The next addition to the realms of Magic: The Gathering is taking players to the desert oasis of Amonkhet, a magical land that's essentially Magic's own take on the mysticism of Ancient Egypt. Ahead of the 74th expansion's arrival in stores later this month, we are proud to debut a few of the new cards and the art behind this new plane of mystery.
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Harmonix is best known for video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and cluttering up your living room with fake plastic instruments. Its next music game, however, trades guitars and drum sets for collectable cards, and has aspiring DJs competing to remix songs — like playing Yu-Gi-Oh in the club.
Video: From shopping to decorating a Christmas tree, you have enough to deal with this time of year without having to send friends and family a card reminding them of all their holiday responsibilities. So why not dig out your LEGO bin and build this Mindstorms assistant that can churn out all your Christmas cards for you?
Video: Eliot Slevin, his flexible fingers and his mastery of cardistry can turn a normal deck of cards into a beautifully choreographed dance that seems to tweak gravity (and can probably even cause hypnosis if you stare too long). The movement of the cards is incredible; they just fly into his palms and flow so seamlessly that you're not even sure what you're seeing is real.
If you've been stung by a gross payment method surcharge on concert tickets or flights, today brings good news. A new ban on large businesses charging consumers excessive payment surcharges for using EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa and American Express cards issued by Australian banks is now in place.
But you can still get stung for those ridiculous "service" and "booking" fees.
Maths is basically magic. So it's no surprise that a clever use of the Fibonacci numbers — a series of numbers (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc.) where each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers — and a super-slick shuffling method can combine for a card trick that makes it impossibly easy to guess the number and suit of the two cards you're holding.
Video: Magician Patrick Kun isn't breaking the wheel when it comes to these magic tricks, but the way he packages them — short, sweet and right in front of the camera with little to no explanation — makes watching magic so much more fun. There's no long build up, there's no need to weave a senseless story, there's no psychological ploy. It's just slick visual trickery, right in front of you.
It turns out you don't need to be a savant like Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man, or an MIT mathematics prodigy in order to count cards. There's a relatively simple approach that can give you a slight advantage over the dealer when playing Blackjack, and this site can help you master it.
Besides killing a few hours at work, what keeps most people playing Windows Solitaire is the incredibly satisfying finale where all the cards fall and bounce across the bottom of the window when you win. But thanks to developer Ricardo Cabello, you no longer have to win — or even play — to enjoy it.
Video: The young wizard of cardistry, Zach Mueller, is back at it again showing off his gravity defying, finger destroying, physics bending card tricks and they're always a joy to see because though everyone is familiar with a deck of cards, most of us have not seen a deck of cards move through space and time quite like this. Think your little bridge shuffle is impressive? Ha!
Based on a popular card game called Top Trumps created back in 1968, Web Trumps pits popular websites against each other in a card game that lets you see how your favourite site stacks up to the competition.
Video: Zach Mueller has mastered the art of cardistry and in doing so probably destroyed the laws of gravity. The Fontaine cards he's using seem to have a mind of their own with special rules that don't apply to other objects on this planet. It's not so much that his hands are controlling the card but the card is controlling his hands. Cool trick!
You'd probably expect a deck of Jaws-themed playing cards to be chocked full of gory imagery and only available in the back pages of Fangoria magazine. But the artwork on this deck is downright beautiful, to the point where you'll almost want to frame an image of a swimmer being attacked by a great white shark — almost.
If casting spells and magic elixirs just aren't your thing, the original CPU Wars was a unique non-fantasy take on the trump style card game. Players dealt damage to their opponents based on the tech specs of real-life computer CPUs, and now there's a sequel to the game featuring processors you'd only find in powerful servers.
Putting "I won three games in a row" on your resume probably isn't going to get you in the door at Dow Chemical, but a new card game called Ion that has players attempting to make compounds using the element cards they have been dealt could certainly be a solid first step towards getting your PhD in chemistry.
You probably don't need much of a reason to spend $US14 on a pack of Ghostbusters-themed playing cards — you loved the movie, you love Texas Hold'em, it's the perfect match. So consider it a nice bonus that every single card in this deck features beautiful caricature-esque illustrations of all the characters — dead or alive — from the movie.
Everyone who has played poker or even Go Fish knows the basics of shuffling cards. There's the riffle shuffle (combining two halves of a decks and making a bridge), overhand shuffling (quickly splicing cards from the deck back into the deck) and regular ol' mixing all the cards up on a table. Which way is the best?
Video: Did you know that shuffling cards could be a form of art? Yea, me neither. But apparently, the five guys who call themselves The Virts have been honing their card wizardry for years. Indeed, the spinning, flipping and mind-blowing tricks on display in their latest video could only be accomplished by maestros who've spent years exercising their hands for precisely this purpose.