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An artistic professional pack of playing cards designed and hand illustrated for games, magic and cardistry.
An artistic professional pack of playing cards designed and hand illustrated for games, magic and cardistry.
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Emanations Playing Cards | A Study of Real Magic

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What are Emanations? 

Emanations are premium playing cards drawn & designed by Mahdi The Magician for his unique style of magic, cardistry, & card manipulation.

Who are we?

Mahdi Gilbert performs wonders without hands and walks the Earth without feet and is a walking miracle to everyone he meets. After giving up drawing in his adolescence to pursue magic Mahdi has turned back to illustration so he could create his first deck of playing cards, Hidden Leaves, which were successfully funded through Kickstarter in 2018. Emanations is his second deck of playing cards and also the name of a project in which he intends to explore early magic.

Destino is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator specialize in branding, playing cards design, packaging design, and logotype maker. With his own unique monoline style, he strives to create clean, elegant, and sophisticated design. He has worked with various clients all over the world including the most famous fashion brand in the world. In the magic industry, Destino has worked alongside many famous magicians including Paul Harris, Damien O’Brien, Joao Miranda, and more to create a breathtaking design for their project.

TIMELESS ELEGANCE

Every single card in Emanations playing cards has been drawn by Mahdi instinctively to awaken the primitive in all of us. Crafted with care, this deck is inspired by & a homage to Charles T. Jordan & Goodall.

The ink on playing cards used to be pressed onto the uncut sheets one color at a time resulting in every single deck looking completely unique due to the discrepancies and bleeding of the ink. I recreated this vintage aesthetic by making everything purposely imperfect.

Printers used to use different plates for individual colors and to save money they would limit themselves to only two colors, red and black for the faces. I fell in love with this style, using your restrictions and limitations to create more powerful art.

SOURCE OF MAGIC

"Card effects are the poetry of magic! Without poetry, no poet! Without card magic there is no such thing as a magician, even if he could do real magic." - Hofzinser in correspondence dated March 15th, 1872 to Carl von Pospischil (Published 1942 in Zauberkünste by Ottokar Fischer)

In his legendary salon, Hofzinser would host an An Hour of Deception in which he would tie his miracles to the lives of enchanted audiences.  Presentations like Everywhere & Nowhere, Sympathy, & The Power of Faith brought the inner world of cards to life.

Many of Hofzinser's finest deceptions were only possible because of the playing cards of the era. Emanations playing cards feature no indexes just like playing cards used to be made. This unique feature allows you to explore all sorts of forgotten card transformations, hypnotize your audiences with hallucinations of duplicates, renders well-known prearranged stacks completely invisible (even to magicians).

ONE

The Fusion Plot has been totally redesigned and restructured from the ground up by Mahdi. A beautiful parable that, comes to life in the spectators hands, of two lovers who choose to become One flesh. Mahdi explains his full presentation and handling of One on video*. Gimmick card to perform the effect with Hidden Leaves included in every deck of Emanations.

*This instructional video will be available to you around the time you receive your playing cards.

EVERYWHERE & NOWHERE (NO. 2)

Hofzinser's classic story of a man who wants to go Everywhere but ends up Nowhere brought to life in your hands. You can now perform Hofzinser's legendary effect exactly as described by Ottokar Fisher in his classic treatise, Kartenkünste. Mahdi explains the whole effect in detail on video*. Gimmick card to perform the effect with Hidden Leaves included in every deck of Emanations.

*This instructional video will be available to you around the time you receive your playing cards.

PRINTED BY THE USPCC // MADE IN THE USA 

Emanations Playing Cards will be Made in the USA & will be printed to the highest quality possible by the United States Playing Card Company. No detail was considered too small or trivial when pursuing the high standards we aim to achieve. 

The cards are made from the same Premium Bee Stock used in world class casinos for durability & flexibility so that they can be used for superior and fine card manipulation by card experts worldwide. Finally they have been enveloped in a Smooth Finish so that they are long lasting and glide effortlessly in any environment.

Rough Enough To Go Where You Go. 

This is a rare workhorse in the playing card industry.

INSPIRATION

Charles T. Jordan

Charles T. Jordan (October 1st, 1888 – April 24th, 1944) was a prolific creator of magic. His monogram, CTJ would appear in his writings and at first I had no idea it was a monogram. I just assumed it was an art deco style mask or face. Emanations is a study of early magic that was spread around the pre-civilized world and I loved the idea of using an art deco style tribal mask in my artwork. I then remembered Charles T. Jordan's books and realized what I saw as a mask was really 3 letters. Emanations is a project where we explore the evidence of the unknown so I thought it only appropriate to appropriate something that I saw that wasn't actually there.

Charles T. Jordan's Monogram
Charles T. Jordan's Monogram

Goodall

I love finding old playing cards and one of my favorite companies is Goodall. They produced some of the most artistic playing cards of their time and have inspired many trends, icons, and motifs you see in standard playing cards today. My court cards are based on a very old and classic Goodall design.

Hidden Leaves Court Cards, also inspired by Goodall and a basis for Emanations Court Cards
Hidden Leaves Court Cards, also inspired by Goodall and a basis for Emanations Court Cards

WHAT HAS BEEN WILL BE AGAIN

Emanations is a subversive exploration on early magic. These playing cards are but part of the overall project. As I penetrate more deeply into my quest, I am compelled to share the treasures that I've uncovered. Wonders and secrets that have been discovered and lost countless times.

Emanations is a study on magic. This pack allows you to perform magic and play card games the way they were more than 100 years ago. It is my personal belief, based on my knowledge and experience, that we have lost much more in magic through carelessness than we can ever dream of gaining through creativity. My goal with these playing cards is to elevate magic by reintroducing high quality tools to magicians worldwide.

Emanations is my second deck of playing cards. This is a massive project and I love and dread every moment of all of this.

I have put the best of my ability, my heart, and my soul into creating this deck. I need your help to get these cards out into the world. Please consider backing this deck as I would love for you to be able to enjoy these cards. Sharing them so far with my friends and family has been a great pleasure and it would be an honor to have my deck, Emanations go from my hands to yours.

ADD-ON: DECKS, UNCUT SHEETS, T-SHIRTS, HALF PRICE HIDDEN LEAVES

You can now Add Emanations Decks to your order with no additional shipping fee for $15 USD per additional deck.

1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on this page.  

2. Increase your pledge by $15 USD ($20 CAD) for each additional deck you would like.  

3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.

4. Leave a Note in your Order, Email me, or Kickstarter message me so that I have a record of communication. If the campaign is successfully funded, I will send around a survey for you to confirm you wanted additional decks.

You can now Add Hidden Leaves Decks to your order with no additional shipping fee for ONLY $9 USD per deck.

1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on this page.

2. Increase your pledge by $9 USD ($12 CAD).

3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.

4. Leave a Note in your Order, Email me, or Kickstarter message me so that I have a record of communication. If the campaign is successfully funded, I will send around a survey for you to confirm you wanted a signed deck.

A limited run of 52 Uncut Sheets are going to be produced to commemorate this release. If you would like to add one to your order for $30 USD with no additional shipping fee after you have pledged:

1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on this page.

2. Increase your pledge by $30 USD ($40 CAD).

3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.

4. Leave a Note in your Order, Email me, or Kickstarter message me so that I have a record of communication. If the campaign is successfully funded, I will send around a survey for you to confirm you wanted an uncut sheet.

An exclusive T-Shirt has been designed for this Kickstarter. You can add one to your order for only $30 USD with no additional shipping fee.

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3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.

4. Leave a Note in your Order, Email me, or Kickstarter message me so that I have a record of communication. If the campaign is successfully funded, I will send around a survey for you to confirm you wanted a t-shirt and your sizing.

STRETCH GOALS

REACH $10,OOO

If we reach the monumental goal of $10,000 I will give a private one-on-one lesson* to the 10 backers who contributed the most amount of money to our campaign.

* The lesson will either take place in person (if I'm travelling to your area) or online via video call.

REACH $20,000

If we reach the mammoth goal of $20,000 I will be able print a special edition of Emanations. Backers who pledge more than $100 USD will receive one of this special editions decks for free when they are printed.

Special Edition Concept Art | Final Design is subject to change
Special Edition Concept Art | Final Design is subject to change

Risks and challenges

The United States Playing Card Company is the most famous and recognizable playing card company in the world. They are known for high quality products and brands such as Bicycle, Bee, Tally-Ho, Aviators, and much more! I am working with them to produce this fine deck of playing cards. They have decades of experience producing quality playing cards. Any obstacle that presents itself will be recognized by them & me and we will work together to overcome them so that you can receive your premium playing cards.

The playing card orders will be fulfilled by Art of Play in California. They operate a very successful playing card store and fulfillment center. Their organization has years of experience in order fulfillment, e-commerce and customer service.

Every shipment will be tracked by the relevant postal office so we can make sure your packages arrive to you. Any problem that arises will be dealt with by us so that you receive your Emanations Playing Cards.

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    THE PROOF

    $111 USD // Unique Set of Three Proofs Sheets (One Backs, One Faces, & One Box Proof) from USPCC. Dated and personally signed from Mahdi to YOU!
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    BRICK // (POSTPAID IN THE USA)

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    ALL IN // (POSTPAID IN THE USA)

    $250 USD // Twenty-Four Decks of Emanations Playing Cards + Twelve Decks of Hidden Leaves Playing Cards + Uncut Sheet of Emanations + Instructional Video of ONE + Instructional Video of Hofzinser's Everywhere & Nowhere (No. 2) + Exclusive T-Shirt + Collectible Stickers // (POSTPAID IN THE USA)
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    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

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