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magiciandex
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Where did cards originally come from? I have always wanted to know this question.
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Here is an interesting site about it:
http://i-p-c-s.org/history.html
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There's a large section in Greater Magic about this.
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It's been said that the ancient Egyptians created a primitive form of playing cards and then the arabs made the current deck in the 13th century.
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Cards came from paper, which ultimately came from trees. However, cards don't grow on trees.
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On 2006-07-08 01:29, Bill Palmer wrote:
However, cards don't grow on trees.
Except for the "Tree of Diamonds" Smile sorry I couldn't help it!
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On 2005-09-05 05:01, magicarisimon wrote:
It's been said that the ancient Egyptians created a primitive form ...


It's also been researched extensively. There are some good links to sites on the Café.

If you mean playing cards (for amusement) that's one thing.

Others have used cards as oracles.
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Here are some sources if you are interested in doing some research on your question. Happy reading!

Benham, W. Gurney – Playing Cards History of the Pack and Explanations of its Many Secrets. London & Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, 1931. Has been reprinted.

Horr, Norton T. – A Bibliography of Card-Games and of the History of Playing-Cards. Cleveland, Ohio, Charles Orr, 1892. Alas, only 250 copies were produced. A scarce bird...

[Anon] – Old Familiar Faces A Fifteen Minute Talk on Some Highlights in the History of Playing Cards. [New York], [Association of American Playing Card Manufacturers], nd [ca. 1955]. A typescript lecture, rather obscure but a nice short introduction to playing card history.

Taylor, Rev. Ed. S. (ed.) – The History of Playing Cards, with Anecdotes of Their Use in Conjuring, Fortune-Telling, and Card-Sharping. London, John Camden Hotten, 1865. Has been reprinted.
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To the best of my knowledge, playing cards originated in China during the T'ang Dynasty, over 1000 years ago. It is believed that the cards were used as money, in that they were used both as the tools for the game as well as the stakes being played for. They are called p'ai, which refers to both cards and dominos. These early cards have since evolved into the playing cards we use today, as well as the tiles used for dominos and games like Mahjong.

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There's a bit of information about the history of playing cards in volume one of Card College.
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Interesting facts on cards...found in "the devils handbook". Author printed his own and sold himself...I bout a few from him...GREAT stuff for bizarre explanations or just interesting things to add to routining on cards.
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On 2005-09-05 05:01, magicarisimon wrote:
It's been said that the ancient Egyptians created a primitive form of playing cards and then the arabs made the current deck in the 13th century.


It's also been said that elephants can fly, but without any reference the data is meaningless. As the editor of a magazine, Ari, you should know that "it's been said" is B.S.
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On 2006-07-08 01:29, Bill Palmer wrote:
Cards came from paper, which ultimately came from trees. However, cards don't grow on trees.


Wood pulp paper wasn't invented until the mid Nineteenth Century so early playing couldn't have been made from this material. Pre-Industrial Age Paper was generally made from Linen and this no doubt is what most mass produced playng cards were printed on.
Linen not Trees.

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On 2006-07-08 01:29, Bill Palmer wrote:
Cards came from paper, which ultimately came from trees. However, cards don't grow on trees.


...which I keep telling my kids when they get into my stash of cards!!
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On 2008-01-24 16:09, Payne wrote:
Wood pulp paper wasn't invented until the mid Nineteenth Century so early playing couldn't have been made from this material. Pre-Industrial Age Paper was generally made from Linen and this no doubt is what most mass produced playng cards were printed on.
Linen not Trees.

It's important to get your Flax right Smile


Sounds like pulp fiction to me...
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On 2008-01-26 18:08, rickmagic1 wrote:

Sounds like pulp fiction to me...



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