Playing cards manufactured around the world are very popular with collectors as they are very much part of the history of printing and lithography, and often depict historical events, social trends and advertising for the common products of the era. Here you willl find an international array of cards to choose from.
Shade Directed by: Damian Nieman
release date: March 2004
Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting that results in their pursuit by a vengeful gangster.
These are two screen shots from the movie SHADE. Jamie Foxx (left) plays the character Larry Jennings; Gabriel Byrne (right) plays the character Charlie Miller and Stuart Townsend (middle) plays the Vernon character.
Above, Stuart Townsend is performing my ace production The Ripper. R. Paul Wilson, second unit director of Shade, called me several weeks prior to the filming of Shade. He asked my permission to teach Stuart Townsend several of my card effects for the movie. “...because they are beautifully visual, easy to learn, and perfect for film and television.” said R. Paul Wilson when asked why he chose my material for this movie. My only request for allowing the filmmakers to use my magic was, when I was in Los Angeles, I wanted to watch the outtakes from the day of filming. R. Paul Wilson made it happen -- at the director's house (Damien Nieman). It was very cool to watch movie star Stuart Townsend perform my magic over and over until it was perfect. Thank you R. Paul Wilson.
Thanks to Dan and Dave BuckThe Ripper also appeared in Smokin' Aces, this time performed by television superstar Jeremy Piven.
Smokin' Aces Directed by: Joe Carnahan
release date: January 2007
A dying mob boss takes out a $1 million contract on the life of his former protégé, a Vegas magician turned gangster who has agreed to testify against the mob. The FBI attempts to protect their key witness as an array of hit men and women descend on Lake Tahoe in a race to take the magician out.
Lee Asher develops original sleight of hand magic based on his lifetime experience as a magician.
He looks at the art of magic from a real-world perspective and approaches it with skills, very few posses. His site provides free tips, quality information about card magic, plus paid tutorials on his authentic material designed for rising magicians and hobbyists alike.
During the past decade, Lee has taught his style of magic to other magicians worldwide.Lee Asher's raw visual style of magic is easily recognized and universally acknowledged as among the best.Read More >>