Playing cards have long history

November 24th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under David Blaine, General, Products
Image courtesy The Guardian

Image courtesy The Guardian

Many magicians are addicted to their playing cards. Love ’em, love ’em, love ’em. A big part of why flourishing and card manipulation is so popular is simply because learning to handle a deck is an incredible joy. David Blaine summed it up best in his book, “Mysterious Stranger”:

“To most magicians, cards themselves are marvels…For one thing, they feel special in your hand. Touching them, holding them, shuffling — the whole process is almost poetic. If you’re in a room full of magicians and someone just mentions the word cards, within seconds, everyone is digging into their pockets and pulling out a deck of cards. It’s one of the most amazing feelings ever.”

That’s why we were pleased to see The Guardian’s recent coverage of games. They give a brief, yet thorough, history of our precious pasteboards. And casino columnist Mark Pilarski refreshed our memory with a little history about the face cards.

When you’re done, check out Ellusionist’s contribution to playing card history.

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