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By Divyanshu Dutta Roy
From a quirky fixation to elaborate conspiracy theories, the world of lost playing cards is one that has a surprising number of takers and as many stories. Brazillian designer Lucas is one such bloke who you might find picking up dirty, grimy playing cards from all sorts of places but only because they are trying tell him something.

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Of seemingly no value to most, but to a few story-seekers these trampled, crumpled and wrinkled playing cards are more of a treasure than trash.

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Twenty-three-old Brazilian designer Lucas is one such collector, surmising sense in that which is apparently worthless.

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“Ever noticed that everywhere you go you find these lost playing cards?” a friend had told Lucas before he began his travels.

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And though back then he scoffed off the words, everywhere he went he did start noticing lost playing cards!

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And so when he arrived in Delhi almost a year ago and spotted a five of spades on his very first day, he decided to begin a collection.

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So when Lucas goes out and spots a dirty, trampled playing card he rescues it and adds it to his stash but not before scribbling the place on its back.

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And he has started to believe the cards speak to him. “Six is a good number because it can be evenly divided into two. It means it’s going to be a good day,” he says.

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“A joker however is always trouble,” he says. Batman would agree.

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And naturally, as the cards start catching royal colours, they mean good news.

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Lucas isn’t alone. All over the world there are many more like him who find everything from puzzling messages and questionable answers in lost cards.





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