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A fully custom limited edition deck printed by USPCC with a full bleed back design. Suitable for all of your playing cards needs.
A fully custom limited edition deck printed by USPCC with a full bleed back design. Suitable for all of your playing cards needs.
A fully custom limited edition deck printed by USPCC with a full bleed back design. Suitable for all of your playing cards needs.
298 backers pledged $7,704 to help bring this project to life.

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CIRCUS -Nostalgic Playing Cards -The Greatest Deck On Earth!

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The CIRCUS is coming... to kickstarter!  Relive childhood memories of attending the circus as a kid. The sights, the smells, the excitement! We tried to put all of that into this all-purpose deck, suitable for all of your playing card needs. A special full-bleed back design for the cardist. Extra gimmick cards for the magician. Easy to read for poker or your favorite playing card game. And being made as a limited one time print suitable for the discerning collector.  

Features 

  • Printed by USPCC  
  • Classic Stock  
  • Air-Cushion Finish
  • Traditional Cut 
  • Poker Size  
  • 52 Cards + 2 Jokers & 2 Gaff Cards
  • Tuck Case Reveal
  • Two-Way Full Bleed Back Design 
  • 100% Custom Original Art 
  • Illustrated by Joe Ruiz
  • Produced by Will Roya
  • Limited Edition 

Stretch Goals

  • $2,000 - Deck Funds! - Funded!
  • $4,000 - Special Custom Gaff Cards - Unlocked!
  • $8,000 - Custom Numbered Tuck Seal
  • $12,000 - ?????

Custom Gaff Cards

Tent of diamonds and freak of spades.

 A Note From the Artist - Joe Ruiz 

My process for these cards began with a distant memory of a trip to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when I was a child of about 7 years old. I remember much of the circus but was enthralled with Gunther Gable Williams, the Lion Tamer. The way he fearlessly entered the cage with all those big cats left an indelible image on my young mind. The tuck box cover is an homage to that time and experience.

After I let those feelings knock around my noggin for a while, I started by researching vintage circus images online. I have tried to convey the exuberant energy of these old circus performers.

I work 100% digitally using Sketchbook Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and a little bit of 3D imaging. I bounce around between all these mediums to achieve just the right look I’m after. I hope that I have succeeded!

Roll Up! Roll Up! The circus is coming!

FYI - This is Joe's 2nd deck, his first was the Bicycle Monster.

Missed out on some of my past campaigns?

Check out the mixed 6 and 12 pack rewards that contain decks funded right here on Kickstarter. 

Prototype Deck Reviews

Add-Ons

Something you want more of? Please contact me directly with your request.

 Fulfillment   

By PlayingCardDecks.com with a safe delivery guarantee and emailed tracking. International customers are responsible for any custom fees and taxes. Canadian customs are prepaid and included in the ship cost.

Special Thanks 

  • Max Playing Cards  
  • United Cardists  
  • The Magic Cafe  
  • Kardify  
  • Magic Orthodoxy  
  • Gentleman Wake  
  • Ender's Game  
  • Playing Card Forum
  • The Card Club  
  • Repeat Super Backers  
  • Fellow Creators & Social Media Friends  
  • My Family & Staff

Risks and challenges

Artwork has been pre-approved by USPCC. Some small design elements may be subject to change based on backer feedback and printer recommendations.

Besides being a super backer, I have successfully completed and delivered several of my own campaigns as well as helping & collaborating with other creators.

I really enjoy the process of creating decks with the artists and working with backers to bring the decks to life. I am in a fortunate situation to be able to cover some of the costs of producing the decks but without the help of the Kickstarter community I would not be able to bring all of my projects to life. Creating these decks is a significant investment of time and money and I am grateful for any and all support.

If there are delays or issues they will be communicated and dealt with in an open manner. As always, I appreciate any feedback. You are welcome to reach out to me directly at any time and I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner.

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    1 Deck of Circus Playing Cards

    A great deal, but you get a better deal if you get more, make great gifts!

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    2 Decks of Circus Playing Cards

    $8.50 per deck.

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    EARLY BIRD: 3 Decks for the Pledge of 2!

    Only $5.66 per deck - Limited Availability!

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    1 Circus Deck & 1 Uncut Sheet

    You get a deck and an uncut sheet. You can add on to your pledge further if so desired.

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    6 Circus Playing Cards

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    Mixed 6 Pack

    $8 per deck. You get 1 each of the following decks: Circus, Knights, Monster, Armageddon, Strigiformes & Alice. No early delivery or substitutions.

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    Mixed 12 Pack

    $7.50 per deck. You get 1 each of the following decks: Circus, Knights, Monster, Armageddon, Strigiformes, Alice, Ancient Warriors Red, Ancient Warriors Black, Guard Oak, Guard Slate, Chicken & Felines. No early delivery or substitutions.

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    12 Circus Playing Cards

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    24 Circus Playing Cards

    $7 per deck.

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    Pledge $863 or more About $863

    144 Circus Playing Cards for Retailers

    $6 per deck. You may substitute some decks from my previous projects based on availability.

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Funding period

- (31 days)