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Hey gang,

My friend Ondrej Psenicka has released a new edition of his iconic BUTTERFLY PLAYING CARDS.

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to acquire previous editions of these wonderful cards does not want to miss out on these bad boys!



Butterfly Playing Cards Black

Butterfly Playing Cards are back, combining the highest manufacturing quality with the pinnacle of luxurious design




My name is Ondrej Psenicka. I am from the Czech Republic and I've been doing magic for over 20 years, the past eight of which I spent developing a very special deck of playing cards.

The original Butterfly Playing Cards (Red and Blue) were created back in December 2016 with a crowdfunding campaign which raised $59,097 and sold 14,000 decks!

The second (privately-funded) edition which was released a year later, together with the selling of refill decks, took that figure up to 30,000.

And now I have something truly wonderful for you. Smile

A New Series of Butterfly Playing Cards!



I am thrilled to introduce the two editions of the Butterfly Playing Cards Black series:

Black & Silver and Black & Gold.


The Butterfly Playing Cards Black series design is based on the original artwork by magician and artist Stefan Eriksson.


New materials and special effects give these luxurious Black Editions a sense of glamor and sumptuousness that will ease effortlessly into your home or office decor.


In the Butterfly Playing Cards, you’ll find the familiarity of your favorite US card faces, mixed with a unique shimmering detail on the court, joker, and ace cards.

Nothing short of stunning, all court faces are graced with gold or silver foil detail, adding a sense of regality to their presence.

One of the jokers boasts a stunning gold/silver butterfly. Only one? Oh, yes. Magicians will be able to tell you why.... Smile

The aces reflect their gorgeous back design, and the master of them all, the Ace of Spades, presides over them, glistening in golden/silver understated elegance.


Every detail of the Butterfly Playing Cards is of the highest quality available, with no compromise taken at any stage of manufacture.

They are to be printed by Cartamundi at their Turnhout headquarters, the only factory in the world with the technology and strict quality control to absolutely guarantee 0,5 mm registration in cutting. Of the 35,000 Butterfly decks printed there, I haven’t had a single claim over miscut or misprinted decks. Zero! Smile

So not only will the cards be centered and symmetrical to please even the most discerning eye, but they will feature the widely praised True Linen B9 finish and exquisite gilding.



A gilt card is a beautiful card. But it’s well known that gilding interferes with how cards feel and the smoothness of fanning.

With the help of Cartamundi, I am working with gild specialists in France whose work will not only protect the quality of the cards, but will enhance the pack’s magical features, and defend against humidity and hand moisture that so often weaken un-gilt cards along their vulnerable edges.

Elegance and endurance encapsulated.

The prototype decks far exceeded my expectations in terms of beauty and feel. There was no going back.


A deck this stunning would be wasted if it didn’t come with the option of having devilishly clever concealed magic markings in its design. So if making miracles is your thing, you’ll be able to indicate how many marked decks you want shortly after the end of the campaign in the BackerKit survey.



What’ll be the difference between the marked and unmarked cards?Smile

The marked Butterfly Deck will empower you to perform miracles not possible with any other deck of cards in the world.
So if this is your goal, go for marked.

If you’re looking for luxurious cards to play card games with, the marked cards would not be suitable, so go for unmarked.

Will the unmarked cards really be unmarked?

That’s right! They will have no markings at all. They will be one-way on the edge.


Watch Lost Angelus do some exquisite faro work with the Gilded Butterfly Playing Cards Black & Gold.

The Faro shuffling technique requires two things: skill and well-cut cards.

Gilding often makes Faro more difficult to execute.... Not with the Butterfly Playing Cards! The superior finishing technology of the gild is faro-friendly!

Are you interested in learning more about the optional magic features? If you are Click Here!


LIMITED EDITION - Be assured, that none of the decks available through this campaign will ever be reprinted.



In total, there have been 300 x Black & White, 500 x Black & Silver, 500 x Black & Gold prototypes printed, with half of the latter two being gilded.

Of the non-gilded editions, 200 prototypes were sold in April 2019 to raise funds for this campaign. None of the gilded prototypes have ever been sold. Only personal friends and reviewers have ever even seen them! In all cases, the prototypes were marked but without instructions.

The only way anyone has or will ever be able to purchase any of the gilded prototypes is through the higher kickstarter pledges.


How will these differ from the prototypes?

The most significant difference will be in the packaging.

The Butterfly Playing Cards brand is about precision, quality, and innovation; technologically, magically, and now also environmentally.

The playing card industry produces an incredible amount of plastic waste. To be part of the change we want to see in the world, the Butterfly Playing Cards Black series won't be wrapped in cellophane as almost all playing cards are. Instead, all the card cases will be sealed with a paper seal and contained in a paper sleeve that not only protects the card case, but the environment too. Smile

An attempted magic effect using thermochromic ink on the inside of the prototype boxes didn’t quite work , so I’ve opted for the non-magic, though aesthetically pleasing, Spot UV.


All playing cards are first born onto one beautiful sheet. They are then cut into strips and then into cards. And finally, they are corner-cut to become the pasteboards we know and love so much.

A few of the Butterfly Playing Card sheets will be taken from the production line before they encounter the knife. Which means you can enjoy the exquisite art of Stefan Eriksson's design and Cartamundi's shiny foil on one frame-worthy Kickstarter Exclusive Uncut Sheet!


These are oversized double-decker uncut sheets! Each sheet measures 120cm x 73cm (3'11” x 2'5”) and houses 110 cards - that’s two times 52 cards, 2 jokers, and a double-backer.


Frame them, hang them, let them shine!


The continent of North America and some other countries will be fulfilled by California-based distributors Art of Play.

The continent of Europe and some other countries will be fulfilled by Germany-based distributors 52Wonders.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Czech Republic, your order will be fulfilled directly from Prague by Butterfly Playing Cards themselves.


  • August 2nd - End of Kickstarter Campaign
  • Middle of August - Funds received from Kickstarter
  • Middle of August - Project is put in the production queue at Cartamundi, Belgium
  • End of September - Production at Cartamundi begins
  • End of October/ beginning of November - Production ends
  • November - Fulfilment


Our professional relationship with Cartamundi is excellent. Together, over the past 3 years, we have developed and combined special printing techniques and printed over 35,000 decks.
Those subcontractors we are looking forward to working with for the first time are all trusted industry specialists, well known for their quality and reliability.

In December 2018, we thoroughly tested the Black prototypes (500 silver, 500 gold, half of each gilded) for resilience through game, magic, and cardistry, and we consider them to be of superior quality.

Nothing beats the feeling of having picked the perfect gift for someone you love. As previous releases have seen unexpected delays in manufacturing that resulted in our pushing fulfillment expectations back by one month, this time we’re factoring all potential delays into our fulfillment promise. So you can relax and dream of cozy evenings around the fire and that look of pure joy on Christmas day.

Thank you so much for your support!

Ondrej Psenicka

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Thank you so much, Steve!

I am also here, everyone. So in case you have any questions about the Kickstarter, please let me know, I'll happily answer anything.
I have only one wish in return. Watch the Kickstarter video first Smile

Looking forward to chatting with you all.
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