Dead Man's Deck

Deck of cards by Vanishing Inc
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Card stock: Regular
Card finish: Smooth
Printed by: Expert Playing Card Company
Box seal: Yes
Custom faces: Yes
Includes a blank facer: No
Includes a double-backer: No
Includes matching jokers: Yes


Printed by
Expert Playing Card Company

Smooth
finish

Regular
card stock

Custom faces

When he was shot in the back during a poker game in 1876, iconic Wild Wild West figure Wild Bill Hickok was said to have been holding Aces and Eights. This hand has since been referred to as the Dead Man’s Hand.

Capture your own piece of Wild Bill Hickok’s legendary tales and Wild Wild West gambling lore with the limited edition Dead Man’s Deck of playing cards. These collectable playing cards have been crafted to mirror the one’s used by the storied cowboy on that fateful day with its distressed look and antique-style faces.

However, the true defining characteristic of this deck is the glaring bullet hole shot right through its center. No detail is spared as the Aces and Eights, of course, also feature a distinct blood splatter.

Every Dead Man’s Deck comes with a commemorative musket ball lodged into the scorched bullet hole and is a must-have for any playing card collector.

 
 

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  • 1.

    Rich asks: You show the deck first without the hall and then after he shot it as a whole?

    • 1. Ehrin answers: Grammar
    • 2. David answers: Touche Ehrin... I would add... spell check too!
    • 3. Morris answers: Perhaps English is not this guy's first language, a little grace goes a long way.
    • 4. danny answers: When you're a poor Magician you can always point out someone's spelling and feel better about yourself
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  • 2.

    James asks: Is the musket ball steel, or ? I could see some cool applications with that hole, the ball, and a decent gimmick (like a ring or similar)

    • 1. Ehrin answers: No
    • 2. Michael answers: If the ball is lead or alloy could a steel core not be added for pk effects. I learnt many many years ago a effect with a marble/steel ball if a spectator is asked to cross two of there fingers whilst there eyes are close the magician guides there fingers other the marble/steel ball and the spectator will think/believe he feels two.
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  • 3.

    Eugene asks: Was the bullet that killed Wild Bill actually a musket ball? I thought the gun was a .45 caliber revolver which, of course, did not use musket balls. But maybe you did better research.

    • 1. Andrew answers: According to Wikipedia you are correct. However, I have purchased this deck as a piece of intriguing art to build a story line around for a multiple revelation effect. Might I suggest that if your audience is more concerned with the ballistic accuracy than the cards or your magic then something is awry? ;-D But yes, if you want to make a play with the 'bullet' then there appears to be any amount of fake props available on the internet which will be relatively easy to source. This fascinating deck of cards could be a rare one-off opportunity.
    • 2. Craig answers: A few things about Wild Bill and his murder. He was a Lawman and a gambler, not a cowboy. He was shot from behind in the head, not the back. On that fateful day he wan’t able to get a seat at the game with his back to the wall. Hickok killed by a bullet from a revolver that used a cartridges, not a musket ball. Interestingly enough, the bullet that killed Hickok lodged in the wrist of another player at the table. It remained there until his death and made for an interesting story. The cards are interesting, but I don’t think I’d use the musket ball as part of the story.
    • 3. Andrew answers: Wild Bill.. I portrayed him in Deadwood S.D for a couple of summers... Hickok carried a pair of .36 cal Pearl Handled Navy Colts. As far as McCall's weapon, it was likely he also carried a cap-lock revolver as the newer cartridge weapons were to expensive for an ordinary citizen.. as an old west historian and Re enactor... on last thing.. decks of that era did not have numbers in the corners... only pips on the cards.
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  • 4.

    Roy asks: is there a actual routine or video for this deck i bought??

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Playing Cards responds: This is a deck of cards - not a magic trick.
    • 2. David answers: Yes just a deck... but OHHHH so many many possibilities.
    • 3. Rob answers: Check out Scarne on Card Tricks ... he has a trick recounting the story of Wild Bill and using the dead man's hand. This deck could make that trick a performance piece.
    • 4. Andrew answers: Look into the issue 33 of JINX..it has a routine of Dead Man's Hand.. and about Wild Bill.. I portrayed him in Deadwood S.D for a couple of summers... Hickok carried a pair of .36 cal Pearl Handled Navy Colts. As far as McCall's weapon, it was likely he also carried a cap-lock revolver as the newer cartridge weapons were to expensive for an ordinary citizen.. as an old west historian and Re enactor... on last thing.. decks of that era did not have numbers in the corners... only pips on the cards.
    • 5. Bob answers: The routine in "Scarne" is a no-sleight, watered-down variation of the Henry T. Christ "Jinx" routine (which is on pages 209 and 214). In fact, Scarne recommends not even using the actual "Dead Man's Hand," lest it unsettle the spectators. [??] The original Jinx routine is shorter and stronger, but with an ending inappropriate for the society we live in. When the spectator turns up the cards he's been dealt, revealing the "Dead Man's Hand," Christ recommends firing off a cap gun or small blank pistol to startle the spectators. Nah, I don't think so.
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  • 5.

    Ralph asks: Why does the deck come without a celophane wrapping?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Playing Cards responds: Because the decks are finished by hand and not a machine.
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  • 6.

    Steven asks: Is the hole symmetrically placed? Meaning, will it still line up perfectly if a card in the middle is turned around or flipped over?

    • 1. Tony answers: I'm not sure about that, my Dead Man's Deck is not like that. The hole is not in the center of the card
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  • 7.

    Dale asks: Is there a way to stay on the Vanishing email list, but get OFF of the 'oh look, another 'collectable' (because we printed short on purpose) artsy deck" list?

    • 1. Morris answers: now that's funny
    • 2. Richard answers: Artsy card decks are magic’s “Beanie Baby” fad. Caviat emptor.
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