The Cardsharp

The Cardsharp

All’s fair in love and war…

or is it?

A sleight of hand, a little false shuffle; is he none the wiser or has he been aware the whole time?
It seems that R.L Stevenson was right in saying that “life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well” and whether you have an ace or not, it depends on the way you play as to your result.
 
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“One of the world’s most popular entertainments is a deck of cards, which contains thirteen each of four suits, highlighted by kings, queens and jacks, who are possibly the queen’s younger, more attractive boyfriends…” Lemony Snicket

 
There is an art, an atmosphere to a deck of cards laid out between two people. Conversation seems to swing back and forth as a pendulum does, magically becoming suspended in moments of deep concentration… Which card shall I play next?
I rather like to be playful when it comes to cards, I cannot take it too seriously which is perhaps why I seem to go through playing partners. They don’t always see the ace of cards hidden in my hat as a playful move, but rather a cardsharp one. Nonetheless – it makes for a grand shriek of laughter and a game of 52 pick-up in the end!

The cards we are dealt mustn’t always be taken so seriously. It is a game.
The game as a metaphor for life, I shall repeat myself: we cannot take it too seriously. We are given cards, we play them. We may be playful or deceitful. The result depends from where you are coming from; a place of joy or contempt. Choose.
 
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We show our metaphorical cards at the right time, yet doesn’t it feel some people already know what is in your hand? There are always some we keep to ourselves, a secret ace for example. However too lay out ones cards is to bare the soul. To become vulnerable. To release all that you are and become comfortably naked in a defining moment of transparent connection. It is an act of courage to show ones cards to those playing partners in life whom deserve to see them and you, theirs.
 

Show your hand!
Show your hand!

 
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The moment comes when the ace is revealed. Well, it is all fun and games till the champagne runs out and someone hides an ace…
From where was my motivation? To deceive, or to be playful. Of course the latter! Let us play on!
 
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It is essential that we know the difference between deceit and playfulness. That we walk the line with good intentions and warmth. This little game that we are playing, we know the rules – yes. But as they say; know them so you can break them. Know them so the seriousness can be dissolved and rambunctious sillyness can continue!
 
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Playing cards with someone of such caliber that is Dandy Wellington, the dandy of New York city, one has to employ their cardsharp abilities. Inspired by the Caravaggio painting: Cardsharps, 1594 our inspiration came to life by Art Director Kristy Johnson and Photographer Joseph Cassar.

Read more about Caravaggio’s Cardsharps in this divine book by Helen Langdon: Caravaggio’s Cardsharps: Trickery and Illusion

Look out for part 2 of our Collaboration with Dandy Wellington!

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