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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Circus Transformation Cards

Deluxe Limited Edition Circus Transformation Deck designed by F. Robert Schick, 1988

Circus Transformation Deck by F. Robert Schick, 1988

Circus Transformation deck, based on an imaginary Circus theme, was designed by Frank Robert Schick (1924 – 1988), whose signature can be seen on every card. It is presented in a wooden box with a explanatory booklet describing the card designs and a commemorative gold medal. The Jacks are all clowns. The pip cards have been cleverly transformed into miniature illustrations involving animals and figures. The cards are larger than standard and made by Carta Mundi, Belgium, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. The artist was born in New York City. He received his training in the Arts at Fort Wayne Art Academy, in the State of Indiana. The deck was published posthumously by his wife on his passing on 16 June 1988. See the Flyer

Circus Transformation deck designed by Frank Robert Schick, 1988 Circus Transformation deck designed by Frank Robert Schick, 1988

Above: Circus Transformation deck, based on a Circus theme, designed by Frank Robert Schick 1924 – 1988) and made by Carta Mundi, Belgium, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. Published in 1988. The set includes a commemorative gold medal and an explanatory booklet.

Posted by:

Simon Wintle
Member since February 01, 1996

  • Published: January 27, 2022
Keywords:
Circus
Manufacturer:
Carta Mundi
Designer:
Frank Robert Schick
Country of Origin:
Usa
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