After months and months of research, sketching, reading, designing, researching, redesigning, more reading, and re-redesigning, we are proud to finally LEGACY OF LEGERDEMAIN, a premium deck of playing cards conceived and designed by our own graphic wizard and resident card magic enthusiast, Mike Davis!
This is a huge project, and we are asking for your help to bring it to life. We just cut the ribbon on our Kickstarter campaign for these cards, giving you the chance to be among the first folks to support this project and claim a deck or two or twelve for yourself and your friends!
The design of the cards is inspired both by the funky Art Deco geometry of late '70s / early '80s hip hop party flyers as well as the history of card magic. The court cards are filled with allusions to books, sleights, and routines dating back over 100 years, all done up in Mike's signature vector illustration style.
The cards will be expertly produced by The United States Playing Card Co in Erlanger, KY using their buttery soft Thin Crushed™ stock, ideal for magicians and cardists, but also perfect for family game nights and casual card players. For over 130 years, The U.S.P.C.C. has been the #1 name in playing cards, responsible for household name brands such as Bicycle, Bee, Tally-Ho, and countless others. The tuck cases will be letterpress printed with metallic ink by our colleagues just down the road in Saint Paul, none other than Studio On Fire!
Over the past few years, Mike has been diving deep into the world of card conjuring. After wearing out a handful of beginner tricks, he picked up some classic books and built up an arsenal of sleights and routines. Earlier this year, he started his semi-regular virtual show Sleight Night, streaming on Twitch. The show features interactive online card magic plus guest performances from actual pro magicians such as Minneapolis' own Christopher Leuck and Noah Sonie.
CLICK HERE to view the Kickstarter campaign and see some of the great rewards including the cards themselves, a limited edition zine, screenprinted art prints (you knew that was coming!), custom illustrated portraits, and live virtual card magic performances and DJ sets from Mike himself!
We had the distinct honor of designing an official poster for UFC's Fight Island, happening throughout the month of July 2020 on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island. Our own Mike Davis and Wes Winship created a fantasy island filled with beach fun and UFC personalities enjoying the sunshine and getting into assorted tropical hijinx. We enlisted the help of our talented friend Bird Peterson to help us knock out the illustration work.
UFC CEO Dana White takes flight.
Megan Olivi interviews Alex "The Mauler" Gustafsson
Bruce Buffer introduces Kamaru Usman (with Cutman Wes Winship in his corner) squaring off against Jorge Masdival with Red Dela Cruz below.
Jack Hermansson, Ariane "Violence Queen" Lipski, and Calvin Kattar chillin' on the beach.
Amanda Ribas enjoying a dolphin ride
Frankie Edgar digging for gold.
Mike Davis looking on as Alex Oliveira goes for a camel ride.