COL­LECT­ING WITH…

Wes­ley Robb shares his col­lec­tion of play­ing cards

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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’.

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