About this project
Hi, my name is Brian. I am a magician and I need your help! Don't worry,
I am not trapped in a box; quite the opposite in fact.
I have several ideas I would like to put on Kickstarter, from trivia games and joke books, to magic kits and even a big box product. I have so many crazy ideas it was difficult to decide on what project to do first, but in the end I decided to start with my childhood passion for mazes.
My interests vary from pop-up books, clean jokes, mazes, and optical
illusions to strange trivia, science, and of course puzzles and magic, but it
can all be boiled down to two words: "Fun" and "Wonder".
Most of my anticipated projects combine both of these elements, and this one is no exception. The project is simple: I will draw 52 unique mazes, each in the design of a playing card or poker card. Every card is a maze that can be solved on its own going from corner pip to corner pip, plus the entire deck becomes one big maze going from card to card like a choose your own adventure book.
This is not a deck of cards themed to look like a maze. This is 52 mazes, each drawn around a different playing card. Every card can be solved on its own going from either corner pip you wish to the opposite one. This makes it so that there is no backwards - some people try to solve mazes backwards because they are "easier", but not my mazes. Each one is designed to be equally challenging both ways.
But wait, there's more... Add the two jokers (featuring special guest boajes - more on that later) and now you have one big maze starting at one joker and ending with the other. This maze takes you from card to card.Now, instead of working form pip to corner pip, you start at either corner you like and work your way to one of the center icons indicating your next card.
For example, you would start on the joker with the S and as you can see it has several paths, some ending in dead ends and others taking you to new cards.You might choose to go to the 2 of Diamonds and there you start at either corner you like and then find your way to the center. This takes you to the 6 of Spades and from there you would go to the 3 of Clubs where again you have a choice, and so on until you make it back to the joker with the F (for Finish) and make your way to the broken lightbulb.
Some cards that have more than one option will lead you to dead ends, and others will result in an endless loop. Your job is not only to navigate the mazes, which now use different paths than the 52 individual mazes, but to figure out what cards you should go to and what cards you should avoid.
Oh yeah, and if you like you could use the cards for card games or magic tricks. But don't ever forget they are mazes that look like cards, not cards that look like mazes.
I am doing all the artwork myself so the funding is all going to set up fees, printing, and shipping.
I have drawn a handful of cards already and will draw more as the funding progresses.
I will post updates every few days and occasionally with cards as I draw them – and I plan on drawing a card or two a day for the duration of the funding.
The cards will be printed by the US Playing Card Company on Bicycle stock with a magic finish.
The rewards are simple. You get the super fun deck of cards... I mean mazes,
plus every backer will get a Kickstarter exclusive thank you maze as
well. And just for kicks, some of the higher backer levels have magic
postcards included (you can read more about them in update #3).
By popular demand we have also added uncut sheets.This way you can have the entire maze right in front of you, or better yet on your wall. I do think this will look sharp as an uncut piece, if I do say so myself, as it serves a purpose.
$15,000 - Backers $15 or higher get a FREE 3 month
membership to TeachByMagic.com.
$20,000 - Backers $20 or higher get a FREE jumbo playing card maze (original design).
$40,000 - Blue Backed decks available to all backers $30 or higher
$50,000 - Backers $50 or higher get a FREE pair of Mazing Dice (for a new Mazing experience).
$70,000 - FREE Mazing Magic Tricks booklet - Learn several easy to do card tricks you can do with any normal deck of cards (but they will look even cooler with a Mazing deck!) - FREE for all backers $50 or higher
$100,000 - Limited Edition (Kickstarter Only) Mazing Deck
This will be a limited quantity exclusive deck with metallic ink. You will be able to add one for $15 plus all backers that have pledged $50 or more get one Limited deck FREE.
Risks and challenges
Because of my background producing magic I have already had several decks printed with US Playing Card Company and I am familiar with the process. Assuming I stay healthy and USPC keeps printing cards, there is really no reason this project should not run super smoothly (this is why I chose it to be my first).
I am also married to the most amazing person in the world and she will help with the fulfillment and shipping and I can honestly say you are in good hands with her.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. If you are getting more than one deck, I am happy to sign a deck or uncut sheet - no extra charge. (Warning my signature is anything but pretty.) Just ask when the survey comes out under special requests.
I would love to do a blue deck as well. If we reach $40,000 with time to spare I will add blue backed Mazing decks. These will be available to anyone getting 4 or more decks (you can decide how many blues and how many reds you’d like).
Some things are more fun left a surprise so we won’t tell you what they all are, but one example of a magic postcard is the Vanishing Tree where a tree appears and disappears from a small forest. You can watch a video of it here: http://www.teachbymagic.com/Player/…
Right now the plan is to have one explain the maze (both how each card is an individual maze and how to do the entire deck as one maze). The other card will most likely be a double backer so that when the uncut sheet is displayed you see the rules, the 54 maze cards, and a maze.
Depends on how many it takes to figure out that is why it suddenly got dark.
It is an acronym for “Butt Of All Jokes”. I created and trademarked the boaj (a little blue character with a target on his belly that loves to get picked on) back in 2001. To learn more about boajes go to www.americasjoke.com
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