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Arjun Ananth • Canada • 05/27/13
Best. Deck. Ever.
Never loses handling, which is amazing. I threw a couple of these into my practice pile and they still handle better than most of my performance decks. They're simply beautiful. i would give this 6 stars if i could.
Patty • United States • 05/10/13
When I viewed the deck, I was a bit let down. From the reviews, they sounded stellar. For me they handled well, but were rather bland. Magicians probably love this deck, but as a collector and player, I wasn't that impressed and quite frankly don't understand all of the hype. Just my humble opinion.
Sergey • Moscow • 04/17/13
White edging! That's what was missing for perfection!
Eric Stevens • Washington • 03/25/13
The red Bee Stingers are some of the most fantastic playing cards I've ever come across in terms of ability to last. I've had these babies for a couple years now and damn if they aren't the best casino-based cards I own! They just stick between my fingers and slide in all the right places. I feel bad for you if you didn't pick these up when you had the chance. If they're ever re-released: BUY NOW.
Liam • England • 01/01/13
Love this deck because of the way it feels in your hands and the way the design just fades away into the border.
James • GA • 12/28/12
I love the classic Bee design but sometimes the borderless design can get in the way of certain tricks. But not only did T11 just throw a border on some bee's, they took it a step further. They made the border fade out which simply looks fantastic.
Anna • USA • 12/14/12
I really like the look of the faded border on the stinger back. The deck is just as good as it looks.
Lian • PA • 12/11/12
This is the best Bee deck I have purchased. The faded away white boarder gives it a dreamy feel when fanning. The cards handle great with the special stock. It is simply elegant. Feels great!
Jonathan • PA • 11/19/12
Well all I can say about these cards is that they have a great feel, with the same classical look.
Piotr C • Canada • 10/20/12
Love the back design and the way they handle. I have to say this is a really nice deck.
Wei • NYC • 10/16/12
Faded border on Bee diamond back with aristocrat stock. What more do I need to say? Simply one of the best handling decks on the market.
Kirill • Russia • 10/11/12
Oh, I don't like Bee, but I really am fond of red Stingers :) Red metallic inks and recolored faces make me a fan of red Stingers! Also, the deck has an aristocrat stock, which makes them perfect for flourishing!
Cheryl • Singapore • 09/28/12
Red Stingers are absolutely amazing. Way better than the normal Bee decks and are worth every cent!
Jeffrey • USA • 09/24/12
They handle great and are very durable. I LOVE THE ARISTROCRAT STOCK!
azzkikncardz • Philippines • 09/24/12
One of the decks that I practice and perform with. Fans great even with extreme use - awesome!
George • Surrey, England • 09/21/12
Playing cards placed in two categories! Very arty like the Rebels or Sentinels, yet very simple like the Wynn's or D&D's cards. These are the best of both worlds: simple, beautiful, purposeful and a great addition to any collection!
Eric • OP, Kansas • 09/17/12
I love this deck because it breaks a border with normal Bee's - these have a border. There are so many more tricks that you can now do with this deck. For example, if you did the classic trick that many people know as "refined", you would be able to see the flipped over card easily. The reason I give it 4 stars is because I think it should come in multiple colors and the drastic fade on the edge. This is a great deck and you should definitely get it.
Sam • U.S. • 08/01/12
Great deck! I highly reccomend getting it!
Airaze • New Zealand • 07/16/12
The standard bee back has a nice look to it but due to the lack of borders, you cannot place a card upside down in it or people will see it. The Bee Stingers back has a nice faded border. A sudden straight border will make it look like a cheap copy of Bee but the faded look is much more elegant. The back designs of the Bee Stingers are still great for magic. The back design is very 'mesmerizing' to look at but the border does nothing to the effect. If you do the 'pass', there will be no difference with doing it with a normal Bee deck.
The court cards are much nicer with the lack of blue or yellow as that makes it a very casual everyday deck. The emphasis on black, gray and red makes it much more "royal". The ace is just as nice, and the jokers - I'm glad I don't get a guarantee joker.
The Bee Stingers are a definite upgrade in terms of looks from the Standard Bees. I did this review just to say why I will get it. The next one will be actually experiencing it's awesomeness.
Renata B • Mexico City, Mexico • 07/09/12
I bought one of these decks like 6 months ago but didn't opened them. After I gave myself the opportunity to experience them I was blown away! These are my go-to cards for ANY occasion. I just simply love them! Oh and the price is very fair. For handling this is PERFECT and they look amazing
mo • China, Shenzhen • 05/07/12
Steve S. • Michigan • 03/15/12
These are the best cards I have ever handled. I will be buying more.
goro • USA • 01/29/12
Excellent cards! 5 stars, no doubt. Those are my first Bees. I liked the design when I saw it and decided to buy them. They are great quality cards that you will use on special occasions. Plus you get double backer, and it's great!
Pierre • Montreal • 01/17/12
I'm a newbie in cardistry and card magic, but from all the decks I bought in the past weeks, this one is probably the BEST!! I should've ordered more. It is fabulous and the design is beautiful and simple.
Mr. H • Earth • 01/01/12
Forget my first review. This deck is amazing! It is the most luxurious deck that I have had the pleasure of holding. Backs are great, stock is great. I don't need to say buy this deck, but I will. BUY THIS DECK!
Mr. H • Earth • 10/28/11
One of the best decks I have ever handled.
Evan Engelbrecht • Connecticut • 09/05/11
I have only one thing to say about these cards: AMAZING! Everybody should have at least 10 decks of these. The Stinger back design is incredible with the faded borders and it is also a darker shade of red than standard bees. The backs are so good looking I use this deck all the time sometimes just even to look at it! These cards are great for magic and sleights with borders so a must have for magicians. The court cards are very nice even though they are all standard faces. The court cards have a different coloration making them beautiful. The reds on the faces are a bit darker than standard red cards which I like a lot. They handle amazingly and the aristocrat stock is so good. The cards may be thin but they are very durable and snappy. Buy these cards now!
Michael Herp • Dallas, TX • 08/30/11
They are visually stunning and handle beautifully. I seriously can't put these down!
Jake • Serbia • 08/26/11
Why are you reading reviews? Take my advice and 'Add to Cart' immediately!
Hayden • Tennessee • 08/13/11
The Stingers, in a word, are fabulous. Elegant, simple, and hard-hitting. The backs are attractive without being distracting, and while the handling isn't as nice as some of the Ellusionist decks, I prefer the Bee Stinger over any of the E decks, simply because they look incredible.
And - let's face it - most people buy decks from companies like T11 and E because they look cool, not because they need some ultra-super custom-formulated slick finish. T11 has really outdone themselves with this deck - though some of the credit has to go the USPC guys, because they came up with the original appearance.
Rene Pedersen • Denmark • 06/30/11
I love the back design, love the court cards, love the card box, and did I say that I loved the court cards? I'm really in gambling moves so that's why i did buy The Expert at the Card Table. So that's how I came into card cheating and this is the only deck I'm using to do those moves now. The normal backs really hides the secret moves, like a shift, second dealing, bottom dealing and alot of other moves. So if you are in card cheating or just magic (beacuse of borders) buy these cards.
JamesP • Hollywood • 06/12/11
I ordered one, and then had to get some more. Great Bee casino cards that everybody in your audience is familiar with, but with the very cool slight tweak to the back design. And Bee's have absolutely, positively, the BEST Ace of Spades in the business.
Ryan Toft • Newcastle • 06/01/11
Just click Add to Cart. They are amazing!
Anthony Stevens • USA • 05/07/11
These are absolutely superb playing cards, with the same design as the Black Stinger Backs, feel the same and handle just as well as the first edition.
I absolutely love the red color design on the back, and I've been slowly transitioning to performing with just these cards. Then using the first edition of the Stinger Backs as either a deck to practice with or to strictly perform flourishes. Either way, all I know is that I am so glad Theory 11 got exclusive rights to the Bee brand of playing cards.
For the curious who have not purchased a deck of these are the black version when they were out being sold. I highly suggest buying at least one and see for yourself how elegant they look and the amount of punishment they can take and still handle extremely well.
Thanks everyone at Theory 11!
Diego • Hollywood,CA • 04/27/11
Way better than the black ones. They handle like a dream. I am glad I bought a brick.
Bianca • Philippines • 04/23/11
These cards handle great. I felt happy to order 2 of these instead of one. They fan excellently right out of the box and a few days after. I recommend this to any card collector, poker player, or performers of several gambling routines!
Zach • Ohio • 04/20/11
Perfect for faros. I did my first giant fan with these!
Johnny T • Athens, Greece • 04/20/11
One of the best decks I've ever had. They now are my favorite. I'm so sad i ordered only one, I'm going to order more NOW! If you haven't gotten any, get at least two right now. I promise you won't regret it.
Scott Tokar • California • 04/19/11
These are by far the BEST cards I have used to date! Great feel, fan and snap with a professional clean look that adds a level of class above the rest!
I typically go through one deck at each three day tradeshow I work... These are still going STRONG at tradeshow #3! Yep, I think I just found my new performance deck. Now, can you please add a blue back too?
Jaren Barlocker • Utah • 04/16/11
These are the only Bees that I will touch. The quality is superb and they look amazing. They feel like they have better grip on the sides than a normal deck which helps in a lot of ways. I would highly recommend them to anybody that has a gambling routine. The backs are busy enough to get away with a second deal and thing of that nature; the only downside to them is they don't do the turnover so well after being spread, the cards tend to clump up. But overall, on of the best decks I have handled!
Lawrence Koh • MY • 04/02/11
Red Stingers are so sexy.
Timothy • London • 12/29/10
These cards look and feel amazing, the stock is not very thick but has has very good snap and is perfect for farrowing. The backs look amazing and look wonderful in a spread or fan.
Zak • Georgia • 12/15/10
This deck is awesome. The cards flow together so perfectly, and the faded back looks amazing in a fan. And the design is beautiful for flourishes. Also, the box itself has the texture of a card. I've never felt a box like it.
Conclusion: If these are ever available again, buy them!
Goldfing • Switzerland • 09/05/10
Great cards, and great video too!
Tom • USA • 08/29/10
These cards are very nice, they are soft and easy to handle. Doing a double lift of any type is much easier with these cards. Practicing the pass is also great, because the cards are flexible. The only bad part is that they start to clump up after you use them for 20-30 minutes. Other than that great cards, so 4/5.
Bob Smith • CA • 08/08/10
Amazing cards. Period. Dribbling is incredible, handles like a dream. This is a must have deck. Period.
Kent C. • Martins Ferry, OH • 05/11/10
Just got them yesterday and truly these are the best cards I've ever held!
Jaryn • Wyoming • 04/21/10
These are freakin' smooth! These are the real deal when it comes to card magic and cardistry. I give them five stars!
Tony V. • Iowa • 03/12/10
The best deck I own. I have a lot of custom decks, but ever since I laid my hands on these they are the only ones I will use.
Jeff • California • 12/04/09
One of the finest decks I have played with in years. It looks seductively attractive and using them is like no other deck. The quality is outstanding and the finish can't get any better. Love every second with these!
Steve H. • California • 12/02/09
I was extremely surprised when I opened my first box of these Bee Stinger playing cards. The feel to these cards are pure elegance and are absolutely phenomenal when flourishing or just handling the deck when performing your card magic. The back design is beautiful and simple and are almost hypnotic with the way they fade at the edges, absolutely lovely. I also really love the darker red they used for the Hearts and Diamonds and all of the face cards are dreamy in a way and by that I mean the subtle dark gray mixed with the dark red with the black lines around them all, really make them pronounce and elegant to look at.
I never thought I would find another deck besides Bicycle Rider Back's to enjoy all of my card magic routines and some flourishes.
I've noticed that when I reach for a deck of cards to either practice with, or before I head out for a performance, I've been reaching for these Bee Stingers. The audience members I perform for were also very interested in the cards. Since there's a lot of the older audience members who have gone to Casinos and have used these type of cards, never thought they would be available to the public, as well as with a different back design.
I highly recommend these cards to anyone who wants to try something a little different and who want to expand their collection and performance methods by switching from their deck of choice, and to try these cards, even if just for experimenting purposes.
Jack • CA • 09/19/09
These cards are awesome. I highly recommend them. Fan perfectly.
Andrew Valentin • Pennsylvania • 09/18/09
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! So smooth, but with a rougher edge that makes these cards a sight to behold and to handle. The comfort of Bikes meets the classic feeling of Bee's in the Stingers Deck. Wonderful Ace of Spades as always. Smokey faded edging give the deck a unique look.
Playing around with these cards got me excited to develop new effects. I can say my latest trick is credited to this deck. Let's face it, the black Bee Stingers are the deck to have.
Alex • United Kingdom • 09/09/09
When I first saw these being released I thought, oh great... another set of blown out of proportion playing cards. After taking one look at the pictures and video, I HAD to have them.
Straight out of the box they feel great, smooth and move freely but without going all over the place. They spread perfectly and shuffle instantly, most specifically a Faro shuffle, they are made for this.
The cards themselves are firm but soft at the same time, so you can manipulate them whether it be for magic or flourishing. They aren't bent as easily as the standard bees but the cards be bent back and forth and they still retain their shape, so when you're flourishing, THE CARDS ACT WITH AND FOLLOW YOUR MOVEMENT!
The design of the backs is so simple yet so classic and modern. I can't put this any other way, they are amazingly cool. The fronts are fantastic, the black is a real jet black and the red is almost blood red. The court cards are a mix of black, white, red and silver / grey. What can I say. Possibly some of the best court cards I have ever seen.
FINALLY! The faded border. AWESOME. During a certain trick if a card is turned over in a standard bee deck, it can bee (excuse the pun) seen a mile off. Whereas as this deck removes that problem. That back design still has the same mesmerizing effect and is still great for bottoms deals, strike deals and shifts.
The word 'cool' was made for this moment.
Andre • Jakarta • 08/29/09
First time I held a Bee deck, it felt so bad. The deck was too soft, not strong enough, easily bent, etc. I felt better when I touched the Bee Wynn's - but I felt much more excited when I touched a Bee Stingers deck with my hands.
The deck felt different than regular Bee's or Wynn's. I felt that the deck had some kind of appeal. I didn't want to release the deck from my hands.
The border is really great. Faded border makes the deck look very cool. The combination of the colors is very awesome. This is a masterpiece of a Bee deck.
Single word - AWESOME.
William Jung • North Carolina • 07/28/09
Bee decks never fail me in quality, durability, and longevity. This deck is no exception.
The back design is just plain brilliance. It gives the deck a "phantom" like look. Handling is just superb. The stock is just a bit thicker than your everyday Bicycle's and the finish is exactly what you expect from a Bee deck - terrific.
If you're the kind of person that wants to try something different, don't be afraid to pick some of these up. They are definitely worth your time, but don't take my word for it.
Benny • New York • 07/10/09
In addition to all the other wonderful things said about this deck, with which I fully agree, I would also like to add that this deck is ideal for use with invisible elastic card rising bands. The bands blend in pretty seamlessly with the back design, unlike with most other decks where it stands out like a sore thumb and you have to carefully conceal it.
My Cassiopeia • Paris • 07/09/09
Usually, I hate Bee playing cards, because of their back. They were too simple, and when you have a card return inside the deck you see it right away due to the colored edges.
But "Bee" Stinger card, with faded border, black color, and aristocrat fnish change everything. They look more classy and special.
No funny design or image, When performing, your public see a man, classic cards, and magic. Maybe they enjoy more because they don't think about "modified cards" or "cheated cards", just fancy cards.
Right out of the box :
I was quite surprised, they are a little bit rigid, more rigid than a "Bicycle" deck and a little bit more than "Tally-Ho" cards. Little bit rigid like "Tally-Ho's black Viper".
A LePaul Spread was quite dificult to do right out of the box, and a "spring" very powerful. So you will have to work with them to make them flexible.
A "Pressure" (from Dan&Dave) look absolutely beautiful and fancy
A "False : Up the ladder" cut is very easy to do with them. These cards are made to do that.
A "Double L." is very very deceptive with these, thanks to the faded border and the back design. But it's more dificult than a "Tally-ho" deck (due to the rigidity they sometime the tendency to bow) I recommend to apply fanning powder to make them easier and perfect.
"Faro shuffle" : they do it naturally, nothing to say. Perfect
"Card Spin": hypnotising and funny
"Strike second deal", "Center deal", "Bottom deal", "Greek deal" etc.. : The aristocrat finish is doing his work, 5/5
After few hours of use, they are still not sticky.
What I personally dislike :
The red color is darker than a regular deck of cards (Compared to Bicycle for exemple) I personally prefer a real flashy red. There some move you can do before your cards are worked, and flexible enough. If you put a "Crimp" on a card, It's more difficult to remove it.
Bee Stingers are really good cards. A sure value. For me, they reach the top with a "Tally-Ho" Circle design deck.
If you buy a Bee Stinger deck, beware, you will be very impatient until you'll receive them.
Ryan • USA • 06/28/09
Before I start, I must say that I have never reviewed anything before. So this is my first.
Fans: 4.5/5 These cards fan beautifully. The Aristocrat finish is great for any sort of spread or fan. The cards' ability to fan well lasts a long time as well.
Cuts: 5/5 I really don't do much XCM or the likes, but the few moves I do perform work quite well with these cards. One notable quality is the ability of these cards to hold together well during aerial moves.
Riffle Shuffles: 4.5/5 These cards riffle shuffle very well. They don't have the slippery edges like a lot of other custom decks.
Overhand Shuffles: 5/5 In one word - "great".
Faro Shuffles: 5/5 The Stingers faro very well unlike a lot of cards they are not too thick to faro shuffle evenly.
Looks: 5/5 theory11 took the classic Bee design and made it really classy. These cards are drop dead gorgeous.
Overall: 6/5 These cards are great. I have already recommended them to all of my friends. If you want a high quality and classy deck of cards, these are for you.
David K. • Arizona • 06/09/09
Let me start off by saying that I have a shoe box or two FULL of different decks.
To give you an idea of other cards I like in case it will help you identify with my feelings for the stinger backs, I love arrcos, tallys/split spades, and massa casino cards (although those are better for flourishing than magic).
I HATE bee cards, all the phonebook thick e decks, and bikes (masters are ok, never tried the gold seal ones).
These are some of the best cards i've worked with. The only finish i like more than the aristocrat finish is a linen finish. These cards fan great, spread great, faro great, look slick and stylish. The faces of the cards have the deeper red of other T11 decks as well as the grey/blue/red court cards.
These cards have a thicker feeling stock such as bicycle master edition but feel lighter and more flexible like arrcos.
I bought a deck and I am about to order a bunch more as these are my new favorite deck along with my arrcos and split spades.
Casey R. • Charleston, SC • 06/08/09
These cards are by far one of the best decks I have ever owned. The Aristocrat finish and the faded edges on the cards make it even more unique.
Spreads with these cards are absolutely beautiful. They look amazing, no wonder why casinos like these so much!
When you fan the cards, the smokey white edges make it look absolutely cool, your spectators will be baffled! The aristocrat finish is okay, but to my personal preference not the best, but great choice.
Cuts with the Stingers are good for flourishing and casino work, which are as advertised by the preview video.
Overall these cards are amazing quality for a very cheap price. Go ahead and get yourself a deck of Stingers today, you will not be disappointed.
Chris • Miami, FL • 06/08/09
Beautiful. I love them. I've gotten to work with them for a few days now, and they are amazing. The look is dead sexy, the white fading border is the perfect subtle aesthetic for a Bee deck. These appear to have the old cutting method that some casino's use and is available on the gold ribbon Bikes, (the kind that use a different blade and cutting angle), the feel and finish is smooth and strong, yet lightweight.
They fan and farro fantastically right out of the box, they really flow with your movement and don't stay conformed or become contorted with normal usage of magic/flourishing/cardistry (however this is subjective to how rough one is with a deck of cards, those who are brutal with them need understand that this statement doesn't apply to those who seem intent on killing the deck.... you know who you are).
This has been the *easiest* I've been able to get to the 'get ready' positioning for a Greek deal, centers flow perfect. These are great cards, by far better than your regular Bee deck (and far better than other casino Bee decks I have).
Those turned off initially by Bee decks because of their lack of design, as I said earlier the simplicity of the faded white border adds so much to this deck, it makes this deck relevant to performing magic, where the average Bee deck (unless doing card shark demonstrations) seems out of place. Love 'em, hats off t11, these are quite the treat.