Legacy Shadow Masters V2


A few years ago, the United States Playing Card Co. reached out to us to let us know their legal team was locking down their 'Rider Back' artwork.

No gaffing, no staining, no shadows, fades or alterations of any kind.

In legal terms, if you allow an inch, you're giving a mile. USPCC didn't want to allow the smallest alteration to the design, so they could fight fraudulent infringements on their Rider-back design overseas.

Their position; It makes it much easier to prove it's a fake if you don't allow ANY tweaks to your artwork at all. We understood but were crushed.

For over a decade our Shadow Masters was the best-selling deck, year after year. One of the untouchables.

We decided to pool our available cash and stock-up. We ordered as many as we could afford and prolonged the moment of loss for as long as possible.

For the last few years, in silence, we've watched those decks sell themselves into nihility.

Well, almost...3 years ago we took delivery of this; Legacy Shadow Masters v2. An accessible, usable, everyday deck that was meant for the hands more than the [collectors] shelf.

No foiling, no embossing - just the essence and substance of our best-selling deck of all time. Only to be unleashed when all other Shadow Masters cards were officially gone. Today is that day. The last remaining version of Bicycle Shadow Masters... Ever.


With a design likened to a Frank Miller comic. Dark, sexy and full of appeal... these are Legacy Shadow Masters v2.

Our best-selling deck of the last decade has been commanded into the light with an all-new tuck box. The classic Bicycle Rider-back design fades into complete darkness. Only slightly revealing its intentions.

Undressed, the cards are thoroughly rejuvenated in design and feel; thin & luxurious Masters stock, making them a favorite among working magicians, gamblers & cheats.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Levi G (Lexington, US)
Not like the original Shadow Masters

I bought the original shadow masters years ago and loved them. I was hoping these would be similar or maybe improve upon them but they went in the other direction, there is no shading, just looks like another pack of cards you'd find at cvs or walgreens.

Cora Twiggs (Blairsville, US)

These cards are stunning. I love the jokers with the one having a unique feature I particularly appreciate!

Austin Robison (Pass Christian, US)

Great handling deck of cards. Love the look and feel in my hands. Highly recommend.

David Faust (Quakertown, US)
Legacy Shadow Master V2

Black backs and black fronts of these cards is beautiful. I love the red of the hearts and diamonds, as well as the negative-like appearance of the faces. Even though the cards are black, they are easily readable, so could be used for magic. Excellent feel and handling as well.

Rotting_hands (Portland, US)

This deck can be really stealthy if your a regular to all black clothing. Highly recommended for deception

Rocco Tinghitella (Tallahassee, US)
really blew it out of the park on this one

the deck looks absolutely gorgeous (even in person). I was initially a little nervous to pick these up because of how much they advertized them being thin (I prefer cards that are slightly stiff) but was very happy when they showed up. the crushed stock in this deck is fabulous. it feels like double the material from normal bikes but crushed down thinner. they are very snappy and fan wonderfully. it's a shame that ellusionist has to discontinue them.

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