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The Vortex deck of playing cards is inspired by a mix of science fiction, innovation and unbridled creativity. Will you be sucked in?
The Vortex deck of playing cards is inspired by a mix of science fiction, innovation and unbridled creativity. Will you be sucked in?
585 backers pledged $32,017 to help bring this project to life.

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Keeping you guys in-the-know is a priority. If you have any questions, check out the FAQ at the bottom as well. 

Be sure to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay updated with all information we throw out there. We love keeping our supporters in the loop every step of the way. You can also check out our discussion forums to chat about anything, and the official Vortex discussion thread for even further info!

FUNDING THE VORTEX DECK

When I began designing Vortex, I had a simple goal in mind: Innovate. I was sick of seeing cards being made with the same old designs. I think everyone was sick of them. Skulls, no color, standard faces, boring backs - I had to ask myself if I could stop that trend.

Now that the cards are finally taking shape, all I can say is that they're everything I personally wanted them to be.

And I think you guys will like them too.

Over the course of this Kickstarter, you guys will be kept in-the-know on every design update beyond what is already posted down below. The deck is already completed and ready for printing, all we are waiting on is your pledge!

VORTEX PLAYING CARDS FEATURE LIST:

  • Printed by the famous United States Playing Card Company
  • Utilizes Premium Aristocrat stock
  • Enhanced performance with the brand new Magic Finish
  • Custom backs
  • SymmetryPip™ layout
  • Custom pip designs
  • Custom court cards
  • Custom tuck box w/one-of-a-kind seal sticker
  • Tuck box tells the hidden story of the deck
  • Only 5,000 decks exist
  • Hidden optical illusion reveals and messages throughout the deck
  • Thinner borders for luxurious fans
  • Subtle one-way back design for magicians
  • Science fiction themed
  • Custom Jokers with built-in reveal
  • Unique gaff card with multiple uses
  • Secret bonus card that can only be seen by opening a deck
  • Custom colored cellophane tear-away strip

Our Pledge/Reward Philosophy

We spent countless hours going over our rewards to make sure there is something in there for everybody. One thing we pride ourselves in is the free domestic shipping, and discounted flat-rate international shipping. Yeah, it's $9 a deck (the production costs are insane on this one) but we are paying out of pocket to ship these to you. Think about it, other people charge you to get you their products. That's nonesense. You guys are the people that help us make our dreams a reality, the least we could do is throw in free shipping and some other entitlements. The best part? We ship and pack professionally, ensuring your decks will reach you quickly and unharmed.

On top of that, we offer bulk discounts for those that go through cards/resell them in a frenzy.

And on top of that, the retail price for these decks when they launch will be $11, and these will never be sold by us outside of Kickstarter. That means when they're gone, they're gone. This provides you guys with a unique opportunity to grab these hassle free right now with a metric ton of discounts.

Heck, we even threw in an option to get the cards up to two weeks before anyone else can (very useful if you do YouTube reviews). 

If that wasn't enough to tide you over, we spent days creating a unique art piece that is framed and sent to those of you that order it here. There are only 25 of them, and along with the 100 uncut sheets, we vow to never sell them or even hand them out as promotional items outside of Kickstarter. 

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Financial Goals

For every benchmark we cross financially, we will put 100% of the funds back into the Vortex deck & AetherCards. Check it out:

  • Reaching $20,000 - We print the Vortex deck and break even on our project GOAL COMPLETED!
  • Reaching $22,000 - We develop a professional, sleek website with amazing, never-before-seen features GOAL COMPLETED!
  • Reaching $28,000 - All backers receive a promotional code to use on our next Kickstarter deck!
  • Reaching $32,000 - We use metallic blue inks on the seals, boxes, & cards
  • Reaching $35,000 - We print the deck with an upgraded stock that is more durable and designed to last longer.
  • Reaching $36,000-Depending on how much is pledged, backers will receive free Vortex decks with their purchases.

One last thing...

You guys will be the difference between success and failure. Don't let your pledge and interest go to waste. Share this project with your friends, post it on your Facebooks, Twitters, YouTubes and other websites and forums. Together, we can make this happen.

Thank you for pledging. If you have any questions, please read the F.A.Q. below.

Pictured below is a preview of the art piece that some bundles include.  The size of the piece is subject to change. It is large enough to hang on a wall.

Keep in mind what you see below is only a portion of the art piece.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Your name will be added to the List of Founders on the Aether website at launch. Lifetime Aether Founder status. Pledging any amount over $1 will include this reward automatically.

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    Pledge $9 or more About $9

    Receive ONE Vortex, Free Shipping
    International buyers please add $8 to any award you pick from the list below including this one.

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    Pledge $12 or more About $12

    Receive ONE Vortex, ONE day before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $18 or more About $18

    Receive TWO Vortex decks. One signed upon request.
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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Receive ONE Vortex, THREE days before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $22 or more About $22

    Receive TWO Vortex, ONE day before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $27 or more About $27

    Receive THREE Vortex, Free Shipping

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Receive ONE Vortex, SEVEN days before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $52 or more About $52

    Receive SIX Vortex, FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge $62 or more About $62

    Receive SIX Vortex decks shipped in a signed collector's chest. FREE SHIPPING.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Exclusive signed, numbered & framed Vortex art piece
    Available ONLY through Kickstarter
    Includes TWO Vortex deck
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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Receive ONE Vortex UNCUT SHEET
    Includes TWO Vortex decks
    Available ONLY through Kickstarter
    FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    Receive SIX Vortex, THREE days before ANYBODY else
    FREE SHIPPING
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    Pledge $95 or more About $95

    Receive 12 Vortex, FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge $95 or more About $95

    Receive ONE Vortex UNCUT SHEET
    Available ONLY through Kickstarter
    Includes FIVE Vortex decks
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Receive ONE Vortex, 14 days before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    Receive 12 Vortex, ONE day before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Receive SIX Vortex, SEVEN days before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $135 or more About $135

    Receive 12 Vortex, FIVE days before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Receive ONE uncut sheet + 12 Vortex decks! FREE SHIPPING!

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Receive ONE Vortex UNCUT SHEET
    Receive ONE signed, numbered & framed Vortex art piece
    Available ONLY through Kickstarter
    Includes NINE Vortex decks
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    Pledge $190 or more About $190

    Receive 24 Vortex, FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Receive 12 Vortex, TEN days before ANYBODY else
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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Receive FOUR uncut sheets. FREE SHIPPING.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Receive TWO uncut sheets and TWELVE Vortex decks. FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge $336 or more About $336

    Receive 48 Vortex, FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Receive FIVE Vortex UNCUT SHEETS [1 signed]
    Receive ONE signed, numbered & framed Vortex art piece
    Includes 24 Vortex decks
    Receive ALL items 14 days before ANYBODY else
    Certificate of Commemoration
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    Pledge $900 or more About $900

    Receive 120 Vortex decks & 10 uncut sheets, 10 days before launch. FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING, International buyers please add $50 to your pledge.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Your full name will be hidden in this Vortex deck, and all future Vortex decks. Receive 13 Vortex decks. FREE SHIPPING

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    Receive 144 Vortex decks. FREE SHIPPING.

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    Receive 144 Vortex decks TEN days before anyone else. FREE SHIPPING!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    An all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for 2-5 days (your choice) in first class air-fare, and a stay at the luxurious Aria hotel on the Vegas Strip for you and one other person. We will spend an entire day touring the Strip with you, take you out to a world-class restaurant, take you to an awesome Vegas show (you decide!) and have a one-on-one sit down with you. During this sit-down, we will disclose all the secrets of playing card production to you, show you how we made the Vortex, and have you aid in the creation of our next deck, which you will see months before anybody else. The trip will occur sometime between December 2011 and April 2012 depending on what is best for you. Did we mention you also get 13 decks, one FRAMED uncut sheet, a framed art-piece and a certificate of commemoration? MUST BE 18 OR OLDER. MUST BE A RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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