About this project
Hello friends! We're back and we're excited to share our latest project with you!
Last year, we asked our backers how they would feel about a gold version of our highly acclaimed Oracle deck. We were amazed by the awesome support for the project and we are now happy to release it here on Kickstarter! But there's just one thing...
This is not just a color change of the original Silver Oracle deck. This deck has evolved into something altogether new, special and unique. We decided that this would not be an Oracle deck, but rather something that was inspired by the spirit of the Oracle and thus Mana No.3 was born. Introducing...Sybil...
To many magicians and cardists and even some collectors, "Sybil" is synonymous to the famous card flourish that has become the basic foundation to many cardistry techniques today. It was the inspiration to the Oracle Cut created by Erik Mana when the Oracle deck was first launched. And you can see the Oracle Cut being performed in the Joker card of the Oracle deck.
But in ancient times oracles went by a different name...Sybil. Sybils were know as prophetess and were regularly sought out for divine advice. Playing cards too have divine elements and have been used in divination and magic for centuries, which is why the Oracle & Sybil decks will always have a special kinship in it's design.
One of the most talked about elements of our original Silver Oracle was the combination of silver and black inks while incorporating the white ornamental flourish design. This combination of form and function gave a brilliant 3D effect when light reflected at a certain angle. It was an effect that we could have only hoped for during our design process, but when we saw the actual effect come alive, we knew we created something very special and unique.
Sybil brings that special silver 3D effect back with a more enhanced finish by EPCC and now it comes in gold and platinum. We also have new design elements from back to face to box. A completely new deck with the spirit of the original Oracle flowing in its vines.
What's new? A lot...
- Enhanced flourish back design
- New frame design with thinner borders
- New custom designed court cards
- New Jokers and magic reveals
- Embossed and foil stamped tuck boxes
- Custom engineered tuck boxes (cigarette box style)
- New precision cut card stock
- 'Master Finish' for better metallic ink shine
- Produced by Expert Playing Card Company
Almost every deck project has become a limited release with the typical quantity of 2500 - 5000 decks. Unlike other deck releases, we are keeping this exclusive production at only 1000 Gold & Platinum Reserve decks WITHOUT compromising quality and performance.
These 1000 decks will each have a signed and numbered certificate inside, a beautiful holographic numbered seal and the special cigarette style tuck box, which is meticulously engineered for a perfect fit and cut specifically and only for this deck. No other deck will ever have this style of box - ever!
While the Gold & Platinum Reserve is only limited to 1000 decks, we will have an unlimited Sybil Livida for everyone to enjoy as well! "Livida" is a gorgeous grey/blue color which takes on a whole new life in metallic ink. Coupled with EPCC's Master Finish and you have a truly unique deck of cards with a color like no other.
On top of that is the newly upgraded tuck box. Sybil Livida will now have its own cigarette style box to complete the Sybil trio. The new tuck box will be printed in full grey/blue metallic ink with a semi-gloss finish to bring out the beautiful shine. It will also be embossed with silver foil stamp to add to the premium quality.
The Sybil Livida will be Mana Playing Cards' staple deck, which means that we will have a surplus of stock printed above and beyond what is ordered through Kickstarter and if in the future we run out, we will print more. The Sibyl aims to be the go-to deck for working magicians, mentalists and cardists alike.
We're keeping it simple for this campaign, but more add ons may appear through our stretch goals.
Mana Commemorative Coin
The Mana Commemorative Coin is a 2'' coin with a beautiful antique gold finish. This coin is to commemorate this final series of decks to close this Mana Trilogy. This is the very first coin ever created by Mana Playing Cards. We hope you will pick one up to join this celebrated event!
This coin is free for all reward tiers of $80 and up and is also available as an Add-On for all backers. If you are adding a coin to your pledge, please send us a message to let us know so we can make note if it here under your account.
Prices: One (1) Coin $11 CAD or two (2) coins $19 CAD.
What does $30,000 cover? EVERYTHING! It's all or nothing!
Actually, 30k CAD only translates to 27k USD. That 27k will cover the bank fees, processing fees and Kickstarter fees to make it all happen. No project can get off the ground without these fees getting paid first. And after all is said and done, fees can eat up more than 9% of the total funds raise. That's a big chunk! Which is why we need to make sure we can still deliver after fees are paid.
On top of that, creating a run of only 1000 decks per color also increases the cost of production as well. Especially when we want all the goodies of premium metallic inks, premium card stock, master quality finish, numbered custom seals, foil stamping, embossing, custom designed tuck boxes as well as custom designed box sets plus numbered and signed certificates!! We want NOTHING LESS than the deck we've been dreaming about!!
Finally, there's our fulfillment and distribution logistics. This too is a fair slice of the pie with packaging and shipping materials as well as management fees. We must take all of this into consideration in order for us to deliver your reward on time and for everyone to have some peace of mind.
ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL & CANADIAN BACKERS!
We are shipping out of the US and we want to make sure you get your order fast and without delay!
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Disclaimer: All images shown on this project page are mock ups and concept illustrations only. Actual final products may differ slightly in color, texture, and design from these concept images.
Risks and challenges
The Sybil project will be our second Kickstarter campaign. Our first was a great success, but not without it's challenges. In our last campaign for the Zinfandel and Indigo project, we faced several delays with USPCC, which pushed us a month behind schedule. Much of that was unforeseen issues and we had to deal with it as it hit us.
We've learned some very important lessons from our last project and this time around we're aiming to improve on everything to deliver a premium quality product fast and on time. Expert Playing Card Company has proven to be an excellent choice for many card designers along with their fulfillment partners on hand, we're confident that they will do their very best to service us efficiently and in turn allow us to serve you more efficiently as well.
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