Eight cards and box from an unusual and very rare Portuguese conjuring pack, c.1850
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Kings and Queens of Portugal between 1185 - 1279. by V. de J.J. Nunes , Lisbon, Portugal, 1977.
Portuguese regional costumes published by the French division of Banco Pinto & Sotto Mayor.
Portuguese proverbs in combination with special courts and suit-signs published by Apenas Livros, Lisbon.
Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.
Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
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...
Attractive deck by the Portuguese maker Maillard, c.1885 with scenic aces and German-style courts
‘Secret Magic Cards’ published by Hanky Panky Toys Thailand Ltd., © World Magic International, 2006.
“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir playing cards with 54 colour views of the archipelago.
The highly individual Sicilian Tarot has the Italo-Portuguese suit system with straight, interlocking swords and batons, and maids instead of jacks
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
19th century Portuguese pattern, re-printed from original woodblocks.
Whist No. 32 - Cartas de Jogar Nunes
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 type pack with ‘dragon’ aces made in Belgium by Mesmaekers Frères, Turnhout, c.1875-1900
Portuguese Type Playing Cards made in Belgium, c.1878.
Fernando Pessoa & Co playing cards - Lisbon
Portuguese Conjuring Playing Cards, c.1850.
Fragment of a sheet of archaic Spanish-suited 'Dragon' playing cards found during restoration of a house in Antwerp built between 1559 and 1574
10 cards from a pack of later Portuguese ‘Dragon’ type cards from c.1860, with the Maid of batons about to club a dog.
Playing Cards by J J Nunes, Lisbon, Portugal
The Real Fábrica de Cartas de Jogar was founded in 1769, by Royal Charter of King José, under the master craftsman Lorenzo Solezio, brother of Félix Solesio who ran the Spanish Real Fábrica at Macharaviaya.