I'm Devin Person. I'm a wizard.
You're looking at the Kickstarter for the release of my very first book, "Mysteries of the Deep." While this is definitely a real Kickstarter, since it funds a real project (getting my sweet book published), I prefer to think of it as not-so-much a fundraiser, but rather "a spell to create a more wizardly world."
You have a binary choice. Donate... or don't. By choosing to donate, you're helping me create a new reality where my book gets published and I become an even better wizard. You're also bringing wizardly vibes into your own life by receiving a rare, physical copy of my book. So, do you want to send me your light energy (aka online financial transaction) and co-create a reality where you own a copy of my book or... nah?
The choice is yours. :)
Mysteries of the Deep: A real book written by a real wizard
"Mysteries of the Deep" is a short book that uses a nautical metaphor to explore how we subjectively create our realities and how the imaginative powers of magic can help us better navigate our lives. Although this book was written by a wizard, no belief in the supernatural is required to read, enjoy, or benefit from it. Avoiding dense occult theory and New Age woo-woo fluff, "Mysteries of the Deep" presents a straight forward analogy about how we steer our Subjective Submarines (bodies) through the Objective Ocean (reality), using humor and wit to make its ideas memorable and easy to apply.
While words are cool and all, this book also features incredible illustrations by Catherine Willett (http://www.catherinewillett.com). Inspired by tarot cards and vintage sea maps, Willett's artwork and design really brings the book to life, making the physical copies an artifact sure to catch visitors' eyes. And when they say, "What's that?" you can go, "Oh, did I not tell you I know a wizard?" Because by supporting this Kickstarter, you totally know a wizard.
This Kickstarter: A digital spell by a modern wizard
There's only two ways this can go: My Kickstarter gets successfully funded... or it doesn't. I like to think of these two outcomes as two potential realities, which I call World A and World B.
Dudes, World A sucks. My Kickstarter doesn't get funded -- which is crazy because my goal is very reasonable -- and ZERO copies of my book come into existence. In World A, nobody owns a copy of "Mysteries of the Deep," I feel like a failure, and my wizard career is dead in the water. So lame.
World B is where it's at! In World B, this Kickstarter gets successfully funded and real physical copies of my book are brought into existence. Some of them are sent to you, the loyal patrons of this Kickstarter, making you the proud owner of Devin Person's very first book. And when I become a famous wizard, that makes you part of 21st century occult history!
The difference between World A and World B is however many copies of this book get printed. Those books being in existence, or not, creates alternate realities. Maybe a friend will borrow your copy of "Mysteries of the Deep" and get really inspired! Maybe something I say in this book causes you to approach a crucial life decision differently. Maybe this book is in your jacket and stops a bullet during a shootout (not guaranteed)!
It's like that Gwyneth Paltrow movie "Sliding Doors." There's no telling what changes will ripple out from this book being in your life, except that I'm a wizard intentionally creating this book as a spell to manifest a slightly better reality, so I can assure you that, whatever happens, it's going to be awesome.
Whatever wizard, what do I get?
Wizards help people make better realities. In exchange for your assistance in creating World B, the sweet wizard reality, I'm offering a variety of prizes that allow you to personally experience the benefits of my unique brand of mysticism.
Wizardly wisdom - Even if you just get the eBook edition, you're still exposing yourself to my sagely advice. This could fundamentally alter the way you see the world, or just be a decent way to kill time on your commute. Either way, it's a new reality.
Magical artifacts - Aka "physical books for you to own." Like I said, I'm becoming a famous wizard so owning a first edition Kickstarter copy of "Mysteries of the Deep" is pretty awesome. I'm also hoping to make these physical editions really special, so you'll be proud to display it on your altar, bookshelf, or combination bookshelf-altar. They sell those at IKEA now.
Occult services - When not writing books, I help people solve problems through occult consultations and personalized rituals. We can talk over the phone, Skype, or in-person (NYC), and I'll devote my full attention to understanding your issue and helping you discover imaginative ways to unlock the solution waiting in your subconscious. Think of it as a cross between therapy, coaching, and creative problem solving, done by the smart ass who wrote this Kickstarter.
Ritual performances - Sometimes you just need a wizard. Experience the power of a post-modern magic ritual specially tailored to fit the needs of you, your event, and your belief system.
Spread seeds. Support a stranger.
Have you ever read a book that changed your life, then realized that the author has NO IDEA how profoundly their work changed your life? That's the idea behind "seed copies," a special part of this Kickstarter spell where I will be sending additional copies of this book out into the wild, across the United States, intentionally left in public places like libraries, coffee shops, museum bathrooms, buses, punk venues, and more.
Each seed copy will be stamped with information explaining the project to the discoverer, including a social media hashtag so we can all follow these books on their journey as they bounce through the world and occasionally have their images uploaded to the Internet.
Help me raise $420 to print this book
Being a wizard means I enjoy surfing the exquisite possibilities of the unknown. I have no idea how much money this Kickstarter will raise or how many copies of the book I'll be able to print. But I can promise you that the more copies I make, the sweeter every single book will be. Fancy binding, additional content, that gold edge stuff they put on bibles... the possibilities are in your hands!
If you help me raise $420, I will bring physical copies of this book into existence. If you help me raise MORE than $420, I will make these books as awesome as I can... and reward you for your support!
For the first 10 multiples of $420 raised, whichever group your donation puts you in, I'll be coming up with a special bonus prize for you and your group. Be a pioneer in the first $420, or be a saint and push it just past $4,200. Your money makes my magic possible and I'll be stretching my ample imagination to thank you for your support.
I believe in you. Your magic is real.
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Risks and challenges
This book is written and it looks great! I can guarantee that as long as we meet our goal, everyone who donates will get an eBook soon after the Kickstarter ends.
But of course, the printing is a journey of its own and I want to make sure that, depending on how much is raised, each physical copy embodies the maximum potential of this spell. This may involve further design work, ceremonial printing magic, or other unexpected epiphanies that make the book better... but take a tad more time to complete.
That being said, the biggest risk is probably to me and my love of being chill, so if you get a personalized ritual, consultation, or other service, please be cool about how soon you receive this since I'm only one wizard. But as a wizard, I give you my word that if you donate you'll be happily inhabiting your own World B (and have received all your prizes) by the end of 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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