The history of the Playing Card

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Postby Tabman » 09/19/10 01:58 PM

On History Channel 2 right now. It's almost over but Im sure they'll run it again.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/19/10 04:33 PM

tabby that's great for folks who notice when you posted - though not so great for folks who come across this later on. It's like posting: "wow- outside we just had deer and turkeys. I'm sure they are not going too far. And cool... the geese are holding their territory."

In general folks - how about listing items of interest via links to TVGuide.com or similar so we can search them out in ADVANCE with proper name of program, producer etc. Not to be a complete grouch here, nor aiming this at Tabby personally (we have PM's for that) ;) But imagine how this kind of post looks years from now when it comes up on a search.

Thanks - I'd like the best chances to figure out what the show is and catch a repeat.
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Postby Tabman » 09/19/10 09:17 PM

I came across the show and thought somebody else might enjoy watching it. It would be easy enough to suss out when it will be on again. I thought it was worth mentioning.

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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/19/10 09:21 PM

I'm pretty sure the geese will be across the street tomorrow. Not sure about the turkeys or the tv show.

Was this the show in question?
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Postby Tabman » 09/19/10 09:46 PM

Yep, that looks like it. Thanks for the link.
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Postby Joe Pecore » 09/19/10 09:59 PM

Share your knowledge on the MagicPedia wiki.
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Postby Joe Pecore » 09/19/10 10:13 PM

FYI. The credits at the end say that the magician doing the tricks and flourishes throughout the documentary was Rob James.
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Postby Tom Frame » 09/20/10 11:44 AM

As a sidebar to this discussion, I must heartily recommend James McManus's book, Cowboys Full. While the book focuses on the historical development of Poker, McManus devotes a bit of his time to the development of playing cards.

In the chapter "A Shivering Shaman and the Concubines of Invention", the author, citing the research of anthropologist Stewart Culin, makes a compelling argument for why playing cards needed to be created. Oooh, this is scrumptious food for thought.
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