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11 October 2020

How to date a deck of (USPC) playing cards

ICYMI Lee Asher Tweeted: Oct 14th -17th @52PlusJokerClub will hold their annual playingcard collecting convention virtually- free to all. YOU ARE INVITED! 

 

From Lee Asher's blog:

How Old Is Your Deck?

The following material, designed to assist collectors in dating their U.S. decks, is produced here courtesy of the 52 Plus Joker Organization. It appeared originally in an article by Margery Griffith, then curator of the United States Playing Card Co. Museum in Cincinnati, in their quarterly bulletin 'CLEAR THE DECKS' in April 1991.


Find Your Ace of Spades


Like knowing the grade of your cards, a dating aid can be very useful. For decks manufactured by United States Playing Card Co., a dating code was placed on the Ace of Spades at time of manufacture. The code first came into use in 1904 and it applies only to Aces of Spades that bear a letter plus a four digit number. Combinations with fewer numbers have no meaning for collectors.

Right from the beginning in 1904, the same codes were used by National Playing Card Co. and New York Consolidated Card Co., subsidiaries by then of USPC. Andrew Dougherty and Russell Playing Card Co. also used these codes, as they became part of USPC in 1907 and 1929 respectively.

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25 September 2020

52 Plus Joker 2020 online convention

From 52 Plus Joker:

Wed. Oct. 14th – Sat. Oct. 17th

Virtually meet legendary collectors & designers, hobnob with premier card manufacturers, and talk playing cards with other enthusiasts for three days!

It’s going to be the largest playing card celebration the internet has ever seen!

NOTE: During the above dates, we will get together using the online video conferencing platform ZOOM. More info to follow. Stay tuned.

Convention Fee: FREE

Read more and register.



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Convention Auction 2020 For those who have not yet received it, the September 2020 issue of “Clear the Decks,” the newsletter of 52 Plus Joker, has come out. All members of 52 Plus Joker should be receiving their copies within the next few days. Prominent in this issue is the listing for 49 playing card lots, shown above, consigned to the online auction that will take place during the club’s virtual convention on 14-17 October. Details on the auction, and the convention, will be available on the website, www.52plusjoker.org. This year’s auction promises to be spectacular. The 49 lots shown are just a sampling of what will be available. But even just this sampling includes decks that are seldom seen for sale, such as the original Tiffany Harlequin transformation deck from 1879, the Piatnik Crimean War deck, circa 1858, and the New York Consolidated Card Company’s 1897 Mediaeval deck (considered the most beautiful deck they ever issued). More details and more auction lots are promised to come. Stay tuned. #playingcards #playingcardart #playingcarddesign #playingcardphotography #playingcardcollecting #playingcardcollections

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ATTENTION: #PlayingCard Collectors Unite! . Mark these dates in your calendar -- October 14th - 17th, 2020. . We are holding our annual #PlayingCard convention, virtually. And you're invited FREE - No membership required (for most of it). . Prepare for #PlayingCard Lectures, Mega-Auctions, New Deck Launches, Virtual Collection Visits, Diamond Awards and much more. Events are subject to change without notice. . It's our pleasure to introduce you to this year's speakers. In no particular order (exact lecture times TBA): . 1) Jason McKinstry (@Jason_Mckinstry): Early American Manufacturers . 2) Kevin Reylek (@KReylek): Marked Playing Cards . 3) Michael Slaughter (@Potuspcc): President of USPCC @OfficialBicycleCards . 4) Rory Rennick (@RoryRennick): Racially Charged Playing Cards . 5) Paul Ruccio (@Jetsettercards): Branding Playing Cards . 6) Patrick Varnavas (@Patch.God): Future Playing Card Innovation . Follow them! . More information to come about these #PlayingCard luminaries as well as our virtual convention. Stay tuned. . Want to learn more about 52 Plus Joker? LINK IN BIO.

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08 August 2020

Did you know that Harry Potter performed in Canada in 1858?

Technically, not Canada.  Yet.  But in what is now Canada.


From the August 28th, 2015 post "Harry Potter and Itinerant Entertainment in Dundas" by Emily Herron from the Dundas Museum:
On May 21st 1858, there appeared in the Dundas True Banner and Wentworth Chronicle, an advertisement. This advertisement would be exciting for readers — especially young readers — today. Why? It announced that Harry Potter was coming to Dundas! And Harry Potter was a magician, known as the original American Wizard! The ad reported that Harry Potter would entertain audiences at the Town Hall the next night. Modern readers would be surprised — and delighted — to read of Harry Potter in a 19th century Dundas newspaper. While this appears to be a coincidence, we want to know more about this performer.









29 July 2020

First magic performance in Canada?

Updated August 6th to add this find by Lee Asher:



Updated at 8:45am to add this find by Joe Culpepper:

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Lee Asher asked an interesting question on Twitter Monday morning.
What is the name of the first magician to perform in Canada?


Was it Maginnis (circa 1875) as reported in The Canadian Encyclopedia?
Technically it could be yes, as The Dominion of Canada was officially born on July 1, 1867.  But lets expand the question to the first magician to perform in what is now considered Canada.


Was it MacAlister performing in Montreal in 1854 as shown by this clipping in the Ottawa Daily Citizen?

No.


How about Philippe in Quebec City September 30th in 1846?

Wrong again.



From an Ottawa Daily Citizen article published on May 22nd in 1852, discussion a performance by a Signor Blitz:








So far the earliest named and documented magic performance in what is now Canada, goes to Mons. Desage, as referenced in the Kingston Chronicle and Gazette December 30 1835.







There's evidence of an unnamed woman doing magic in Kingston in 1835!




And ventriloquists too.




People were complaining about magicians as early as the January 21st 1805 edition of the Quebec Mercury:





A final very important note from Joe Culpepper:





With thanks to Lee Asher for asking this question and Bill Mullins and Joe Culpepper for their hard work and sharing their findings!


07 July 2020

Workshop with Lee Asher

From Lee Asher's July 6th Instagram post:
Join me this Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th for a personal hands-on workshop where you'll learn some of my coolest #magic. Limited seating. If you're interested, act now. 

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06 May 2020

Lee Asher on episode 12 of Deckin' Around

Thursday May 7, 2020 at 8PM EST, catch Lee Asher in episode 12 of Deckin' Around, where he'll talk magic, sleight of hand, and playing cards!


Here are the links to watch Lee Asher this week on Deckin' Around:
YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/gPt1euLw4Nw
Twitch: https://twitch.tv/DeckinAround







13 April 2020

International Stars of Magic show livestream April 15

Keep your eyes on the Greg Frewin Theatre's YouTube channel.  There's a very good chance this won't be the last spectacular livestream lineup!


(As an added bonus watch new episodes of PiffTV uploaded M-F at 10am and 5pm PST.)



From Greg Frewin's Facebook post:
Join us for #2 International Stars of Magic show livestream April 15 @7PM EST.

For the Niagara SPCA Humane Society.

https://youtu.be/6moYdHS8TYc

An amazing 2nd show with amazing stars for a good cause.


03 March 2020

Toronto: Playing Card Pop-Up Store!

From Lee Asher:
Toronto's First Playing Card Pop-Up Store!  -- SEVEN HOURS ONLY

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 -- 5pm until Midnight.

ATTENTION: Cardists, magicians, playing card collectors and enthusiasts. You're invited to take part in Toronto's first ever playing card pop-up store.

Decks priced from $5 all the way to $555! Discover a playing card selection unlike anywhere else in Canada. Choose from over HUNDREDS of different packs of cards for sale.

We're showcasing a limited supply of the hard-to-find decks during this event. First come, first serve.  Plan to arrive early. There might be a line.

Plus, outrageous surprises around every corner. Feel like you'vetransported yourself to playing card heaven.

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? We got you!
- Modern
- Vintage
- Antique
- And accessories

Pics or it didn't happen! Bring your phone for lots of fun photo ops. 

Tag us @LeeAsherMagic @KevinYu97 @ThatTorontoStudio #PlayingCardPopUp

Popping Up At:
THAT Toronto Studio
260 Carlaw Ave
Unit #202A
Toronto, ON M4M 3L1
Canada





27 September 2019

Ontario: Win your OWOW registration & over $600 in magic gifts

The OWOW Magic Festival will run Oct 25, 26, 27, 2019.


From the OWOW Magic Festival:
Win Your Registration & over $600 magic gifts for FREE!
Register for the OWOW Magic Festival before Oct 4th for your chance to win over $600+ magic goodies & swag, courtesy of Lee Asher, Paul Rohmany,& Michael Close!


​REGISTER NOW & GET A CHANCE TO WIN OVER $600+ FREE MAGIC!!!
  • ​​    OWOW Registration Fee ($145 value!)
  •     OWOW VIP Festival Swag ($75 value!)
  •     Michael Close: Teaches Crafting Workable Magic Masterclass ($45 value!)
  •     Lee Asher MEGA PACK of magic goodies ($95 value!)
  •     Paul Rohmany Custom BOR Marketing DVD!! ($250 value!)
Win your registration and festival swag!  PLUS incredible magic bundle from Lee Asher, learn how to polish your magic with Michael Close and Paul Rohmany gives you the best tool to make more money from every show!

Read more and enter.


From the OWOW Magic Festival Twitter feed:






03 July 2019

Kickstarter: Authentic Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards

With over 27 day still to go, this Kickstarter has already raised over $400,000 Cdn!


From Kickstarter:
In 1970, Jerry's Nugget Casino printed what would become one of the most collectible playing card decks ever manufactured by United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). They made them for the tables but opted not to use them and put them in storage for 20 years! Almost thirty years ago they started selling them in their gift store with the final price of $2 a deck!
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Playing card expert, Lee Asher, recognized the unique quality and feel of these cards and began evangelizing about them. In due course, Jerry's Nugget playing cards became legendary. 

By the fall of 1999, these cards sold out, yet the demand continued to grow. Today, authentic Jerry’s Nugget cards are among the most desirable and expensive modern decks on the market.

But finding an authentic deck presents a real challenge. Due to their considerable value and the immense demand, knockoffs proliferate eBay and other outlets.

This prompted Asher to suggest Expert Playing Card Company try and get the exclusive license to print these iconic decks again. And after more than three years of pursuit and negotiation, we finally made a deal with Jerry's Nugget Casino! 

Read more and back.


From Lee Asher's Twitter feed:

16 June 2019

Lee Asher's thoughts on the recent Cartamundi / USPCC deal

Skip to the bottom of this post to watch Lee's video.

ICYMI...

From the June 4th article "Cartamundi to acquire The United States Playing Card Company" from Cartamundi:
Turnhout, June 4, 2019 – The Belgian privately owned group Cartamundi has signed an agreement to buy The United States Playing Card Company (USPC) from its parent company Newell Brands. The acclaimed playing cards maker’s focus is on North America and Spain. Through this acquisition, Cartamundi continues to invest in the global entertainment market.

The United States Playing Card Company, owner of the iconic brands such as Bicycle®, Bee®, Hoyle® and Fournier®, is the global standard within the world of playing cards. The business employs over 350 people and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. city of Erlanger (Kentucky) and the Spanish city of Vitoria (Álava). In 2018 USPC realized net sales of approximately 112 million US dollars.

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15 March 2019

Lee Asher at the Conjuror Community Summit

The 2019 CC Summit will take place August 23rd & 24th in Tupelo, Mississippi.


From the Conjuror Community Summit:
Lee Asher

Elite card magicians celebrate Lee's astonishing visual magic and unrivaled knowledge in the playing card world. He's also the most approachable expert you'll ever meet. At CC Summit 2019, he'll share his modern classics, and reveal secret miracles he’s never shared before!

Read more and register.


20 February 2019

Lee Asher's living room lecture

Living Room Lecture by Lee Asher February 20th.


From the Conjuror Community post "Collecting Playing Cards: 4 Simple Tips That Save HOURS" by Benji Wilkins:
Lee Asher has created more original, astonish and practical magic than just about anyone we know. When he joins us next week, he’s going to reveal REAL card magic secrets and miraculous tricks. But that’s just the beginning…

We’ve known Lee for 25 years, and when it comes to collecting playing cards the SMART way, he’s always been better at it than ANYONE we know.

And when we go to Lee’s home next week for this intimate online event, he’s pulling out all the stops! You’ll discover the best versions of Lee’s most famous tricks—and receive the kind of personal instruction you can’t get at ANY live magic event.

But that’s just the beginning. To make Lee’s debut CC appearance even MORE special, Lee has offered to give an easy-to-follow, mindblowing masterclass on how to make collecting playing cards easy and fun—without spending a fortune!

Read more and register.

17 May 2017

Toronto: Playing Card Collectors Meeting

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
PLAYING CARD COLLECTORS MEETING - TORONTO
Sunday June 11th, 2017 at 2PM - 5PM

WHO: Anyone with interest in collecting playing cards
WHAT: Playing Card Collector's Meeting
WHERE: Browser's Den of Magic (3220 Dufferin St. #19, Toronto, ON M6A 2T3)
WHEN: Sunday June 11th, 2017
COST: $10 OR Free for those who attended the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

Playing Card Collectors Meeting - Calling all card collectors within a 200 kilometer radius of Toronto and the GTA!

With the help of 52 Plus Joker (North American Playing Card Collector's Club), the Browser's Den proudly offers you the opportunity to attend this free meeting and receive expert tips on caring for your collection, as well as learn methods to keep your cards in top-notch condition. Plus see decks of cards you've only read about in books and online.

Read more.

15 April 2017

Wes Barker: Magician on tour

Wes Barker has a new web series about his touring life.

Here's episode two, to give you a feel. (With appearances by Chris Mayhew, Jonah Babins, Keith Brown, and Lee Asher.)


From Wes' YouTube channel:

13 February 2017

Montreal: Lee Asher lecture

From the Montreal Magic Jam:
Tues March 7th

Lee Asher is coming to town, and he’s going all out. He’s combining all his lectures into one super lecture for this special event. You’ll learn powerful pieces of magic such as:

– THE RIPPER: Visually rip a single playing card into the four Jacks
– WITNESS: A joker transforms into the selection inside a zip-lock bag while held by the audience
– THE TOUCH: Give anyone the power to win every card game
– THUNDERBIRD: Four aces dynamically appear at your fingertips
– VINO VERITAS: Audibly divine a selection using a glass of delicious wine
– THREE STYLIN: Multi-coloured poker chips visually fly from hand to hand
– DIVING BOARD DOUBLE: A stylish double lift that impresses even the most skilled
– ASHER TWIST: One at a time, four aces revolve face-up then face down again, delighting your audience each time it happens.
– plus much more.

Lee will also show (PERFORMANCE ONLY) some of the new things he has in the pipeline. So please join us on March 7th for an evening of fun.

PS This is an interactive event, so please make sure to bring a deck of cards with you.

Read more and buy tickets (early bird discount available).

04 August 2016

Lee Asher in the Daily Herald

From the Daily Herald:
"There are thousands of us, my friend, worldwide," says Lee Asher, 40, president of 52 Plus Joker (52PlusJoker.org), the playing-card collectors club coming to the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Oct. 20-22 for the group's Annual Playing Card Collectors Convention. "We're kind of the Comic-Con for playing cards."

While euchre is believed to have led to the addition of the joker to modern decks, to collectors, cards are so much more than finding a decent euchre deck.

"Most every world event that's ever happened since the dawn of time has been documented on a playing card," says Asher, a professional magician from Toronto. "If you can think of something that happened, it's probably on a playing card."

Read more.

28 June 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 10

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.

Day 5: Tuesday August 18th*
Cheesy omelette breakfast.  I saw the rabbits again!  And I saw a bright green frog too.  Still no sign of the deer. 
At card class Shawn Farquhar talked to us about stuff I’d never considered.  He said, “give people a sense of wonder.  Don’t make them feel stupid or small.”  And then he said this quote from American poet Maya Angelou:   
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

We played “Capture the Flag” which was so. much. FUN!

6pm
The camper show was fantastic.  Before the show, Lee Asher made his group perform walk around for the audience.  They did really well. 

Pre-show walk around. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Pre-show walk around.

Then the show started.  Some of the kids performed things they just learned (or even made!) this week!  Others made stuff up and some came prepared with things they’d been working on the whole year.  Shout out to them all!
Emcees: Chaz and RJ.
Performers: Cathy, James, Brad, Matt, Tariq, Jordan, Ava, Vincent, Landon, Matthew, Nathan, Will, Ben, Jack, Nick, and Jeff.
Backstage: Simon, Holden, Serena, and Jarrett.
Sound and tech: Steve Kline (for this and all the other shows!).
Production assistants: Mike and Lisa Close, Dan Wiebe, and Mike Toal.

Owning the stage. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Owning the stage.


Sponge balls. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Sponge balls.


Something big is about to happen! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Something big is about to happen!


The coolest thing about the show was that everyone’s performance looked good.  Beginner kids went first so they didn’t have to go after someone who had more experience.  I don’t see any competition between the kids.  The adults want us all to shine. 
Today’s electives were Pulp Friction (with Lee himself!), linking rings, Gravity Half Pass (with Aaron Fisher!), Assistant’s Revenge stage illusion, Miser’s Dream, any card at any number, and Patriotic Ropes. 

Bill Wells and Sheldon Casavant talking coins. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Bill Wells and Sheldon Casavant talking coins.

Patriotic ropes with Phil DaCosta. Photo by James Carey Lauder.




I did the linking rings and was kinda surprised (and disappointed) to learn how they work.  It seems that some of the most wonderful effects are based on simple ideas.  Loran was a great teacher, but I’m going to have to practise a lot more until I feel comfortable doing it in front of anyone!

Rats. Camp swim got rained out.  (I wish I tried the high jump yesterday).  Silver lining: we all piled into the Staff Lounge and had a big impromptu panel with Shawn, Eric, Phil, and Mark.  They do things off the top of their head better than I can do anything I’ve rehearsed a million times.  I wonder how much of it is pure talent and how much of it is hours and hours of practise.

Shawn speaking at the panel. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Shawn speaking at the panel.


To be continued ...


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The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit SorcerersSafari.ca



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* The “Diary of a Sorcerers Safari Newbie” is primarily based on the 2015 camp season.  It is an aggregate of many perspectives, and at times includes events from previous years.

25 June 2016

Catching up with Discourse in Magic

Jonah Babins and Tyler Williams have been steadily producing podcasts since their launch in April.  Have a look at what they've released so far...


From Discourse in Magic:
Welcome to the Discourse in Magic podcast! This is where we tackle magic’s hardest issues, theories, philosophies, discussion, and more to help you explore.  We jump into all sorts of resources and most importantly actionable tips to help better the art and become a killer performer!

  • Episode 11 – How to be a Great Teacher, Mentor and Student of Magic with Aaron Fisher and Adam Grace
    June 16th, 2016
  • Episode 10 – Playing Card Innovation and Economy in the Era of Crowdfunding with Lee Asher June 9th, 2016
  • Episode 9 – Community Month: Introduction Magic Shops, Camps and Friends June 2nd, 2016
  • Episode 8 – Performing Tips for the Working Magician, From Restaurants to Big Illusions with Chris Westfall May 26th, 2016
  • Episode 7 – Ethics and morals for the modern magician with Ben Train May 19th, 2016
  • Episode 6 – Creating a fictional premise with conflicts and twist endings that rock May 12th, 2016
  • Episode 5 – Designing magic for the screen and the stage with Patrick Kun May 5th, 2016
  • Episode 4 – Improv and being open to change with Chris Mayhew April 29th, 2016
  • Episode 3 – Personality, character and connecting with your audience with Eric Leclerc April 27th, 2016
  • Episode 2 – Going viral, the Reddit secret, and Rubik’s cubes with Steven Brundage April 23rd, 2016
  • Episode 1 – Introduction Episode April 20th, 2016

Read more and listen to podcasts.