John Birks Gillespie, better known as Dizzy Gillespie, was born in my hometown, Cheraw, SC in 1917. He was a talented jazz trumpeter credited with popularizing a new form of jazz called bebop. His style featured a rhythmic cadence popular in jazz music, also known as a riff. I've always wanted to design a deck inspired by this pioneer in musicianship and showmanship.
Playing cards was such an integral part of childhood for so many of us. So is it time to pass down the torch to your family? Whether you're going camping, waiting for food at a restaurant, or having a family night at home, grab a card deck for a fool-proof way to keep everyone entertained.
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The Ultimate Deck came out at the end of 2012 and was produced in collaboration between Stranger and Stranger, an award winning packaging design and branding company specializing in alcoholic drinks, and Dan and Dave of Art of Play (@artofplay).
Wow! What a weekend in Pittsburgh!! On October 5 through 8 I was lucky enough to attend the annual 52 Plus Joker convention in Pennsylvania. If you're not familiar with the club, here's a short blurb from the website:
We facilitate the collection and trading of antique, vintage and modern collectible playing cards & other related ephemera.
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It wasn't until about the year 2000 I started getting more into card magic and exploring what was out there. In a future post, I'll talk about the influence of Sleight Club and the amazing magicians who are part of that group, but my obsession with playing cards started with early decks from The Blue Crown and Dan & Dave.