special vision and creation of these cards are born from years of thoughtful dreaming. Jean LaBelle has
envisioned and masterminded card images throughout his
life. Yet, he has struggled dauntingly to see this
vision come to life.
Jean had been deeply
inspired by his artist father, Will LaBelle, who died
while Jean was only 15 years old. However, Jean
went on to pursue his own path of art, delving into a love of graphic arts as well as music and
performing arts such as magic and puppetry.
Through the years, it has been a looming dream of Jean's
to create unique playing card designs that embodied the
mystery which he has felt in his life. He spent many
hours dreaming of intriguing images for the playing
cards which he set out to make a reality.
Jean LaBelle has been
an avid fan of poker and magic since the age of 10 when
he would delight at the card games which happened at
his home with his artist father. He grew to
appreciate art as his father was a dedicated artist and
instilled upon Jean many values of devotion to artistic
craft. His interest in cards
expanded as he grew to appreciate magic and
the magicians who used those same cards to mystify.
Jean LaBelle • Age 12
Photo by Will LaBelle
During his teen years, both of Jean's
parents passed away leaving him alone to his
aspirations. Through minimal support, Jean pursued
many arts yet has found the pursuits to be filled
with hardships as many artist do.
Jean had always sought after and collected
cards that he found to have a special personality.
He wished that he could create a designs that would
embody a special mystery and magic and yet stay true to the art styles of
the great playing card traditions such as Bicycle®,
Hoyle®, and Bee®.
is first setting out to produce the Black Widow deck
but will follow with a deck called The Mystic and
also another magical design.
Please visit the Kickstarter Project and be a
part of bringing these designs to a reality.
will be a part of bringing these cards to
reality... this being through the wonders of a
project. You are invited to visit the
Project Page and
help to make this dream a reality.
that you will enjoy these cards and I welcome any
thoughts that you may have. Please visit the
contact page and send me a mail. Check back as the
website develops with interesting tidbits to help us
all enjoy the wonderful world of cards." ~ Jean