“Deception,” one of the new midseason shows this TV season, just aired its season finale (and series finale, as it was also cancelled).
The premise of the show I found interesting from the start: A magician, Cameron Black (played by Jack Cutmore-Scott), is hired by the FBI as a consultant to help one of its units solve cases that seem somewhat “impossible.”
As a kid I was always intrigued by magicians and illusionists, always wondering how they pulled off their tricks and feats. These days, though, it’s been my activity reading playing cards that made the show appeal to me.
And the opening credits didn’t disappoint: Cameron is seen holding the Ace of Spades in his hand.
And while I was excited by this image, little did I know how the Ace of Spades would play a hand in making a connection with the show at a later point in time.
On May 13, 2018, I pulled the following cards for my daily draw, using the Hidden Leaves Playing Cards by Mahdi (Gilbert) the Magician: 7 of Diamonds, 10 of Diamonds, and Ace of Spades.
Currently, in my study of playing cards, I’m trying to expand my meanings, and, on this particular day, I was researching the Ace of Spades. I discovered from Robert Lee Camp, in his book “Cards of Your Destiny,” that the Ace of Spades can mean a secret, and this meaning is attributed to the secret societies of old.
It’s also known as the “Magi Card,” which is the plural form of Magus—a magician, sorcerer, or wise man.
I discovered (again through Robert Lee Camp) that there was an Order of the Magi, a brotherhood of astrologers, mystics, and priests of the temples of Egypt, instructed to keep secret the ancient knowledge of the playing cards (known as “the little book”) until the time when humanity would be of the consciousness to understand this occult system of knowledge and the true magic of life.
So I now had all these new associations to consider when the Ace of Spades would turn up in a draw, like it did that day.
While I thought this was all very cool, I also thought about the likelihood of coming into contact with a secret society of any kind (and not the ones that people speculate about on the internet, like the Illuminati, etc.).
Well, it just so happened I didn’t have to wait too long…
Later that night, “Deception” presented an episode entitled “The Unseen Hand.” The plot centered on an internet conspiracy theorist reporter who discovered a secret society, and just before he could reveal it online, he was murdered. The FBI and Cameron were on the case.
As I’m watching the plot unfold, I remember that I drew the Ace of Spades in the morning, and the research I had done. Here was the “secret society” meaning of the card playing out right before my eyes.
And it got better.
The team solves the case; it turns out a rogue member of the society took out the reporter and was apprehended.
As the episode came to a close, the head of the society (played by Mario Van Peebles) paid a visit to Cameron, revealing to him that his great-grandfather had been a member of the society, which meant Cameron was a legacy member of the society.
So, now there’s the Magi aspect of the Ace of Spades coming into play, as Cameron is a magician.
I’ve been reading cards for almost 20 years, and moments like this still leave me awestruck. These days I say, “You can’t make this stuff up.”
It’s the “magic” I find in playing with the cards.