• I have to thank my client for this wonderful assignment:) The task was to make a magick deck, which would have animation on the back design when flipped. This would be a "hidden feature" in the deck as the animation would only work when the cards were placed a certain order. I put together 13 back illustrations with slight alterations for the animation effect.
    We chose antique circus as a theme. So, the mechanics here is:
    The cyclist guy (center) rotates the pedals of his bike ->
    The wheels get moving the grotesque heads, which have cogs for eyes and ->
    Move the wheels of the trick trolley that has two halves of the 'sawed woman' ->
    The 'halves' move in opposite directions and get 'swallowed' almost completely ->
    As there opens more space between them, a trick orange blossom tree grows from the hat of the cyclist in the center (allusion to the famous Orange Tree act by Robert-Houdin).
     

    The animation goes like this:
  • Draft
  • Draft ideas for the Ace of spades were the  Fabulous Chess Automaton player and a Ventriloquist with two dolls. The Chess player looked better in composition.
  • Drafts for joker.
  • Box cover art
  • Final product:
    You can see the animation in action at the end of the reel.
    Video anf photo by Brad Fulton.
  • Fantastique Playing Cards, signed deck / $25.00
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