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Bicycle Sideshow Freaks Review

Official Review

January 15th, 2015 2:33am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
My favorite part of this deck of cards is the tuck box cover art showing a two-headed lady in yellow and dark red. The rest of the artwork on the cards is in a different style.

The cards are printed on Bike stock and the Ace through ten of each suit have the exact same design as your standard 808's, with two exceptions. First, the Ace of Spades does not have a large spade on it, but the face of a mustachioed man. Second, the color of the pips and numbers on the Clubs and Spades are a brownish color and the pips and numbers on the Diamonds and Hearts are a reddish-burgundy color.

The Court cards of each suit depict various circus figures on them, but in a semi-cartoonish style. Included in the figures are a bearded woman, a strong man, a reptile man, a fortune teller, a fire-eater, sword swallower and others. I wish the artwork on these cards was similar to the artwork on the tuck, but it is different enough that I was somewhat disappointed. One Joker is a monkey in a cap and the other is a monkey on a bicycle.

The back of the cards bear an intricate yellow and burgundy mirror-imaged design of various circus figures.

Although it is not my favorite deck, I still enjoy having them.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Bicycle Sideshow Freaks

Author: US Playing Card Co.
Publisher: US Playing Card Co.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $7.50
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Manufacturer's Description:

Introducing the Sideshow Freaks Deck! This beautiful deck features classic sideshow characters like contortionists, fire-breathers, the bearded lady, and more, with several hidden gems in the intricate back design.

These double ended back and face cards will be a great addition to your next card night.

Made in the USA at The United States Playing Card Company on premium stock with a quality finish.

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