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471
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17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, September 4 2019 3:58 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Emperor Deck is a custom deck of playing cards conceived by Kevin Reylek, designed by world-renowned artist Mark Stutzman (Split Spades, Whispering Imps) and produced by Penguin Magic with printing by the Expert Playing Card Company. 

Design

When we decided to create a timeless deck that represents our entire brand at Penguin, we knew there were only a few must-haves. First, it had to be the EMPEROR. The most recognized and well-known of all penguins, the emperor penguin has a distinct, classic, and iconic look.

3D render by Nicolas Molines
3D render by Nicolas Molines

Our other must-have was a world-class artist. We sought out none other than Mark Stutzman to tackle the job. Mark has designed playing cards and posters for David Blaine, and even designed the iconic Elvis stamp for the US postal service. We couldn't be more delighted with the amazing work that Mark has done on this deck of cards.

Back

The back design is the most intricate we've ever produced. Meticulously illustrated, the back design features penguins galore.

We have sliding penguins, marching penguins, and our featured performer penguin to give a nod to the deck's magical roots.

Snowflakes and detailed scrollwork complete the look. The back design is rotationally symmetrical so it can be used for magic tricks, card games, and more.

Early sketches of the Emperor back design
Early sketches of the Emperor back design

Ace

The most powerful penguins for the most powerful card in the deck. Our custom Ace of Spades is simply beautiful. It features two penguins rising up from the icy waters, the tips of their beaks meeting at the apex. To say that we LOVE this design is an understatement.

Joker

Our joker is represented by the delightful rockhopper penguin. The feather crests on a rockhopper's head give it a jester-like quality that we knew would be the perfect fit for the joker. Impeccably illustrated by Mr. Stutzman, this is a joker that you won't want to take out of the deck. Each deck has 2 identical joker cards.

Tuck Box

Beautiful cards deserve a beautiful box. The front of the box features a modified and more ornately decorated version of the performer penguin. Standing in the night sky surrounded by icy mountains, he is standing proud, declaring to the world that he is the EMPEROR.

The back of the box features the design of the card back at actual size. This is a classic touch that we know will be especially appreciated by card magicians.

Materials

The deck will be printed to perfection by the Expert Playing Card Company. We will be printing on a classic stock & finish. This is the same quality we have used on our Woodlands and Composition Decks, which feel terrific and offer ultra smooth handling. Expert is known for delivering precise registration, which is a MUST for a design with borders as thin as the ones on Emperor. The silky edges are a delight to hold whether you're a faro-shuffling magician, a quick-cutting cardist, or an at-home game player.

The cards will be housed in the beautiful black & white tuck box and topped off with a silver foil seal that features our Emperor Spade.

Gilded Deck & Collector's Set

Along with the Standard Edition deck, we are also creating a Special Edition Gilded deck. The Special Edition will have beautiful silver gilded edges. It will also come in a special tuck box made from a shiny pearlescent paper. The special edition gilded deck is limited to only 500 decks EVER and will have individually-numbered foil seals.

The gilded deck is available ONLY as part of a 2-deck Collector's Set. The Collector's Set includes a Standard deck and a Gilded deck, side-by-side in a custom 2-deck box with a magnetic closure.

Due to the low number of Gilded Decks/Collector Sets, they are available only as pledge levels, as that allows us to make sure that they do not get over-claimed.

Add-Ons

We love the designs of the Emperor deck so much that we absolutely HAD to create some special add-on items.

2" Collector Coin

We have created an absolutely GORGEOUS 2" dealer coin made from Black Nickel and White Enamel. It has eye-popping contrast and the solid weight feels great in your hand. Use it as a display piece in your collection or as the ultimate dealer coin at your next poker game. One side of the coin features the performing penguin medallion from the box and back design. The second side features our Emperor Spade.

Spade Pin

If you want to show your Emperor love at all times, you can snag a 1.25" Emperor Spade lapel pin. Looks great on your jacket, shirt, or backpack!

The pin is made from the same amazing materials as the coin, so they make a perfect matched set.

Uncut Sheet, Additional Decks, and Stripper Decks

If you need every one of your friends and family members to know just how much you love penguins, make sure to get an uncut sheet! It looks like a poster, but it is an actual deck of cards. It's rolled right off the printing press and skipped the cutting line to become a large, beautiful piece of display art.

We are also offering handcrafted Stripper decks as an add-on. The Stripper deck has been carefully tapered, opening up a world of possibilities for magicians. Every card in the deck is individually trimmed for the best precision and consistency.

If you need more regular decks of cards, you can add them on individually or by the dozen.


How Do I Do It?

How do the add-ons work? Simply choose your base pledge level, and then increase the dollar amount of your pledge as needed. For example, if you are in the US and have selected the 2-Deck Collector's Box, your base pledge is $35 plus $5 shipping. If you'd like to add-on a dozen decks, increase your pledge amount an additional $96. If you'd like a coin, add an additional $20. The combinations are endless, but the process remains the same. If you have questions about your pledge, feel free to send us a direct message and we'll help you right away.

Stretch Goals

We have some terrific stretch goals for when the campaign surpasses the base production goal. When we reach $25,000 in pledges we will unlock the option for Marked Decks! When this is unlocked, backers can choose for their decks to be Unmarked, Marked, or a Mix. The 2-Deck Collector Sets will all remain UNMARKED.

At $30,000 we will unlock a 13-card Gaff Pack that will include a variety of special cards for magic - double backers, blank facers, and more! 

At $35,000 we will unlock Mini Decks! These decks will be made with EPCC on the same Classic Finish stock as the main decks, just at half the size!

Risks and challenges

We have extensive experience in creating products and shipping them all over the world. We have our own warehouse with a skilled and dedicated team, we will not be outsourcing fulfillment. We also have a close relationship with Expert Playing Card Co, the printers of this project. While we do not expect any delays with the printing or shipping of the Emperor deck, we will update our backers if any issues arise and will work closely with EPCC to solve them immediately.

Please contact us directly for wholesale opportunities.

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