FANTASTIQUE DECK – BACK DESIGN
Also Fantastique Playing Cards can offer an extra twist. Backs are similar but different. Sveta put together thirteen back illustrations with slight alternations for some animation effect.
When the cards are riffled through like a flip book, the illustrations come to life, animating two of magic’s most famous illusions – an orange tree blossoms from an acrobats top hat while a women, having been sawed in half, is pulled apart. The Marvelous Orange Tree was one of the most famous tricks by Jean.
The cyclist guy (in the centre) rotates the pedals of his bike -> The wheels get moving the grotesque heads, which have cogs for eyes and -> Move the wheels of the trick trolley that has two halves of the “sawed woman” -> The “halves” move in opposite directions and get “swallowed” almost completely -> As there opens more space between them, a trick orange blossom tree grows from the hat of the cyclist in the centre.
The right order of cards (faces) in the deck for this animation (from top to bottom): blank cards, Jokers, the Ace of Spades, 2-10 of Spades, the Jack of Spades, the Queen of Spades, the King of Spades, the Ace of Diamonds, 2-10 of Diamonds, the Jack of Diamonds, the Queen of Diamonds, the King of Diamonds, the King of Clubs, the Queen of Clubs, the Jack of Clubs, 10-2 of Clubs, the Ace of Clubs, the King of Hearts, the Queen of Hearts, the Jack of Hearts, 10-2 of Hearts, the Ace of Hearts.
Another automaton by Jean (video in French)
The Robert-Houdin House of Magic (La Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin)
1890s. Being impressed and inspired by Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, a young Hungarian immigrant and magician Erich Weiss chose a stage name for his performances in the US – Harry Houdini. His friend Jack Hayman erroneously told him that adding an “i” to “Houdin” would mean in French “like Houdin”.
Houdini made an extensive research of Jean’s works and published a book in 1908 called The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin. Harry called his former idol a liar and a fraud for having claimed the invention of automata (automatons) and effects which had been in existence for many years.
Other decks produced by the D&D Playing Card Co.:
- Fulton’s Clip Joint Playing Cards;
- Ultimate Deck by Stranger and Stranger;
- Vintage Plaid Playing Cards;
- Fulton’s October Playing Cards.