Wesley Robb shares his collection of playing cards
After graduating from the College of Magic, I started a high pressure career in the hospitality industry and didn’t pick up a pack of cards or even think about magic for about 17 years,” reveals Wesley Robb. “Then about two years ago when my stress levels were at an all-time high, I discovered cardistry, the amazing art of f lourishing or shuff ling cards. I took out an old deck and started playing around and, just like magic, my stress disappeared.
“Each pack or deck of cards feels different to me,” he says. “When you’re using a deck for magic or cardistry, you need to break it in so it becomes unique to the user. The cards soften up where you grasp or apply pressure the most. The surfaces also get more grip in areas,” Wesley explains.
And why does Wesley prefer certain decks over others? “My older cards are my favourites because they feel as comfortable as a well-worn pair of jeans or takkies. I also love collecting Theory11 and Cartamundi cards for their exceptional quality and I’m always on the lookout for exciting new designs. At the moment, I’m loving Orbit’s funky space explorer-themed cards by magician Chris Brown.”
So excited is Wesley about cards that he now has his own personalised deck of cards. “This year I produced my own with the financial help of a crowdfunding website. I hope they’ll bring smiles to peoples’ faces for many years to come.”
FROM OPPOSITE PAGE: 1 Bicycle Elemental Fire playing cards.2 Bicycle Eco Edition made from recycled paper and vegetablebased inks. 3 Calaveras de Azúcar Blue Edition Playing Cards Printed by United States Playing Card Company.4 ‘Drifters’ by Art of Play, the company created by top cardists Dan and Dave from San Diego. 5 Wesley’s personalised deck ‘Jintos & Jokers’.