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Bulger's Beat: Local artist takes new cut with playing cards


Pick a card, any card. Or in this case, 10,000 cards. And create!

"I like art that takes itself unseriously," artist Herb Williams said.

With more than 200 decks of creativity, Las Vegas wouldn't welcome a card shark like this. Herb Williams is at it again.

"I'm thinking there's nothing new under the sun, unless you look at it in a different way," he said.

Ordinary materials used in unusual ways is Herb's way.

"That's my favorite thing to do, see things in new way and new light," he said.

Long before the cards, Herb's creativity started with the crayon - not coloring with them but placing them one at a time to form green cows, dartboard bull's eyes and red, white and blue Crayola patriotism.

It's astounding stuff, attracting world-wide attention, in a world where success is really a big roll of the dice.

It's a great risk to be an artist, to follow your dreams. And whatever ocean you swim in there are large enough creatures to leave you limbless if you're not careful.

Williams' card shark is headed to Ripley's Believe It or Not headquarters. It's a royal flush achievement for the guy who knew shark teeth shouldn't be made with hearts.

"No they didn't feel right, a little too friendly," he said.

It's tedious work and takes hundreds of hours to get to the payoff.

"I cut more cards than most dealers do in a lifetime," he said, laughing.

His art work may not be destined for the Louvre, rather for the laugh.

"I think at the end of the day I could use a good laugh and a good smile," he said.

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