Designed from the ground up to resemble a blueprint, The Architect features a contemporary, refined back design filled with modern symbolism while reminiscent of more traditional, classic playing cards.
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The deck will be printed by Expert Playing Card Company in New York City. Known for their high end printing process, they are able to achieve a level that is respected throughout not only the magician community but card collectors around the world. To find out more about EPCC, click here.
Art of Play, a company founded by none other than cardistry pioneers Dan and Dave Buck will be handling the fulfillment. They specialize in pretty much everything dealing with high end playing cards and the magic and cardistry culture. They have ready resources and space to ensure a successful campaign once funded. To learn more about Art of Play, click here.
The court cards are a clean and modern take on traditional court cards. Each court card is borderless and represented and inspired by actual people ranging from friends, family and award winning magicians.
The pips are all custom pips with custom formations as well. While most of the changes are subtle, the most obvious change is to the diamond. It has a more "real" diamond shape but it plays well with the other pips and I think a lot of people will appreciate it.
Da Vinci has served as an inspiration and muse to many artists. Inspired by the idea of balance and proportion, the Vitruvian Man sketch makes a great foundation for the Ace of Spades.
While, Salvador Dali is best known for his "Melted Clocks" painting and not necessarily architecture, his trademark mustache and his ability to inspire creativity makes him a perfect joker.
The tuck case will be all white with embossed blue elements. The front and back were designed with the idea that it will look good on your shelf no matter how you choose to display it. The flap will have the inscription "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." This is a quote from Leonardo Da Vinci, who would often write backwards, which you will need a mirror to view.
These will stand out from your average uncut sheet by mimicking a blueprint of sorts. It makes a great gift or home office decoration.
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Be one of just a few people in the world to own a signed extremely limited edition set of The Architect, Redline Edition. Remember this is a prototype, so it will come in an all white box with my signature, a custom seal and a sealed deck of The Architect in red back. The stock will not be the same as the funded deck and there is a possibility of small printing discrepancies. The faces will be traditional courts. The quality will be the same as you see in the photographs on this page.
Lee Allen, a talented artist from Scotland is working on a project where he draws in ink playing cards. His work is AMAZING!! His handle on instagram is @Leeinstagramy ... Follow him to view all his works. He has agreed to do a print of the architect and send me a handful of signed and numbered prints. These are gonna be limited.
AIP Stands for: Anything is Possible. Jamie D. Grant, a guy who has appeared in Ripley's Believe It or Not TWICE, has been creating these bottles for magicians for a long time. The cards inside will be still sealed in cellophane and the bottle is unaltered in ANY WAY. It's mind boggling and makes a great gift or office decoration.
Using everything from Ostrich to leather and even rattlesnake skin, Ryan Edwards of Canada has created some of the most sought after and unique clips for collectors and magicians around the world.
RE Handcrafted is gonna be doing something really special for this campaign. Unlike other campaigns, you will be able to add your name to your clip, personalizing it even more. The design is subject to change, but will more than likely feature The Architect compass icon.
Class up your tee shirt game with this 100% cotton tee featuring the Ace of Spades design that has been distressed. It will also come with a deck of The Architect.
I couldn't have done this campaign alone. Below are people who have contributed both big and small. I can't thank them all enough.
Ning Cai - Ting Wang - Raymond Singson - Matt Kelly - Ryan Edwards (RE Handcrafted) - Jamie D. Grant (AIP Bottles) - House of Flying Cards
Jose Bahena - James Carter - Amanda Asbury - Tripp Sikes - Adam Wilber - Chris Oberle - Mike Hankins - Christopher Wiehl - Chris "Orbit" Brown - Michael Eaton - James Schneider - Josh Janousky - Sean Cinco
Dalton Wayne - Eric Jones - Paul Ruccio (Jetsetter Cards) - Calen Morelli
Patrick Kun - Natalia Silva - Victor Jose - United Cardist Forum - Lee Allen - Regretless Magic and Regretless Films (Jonny and Larry) Victor Reis - Asher - Billie Pevehouse - Allan Jay - Xeon Steel - Kevin Ho - James Howell - Shin Lim - Danny Weiser - Riccardo Conturbia - Erica Montanez -Jeremy Griffith - IG Likes, Tweeters and FB Friends.
** I know I probably forgot some, but you know who you are. Please Note: The artwork, overall design, and/or materials are subject to change at any point for the deck of playing cards and/or additional rewards offered in collaboration with Jamie D. Grant, Ryan Edwards, and Expert Playing Card Co. and Art of Play
Risks and challenges
Obviously shipping overseas and fulfillment in general is an issue with most Kickstarters. I have spared NO expense and am working with the best in the industry to not only print the cards, but the fulfillment as well by using EPCC and Art of Play.
This will allow the entire process to transition effortlessly from production to delivery and cut down on the delivery time. I will be working closely with the fulfillment centers and vendors to assure quality and timeliness.
Also I am the designer, so any design changes will be a direct communication between me and vendors so there will not be a lag time on any changes needing to be made.
If any setbacks do arise anywhere in the process, I will communicate those issues through updates via Kickstarter updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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