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Hidden Leaves Playing Cards by Mahdi The Magician

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What are Hidden Leaves?
 

Hidden Leaves are painted pieces of cardboard with suits of dreams, lies, and love. These premium playing cards are drawn & designed by Mahdi The Magician for his unique style of magic, cardistry, & card manipulation.

Embracing The Rainbow,

Painted Strokes

Drawn from & Bringing color

to Life, Lies, & Love.

PRINTED BY THE USPCC // MADE IN THE USA 

"For superior work the cards should be new, thin, flexible and of best quality. Cheap cards are clumsy and not highly finished. Cards that have been handled two or three hours become more or less sticky, and the slightest friction is a detriment to perfect manipulation." - The Expert At The Card Table

Hidden Leaves 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. This premium stock has been Crushed Thin 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.

A Modern Classic

*Court Cards are redrawn and based on a Goodall design by the same artist discussed below.

"Rider Backs, Reimagined." - Dan & Dave Buck 

We're going Old School on this one.

Every single card in every pack of Hidden Leaves playing cards has been drawn by Mahdi to evoke a nostalgic feel. Crafted with love, this deck is inspired by & a homage to the legendary card artist who in 1885 designed cards for Andrew Dougherty including Tally-Ho.

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. 

The artwork on this project has taken me almost a whole year to complete. I had to figure out every single detail from the symmetrical pattern on the back inspired by William Morris to the Pantone colors used to print.

Uncover The Lost Secrets of Hofzinser

The great Hofzinser wrote that card conjuring is "the poetry of magic". In his legendary salon he 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

No Indexes
No Indexes

Many of Hofzinser's finest deceptions were only possible because of the playing cards of the era. Hidden Leaves 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). 

These are only a sliver of the secrets you will find in Hidden Leaves.

Stronger Magic 

I have also found through performing with Hidden Leaves that the audience is able to concentrate more on the plot of the card effect you are performing. I believe the reason for this is that there is less information for the spectators to process (they are not seeing a bunch of numbers & letters all the time) which allows them to focus on their cards and the magic that you are presenting.

Play The Hand Life Dealt You!

"My inspiration." - David Blaine 

All magic is about transformation and the story of the magician's performance is telling you that you are the magician in your own life. You are the agent of transformation, your own transformation and the change in the lives of those around you. Born without hands or feet, Mahdi overcame extraordinary odds and learned to face his challenges head-on. 

"I believe that everyone can overcome life’s challenges and achieve their dreams; that everyone's life has value, that every single person on this Earth is worthy of being treated with respect, dignity and love. I believe that life is stronger than pain and love is stronger than death." - Mahdi 

This is not a deck of playing cards. This is a symbol of overcoming the world. The motif of this deck is Play The Hand Life Dealt You! With my logo which is me holding a royal flush.

When I first saw magicians growing up they made me feel like I could do anything. I believe imagination and imagery is very powerful and I want people to feel like heroes when they see my magic and I want them to feel like they can do anything when they hold my cards.

In life, truly it doesn’t matter what hand you get dealt, the only thing that matter is how you play it. And I want people to transform whatever they are holding into winning hands.

Hidden Leaves is my first deck of playing cards. This massive project has consumed almost a whole year of my life. 

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, Hidden Leaves go from my hands to yours.

 ADD-ON: DECKS, SIGNED DECKS, UNCUT SHEETS, T-SHIRTS, NOTES (PDFs), LESSONS

You can now Add 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 ($19 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 Signed Decks (signed by Mahdi) to your order with no additional shipping fee for $20 USD per deck.

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

2. Increase your pledge by $20 USD ($25 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 ($38 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 $25 USD with no additional shipping fee. Only available in S, M, & L sizes.

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

2. Increase your pledge by $25 USD ($32 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 t-shirt and your sizing.

You can now add Mahdi Gilbert's SOLD OUT LECTURE NOTES in digital format (PDF) to your order. These include 3 sets of Mahdi's sold out notes (International Magic Convention Notes, Kouvala Notes, & Magi-Fest Notes). $60 USD Value for ONLY $20 USD! These notes originally sold for $20 each but now get all three for only $20 USD. This is a digital product which will be delivered electronically over email.

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

2. Increase your pledge by $20 USD ($25 CAD) to add lecture notes PDFs.

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 these instructional PDFs.

You can now add a single* PRIVATE LESSON to your order for ONLY $50! Learn magic directly from Mahdi online over video call in an exclusive, private one hour lesson. 

* This is has a limit of one lesson per person.

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

2. Increase your pledge by $50 USD ($63 CAD) to add your private lesson.

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 private lesson.

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 Gambler's Warehouse in Texas. They have supplied cards & chips to thousands of casinos and other corporations for the last three decades—from Las Vegas and the Americas to Europe, Africa and Asia. Their organization has years of experience in order fulfillment, e-commerce and customer service.

Squids are handmade by Chase Duncan, the owner of PKT PRK. He will make each set of Squids to the highest quality and we will work together on having them shipped to you. Because each Squid is made by hand they do take some time to produce which is why I have them with an expected fulfillment date of December 2018. They most likely will be ready early but I didn't want to make any false promises.

I personally am fulfilling the orders for parts of some of the tiers that include the T-Shirts, Stickers, Signed Decks. I am co-coordinating my efforts with Gambler's Warehouse & PKT PRK.

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 Hidden Leaves Playing Cards.

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