|(C) David Tubb|
Within the last year or so I have been struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) This comes with many side effects, one being that it is often hard to eat food - the food tastes of nothing much, and because I am extremely tired, it is hard to digest the food and hold my head up whilst trying to consume it. For this reason, I have often resorted to wholemeal toast because it is relatively easy to prepare and eat and, although not the most exciting of things, I like to think of it as a rather safe bet because it is plain and not too stodgy like its white counterpart.
Although I cannot explain the way I feel, I have often read from others affected that it is like having a hangover; not that I know what that is like either, but I suppose it must feel a bit like having M.E. Still, I like to think of myself as a jolly person and so, to cheer myself up while feeling rather awful, I will tend to make a face out of the uneaten toast crusts - uneaten because they are not particularly nice in these lethargic states of mine.
And so I present the photographs of these whimsical faces. Most are happy and some are sad, but all of them are rather amusing and I certainly enjoy looking at them; I am proud of myself for being a person who constructs such sturdy bases of joviality on grounds that are certainly not without their instabilities.
Faces are in order from February to October 2013.
This deck is part of a trilogy: "three skills every great showman must posses - Style, Confidence and Mystery." This, for me, was the only one of the three worth having because the other two did not seem quite right. The Style Deck, for example, has the rather ugly company logo on the back design, which rather subtracts from the style in my view. Presumably I am not attracted to them because I do not posses Style (elbow-patched jacket) or Confidence (sitting indoors with elbow-patched jacket.)
The back design here is pure black, which is simple yet clever because it really does make you want to know what the mystery is; what is on the other side of these cards, hmm? The deck is printed on Aristocrat Stock which differs to Bicycle stock in a way that I can only describe as more slippery. I also think that Aristocrat lasts a bit longer with handling than the normal stock, but that might just be me. Essentially, Aristocract = more dropable.
I like the Pips on the number cards, but they would be better if they had some variation in texture; repeated textures show up badly on cards with lots of pips like 7s 8s and 9s. The Jokers are also a little ugly - they have the company logo on, and the name "Bedecieved" hidden in the graphic, which is a little eye-mangling, I think.
The Court Cards are lovely, the idea to have the faces removed adds to the whole Mystery feel, and the graphic style is rather nice. The only drawback to these is the rather tight boarder around the pictures. I think this stifles the elegance of the deck a little, and appears to me as a little ironic because it is essentially confining the mystery. Normally Court Cards do have boarders, but here it does not work.
Overall, a very nice deck, just held back a little by its unmysterious elements.
Scores 4 out of 5
David Tubb is a writer with an interest in cryptography, psychology and magic.