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From the Greatest Magic Performing Dragon of All Time, comes the Greatest Deck of Playing Cards...of All Time!
From the Greatest Magic Performing Dragon of All Time, comes the Greatest Deck of Playing Cards...of All Time!
1,442 backers pledged $55,420 to help bring this project to life.

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Imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks. That's Piff the Magic Dragon, the stand out star of CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Las Vegas Headliner.

Piff and his faithful companion Mr. Piffles (the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua) have entertained hundreds of thousands of people all over the world in venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the O2 London, and Sydney Opera House.

After five record-breaking runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, two sell-out seasons at Soho Theatre in London’s West End, and over 15 million views on YouTube, Piff was invited to perform on a 17 date UK Tour with the Grammy Award winning band Mumford & Sons.

But enough about that. Let’s talk Playing Cards!

Piff The Magic Dragon on Penn & Teller's "Fool Us"
Piff The Magic Dragon on Penn & Teller's "Fool Us"

Introducing The Piff the Magic Dragon Playing Cards, a completely custom totally badass deck of playing cards designed from the ground up to fulfill all your magical dragon desires.  

Features you'll find in this unique deck of playing cards include:

  • Brand new pips and indices
  • Custom back design
  • Custom court cards
  • Redesigned tuck box
  • Die-Cut Harbin Table Playing Cards
  • Custom Joker
  • 3 Gaff Cards for a special Piff magic trick

The pips and indices in The Piff the Magic Dragon deck of playing cards have been redesigned to represent various aspects of Piff's life.

Spades are now represented by flames. The paws of Mr Piffles have replaced the clubs. Hearts are out, flowers are in, and diamonds…ok diamonds are still the same, but fancier.

Where do dragons live? Rubbishy dank, dark caves, that’s where. No air conditioning. No central heating. Not even a bed! (Tradition dictates dragons sleep on treasure but this is very bad for the posture.)

Where do dragons dream of living? A big, fat, glorious castle, tended by Princesses, served by Knights and surrounded by a moat so when the world gets too much we can just pull up the drawbridge and hibernate.

This custom back design represents Piff's future castle, aka PiffLand. The perfect place for a Magic Dragon to get away from it all, although for now this is as close as he’s getting.

Each of the 12 court cards have been completely redesigned to tell a story between the suits. We'll be releasing more court card artwork throughout the campaign.   

Kings are represented by Piff, obviously. Queens have been upgraded to Princesses, as Princesses are hotter and Queens are usually married, which is asking for trouble. Finally, Jacks are represented by none other than Mr. Piffles himself, the World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua. 

The Piff the Magic Dragon deck of playing cards would not be complete without some appropriate carrying system. And so we introduce The Tuckular! A Tuck Tacular!

Each Piff deck is safely stored in a custom built and designed tuck case that is an exact replica of Piff's legendary Tacular...and yes, you even get 2 uniquely engineered die-cut playing cards that fold out into a Harbin table!

Tacular Info:

  • Re-engineered and designed tuck box
  • Manufactured in high quality, long lasting synthetic paper for durability
  • Tuck artwork will have high gloss spot coating
  • Holds up to 64 cards:
  • 52 custom playing cards
  • 2 Jokers
  • 3 Gaff Cards
  • 3 Die-Cut Harbin Table Cards
  • 4 Sandwich Pack Playing Cards
Piff's Tacular Tuck Box with Die-Cut Harbin Table Card (prototype)
Piff's Tacular Tuck Box with Die-Cut Harbin Table Card (prototype)
Piff's Tacular opened on Die-Cut Harbin Table Card (prototype)
Piff's Tacular opened on Die-Cut Harbin Table Card (prototype)
a view of how the die-cut Harbin Table cards slides into special slits on the bottom of the Tacular tuck box. (prototype)
a view of how the die-cut Harbin Table cards slides into special slits on the bottom of the Tacular tuck box. (prototype)

3 Bonus Gaff Cards will be made for an exclusive magic trick that you'll be able to perform! 

EFFECT: A spectator takes a card, remembers it, and it is then shuffled back into the deck. To find it, Mr Piffles, the World’s First Cannonball Chihuahua, is placed into a cannon, and shot through the air. He flies through the deck before smashing through the chosen playing card. Ta da!

Information for how to Add-On items to your pledge: CLICK HERE or refer to the FAQ at the bottom of this page.

Original Concept by: John Van Der Put

Illustrated by: Claire Blackledge in the United Kingdom

Presented by: Chris Chelko

Printed by: The Expert Playing Card Company

Reward Fulfillment by: Art of Play

Original music provided by: Bensound.com

Special Thanks:  

Claire Blackledge: Born and bred Londoner, Geology student turned Graphic Designer, working in illustration, hand craft and graphics. Worked with some nice brands such as Ted Baker, Cath Kidston, Comic Relief and of course Piff. Loves marmite, hates ice, would love a VW Camper van and adores my new son. Aspires to create more loveliness. www.claireblackledge.co.uk 

Risks and challenges

Notes from the Piff Deck Project Creator and Presenter Chris Chelko:

Since 2012 I have produced 10 unique decks of playing cards totaling just over 20,000 manufactured and shipped all around the world. Piff The Magic Dragon playing cards are highly entertaining, colorful and innovative. My experience in playing card production and distribution over the past few years has helped shape this project into something that I'm very proud to present to you.

As a playing card collector, designer and producer I take great care in providing the best service and the highest quality product available. Piff and I have worked very closely with our illustrator Claire Blackledge over the past 12 months to bring unique and original artwork to this deck.

Additionally, this is my third time working with the Expert Playing Card Company. They manufacture some of the highest quality playing cards and products available and are not afraid to push boundaries. We gave them some new challenges that they gladly accepted, and we're very excited to bring these new designs to you!

When producing a deck of playing cards, I work closely with the illustrator & manufacturer, overseeing every detail and confirming that the quality is up to my high standards. I also check and recheck all the proofs, constantly searching for any flaws in color, contrast, border registration, and alignment of artwork. Additionally, I personally select paper stocks and finishes of the playing cards, along with the paper stock, inks and/or foils, embossing and spot coatings involved with the manufacturing of the tuck box.

Fulfillment will be made possible through Art of Play, the trusted premiere source for playing card fulfillment and custom and luxury playing cards from all over the world.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to message me (Chris), and I will respond to you. I am good about responding in a timely manner, but please know that I cannot control the rate at which I may be receiving messages and to allow at least 24-48 hours for a response.

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FAQ

  • Yes. Please add $5 to your total pledge for Piff to sign your rewards. $5 is a flat rate (meaning it's not $5 per item, $5 covers any and all items you've pledged for). When we send out the Kickstarter survey, you will be able to tell us what items you want signed. Items that can be signed are Decks, T-Shirts & Uncut Sheets.

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  • If you wanted to add more decks, a t-shirt, a poster or an uncut sheet to your current pledge you can do so without having to create another account. Simply refer to the Add-On Guide that is provided near the bottom of the campaign page. Take the total dollar amount of the items you want to add to your pledge and add it to your current total.

    For example (domestic):

    If you pledged for 1 Piff Deck & 1 Piff Shirt but wanted to add one more deck:

    $35 (tier) + $7 (shipping) + $14 (extra deck) = $56

    By adding $14 to your current total pledge, you'll enter the new total which is $56. Once the campaign is over, you'll be able to confirm your add-on through our management account on BackerKit and in the Kickstarter Survey.

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    1 PIFF DECK hand delivered to you by Piff The Magic Dragon & Mr. Piffles with an exclusive performance!!!

    Piff & Mr. Piffles will personally fly to your home to deliver 1 deck of Piff The Magic Dragon Playing Cards and perform some of his greatest hits for you and your friends...and of course, give you an opportunity to pet Mr. Piffles!!!

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