A regular deck of playing cards is perhaps the most ubiquitous magic prop in the world. Even if you're not into cardistry or sleight of hand, you likely have a deck or two kicking around your house somewhere. They may seem simple - it's just pictures printed on glossy paper, right? - but a lot goes into their creation. Did you know they have an Air-Cushion Finish? Well, now you do.
Bicycle has been making cards since 1885, so they know a few things about the process. This video takes us into the factory to see how it's all done. Pretty neat! Below find a slightly more detailed video featuring Cartamundi cards.