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Fireflies: LED, Light-up Playing Cards

4 super-charged L.E.D. blocks for compelling moves, tricks & flourishes.

Fireflies: LED, Light-up Playing Cards

4 super-charged L.E.D. blocks for compelling moves, tricks & flourishes.

$37,160
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452
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7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 30 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

WHAT ARE FIREFLIES?

FIREFLIES are a set of 4 super-charged L.E.D. blocks that light-up for compelling moves, tricks & flourishes that ANYONE can do. 

At the touch of a button, each perfectly balanced unit emits light as they move between your fingers in hypnotic patterns.

Intentionally shaped like a playing card, Fireflies have become a fun skill-building gadget for the art of CARDISTRY

BUT WHAT IS CARDISTRY?

Cardistry is the performance art of flourishing cards. 

a.k.a. Making them move around in cool and immersive ways.

The term is a portmanteau of 'card' and 'artistry'. The problem with Cardistry is that it's meant to look hard... and it is. 

The barrier to entry is very high. So we developed Fireflies to make it far, far easier. 

Now, for the first time ever, cardistry is opened up to you.


 FIREFLIES MAKE LEARNING MORE THAN 10x EASIER THAN USING PLAYING CARDS*  

Assuming you're using 4 Fireflies, it's 13x fewer individual objects to control than a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Making it far, far easier.
Assuming you're using 4 Fireflies, it's 13x fewer individual objects to control than a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Making it far, far easier.

GO FROM ZERO TO SIXTY 

Fireflies open the door to an easier & visually stunning branch of Cardistry, electric artistry. An obsession requiring you to control only 4 illuminated packets. 

With a deck of playing cards, you've got 52 individual cards to worry about. 

Fireflies reduce your learning curve by allowing you to focus on only 4 blocks at a time. 


EMBRACE DYNAMIC MOVEMENT 

We'll teach you 30 easy, intermediate & advanced patterns of movement that create mesmerizing flow. 

The rest is up to you. Tiny adjustments in position and grasp of your Fireflies can create brand new shapes at will. 

One handed flow. We'll teach you this easy move to make you look like a BADASS with Fireflies.
One handed flow. We'll teach you this easy move to make you look like a BADASS with Fireflies.

 Any spin, turn or new grip will create a visual spectacle. 

Welcome to Electric Artistry. Select your Fireflies rewards tier to begin. 


Are you the on GREEN TEAM or the BLUE TEAM? OR BOTH

SHARE FIREFLIES WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FANS & FAMILY 

There are 1440 minutes in a day, use less than 1 of them by hitting one of the buttons below and tag a friend, sibling or colleague who would love FIREFLIES. 

 For all media requests, please email: media@ellusionist.com

FIREFLIES BLUE - A CLOSER LOOK... 


FIREFLIES GREEN - A CLOSER LOOK... 



BUILT TO LAST

Each forged set of Fireflies is made from durable plastic and battle-tested across countless different samples spanning over 3 years. 

Each Fireflies backer (Blue Or Green) will get: 

  • 4 Individually-lit Blocks (that lights up Blue Or Green... not both)  
  • A USB charging cable 
  • A United States 2-pin mains plug 
  • Stable docking system (recharge all 4 Fireflies at one time) 

THE PACKAGING - SHIPS IN A ROBUST CARDBOARD STRONGHOLD

As a retailer for over 18 years, we employ a design team full-time to ensure the experience of holding the box is just as good as what's inside it... With the strength of this box, you can ensure your FIREFLIES arrive safely to you. (No matter where they ship in the world)

WHY KICKSTARTER? 

We've been coming back to this idea for the last 7 years. *Patent pending*. 

Until now, the craftsmanship that goes into putting tiny LED's inside thin blocks (around 10 cards thick) has been too expensive to bring Fireflies to the mainstream as a hobby.

Especially when you consider MOQ's (minimum order quantities) of electronic goods from manufacturers. 

The Kickstarter community solves that. 

By backing our project, you'll help us reduce the cost of manufacturing and allow us to put Fireflies in more people's hands than we ever could on our own. 

SHIPPING & FULFILMENT 

From doing 2 successful GLOBAL Kickstarter projects we know we can bring this project to life for you. 

We have a 5,000 square-foot warehouse and staff that know a package's weight from just eye-balling it. You will definitely get your FIREFLIES in the fastest, cheapest and most efficient way possible. Our goal is to have all of these made and shipped so that you can open your Fireflies on Xmas morning at the latest. 

If it means working around the clock, so be it. 

This is a genuine photo of our warehouse in Petaluma, CA
This is a genuine photo of our warehouse in Petaluma, CA

DOMESTIC ORDERS (USA)

These will be shipped out using USPS and are likely to arrive before Xmas (Estimated ship date October 2019). Obviously we can't account for weather warnings, USPS delays or natural disasters, but rest assured that we're looking to ship these out in plenty of time for the Holidays. 

As soon as it's left our warehouse, our job isn't done. We have a fully-staffed, responsive Customer Support team that can help replace any damaged or missing packages should the unexpected occur. 

This is Cody Riordan, our Warehouse Manager - he'll be ensuring your Fireflies get sent to you, FAST.
This is Cody Riordan, our Warehouse Manager - he'll be ensuring your Fireflies get sent to you, FAST.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS (EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD) 

We approximately ship around 70,000 packages per year to all corners of the globe, so believe us when we say that your order is in safe hands. 

From our last Kickstarter around the Holiday's we noticed some customs charges were applied to packages going to Europe. These were being requested from our shipping partner's central Hub, so if you do make an order, please be aware that some orders may be subject to shipping and brokerage charges applied by YOUR individual countries. 

This is a natural cost of importing goods that we don't benefit from (we don't see a penny of it), but we would like you to be aware of so you don't get a shock when your FIREFLIES arrive. 

Sometimes in life one-off international orders are a necessity to get the goods. We'd love to be everywhere, but we can't, so we do rely on your global support. 

 Choose your rewards tier above and get your FIREFLIES! 

STRETCH GOALS? Unlocked at each level. 

We're born optimists and we're truly in love with this project. If you all love it as much as we do, it's possible to break through our funding goal into the stratosphere. Below are a few fun ideas incase we blow through our target. 


  •  LEVEL 2 - $20,000 to $50,000 Premium Fireflies T-shirts 
T-shirt Mock-up : FRONT
T-shirt Mock-up : FRONT
T-shirt Mock-up: BACK
T-shirt Mock-up: BACK
  •  LEVEL 3 - $50,000+ Fireflies Playing Cards 

Fireflies charging? Wanna keep those hands busy? For the pros who are a fan of the brand, we'll design and print a custom Fireflies deck of 52 playing cards to compliment the set. 

Only if we blow past $50,000. 


  •  BOSS LEVEL - $100,000+ Unlock New colors of Fireflies... can you imagine how cool RED would look? It's a dream, but one we can all share. 
This isn't a tested color and is achieved by photoshop... but with your help, we can make it a reality.
This isn't a tested color and is achieved by photoshop... but with your help, we can make it a reality.

FURTHER LEARNING - OUR FAVORITE CARDISTRY TUTORIALS

Below are some of our favorite cardistry tutorials from other creators that can be learned with your new FIREFLIES. 

1. Cardistry Basics Tutorial by Chris Ramsay

2. Judo Flip by Franco Pascali 

3. Dodge by Chase Duncan

4. Pincho by Oliver Sogard 

5. Canvas by Nikolaj Pedersen


Special Thanks To...

These people either helped directly with this project or deserve our thanks for their contributions to the art form known as cardistry: 

  • Sean O - @notseano (featured in our trailer) 
  • Shivraj @shivraj_morzaria (featured in our trailer) 
  • Chris Kenner - @chriskenner
  • Dan & Dave Buck - @bucktwins
  • Adam Borderline - @BorderlineAdam
  • Chase Duncan - @chasedunk
  • Tobias Levin - @tobiaslvn
  • Oliver Sogard - @oliversgrd
  • Nikolaj Pedersen - @nikolajhonore
  • Noel Heath - @noelheath
  • Daniel Madison - @danielmadison
  • Franco Pascali - @francopascali
  • Ladislas & Dimitri - @cardistrytouch
  • Brian Tudor 
  • Kevin Ho 
  • Bone Ho 
  • Franky Morales 
  • Zach Meuller 
  • & Our Full Ellusionist Team - @ellusionist (Brad Christian, Geraint Clarke, Lloyd Barnes, Oban Jones, Duane Williams, Cody Nottingham, Jennifer Riordan, Cody Riordan, David Mitchell, Christopher Thisse, Kory Batten, Will Jones & Olvia Aqui ) 

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Risks and challenges

This isn't our first rodeo. We've been at the top of our game for over 18 years, and have learned from our experiences.

We don't expect anything to go wrong - at all.

If something happens (and that's a big IF), whether it's a delay in the manufacturing process, shipping date, or something else, we promise to communicate honestly with you and work around the clock until we correct the issue.

Being open is crucial, as this is a community funded project. So without your trust, we would never reach our goal.

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