With the desired end to the project being a deck of cards, I thought this might be a bit busy, so I lost the background and concentrated just on the costume.
First was Penn and Teller, not being a portrait painter, I did a stylised face that worked well with the helmet and goggles. This face style continued easily through Piff and Mac King. Then I hit a snag, how do I portray performers who do not have a head or face covering? The decision was made to continue without facial hair, which meant a number of prominent magicians e.g. Max Maven, known for their individual look were illiminated as it was their hair that made them unique.