John Snyder Jr
John Snyder Jr

We are a legendary magic shop that specializes in our own custom magic decks, made in the United States of America, and more. If you’re just getting interested in or are a seasoned professional magician, we have what you’re looking for!

Haines House of Cards roots can be traced back to the 1920s.  John Snyder Jr., who began his magic career at the age of 15, had an agreement with US Playing Cards to produce gaff cards.  He named the cards Fox Lake after his summer retreat in Fox Lake, Wisconsin, where he was also a member of the Houdini Club of Wisconsin.  In 1934, John sold his auto parts company and devoted his time to magic, building various apparatus and gaffs in his facility in Norwood, Ohio.

Mr Snyder also originated the Super X Levitation, and produced the R W Hull Mental Photography Deck which was originally was called the Nudist Deck, as well as mentored Don Alan and produced his version of the Invisible Deck.


After having served in the Army during World War II, Ronald Haines worked for John. When John Snyder passed away in 1946, Ronald purchased the shop from the family and renamed the shop Haines House of Cards.  He ran the shop until his death in 1974.



Haines House of Cards still produces classic decks, such as Svengali, Stripper decks, and The Invisible Pack by Don Alan. Haines still uses the same formulas. Others have tried to duplicate but there is only one Haines House of Cards.

After the death of Ronald Haines, leadership of the shop was passed on to Betty Winzig.  Betty continues providing the same high quality products Haines House of Cards has provided magicians since the 20s.



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