In 2018 Peter Turner and Phill Smith created the ‘Resurrected Deck’. The Resurrected Deck launched at Blackpool Magic Convention and was hugely popular, selling out almost instantly. Since then, the resurrected deck has become one of the most sort after decks for both Mentalists and Magicians alike, due to its mysterious design and deadly inbuilt secrets. Being almost impossible to get hold of now, I didn’t want to see this amazing deck disappear into the abyss. So I purchased the rights to the art work and set out to create a newer version the ‘Resurrected V2’ which sits more in line with Peter’s original vision.
The Resurrected deck resembles the look of a Ouija Board whilst retaining the overall feel of a deck of cards. This gives the design a mystical and mysterious look and allows the deck to be used by magicians and mentalists alike. Its esoteric design allows the deck to be convincingly used for giving readings or in mentalism style routines without the fear of looking like a deck used for performing magic tricks. That said, this design is perfect for magicians also as the deck design practically does most of the work for you, allowing you to focus on a smooth performance.
This is not like a regular run of the mill deck design. Leave these sitting on a table and we can guarantee that the power of thendesign alone will get people talking and is perfect as an ‘in’ to move into showing people some of the things that you can do.
After purchasing the rights to the artwork, I received several folders containing Peter Turner’s hand drawn concepts and notes dating all the way back to 2013. In these notes (addressed to the graphic designer) he stated, “whilst custom face cards are interesting for magicians to look at, they’re distracting and create suspicion for an audience – rendering the deck (most of the time unusable) especially in mentalism”.
Trying to stay true to Turner’s original vision I adapted several of the original philosophies into my re-design which resulted in amazing custom, yet subtle face designs that fit in line with the feel of the deck, but don’t seem out of the ordinary to an audience.
These can be seen below. I also opted for a deeper, rich red and soulful black which really sets off the tone of the design.
Each Ace has a unique, custom hand drawn pip in the centre, the Ace of Spades also has a hidden playing card imbedded into the design that allows for several types of effects ranging from psychological influence to fun interesting card magic with a twist.
CUSTOM UTILITY CARDS
After extensive research I found that 90% of magicians (and mentalists) don’t actually use the jokers provided with a regular deck of cards. I wanted each and every card in this deck to serve a purpose, meaning you are getting the most out of your deck. The utility cards I have designed and provided in place of the Jokers fit perfectly in line with the theme of the deck but also open up the possibility of using the cards to perform many different type of effects. These utility cards will allow you to guess randomly thought of cards or pieces of information that the spectator never writes down, says out loud or even knows that you know! The cards are also clearly marked so you can know with 100% accuracy at a glance which one of these cards the spectator is holding at any given time. If you purchase a brick or more of ‘Resurrected V2’ you will get special unrestricted accessto video tutorials of my uses for these utility cards. Also provided in the deck is a blank faced card, which can also be used for a number of effects or a billet (if in a pinch) and in the aforementioned video tutorials I will also share my use of this card.
THE MARKING SYSTEM
The Resurrected V2 boasts an intuitive and simple set of marking systems (multiple) that are easy to read and once you know the secrets will be impossible to miss. The real beauty of this set of marking systems is that they will be completely undetectable to your audience – Even if the deck is in their hands! This means you can perform guilt free, without the worry that is carried with other marking systems.
All New Stock
This is one of the major advancements over the original ‘Resurrected’ deck. The most important aspect as a magician/mentalist myself is to have cards that I can rely on in the heat of the moment. After speaking to countless other magicians and mentalists about the original Resurrected deck, each person said the design of the cards were amongst the best they had seen and the only thing that they would change about the deck is the stock. Being an owner of the original deck myself, I felt that was justified feedback. After creating a poll, it was voted that the most popular, durable and slick stock is Cartamundi’s True linen B9 finish (it won by a landslide). After listening to you the people, the beautiful Ressurected design is available on that very stock.