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The Shodou deck is a set of playing cards, inspired by Japanese calligraphy.
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The Shodou Deck:

  • Japanese numbers on the Faces
  • Half-bordered Backs AND Faces
  • Printed in Taiwan by Hanson Chien Production Company (HCPC)
  • Thin Luxury Stock
  • Royal Finish
  • Limited 1000 Decks Printed
  • Free US Shipping

Introduction

This deck is the result of my love for Japanese culture and cardistry. Since I see cardistry as an art form, where you express yourself, I wanted to combine it with my other passion. That's how the idea for this deck was born. The result is a unique, yet simple deck of playing cards, made especially for cardists, but is also a great addition to collectors and magicians.

The design

The whole deck consist of only two colors. White and Dark Red, which complement eachother very nicely. There are two circles (Ensō) placed on the back and in the middle of them you can find the letter for happiness (幸). Through history the circle motif has become a symbol for enlightenment, which to me, is at its core happiness itself.

 I wanted the design to be simple, but unique, just like calligraphy, which looks simple at first glance, but once you look closer you can see how unique it actually is.

Uncut Sheet
Uncut Sheet

That is why the Shodou deck steps away from the classic pip format and features Japanese letters (kanji) from 1 to 10 on the faces.

Faces of the Shodou Deck
Faces of the Shodou Deck

 The court cards are represented with the words Prince (Ouji), Princess (Oujo) and King (Ousama). These 3 words share the same Letter Ou (王) which enhances the unity of the court cards.

Court Cards
Court Cards

Because I always felt like the jokers are opposing the court, they are represented in this deck with the letter for Demon (Oni). 

Jokers
Jokers

These are also the only cards, that have no color suit, which have been replaced with the letters for the 4 basic elements.

Spades = Earth (土)

Hearts = Water(水)

Clubs = Wind(風)

Diamonds = Fire(火)

Another unconventional part of this deck are the borders.

 

Since my favourite part of cardistry are fans, I designed the deck in a way, that it would emphasize them. That's why both the front

No More Blank Fans
No More Blank Fans

and back of the cards are half-bordered.

This makes fans and spreads look much more visual and interesting, which also helps you come up with new ideas.

Back and Front of the Deck Faroed Together
Back and Front of the Deck Faroed Together

 

Into the Vortex
Into the Vortex

The unique face design of the deck will also make the packets in your cuts stand out.

From one to five (faces of sybil)
From one to five (faces of sybil)

The Box

To me, the box always felt like an extension of the cards. That's why I put the back design of the cards on the box as well, which includes the half-border design.

But once you open the box, the cards welcome you to "Write Your Own Style" and be unique.

Write Your Own Style
Write Your Own Style

Printing

After trying out different kinds of stock and finishes, The one I liked the most is the Luxury stock and Royal finish by Hanson Chien Production Co.. Because of the stock, the cards are thin and the finish makes them feel broken in straight out of the box.

This makes fanning and cutting feel like a charm. On the other hand, the thinness of the deck makes bend moves, like the spring, much easier to perform.

There will be only 1000 decks printed, so if you wish to get one, this Kickstarter is the best and cheapest place to do it.

Shipping and Distribution

The distribution will be handled by Gamblers Warehouse, located in the US, which means the shipping to US will be FREE. Since the deck will be printed in Taiwan, people from Taiwan also get free shipping.

Express Dragon Mail
Express Dragon Mail

People from other countries will unfortunately have to pay a little extra for shipping. I tried to find the best and cheapest option possible, so there is no tracking number. If you wish for a shipping option with tracking, please contact me.

 

See You on the Other Side!
See You on the Other Side!

Extra Rewards:

Along with the deck, I will also make 4 tutorials of my favourite moves.

The first move is called Carousel, a 3-packet cut, which is fast, spinny and comfy.

Carousel
Carousel

Second move is called Pedestal. A move with two fans, where the top fan is supported by the bottom fan.

Pedestal
Pedestal

I call the next move rainbow, because after a vertical spread, the cards spread in a wide arc, like a rainbow.

Rainbow
Rainbow

The final move is the Moon, where two halves form a circle like fan on your hand.

Moon
Moon

I will upload the tutorials on youtube throught the campaing, so they will be available to everyone!

Have a Question?

I will keep you updated whenever I have any new information about the project, but If you have any kind of question, please feel free to contact me and I will respond as soon as possible.

Mail: nejc.susec@gmail.com

Instagram: @pejkster

Reddit: u/pejkster

This project is something I started from combining my passions and I am eternally grateful to anyone who supports it and with that my dreams. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

 

 

Risks and challenges

As with every such project, the only risk is the possible delay of printing, shipping, etc. However, I will do my best to minimize the chances of that happening and will keep you updated with every new information as soon as I get it.
Aside from that, there is no other risk involved. If the project gets funded you will receive your decks, if it does not get funded, you will receive your money back.
I truly hope you will love this deck as much as I do and I cannot thank you enough for your support.

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