Thought I’d do a brief post about an item a friend of mine has launched in time for the IBM British Ring Convention taking place in Eastbourne next week.
Annabel De Vetten is a Birmingham-based artist who has designed a poker size deck of cards that I think looks pretty amazing. Now I am normally the first to denounce the use of the likes of “Viper” or “Tiger” playing cards which have black faces and white and/or red pips but these, in my eyes look really cool. The picture cards are actually pictures that Anna has designed and drawn herself. And the “Jacks” are what give the deck its name – all the Jacks are Jills, hence The Jill Deck.
The cards cost £10 for the limited edition “Art Deck” which comes with a hand-signed Ace of Hearts and a free poster. There is also a “Magic Deck” which will sell for £12.
The “Magic Deck” contains 60 cards, including 7 gaffed cards and has marked backs. The extra cards include some unquie gaffs. Included in the deck are some of the most important gaffed cards in card magic while others have been specifically created for the Jill Deck. As tricks are not included in this deck, how you use these gaff cards is entirely up to the owner of the deck. Included are:-
- A duplicate Joker with a punched out bullet hole
- A duplicate topless Queen of Clubs
- A misindexed Ace of Diamonds/3 of Clubs
- A misindexed 3 of Clubs/Ace of Diamonds
- A double faced card
- A double backed card.
- A white Queen of Hearts
There will also be something called “The Jill Deck Community”, which will allow users of the Jill Deck to share videos of effects using the cards and gaffs via YouTube. This part is still in development and is due to be launched on the Jill Deck website but to join, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the link and a short introduction to your trick, if you like. There will also be a password-protected part of the Community where methods can be discussed. All the manufacturers request is that the explanation of the method (which would be appreciated) are kept separate from the performance.
For full details, go see Anna in the Dealers’ Hall at the IBM Convention in Eastbourne.
The Cardman 🙂