Monthly Archives: November 2013

Legends Playing Cards by Lawrence Sullivan – The 1st Edition



Lawrence Sullivan is a professional magician based in Hong Kong. He performs worldwide.

Slowly building his repertoire through classic texts on magic such as Expert Card Technique and CardCollege, he learned the basics of misdirection and deception. First of all, he is focused on card and close-up magic. That is why he decided to create his own decks of playing cards – Legends Playing Cards. So, you should understand that these playing cards were produced for magicians.

Deck was designed by the American prominent artist, Mark Stutzman. He designed the David Blaine “Split Spades” and “White Lions” playing card series, Whispering Imps playing cards for Chris Chelko.

The ConjuringArtsResearchCenter (Erdnase 216 Bee Squeezers Playing Cards) partnered up with Lawrence Sullivan to produce these nice decks of playing cards and to distribute them in US through their library. Lawrence was able to find a new quality playing card manufacturer in Taipei (Taiwan) due to CARC’s experience and connections in the field of playing card production.


The 1st edition of this deck is available in three different colours: Blue, Red and Metallic Green (no metallic ink). The only differences between three decks are different colours of backs and tuck cases.

The deck: 52 playing cards + 2 Jokers (one have a reveal). Poker size. Playing cards were printed on casino cardboard and have some kind of “embossed finish”. Decks have custom Jokers and the Ace of Spades. Court cards are Bicycle standard court cards with new faces and slightly changed colours. Number cards are slightly changed Bicycle standard number cards. Tuck cases are glossy.


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Kickstarter: Decked Out Fashion Playing Cards by Connie Lim

Connie Lim tries to create a playing card deck composed from 54 hand drawn illustrations inspired by fashion. She is an American fashion illustrator and designer. This is her personal art project on Kickstarter. Decks are planned to be printed by USPCC.


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Playing Card Art: Mechanical Romanticism – Queens by Iyan de Jesus

These four artworks are from a solo art show by Iyan de Jesus, Mechanical Romanticism (Makati; November 22, 2013). They are dedicated to four queens from a deck of playing cards and form the “Queens of Cards” Series. All queens were named in accordance with appropriate historical traditions existing for playing cards.

© 2013 Iyan de Jesus

The Queen of Spades – Athena

Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts and skill in Greek religion and mythology


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Bēhance: Graphic Playing Cards by Federico Meroni

Graphic playing cards (a project) designed by the Italian artist, Federico Meroni. These were designed during his first year in Communication Design Bachelor Course at Politecnico di Milano. Federico was inspired by Oskar Schlemmer* costumes for Bauhaus Theatre**. © 2013 Federico Meroni

Playing Cards Federico Meroni Design Graphic Design Polimi

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DeviantART: Joker by charlieinoni

Russia was depicted by the Chinese artist, Charlieinoni (inpninqni), as some Joker playing card made in the anime style.

© charlieinoni (inpninqni) 2011








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Kickstarter: Pagan Playing Cards by Uusi

Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, the designers and artists behind the Chicago design studio, Uusi, started their new playing card project on Kickstarter. One of the most creative, successful and decent companies proposes its fourth duet of decks – Pagan Playing Card Decks (“Dark Brown Deck” and “Light Cream-colored Deck”).

All previous amazing playing card projects (Blue Blood Playing Cards and Blueblood Redux Playing Cards, Bohemia Playing CardsRoyal Optik Playing Cards) have been successfully funded on Kickstarter, printed and delivered to backers. Pagan deck is planned to be printed by USPCC.


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