These playing cards are produced by D&D in collaboration with its Creative Director Brad Fulton. Brad Fulton was the ideologist of this deck. D&D supported his idea with its knowledge and experience in the field of playing card production.
D&D was founded by two brothers (Dan & Dave) in 2001. Their catalogue has grown from a single homemade videotape to hundreds of books, videos, playing cards and accessories for magicians. They are mainly concentrated on card magic and flourishes.
The deck was printed by USPCC in 2011. Poker size. 52 playing cards + 2 Jokers + 2 Information Cards.
“Fulton’s Clip Joint Playing Cards celebrate our fascination with cinema, history, and the art of the grift. Taking inspiration from vintage Los Angeles and Film Noir***, Fulton’s captures a time and place where men were men, women were dames, and the next deal could be your last.
These limited edition playing cards feature original artwork by Dan Phillips and are beautifully encased in a linen box with embossed ornaments and foil stamping.” ~ Brad Fulton
“Fulton’s” printed with silver ink.
Court cards are standard modern Bicycle (Bee) court cards. But they are recoloured to fit noir theme.
All number cards have one custom pip which repeats the design of the appropriate ace (Spades – The Ace of Spades, Hearts – The Ace of Hearts, Clubs – The Ace of Clubs, Diamonds – The Ace of Diamonds).
As you can see the order of custom pips is almost uniform for all number cards. But magicians like number “3” :). So the Three of Spades was marked in a special way.
Information Cards (Front & Back)
Two owls and two butterflies (in the center) are incorporated into the back design.
*** Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood’s classical film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. The term film noir (French for “black film”) was firstly applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank in 1946. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Great Depression. This genre was originally associated with American productions but films so described have been made around the world.
Other decks produced by the D&D Playing Card Co.:
- Fantastique Playing Cards;
- Ultimate Deck by Stranger and Stranger;
- Vintage Plaid Playing Cards;
- Fulton’s October Playing Cards.