In the 12 decades we’ve been performing, we have always used cards. For the first part of our career, when we were young and impetuous (assuming impetuous means what we think it means), and we are reluctant to admit this but know we are among friends, we even used bridge dimensioned decks with borders and kitties. We don’t mean that the cards had borders or kitties necessarily but that we would perform tricks for animals and residents at our mother’s boarding house in the little town that would one day become Mystic Hollow.
As the Apostle Paul said not about playing cards, “we have put aside childish things.”
On March 15, 1972, we switched to one brand and size and quality. We made the move to Bee Playing Cards made by the U.S. Playing Card Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. At that time, we only knew of Bee deck in the larger “Poker” size and dimension. They were larger in width and height than the childish “Bridge” deck we had been using. The also lacked a border. The beautiful diamond pattern ran up to and past the edges of the card’s back. Yes, they were a devil to mark (or to read the markings later) but they were so smooth, so wonderful. We found that our lifelong struggle with dealing seconds seemed to ease. No border and smooth with great, long-lasting cardstock made for a perfect deck.