A selection of special conjuring packs from the collection of William Lismore. I picked up a number of packs from the same place (antiques center) that seemed to belong to the same person.
An Alf Cooke / ARRCO ‘Enardoe’ Curiosity
An Arrco set of cards housed in a 1950s Alf Cooke box. The cards are reversed in colour compared to a standard deck, and are from Enardoe Goofy Bridge, produced by ARRCO Playing Card Co, Chicago, USA, also c.1950s. A matching card on the back of the tuck box is an Arrco joker which was affixed over an Alf Cooke jack of spades which was glued to the box see photo here►
ARRCO had been producing decks with reversed colours for Edward Drane & Co (Enardoe) since c.1932 as a gimmick. The cards shown here may be old stock sold off to Alf Cooke to use in conjuring decks. Alternatively, the original owner's Enardoe box was damaged, so he put them in this one! But why go to the trouble of sticking a joker very securely to the box? Playing cards are a wondrous connection to the past, though they do tend to throw up more questions than answers!
Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.
Conjuring Decks by Universal Playing Card Co (Alf Cooke) and others...
De Land’s Nifty playing cards published by S. S. Adams Co, c.1930.
Gamagic Catalogue of Magic Card Tricks, c.1940. Everyone is familiar with playing cards, which makes them a ready medium for magical performance.
Stancraft “Split Deck”, 1979.
“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...
‘Secret Magic Cards’ published by Hanky Panky Toys Thailand Ltd., © World Magic International, 2006.
Ridley’s Magic Trick Cards, 2011.
Mad Jack Miracle Pack by Chu’s Magic (Tobar) 1999.
‘Serpentine’ Playing Cards published by Legends P.C.Co., 2014.
Richard Valentine Pitchford, better known as Cardini, is one of that select band of performers who became legends during their own lifetimes
Legends Playing Card Company (founded 2013) aspires to print the highest quality playing cards and packaging in the world.
This set of cards published by DP Group Ltd (Japan) allows the performer to create different fans
The art of mystifying people is very old indeed. The first conjurers were priests who obtained power over simple minds by performing magical tricks which appeared to have a supernatural origin.
Portuguese Conjuring Playing Cards, c.1850.