So how did I get into the world of playing cards? Well, it all started with magic and not playing cards per se. In fact, because playing cards were so common in magic, I focused on coin magic for a very long time. My first magic book was Bobo's Modern Coin Magic. That book was my companion for many years as I learned everything in the book from cover to cover.
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. Below are a few pictures of decks from those early days.
Fulton's Casino - Produced by Dan & Dave 2012
The Vaudeville Deck (Act I) - Produced by The Blue Crown
Magic Con - 2012 - Produced by Dan and Dave
My obsession with card magic took precedent for a number of years with collecting being a passive hobby. Then in 2018 I decided to design a deck of playing cards for the Carolina Close-Up Magic Convention (TRICS) for the 10th Anniversary. You can find out more about the convention at www.tricsconvention.com.
TRICS 2018 - Designed by Chris Hage - Printed by The United States Playing Card Company
That early process of creating a deck for the magic convention was the catalyst to create more decks and share the many cards in my personal collection. Eventually, the early TRICS deck evolved to be Wonder Playing Cards which is in its third printing. We're nearing the fulfillment of our third Wonder Playing Cards Kickstarter project and are planning one more release of this design.
To thank you for being part of this playing card journey, we're doing a giveaway! Here's how to enter.
Comment on this post to let me know the first deck of playing cards you purchased, your favorite deck in your collection, or anything you'd like me to cover in a future article. It's that easy!
I will select THREE lucky winners to receive a Magic Con 2012 deck, Original Signed TRICS deck, or an Original Signed LTD Black Tuck TRICS deck. You have until August 1, 2022 to comment. Free shipping for winners in the United States.
Until next time,
Update: 8.7.22 - Thanks for all the great responses to my question in this post. It's always interesting to hear how folks got started collecting. I'm feeling generous today, so five of you who replied to the post will get a free signed deck and one of you will get the Magic Con 2012 deck. Be on the lookout for a shipping notification with tracking information in the next day or so!
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