Fantastique playing cards
Sveta Dorosheva and Michael Novoselov take you on a journey through the imaginary world of Fantastique where a woman is sawed in half, a unicyclist sprouts a tree out of his head, and the crow king rules that land. These playing cards, inspired by the circus, are heavily embellished and work with symmetry to create the ultimate black and white surreal experience.
"The task was to make a magick deck, which would have animation on the back design when flipped. This would be a "hidden feature" in the deck as the animation would only work when the cards were placed a certain order. I put together 13 back illustrations with slight alterations for the animation effect. We chose antique circus as a theme.
So, the mechanics here is:
The cyclist guy (center) rotates the pedals of his bike -> The wheels get moving the grotesque heads, which have cogs for eyes and -> Move the wheels of the trick trolley that has two halves of the 'sawed woman' -> The 'halves' move in opposite directions and get 'swallowed' almost completely -> As there opens more space between them, a trick orange blossom tree grows from the hat of the cyclist in the center (allusion to the famous Orange Tree act by Robert-Houdin)."
The animation goes like this: