The Wonder Pack of The Universe

You don't need skill, talent, brains or ability to check out my collection of vintage Svengali decks. These playing cards are trick decks, mechanical decks - they walk, talk, snort, jump through a hoop and do a tap dance on the table - watch as I demonstrate.
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Magician and Svengali pitchman Joe Stuthard.

Magician and Svengali pitchman Joe Stuthard.

Magician and Svengali pitchman Joe Stuthard in Australia in 1965.

Magician and Svengali pitchman Joe Stuthard in Australia in 1965.

Sharp design on a Sherms Svengali deck, from Robert Sherman's magic factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Sharp design on a Sherms Svengali deck, from Robert Sherman's magic factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Magician and Svengali pitchman Joe Stuthard in Australia in 1965.

Magician and Svengali pitchman Joe Stuthard in Australia in 1965.

Joe Stuthard, The Canadian Funatic, published this booklet in the early 50's.

Joe Stuthard, The Canadian Funatic, published this booklet in the early 50's.

An interesting approach to the Svengali deck. This package from Joe Stuthard puts the buyer in the position of having to collate the cards themselves. This wrapper is exceedingly rare, in that almost all of them were thrown away after the buyer had put their deck together. This was found with a matching regular deck and a copy of Stuthard's Svengali booklet.

An interesting approach to the Svengali deck. This package from Joe Stuthard puts the buyer in the position of having to collate the cards themselves. This wrapper is exceedingly rare, in that almost all of them were thrown away after the buyer had put their deck together. This was found with a matching regular deck and a copy of Stuthard's Svengali booklet.

A couple of different Svengali decks were pitched during the course of the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940. This example is a bit understated, another version features color images of the Trylon and Perisphere on both the box and the card backs.

A couple of different Svengali decks were pitched during the course of the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940. This example is a bit understated, another version features color images of the Trylon and Perisphere on both the box and the card backs.

Detail of the art on the sides of ten Svengali decks.

Detail of the art on the sides of ten Svengali decks.

The Svengali Pitchman's Handbook.

The Svengali Pitchman's Handbook.

This Svengali deck is a Liberty Bell whist deck, released by the Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago. The tax stamp was in use from 1929 to 1940. Someone has written a letter and a number on the back of the box in pencil; it points out the key card. It handles well for being a least 70 years old.

This Svengali deck is a Liberty Bell whist deck, released by the Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago. The tax stamp was in use from 1929 to 1940. Someone has written a letter and a number on the back of the box in pencil; it points out the key card. It handles well for being a least 70 years old.

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