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Memento Mori Playing Cards

(Based on 1 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: Trick
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.

Product Description

Memento Mori - "Remember your mortality"

Stemming from the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, it has been a ubiquitous part of human culture for centuries. From the philosophical to the artistic, the fascination, fear and appreciation of death has consistently captivated and cultivated our imagination. Many practitioners of this theory kept with them, artifacts or keepsakes which served as a reminder that the only thing certain in life, was death. Many of these items were often objects (watches, necklaces) in the shape of skulls.

The low-poly design represents a simplistic one. The bare "bones" of 3D creation and graphic art, the first steps of animation can be interpreted as the beginning of 'virtual' life.

Many historians believe that playing cards represented a deeper, esoteric meaning, that each suit was one of the four seasons. Each card within a suit was one of the thirteen phases of the moon. The fifty-two cards in a deck would represent the fifty-two weeks of the year and together, this would represent just one year of your life.

A constant reminder of our fleeting time on earth.

"This deck is my Memento Mori." - Chris Ramsay
Date Added: May 6th, 2016
MLA SKU: 572c40f77f988


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Official Review

December 12th, 2016 12:10am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
This deck is rather pleasing to look at and is quite plain in its composition, but the design is far from simple, yet it is not. Does that sound philosophical enough for you?

The best way that I can think to describe the box is mostly white with part of the back design of the cards printed in color on one edge of the case and wrapping around the long side with embossing to highlight it. Upon opening the flap you see the words Memento Mori printed on it (on the portion that would normally touch the seal). The deck has no seal. The only other things printed on the box are on the bottom, which has a triangle with an eye in the middle and three pear-shaped teardrops under it, the Murphy's logo and the manufacturer information, which is the USPCC.

The cards are white with a very thin border on the back. The lines that make the border are dark in the index corners and along the short and long edges but fade away into the non-index corners. The best way to describe the design on the... [Read More]

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