If you ever want to know where most anything was invented, it would be a smart move to start your search in ancient China. No need for a time machine as Wikipedia will transport you back to the early days of Crazy Eights, Chongming District Hold ‘Em, and Solitaire. The first playing cards showed up as early as the 9th century A.D. Frankly, I would have predicted them being invented in the 4000BCs or so. Being such an advanced civilization even Star Trek’s Captain Kirk would have expected it. In the episode, Shore Leave, he stated, “The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.” And many great minds did the Chinese give birth to. Who knows why they held off so long inventing card games? Great Walls, Terracotta Armies, and fireworks only take so long to make and Giant Pandas can tend to themselves. It’s a great mystery.
These playing cards are no longer with us. Bicycle cards are the favorites of magicians because they are larger, making them easier to manipulate thus deceiving you more frequently. The Tuxedo brand? They are marketed as cards used for playing poker. They are smaller so the faces can be hidden from prying eyes. Deceit and cheating and hiding and manipulations! I’m starting to believe it true that the nickname of a deck of cards, The Devil’s Bible, has some validity to it. Run!!!
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.