Deep Cuts

From the Stacks: Card Songs

What Ricky Jay could do with playing cards went well beyond magic tricks. He could throw them with speed, distance, and accuracy, and if that wasn’t enough he could make them boomerang back into his hand. If that’s all he did he would’ve died a legend, but it was his deft manipulation of the deck where Jay really shined. Watching that guy bottom deal, or even deal from the center of the deck, was like watching Rembrandt paint. He was a true master.

As for me, I can barely shuffle without a shoe box, but I can put together a playlist of card songs:

“The Turn Of A Friendly Card,” Alan Parsons Project.

“Three Card Trick,” The Clash.

“Playing Card,” Randall Bramblett.

“Cards On the Table,” James Harman Band.

“House of Cards,” Robert Plant.

“The Card Cheat,” The Clash.

“Ace of Spades,” Link Wray and the Wraymen.

“Jack O’ Diamonds,” Odetta.

There you have it: Eight songs that don’t forget the joker. What did I miss? I’m listening.

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