Sunday, September 2, 2018

Playing Card Collection Videos

I updated the topsy turvy section of my joker playing card collection today.
I made a video. Obviously, there's a lot of room for improvement in my scripting, filming, and general production values.

If you would like a better look at my topsy turvies, click thru to the topsy turvy joker section of the joker collection.  Or, come visit Ft Lauderdale for a private viewing!

  I made this next video a few years ago in response to a video by an Italian magician who is listed as having the world's largest joker collection.


Here is a third joker video, circa 2017.  It highlights the section of the joker collection which has only headshots or upper body images of jokers.

And an updated joker from Sept 2018 also focusing on jokers which only show the head or upper body of the jester:


 And I'd recommend clicking through to see a full post on jokers with jester heads or upper bodies.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Betty Boop Joker

I just bought a nice Betty Boop joker. Here she is, front and back, what a doll!  And a youngster, printed in 1993.

Betty Boop Joker
Betty Boop Joker

Betty Boop Joker Backside
Betty Boop Joker Backside

But I am all tied up in knots trying to figure out where she should go.  

On one hand, there is a cool old moon joker that I have in the Congress section of my collection. Why is the Moon Fairy joker in the Congress section. This Moon Fairy joker was the joker on one of the first Congress decks that USPC published, in 1895. Betty looks great next to the Moon Fairy and they are both classy ladies from yesterday who go together well. (I'm not sure that this is an original Moon Fairy although it does seem to match example from Hoffman on page 87.)

On the other hand, Betty Boop is clearly a cartoon character and maybe she would be happier in the cartoon character section of the joker collection, next to other simply drawn characters.  Pooh of course will have to be moved to another page where his style would be a better fit.

A third choice is to recognize that Betty Boop is a sitting joker. I have a large section of sitting jokers including a whole page of jokers with people sitting on crescent moons. Is that where Betty Boop would be happiest?

Lastly, Betty Boop is undeniably a looker and more than a little proud of her curves and charms.  Maybe, she belongs with the other great pinups girls from the erotica joker section?

Update 8-18-18  8:18pm

I just realized that in my section of the pretty pinup ladies, there is another Betty Boop Joker! Here she is:

Betty Boop Joker
Betty Boop Joker 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Jesters Dancing

My jester section grew so large that I've had to make increasingly fine segments to keep the size of the sections manageable. There was a time when separating out just the jester heads and the seated jokers were enough. Now I have separate sections for jesters that are standing, performing (but not juggling), juggling, and dancing.

This is the jester dancing section! There are 103 different dancers. The key to identifying a dancing joker is that their feet are not flatly planted on the ground, that's how I can tell that they are dancing!  In this article, I'll show a sample of the dancers one-by-one and then I'll have a catalog in groups of 9 of all that are categorized as dancers.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jokers Featuring Playing Cards

Admittedly, all joker playing cards have something to do with cards. By definition.  But I have discerned, or determined, that there is a category of playing card jokers which feature cards and I have made this a section in my collection.

 I'll start by showing three imps playing cards.

 And since these are historic jokers (but not from 1896), I'll show his back also.

This next lady is showing her petticoats which seems to be almost all hearts but there are some diamonds.  No spades or clubs  (meaning no farmers or violence) under her skirt! Just lots of  love and a maybe a few gems.

 This next joker features a dandy astride the Earth with cards behind him.  A world class gambler?

This next lady is more of a critter since she has 6 arms and a pair of legs. Not to mention a very sharp stingy nose.  

Now there's a nice poker hand.

 I've built houses out of cards before but to be honest, never have I constructed more than three levels. This eight level card tower would be an amazing achievement! (Or use scotch tape!)
eight level card tower
An eight level card tower

And here are the jokers about playing cards, all together.

The one in the bottom left of the nine above raises a question about line between categories of jokers.  For instance, how do I know that he is a CARD JOKER and not a JUGGLER or PERFORMER? Great question, I'll explain it down below.

I admit that I am sometimes a little troubled by the line between some categories of jokers. For instance, are there some jokers from the Joker Juggling section which belong in this Card section? Great question.   ie
Juggling or Card Section?

Also, there are some jokers from the Joker Performing section that could be confused as belong here too in the CARD section.   This one for instance is performing a magic trick. Should he be in the performing or card section?
Performing or Card Section?

So much to think about. Anyone have any thoughts on joker taxonomy to help move me along?

And here is the answer to questions about the line between jokers classified as Card Jokers, Juggling Jokers, Mirrored Jokers, and Performing Jokers? 

1. If a joker is mirrored, it goes in the TopsyTurvy section regardless of the theme (animals, jesters, jugglers, whatever). 

2. The jokers go into the card section (this section) if the cards are the most important graphical element (not the person) and there are only a few cards or pips. 

3. They are  jugglers if they are actually juggling or if there is a large or magical number of cards or pips in the air. Pips pouring out of thin air go into the juggline section.

4. The performers have the character and performance as the most important graphic element, the cards (if there are any) are secondary. 

These are the natural laws for the joker taxonomy that I am revealing. The canonical laws. (It's not a set of arbitrary rules that only I understand or care about.)