The thicker paper stock and “linoid” finish, resembling linen and other matte fabrics, has made Tally-Ho the most popular deck of cards with casinos, professional card players and magicians. It is a product for those in-the-know, as they are difficult to come by in the wider retail market. (We looked high and low for a set before stumbling across a magic shop that carried them…) In addition to its durability, the deck has all sorts of decorative features that have gained acclaim. The original circle back design is a calling card and signifier of the rare but celebrated Tally-Ho brand. The unique Joker card is decorated with a double entendre: An exuberant-looking gentleman wearing a traditional English hunting outfit shouts “tally-ho,” a phrase used by riders to signal that the cunning fox has been spotted. So watch your hand - and those of other players.
To preserve the longevity of your deck, wash hands prior to use and store in a dark, cool area. Because a brand-new deck of cards is stiff, slippery and may have rough edges, it is advised to break in your set before use.
Tally-Ho cards were created by entrepreneur Andrew Dougherty (1827-1905), an Irishman who immigrated to New York and started a playing card business in 1848. After his death, his sons continued to run the business before it was purchased in 1885 by the United States Playing Card Company (maker of Bicycle, Bee, Maverick and more). Since its inception, Tally-Ho has remained the same, with the exception of the “Tally-Ho” fox hunter joker replacing the “Jolly Joker” in the early 1900s.
Thicker card stock and fabric-textured coating makes this deck the favorite of professional magicians and career card players. Made and patented in the U.S.A. since 1885. Original circle back design. Available in red or blue. (more info)
3 ½ inches long x 2 ½ inches wide x ½ inch high (9 cm x 6.5 cm x 1 cm)
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