and situations.
As you scrutinize the cards, you will discover the hidden pearl.
A work in constant progress.
An intripid and deceptive marking system.
One that will ineluctably sparks creativity.


I am a huge wielder of the power of estimation and memorized deck (mnemonica).
In order to facilitate the use of it, I needed a simple and effective marking system.
For the one that knows mnemonica, you will be overjoyed by its simplicity. There won’t be any reasons as to why you wouldn’t take advantage of it.

For others. It will become a memorized deck trainer.
You’ll get to practice anytime, anywhere.
Instantly know the identity of a card.
Instantly know its position.
Instantly know where you need to cut the deck.

My Thoughts:

Credit where credit is due.. Think Nguyen has created one very nice deck of cards. The Oyster Deck not only appeals to collectors.. but to magicians who are seriously into their card magic.

First.. the Oyster Deck is slightly thinner than typical Bikes and has what is labeled as “premium stock’. Don’t quote me on this.. but the stock feels and handles like crushed Bee stock. Since its maker is the USPPC, it is most likely Bee stock. It handles good straight out the box. The edges were slightly thick, but it shuffled and faro’d like a premium deck from the onset..

What makes the Oyster Deck unique is this… It is a marked deck. It is not marked in the traditional sense, but marked for the Mnemonica stack. The deck arrives in ‘almost’ Mnemonica order. One cut gets you in position. With the stack, you know both the position and identity of any card in the deck. This is powerful stuff. Of course, you need to know Mnemonica.. but even if you don’t, this deck serves as both a good excuse and a teaching aid to spur you along.

In addition, the backs are one way.. aiding in a number of card effects. There are two Joker cards, plus one double-backer and a fancy-do advertising card.

Again, Think has done a very good job putting this together. Although there are no instructions for Mnemonica, you can find info via Google. Tamariz wrote the definitive word on it, since he created it. Also, there are a number of trainers available online, as well as photos of the order of the cards. Here is a good, free site for you…

I was a little hesitant to do this.. but I’m going to anyway. There were no instructions detailing the ‘secret’ of the Oyster Deck. I suppose if you’re familiar with Juan’s stack, and look at the cards closely, you can cypher the secret. But.. I noticed a couple of selling sites who publish this PDF as part of their advertisement. So.. I’m assuming there’s not really a secret. This link will enable you to download the PDF and see the location of the number on the backs of the Oyster Deck. Remember, this number tells you the location of a ‘specific’ card in the deck, and that location, if you know Mnemonica, tells you the identity of the card.

The Oyster Deck is a wonderful tool for anyone who knows, or wants to know, the Mnemonica Stack. Aside from being well-crafted pasteboards, you can arm yourself with a secret completely unknown to your audience. I have bought many marked decks costing much more than 15 bucks, and I consider these a real bargain. Recommended..

$15.00 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their Associates..

Review by Rick Carruth for Murphy’s Magic and the Magic Roadshow..

Cherry Casino Playing Cards – Pure Imagination Projects – A Review

Cherry Casino Playing Cards – Pure Imagination Projects – A Review

Cherry Casino (Black Hawk) Playing Cards by Pure Imagination Projects

This is the Ad Copy:

Based off vintage Las Vegas casino playing cards, Cherry Casino Playing Cards pays homage to the classics of Sin City. Like Jerry’s Nuggets or Wynns, the Cherries back design was designed by Sam Devins to incorporate a simple, symmetrical back, perfect for card games and magic performances alike.

Now, we’re back in black! Pure Imagination Projects is very excited to present our newest release: Cherry Casino V3 True Black Playing Cards with a darker scheme. The black version is even better than the last. It is new and improved, on crushed Bee stock with metallic red ink throughout. The cards look as beautiful as they handle, and we cannot wait to get them into your hands!

My Thoughts:

I have handled so many decks of playing cards, hundreds upon hundreds, it’s hard to find something that attracts my attention. Cherry Casino does..

I measure a deck, in part, by how it handles straight out the box. I want something that doesn’t have rough cut edges and faro’s nicely from the get-go. Traditional Bikes don’t meet my criteria. Although Cherry Casino’s ARE made by the US Playing Card Company, they are made of the crushed Bee stock.. which is not only one of my very favorite finishes, but is very thin and easy to both shuffle and faro.

I did make the mistake of opening the tuck box, removing the deck, and wondering why they were not stacked in typical black, red, black, red descending order. Then, shuffling like crazy for a minute or two, before I remembered reading the decks come pre-stacked in a mnemonic stack. (I can be dense at times) A stack out the box is great for performing a little mental magic. Nice touch..

The cards are specially colored in a true black, which is great in the right light. Although the numbers and faces are traditional, which is a good thing, the darker black separates Cherry Casino from most decks.. and gives it a richer, more expensive look.

The Ace of Spades and Jokers are custom designed. Also, you get a blank face and double backer gaff cards.

Although my review deck was the Black Hawk, there are, I think, 14 different colors.. All the traditional colors, plus pink, purple, silver, teal, and black and gold. Most decks are priced by Murphy’s at $11.95.. BUT, there are low production decks that range from $25.00 (2500 decks) to $250.00 (144 decks), have numbered seals, and generally sell for higher prices on the popular selling sites.

Again, these are smooth handling cards, not to mention collectable cards. Their basic design has a strong appeal to both magicians and collectors. The limited run decks may become the next Jerry’s Nuggets. I am adding these to my collection of NOC’s, stashed by my computer and ready for the next ZOOM meeting.. You should too. I think your only regret will be you didn’t order more decks…

$11.95 .. Available at Murphy’s Magic and their Associates

Review by Rick Carruth for Murphy’s Magic and the Magic Roadshow..