Karnival DOSE Deck
This deck is by Karnival, Inc, artwork by Sam Hayles. The deck sells for £9.95.
The tuck case...
The front and back of the case has the same design. It is a black box, with a white dripping, splattered circle. There is what looks like duct tape crossing out where the eyes would be ( if our circle had eyes ).
There is also duct tape across the mouth that has also been stitched shut. The nose of our duct taped, stitched upped circle, is a hole, the bottom of the box has a Jack of Clubs,bar-code reveal.
The top of the box has two mini circles,that look like the front and back of the box. One side of the box has BROUGHT TO YOU BY Karnival, Inc, and the other side has Made In U.S.A.
The deck handles very well,with the USPCC air-flow finish. Fanning, spreading and faroing are no problem with this deck. 8/10.
This deck's look is somewhere between grungy post-modern and macabre. The back of the cards have a faded design that looks like the front and back of the card box. This back design is a one way back (meaning, when you shuffle, or mix up the deck, some cards may look up-side down ). Kind of unusual and I am personally not a big fan of this one way back.
The deck comes with two Jokers. Both are a tuxedo clad human skull, one is wearing a top hat and the other joker has an Ace of Hearts reveal, sticking out a crack in the skull (no top hat ).
The court cards are in your standard pose, with faded colouring and strategically placed, small skull and cross bones.
The faces have their eyes and mouth duct taped and the mouth is also stitched shut. The Queen's look is particularly creepy.
Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades has a faded center spade with KARNIVAL DOSE printed at the bottom of the card.
The corner pips have a skull and cross bones in their center. There is a skeleton sticking out the top of the center spade and faded printing in the background, around this there are what looks like medical needles around the hole design. Not a bad looking Ace...
BUT all the Aces have the same design with the only difference being their suite pips.
The other number cards have faded printing, medical x-rays and skeletons in the background of the inner card. Although each number has a different background, they have the same background in all suites of the same number.
The Karnival DOSE Deck also comes with a double backed card and a Karnival advert card that has a reveal stating YOU WILL CHOOSE THE FOUR OF CLUBS. Look of the deck rates..8/10
Overall I would give this deck 8/10
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