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A deck of playing cards unlike any other – There is no Queen of hearts but there is a heart of Queens… Read more

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A deck of playing cards unlike any other – There is no Queen of hearts but there is a heart of Queens…

Salt Lake City, UT Art
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FREE black deck with rewards $30 and up!!!
(see stretch goals at bottom for more details)

At first sight the Different Deck is a standard deck of 54 playing cards with one major difference -  each card is inverted so instead of a 3 of clubs, you have a club of 3s.

Instead of a 5 of diamonds, it is a diamond made up of 5s and so on.

Each card is a unique piece of art filled with symbolism and hidden elements. If you look closely at the queen of spades you will see "queen" not only written in several languages, but you will find a queen chess piece and even a Queen Elizabeth signature.

I have been developing this deck for nearly 8 years.  I worked with several artists until about a year ago when I found Nike, an artist from Florida, who could finally bring what I have seen in my mind all these years to life.  For the last ten months we have worked closely together deciding what would go into each and every card.

Every dot, every swirl, every language, and every hidden item was placed where it was placed with thought and purpose.

The more you look at a card and the more you look for hidden elements, the more you will find - things like ambigrams and words sharing letters, like the "T" in one word making an "X" in another.

There are over 100 different languages and numeric systems represented in this deck, plus there is symbolism and imagery in each card as well (an ant on a queen, or a toy jack on a jack, or an 8 ball on an 8, and so on).  There are some really fun things in subjects ranging from science and math, to history and mythology.

A Bit About Me

I am a magician and the founder of www.TeachByMagic.com where we show educators how to use simple magic in the classroom to engage students and make learning more fun and more memorable.

I have worked as a creative consultant for several companies and I love the creative process.  I even do workshops on creativity.

I have been married for almost 12 years to my best friend in the world and although we have been trying for almost nine years, we have not yet had kids. 

So with that extra time and money we have traveled the world.

We have been to Egypt, Italy, France, Denmark, England, Turkey, China, Brazil, Greece, Honduras, Scotland, Alaska, and Ireland. We have touched the pyramids, kissed the Blarney Stone, stood on the Great Wall, seen Stonehenge, and climbed Mayan ruins.

I am fascinated with the mystique behind these landmarks and I have have been working on this Different Deck during it all - learning about cards and numbers in these different cultures. For example, while in China I noticed the elevators did not have 4th floors.  Sure enough, the number 4 is unlucky in Chinese so we never put Chinese characters on any of the 4s.  

Enough About Me, Let's Talk About the Cards!

This project will create three decks of cards.  Two are Kickstarter exclusive Bicycle branded versions of the Different Deck (white and black) and they are both Kickstarter limited editions, only available to backers of this project Never to be reprinted.  I will not sell this version ever again or anywhere else but here, during THIS project.

The faces of the white cards will be exactly like the unlimited edition decks except they will be on white cards rather than the antique parchment style.  The back of the Bicycle Limited Edition Deck is a custom design done by the same artist, again chock-full of symbolism and hidden imagery.  (If you look closely you can see that the word "bicycle" is hidden in the deck several times - how many can you find?)

The faces of the black cards again are exactly like the unlimited edition decks except they will be charcoal colored rather than the antique parchment style.  The back is the same as the white Deck only black instead of red. 

The unlimited edition of the Different Deck will have the classic old paper style to it and this is the deck I hope to get into a corner store.  This has always been a bucket list item for my life.  I have developed several products (and even have a patent on one!) that have been in magic shops and that has been fun to walk into a shop and see my product.  But I want to walk into a normal store and see something I made.  

So with your help, hopefully 2014 will be the year that dream comes true.  And I will keep you posted in the backer updates about my progress as I pitch the deck to all the different stores.  You will know when I make the trek to Bentonville to talk to the Wal-Mart buyers.  And the more backers this project has, the more likely I will have success on that journey.

Also, because this is the Different Deck there will be a few surprises along the way.  The biggest surprise will be the back design of the unlimited version.  That will be revealed when you crack open your reward for the first time. 

I have a non-Bicycle back design that I plan to use but, fully embracing the fact that this is the Different Deck and this is a community effort to bring it to life, I am opening up the back design to you.  If you have a design you would like to submit, please message me for details on that.

If we use your back design you will get a case (144) of decks so you can give one to all your friends after you take them to Walgreen's to show them you designed something they can buy at a store.

How cool is that?

I will post updates here every few days but if you want to see a new card every day make sure to like my Something Facebook page:

I promise this will make more sense when you see my next Kickstarter project!

The rewards are simple.  You can get the decks or, if you like, we also have a H.O.P.E. sticker, or decal.

The numbers on this die-cut sticker correspond to the letters on a telephone key pad for hope - 4673.  The size will be approximately 3" x 8".

Uncut Sheets are available and they are set up... well Differently. 

The cards all are mixed, but not in a random order. They are laid out like a crossword puzzle with words spelled out in number form like H.O.P.E. (4673) or L.O.V.E. (5683) but with lots of hidden inspirational words, like "dream", "believe", "imagine"...you get the idea.


Original inkings

There are also 50 original artwork spots. These are the actual hand drawings that were scanned in to make these cards. They are approximately 7" by 10" and are on torn edged Stonehenge paper – and they will look AMAZING framed.

These come unframed so you can do whatever you like with them - but here is what it might look like if you framed it with 4 cards.


One Lucky Backer
will get the 4 original H.O.P.E. inkings framed in a leather stitched frame with double matting, an inner fillet around each card, and museum  quality glass.

 It is 24" high and 55" wide and it looks AMAZING.


Here are all the rewards:

If you would like to add even more to your reward level - GREAT - just increase your pledge by the appropriate amount after selecting your reward level. 

Here are the items you can add.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Risks and challenges

The cards are all already drawn and I have a 10 year background in manufacturing and shipping. I have already had several decks printed with US Playing Card Company, including a recent successful deck here on Kickstarter. Assuming I stay healthy and USPCC keeps printing cards, there is really no reason this project should not run as smoothly as my last project (which delivered on time).

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FAQ

  • Her name is Nike Meyer

    Her website is http://nikemeyer.daportfolio.com/

    and she is one of the most pleasant artists I have ever worked with. We have had a fun year working on this project together.

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  • Nope. The H.O.P.E. sticker is only available if you back the sticker level (you can always add decks to that)

    Why you ask? well because this is the Different project and sometimes it is fun to do things differently.

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  • The simple answer is I want you to get lots of decks :)

    But the truth is there are a lot of factors:

    1) Shipping cost just went up again.
    2) When you pay $22 for shipping a project creator only sees $20 of that after fees.
    3) International shipping not only cost more but it is more work to fill out customs forms.
    4) International shipping is a higher risk

    I want to send decks global priority so the rewards $30 and up will ship faster and more securely - I am actually undercharging on these but because of the increased deck sells it works out.

    So if you are international (especially my Canadian friends) I recommend you find a local friend or two and team up and split the cost with them.

    Side note for project creators about international shipping.

    If a project barely funds and a good amount of the raised money was for international shipping a creator can be left with not enough money to actually produce the product profitably (example you need $9,000 to print a deck of cards - you set a goal for $13,000 to cover fees and packaging and shipping. if you hit $14,000 as a final amount and $6,000 of that was people buying 1 deck for $12 and then adding $9 for shipping) then the reality is you are about $3000 short of your goal)

    The bottom line is I don't want international backers just getting one or two decks - it is just not economical for anyone and I nearly made it so that the first three levels were not open to international backers and then I decided having high priced shipping was better than not giving you the choice.

    Disclaimer: I love all my backers equally - I just really don't like filling out customs forms and I undercharged for shipping on most of my levels for the Mazing decks.

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  • I have a friend that puts googly eyes on everything (salt shakers, candles, air fresheners you name it). Last time he came to visit he put giant ones on our trash can and it made the neighbor kids so happy we just left them. I'm not sure what the trash men think though.

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    13 backers

    Credit for supporting something different.

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    1 Different Deck (Unlimited Edition)

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    116 backers

    1 Bicycle Branded Different Deck (Limited Kickstarter Exclusive)

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    121 backers

    1 standard Different Deck and 1 Bicycle Branded Different Deck

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    162 backers

    2 standard Different Decks and 1 Bicycle Branded Different Deck

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    247 backers

    ONE OF EACH! - 1 standard Different Deck, 1 Bicycle White Different Deck and 1 Bicycle Black Different Deck

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    455 backers Limited (165 left of 620)

    1 H.O.P.E. Sticker

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    84 backers

    TWO OF EACH! - 2 standard Different Decks, 2 Limited Edition White Different Decks and 2 Limited Edition Black Different Decks

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    39 backers

    3 standard Different Decks and 3 Bicycle Branded Different Decks

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    9 backers

    1 Uncut sheet (you choose which style) plus 2 classic Different Decks and 1 Bicycle Branded Different Deck.

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    30 backers

    3 standard Different Decks, 3 Limited Edition White Different Decks and 2 Limited Edition Black Different Decks

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    1 backer

    2 Uncut sheets (1 unlimited and 1 white bicycle) plus 2 classic Different Decks and 2 Bicycle Branded Different Decks.

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    14 backers

    6 standard Different Decks and 5 Bicycle Branded Different Decks

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    15 backers

    4 standard Different Decks, 4 Limited Edition White Different Decks and 3 Limited Edition Black Different Decks

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    15 backers

    3 Uncut sheets (one of each style) plus 3 classic Different Decks, 3 White Bicycle Branded Different Decks, and 2 Limited Edition Black Different Decks

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    22 backers Limited (15 left of 37)

    Original hand Inked and signed card (8 X 10 on Stonehenge paper) plus 3 of each deck style

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    1 backer All gone!

    The Different One – Get 3 Bricks (a mix of styles) one week before anyone else. Plus, the one of a kind framed H.O.P.E. artwork. (4 original inklings)

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