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Hello Mental folks, I am starting this post to tell you of the Gnostic Deck and some related designs I am putting on the market soon. The Gnostic deck will be a playing card deck specifically designed for mentalists. I have been working on this for many moons, and it is almost complete. I should be printed around Chinese new year... Below is an image of the back desing to wet your appitite...

Also, I have designed a shirt with the imagery from the joker. See the link below. there are other Mentalism related images at my t-shirt shop, so enjoy a quick browse. Looking forward to having a deck out there for the menatlism community..

Best, Stuart!

http://curiosity.spreadshirt.com/abraxas....../color/2
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Hmm, going to have to try and post that image again...stay tuned...
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Link Works for me
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Ok buddy. . . as someone that studies gnosticism I'm trying to figure out how this is a gnostic design. . .

Ok. . . busting your chops a bit. . . not all gnostics were Gnostic-Christian, but this kind of smells more like Abramelin. . . (a.k.a. a magickle water-melon)

As always, great & cunning concept can't wait to see it.
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The image on the shirt is just the Joker. Abraxas as a rooster headed snake tailed god of gods and ruler of 365 is based on the images from Abraxas stones. I added the suits and the checker patterns as the God Abraxas is much akin to ying and yang in his dualism between light and dark, and as it is a joker in a deck of cards the suits are relevant. As above so below. I know little of Abramelin and have yet to study his book. I added the abracadabra triangle as I like the idea that the term makes some reference to Abraxas. The deck back design and box have a lot of symbology, but it is more designed to be of use in our art than it is to be a firm representation of Gnostic symbology.

I am curious though, what imagery would you find most important for Gnosticism?
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Id love to hear more about the cards. Is it a standard deck other than joker? Are the face cards somehow "gnosticky"?
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Ok. . . busting your chops a bit. . . not all gnostics were Gnostic-Christian, but this kind of smells more like Abramelin. . . (a.k.a. a magickle water-melon)

As always, great & cunning concept can't wait to see it.


What's wrong with good ol Abramelin the Mage?
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Hmmm. Interesting. What would be a proper book to learn more about this subject?
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This is one of my favorite books on the subject:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/8299824......i=507846
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The faces of the cards will be standard except for the ace and jokers. There will be many special hidden things however. I'm keeping the faces standard so that they will work with regular double faders and such,
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*double facers
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Ok. . . busting your chops a bit. . . not all gnostics were Gnostic-Christian, but this kind of smells more like Abramelin. . . (a.k.a. a magickle water-melon)

As always, great & cunning concept can't wait to see it.


What's wrong with good ol Abramelin the Mage?
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The Gnostic deck went out for printing today. This new specialty printed deck will be available for purchase around the end of February 2014.

The Gnostic deck uses imagery hand drawn, painted and designed by Stuart Palm based on imagery from his research into Gnostic and alchemical imagery. The Joker and Ace of spades images have also been individually drawn representing gods from Gnostic mythology.

The Legends Playing Card Co. has proven to create the highest quality playing cards in paper quality, inks and finish. Their first deck The Legends deck, already raised the bar on paper quality, and they have only improved their process since then. All the ink colours in this photo are approximations of the printing colors.

The box will be printed on black mat paper with a gold foil interior. The box inks are all foil pressed metallic gold, rose gold, metallic blue, and white. The two-tone gold/red and rose-gold/black cards are Pantone® spot colored using metallic gold inks. (The blue back card will be a darker blue tone than shown here.)

We look forward to providing this deck for all those with a passion for quality playing cards and an interest in exploring hidden knowledge.
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Image...
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Image...trying again...
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Alright, couldn't get the attachement to work on this even at 54k... find images at this link:

http://stuartpalm.com/blog/2014/1/21/the-gnostic-deck.html
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Are these cards m****d in any way?
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Lol Chaz, that's the most unsubtle attempt at hiding something I have seen in a while. I designed the deck especially for mystery entertainers. I'm going to release an ebook that describes all the symbolism in the designs and how to use them to enhance readings and add special moments to a presentation involving cards. This is not the place to describe what that entails. So look for that at the end of February.
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Have you been reading " untitled" an internet marketing publication that teaches how to flog people tee shirts online.

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On 2014-01-21 13:04, StuartPalm wrote:
Lol Chaz, that's the most unsubtle attempt at hiding something I have seen in a while. I designed the deck especially for mystery entertainers. I'm going to release an ebook that describes all the symbolism in the designs and how to use them to enhance readings and add special moments to a presentation involving cards. This is not the place to describe what that entails. So look for that at the end of February.


I wasn't asking about the symbolism. I was asking about a feature of the deck and if it would be usable for my means. As far as the unsubtle hiding of something goes, it's common practice here to use the asterix in lieu of letters when dealing with certain phrases.

PM me if you don't want to answer here. Although if I read between the lines correctly I think I have the answer.
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