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We are very concerned by these new rules. We very much value our Royal connections and cannot accept such a scandalous interference from the EUFrom the Press Office of The Magic Circle

Embargoed until 01-04-2011 00:01

THE MAGIC CIRCLE TO MOUNT LEGAL CHALLENGE

The Magic Circle is considering mounting a legal challenge to proposals which would see the composition of packs of playing cards dramatically altered from April 2012.

The proposals announced under European Union Directive 27745 / 3665 include the removal of the twelve Jacks, Queens and Kings from every pack of cards manufactured within the EU to reflect modern Republic Member States. A new suit of 'Stars' is to be introduced alongside the traditional Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades making the total number of cards exactly 50 in the new 'metric' packs.

Spokesman for The Magic Circle states "We are very concerned by these new rules. We very much value our Royal connections and cannot accept such a scandalous interference from the EU. The standard pack of 52 cards embodies a long legacy of cultural and magical history.”

A spokesman continues: “Frankly many of our Members are hoping to make these new rules disappear!"

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This was of course an April Fool