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A fun childrens book utilizing a magic wand and invisible inks to help the readers interact with the story.

A fun childrens book utilizing a magic wand and invisible inks to help the readers interact with the story. Read more
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History: A few years ago I wanted to do something for my sons third birthday that was completely different from anything he had. I always loved special toys growing up. I sat down and spent a lot of my spare time working on a custom childrens book. Unfortunately parents with a 2 year old know that there isn't much spare time, and the book didn't progress well. 

A few weeks later after work I happened to see my hands under a black-light. All different colors and shades. I know I had been working with some UV security marking powder, but I never imagined there was that much of it. I went home and read everything on UV I could find. I then ordered half a dozen different models of UV lights, from spot lights to tiny UV Led lights. I began to mix inks and juices and pretty much anything non toxic I could find until I had a good quality invisible ink. I ended up finishing the book with rubber stamps, stencils, and invisible ink as an adventure book where my son would have to use a UV light (fashioned into a magic wand), to interact. When I saw the smile on my sons face when he got to read the book I knew I had finally made a gift worthy of being called ‘special’.

Bad News: I didn't want to make another “Dylans Great Adventure” book for anyone else, as he loves showing it off to his friends. (I did make a copy for a friends kid who couldn't afford gifts for Christmas).

Good News: I wrote a sequel. Dylan's first day at Magic School! Although the story is much more graphically intensive, technology is now working in our favor. 

Test 1 -Non-Artistic Castle
Test 1 -Non-Artistic Castle
Test 1 Same Picture of Castle under wand light
Test 1 Same Picture of Castle under wand light
Without Wand
Without Wand
With Wand - First draft - Was still working on spacing
With Wand - First draft - Was still working on spacing
Alphabet Take 1
Alphabet Take 1
Test 5 - Maze
Test 5 - Maze
Test 5 - Same Maze under Wand
Test 5 - Same Maze under Wand

Risks and challenges

I am still researching, but it looks like to make this happen all proper and whatnot I am going to need some serious artistic help. The problem is with my creativity and my art skills. I have neither. While my kid probably doesn't care that everything is made with stencils and stamps and stickers, to do this right I am going to need an artist/ illustrator. To top it all off I am almost completely colorblind. Without my friend Ken this would not have been possible for me to even know what works and what doesn't.

I am going to need some decent equipment. Either some sort of press or a printer that can use UV inks. (Update: I have found the printer, and can now order specialty cartridges that allow me to print UV ink!) That gets pricey, but should easily pay for itself if I get some good backing.
I have ordered a ton of different UV flashlights, led keychains, penlights, and just a pile of different UV LEDS of different wavelengths.

I need to test out every wavelength and power, with every type of ink, on many types of paper to find out what works best. Luckily I've got a great research base to build on.

I've made many prototype pages of the book, but need the funding to make it into an actual book and mass produce.

I want to say 30 days to fund my dream. Another 30 days to finalize dedicated development. 30 final days to start pumping them out.

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  • Absolutely. Every certificate or book comes with it's own UV light for making the magic happen.

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    I am Failure Package - Support us with $5 and get behind the scenes footage of what doesn't work! Follow along as we find 1000 ways not to do this. Hint: invisible ink gets everywhere...

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    Everything in the success and fail package worth of gratitude and updates, but also get a Certificate of Awesomeness-ness, with whatever name you want, printed in invisible ink. Basic "magic wand" included.

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    Join us in our successes and failures! And… a copy of the book - once completed, of course. Comes with 1 magic wand.

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    A signed copy of the book, extra wands and invisible ink pens (to add your own fun!), plus a certificate of awesomeness made out to anybody you want.

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    This gets you a special copy of the book where we will change the main characters name in the book to be your child's name! Plus Certificate of Awesomeness and some bonus wands and pens.

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