Diamond Jim Tyler has had a deck of cards in his hands since he was two years old. At five years old DJT began practicing card magic. DJT has made a living with playing cards since 1986. As a teenager he learned that quality mattered for sleight of hand card manipulation. He also knew that it was important that the cards look normal so audiences wouldn’t think that trick cards were being employed.
In college he studied psychology since he’s always been fascinated with the human mind. As a professional magician he was focused on creating moments of wonder that would forever be remembered. DJT resisted the urge to use certain brands of cards because they looked suspect or were over the top in design and henceforth aroused suspicion. He pondered, “What If I could create a deck that had a classic look? What if, once I removed the box from my pocket, the audience knew they were about to see something special?” He has done that with the new Diamond Playing Cards.
The box is black with a matte finish and feels leathery. The mysterious Celtic Diamond conjures up an old world feel and is raised and printed in a silver foil ink. The almost hidden black on black ambigram that reads ‘diamond’ hints that there are surprises to come. The stylistic metallic seal completes the presentation. The box suggests high quality.
You can never make a second first impression. DJT performs for celebrities, millionaires, billionaires and many Fortune 500 companies. He doesn’t want his clients thinking he is good. He wants them to think that he is the best they’ve ever seen! Those things start by being well-dressed, well-groomed, well-mannered and utilizing professional props. The Diamond Playing Cards shout first class.
The cards are printed on USPCC’s finest stock with an air-cushioned finish. The faces of the cards are standard, so things look familiar to spectators, and they are easy to read. The Aces are custom with large pips and continue the mysterious Celtic theme. A blank faced card and a double-backed card are included for various magic routines. A subtle one-way element has been added to make locating a selection simple.
The best part is hidden in plain sight. There is an easy to read marking system for each card. Once knowing how to read the camouflaged marks, you’ll be able to do so from a couple of feet away. Left handed card players will appreciate the markings are in all four corners. Aging card handlers will be able to read the cards from afar. There was a lot of time and energy put into this project. Award-winning designer Phill Smith from the UK and DJT collaborated to create this beautifully designed tool. Diamond Playing Cards will turn heads and allow card workers to perform miracles.