|"Sid Hamed always uses Öberg's|
Playing Cards at his performances."
|Poster for Sid Hamed|
Which brings us to our second performer, Mac Urga. His throwing card, moody and brooding, has always numbered among my favorites:
Mac Urga (Björn Barck-Holst 1897-1949) was dentist in Stockholm. He was a frequent performer but never accepted any payment for his performances, donating all proceeds of his shows to The Red Cross. Magic magazines in the 1940s document several appearances by Urga, and a feature in The Perennial Mystics describes him as "an estimable amateur magician in Sweden and the neighboring countries [and] a great collector of magical literature, apparatus, posters, programmes, etc." Like Hamed's card, the backs of Urga's monochromatic cards also feature an ad for Oberg's:
And while continuing to examine the trove of cards obtained from the Swedish Magic Archives, I have come across a number of beautiful card backs that, I am advised, were manufactured by Öberg's Playing Cards. Check these out:
And what wonder workers grace the faces of these cards? More to follow . . .