The Hobbs Deck

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The Hobbs Deck A-Z

An English teacher in the U.K. first developed the concept of paper flash cards in the mid 19th century. The Hobbs deck is a "turn of the century era" child's alphabet deck.

Odd thing about the Victorian age, they treated children as if they were small adults. They didn't hide the bad things in the world, frankly there were awful things going on.

So the children were a bit more "hardened" a bit more "aware" of the realities of life around them.

This is reflected by the iconic images in the Hobbs Deck. Images that almost tell the story of the era. A little peek through a keyhole into the past.

Use them as you will. Although it has been said that cards of this nature have been used in the past to communicate with Spirits...

This deck is printed on heavy 220 pound card stock. (Dark Dawn stock)

The cards are hand sanded, hand aged and ink edged. Each set of cards is uniquely aged and no two are alike.

The backs are marked with an easy to read system (It's the letter of the card!)

They come in an aged cardboard box with a label

There is a Hobbs Deck .pdf included

printed by Trinity Press Hell's Kitchen, N.Y.

In stock now 7/17/17

S.Sieler IBM Ring 216 SAM 94 McBride Mystery School I use, and collect, cards that have letters (e.g., A-Z) instead of numbers or card values/suits. The new Hobbs Deck (or "Victorian Alphabet Deck") is a great alphabet deck ... and a beautiful one!

Decks like this have to be reviewed on at least two levels: form, and function.

Form hits you first when you see the box, so I'll discuss it first.

The Hobbs Deck comes in an aged cardboard box, looking for all the world like you found it in a high-end antique shop. Inside the box is a beautiful deck of Children's Alphabet cards from 1909.
There are 26 hand aged cards, each with a wonderful drawing that looks like it was done by a Victorian artist. Each has a different capital letter, along with an illustration of something beginning with that letter (e.g., "H" has a hand, "I" has an insect).

I called them beautiful ... my wife calls them gorgeous.

As for function ... the cards are marked. The markings are easy see, and have (so far) proved invisible to the audience.
The cards are also one-way, but not as obviously as in many alphabet decks.
They are taller than normal playing cards, similar to many Tarot cards.
They are on very heavy card stock
Overhand shuffles are easy ... I didn't try a riffle shuffle because that wouldn't feel or look appropriate for these cards.

Interesting possibilities beyond the obvious ...

The cards fall into some useful groupings that a thoughtful mentalist might want to take advantage of (this isn't in the notes from Outlaw Effects yet, BTW!)

About half of the cards are man-made objects, and half are nature-made. About half of the cards represent something edible, and the other half something inedible. (Some of the cards might be hard to quantify, like the Insect card)

But, those concepts mean that you can (if desired) ask questions and appear to be thinking about their meaning on the way to divining what card your participant has!

For example, to help make the method more distant, you could ask a participant to just *think* of the answers to questions like: is it edible, is it man-made, does it come in more than one color, etc., and then claim to read their micro-reactions.

In short, this work of art is a wonderful deck of cards that I intend to use for many years.

OzThis is some of your company's best work Rick. Really lovely on every level. The size and thickness...perfect. The weight...perfect. The box...perfect.