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Jamie D. Grant
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Hiya Gang!

Anyone who is familiar with my work and art knows how much I love design. With my "Anything Is Possible" bottle and Industrial Revelation, I've always tried to marry function with simplicity while, at the same time, trying to inspire and help people Send Wonder. So, in an effort to give my wonderful IR clients a hand, I have created...

The Vault
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Be warned, you're going to be shocked about how long I can ramble on about a simple piece of brass (what the final product will be made of) so you might want to go grab a coffee, lol.


Whenever I design something, I always ask, "First and foremost, what is it for?" This is easy, as The Vault:

Helps extend the life of cardboxes. This stemmed from two experiences. The first is that, because of its weight, Industrial Revelation has a tend to be a bit rougher on cardboxes than normal. It's not a big deal to replace a card box every now and then, but why not help it along if we can provide a cool accessory? The second experience is that I've been doing a lot of custom AIP bottle work for companies such as Theory 11, David Blaine, and Ellusionist, who provide absolutely stunning decks of cards. Traditionally, card cases leave 3 open sides, which I never completely understood. With the Vault, there is now only two open, and the short ends overhang a bit! Just enough to offer all around protection!

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Next, I'll ask, "What's the simplest way to do the task?"

2) After dozens of prototypes, this is the clear winner. The channel down the back lets you get a good grip with your thumb or forefinger and allows just enough of the case to shine through. I'm super happy with it!

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Finally, the question comes through of, "What else can it do?"

3) That's where the two slits and the channel come in. I thought that, aside from making it feel more like a vault (I have no idea why it does, but the two slits really help me with that image. Maybe, in my mind, that's where money would be deposited?) wouldn't it be a cool option if you could perform Industrial Revelation while it's still in the guard? And, if you pull your cards out, what about having the ability to use The Vault as a stand for a prediction card, or your business card? Ideas abound!

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So there you have it. I'm just waiting for my shipment of brass to come in, and then to road test it to make sure it works perfectly. Like everything I do, it won't be cheap (why don't I learn to create art out of paper or something, lol), but it should last forever. Like a beautiful set of cups and balls- but for your cards. I'm hoping to have the price at around $42. We'll see!

Thanks for reading!

Send Wonder,

jamie
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Like it Jamie!
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Does look good with a lot of potential
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I have seen card protectors for sale from other magic retailers and thought "why spend money on another piece of magic when I can just buy another pack of cards so cheaply?" , BUT... I actually like your idea here Jamie and if it's not ridiculously priced I will probably get one from you. I have only purchased Industrial Revelation from you and I will say it's the best quality magic product I have purchased to date.

A question, do you fabricate these items yourself?
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On 2012-01-14 17:32, gary31525 wrote:

A question, do you fabricate these items yourself?


I sure do. Everything is handmade by me and my team in Vancouver, Canada. I really believe in being able to quality control, and take responsibility for your product, yourself!
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Jamie,
When do you expect these to be available?

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All this talk of the Vault and IR is getting me super excited. Still waiting for mine to come in the mail.

Time seems to have slowed down!
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It looks very good to me.
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Will be picking one up when they become available!

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I see this Vault apparatus to be a great device to increase the life of the IR card box. I will be buying one!
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Brass if a very soft metal. I would be curious to see how these brass made card guards hold up to the rigors of magic life?
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Jamie, congratulations to your vault. Looks cool and looks indeed a more protective design than the typical card guard.

I hope this is not inappropriate to mention here, but I have been thinking about a 'better card guard' for several years. I wrote about this in my newsletter. My own solution goes into a very different direction than your vault and the traditional card guard. My main problem with the standard card guard, and I am afraid your vault doesn't change that, is that it only works for a standard deck. It doesn't protect a deck that is short of cards and it also does not protect a deck that is loaded with additional cards. So unless you have your standard deck you are pretty much out of luck. My solution to this problem are the Shuber Plates. They give up a bit in protection but gain a huge amount in flexibility. One can protect anything from a single card up to two decks, plus a load of other possibilities and uses.

More on the Shuber Plates can be found here http://www.lybrary.com/shuber-plates-p-132659.html
How to make your own pocket card press with it you can see here http://www.lybrary.com/the-many-uses-of-......-17.html
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Weird, but somehow intriguing... It's kinda like seeing a Pepsi commercial inside a Coke commercial.... (wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma?!) Smile

:bg:

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On 2012-01-15 15:24, Chris wrote:
Jamie, congratulations to your vault. Looks cool and looks indeed a more protective design than the typical card guard.

I hope this is not inappropriate to mention here, but I have been thinking about a 'better card guard' for several years.


Sure seems inappropriate to me. Start your own thread if you want to promote your product.

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Looks very nice...I'll expect mine to be hand delivered though Smile
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On 2012-01-15 15:24, Chris wrote:
Jamie, congratulations to your vault. Looks cool and looks indeed a more protective design than the typical card guard.

I hope this is not inappropriate to mention here, but I have been thinking about a 'better card guard' for several years. I wrote about this in my newsletter. My own solution goes into a very different direction than your vault and the traditional card guard. My main problem with the standard card guard, and I am afraid your vault doesn't change that, is that it only works for a standard deck. It doesn't protect a deck that is short of cards and it also does not protect a deck that is loaded with additional cards. So unless you have your standard deck you are pretty much out of luck. My solution to this problem are the Shuber Plates. They give up a bit in protection but gain a huge amount in flexibility. One can protect anything from a single card up to two decks, plus a load of other possibilities and uses.

More on the Shuber Plates can be found here http://www.lybrary.com/shuber-plates-p-132659.html
How to make your own pocket card press with it you can see here http://www.lybrary.com/the-many-uses-of-......-17.html


To respond to your initial query - this is an inappropriate post.
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It sure would help if we were able to (delete) our posts. Sammy would have probably done that by now. Being able to (Like) a post is a great option was well. Hope these come to this Forum soon.

That being said, I (LIKE) the Vault!!!!!
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Maybe there is value on a card guard, but to spend $40 to protect a $2 product that wears because of the way it is used not keep, not sure about the rationale, and to use this guard to protect the box of the IR, sounds like an overkill, but maybe this is a niche product that have their fans.
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On 2012-01-16 12:12, Card Mechanic wrote:
It sure would help if we were able to (delete) our posts. Sammy would have probably done that by now. Being able to (Like) a post is a great option was well. Hope these come to this Forum soon.

That being said, I (LIKE) the Vault!!!!!


Sammy?? Why would he want to delete his post? I must be missing something. Smile

Jim
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On 2012-01-16 15:28, J-Mac wrote:
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On 2012-01-16 12:12, Card Mechanic wrote:
It sure would help if we were able to (delete) our posts. Sammy would have probably done that by now. Being able to (Like) a post is a great option was well. Hope these come to this Forum soon.

That being said, I (LIKE) the Vault!!!!!


Sammy?? Why would he want to delete his post? I must be missing something. Smile

Jim



I'm no mindreader (wait a minute...I am!), but I believe he meant "Chris," not "Sammy."
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I'm no mindreader (wait a minute...I am!), but I believe he meant "Chris," not "Sammy."
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LOL Eric!

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On 2012-01-16 15:28, J-Mac wrote:
Quote:
On 2012-01-16 12:12, Card Mechanic wrote:
It sure would help if we were able to (delete) our posts. Sammy would have probably done that by now. Being able to (Like) a post is a great option was well. Hope these come to this Forum soon.

That being said, I (LIKE) the Vault!!!!!


Sammy?? Why would he want to delete his post? I must be missing something. Smile

Jim


I meant Chris :O)

Thanks for catching that.
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On 2012-01-15 15:24, Chris wrote:
Jamie, congratulations to your vault. Looks cool and looks indeed a more protective design than the typical card guard.

I hope this is not inappropriate to mention here, but I have been thinking about a 'better card guard' for several years. I wrote about this in my newsletter. My own solution goes into a very different direction than your vault and the traditional card guard. My main problem with the standard card guard, and I am afraid your vault doesn't change that, is that it only works for a standard deck. It doesn't protect a deck that is short of cards and it also does not protect a deck that is loaded with additional cards. So unless you have your standard deck you are pretty much out of luck. My solution to this problem are the Shuber Plates. They give up a bit in protection but gain a huge amount in flexibility. One can protect anything from a single card up to two decks, plus a load of other possibilities and uses.

More on the Shuber Plates can be found here http://www.lybrary.com/shuber-plates-p-132659.html
How to make your own pocket card press with it you can see here http://www.lybrary.com/the-many-uses-of-......-17.html


Totally inappropriate post.
Terribly crass actually, very low brow.
Posting here, as you have makes you appear to be lacking in some extremely fundamental social (and internet) graces.
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Im looking forward to this. It seems strange and useful. It will certainly add to the wonder and bewilderment left on a spectator as they frustrate over what they just experienced with IR. Cool stuff, Jamie!

Chris- swing and miss with that post. Not winning.
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On 2012-01-16 21:54, Card Mechanic wrote:
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On 2012-01-16 15:28, J-Mac wrote:
Quote:
On 2012-01-16 12:12, Card Mechanic wrote:
It sure would help if we were able to (delete) our posts. Sammy would have probably done that by now. Being able to (Like) a post is a great option was well. Hope these come to this Forum soon.

That being said, I (LIKE) the Vault!!!!!


Sammy?? Why would he want to delete his post? I must be missing something. Smile

Jim


I meant Chris :O)

Thanks for catching that.


Sorry.... I do find myself in the occasional pedantic mood now and then... Smile

Jim
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Here's some updates!

I received some brass so we've got a final material prototype. Now I just have to carry it in my pocket for a month and see how it wears. In the meantime, we're working on metalworking the die (this is the expensive part) to make sure the dimensions are exact for each one. And then there's the finish (which is a surprise but will look awesome!!!)

Front
It's starting to look like a Vault now that it's in brass! I love the IR cutouts (even for just a regular deck!)
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Back
Just enough space, via the thumb/index finger slot, to know which deck is on there, lol!
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The Stand
Working on a table? It's fairly easy to stand up a prediction card!
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I'll check back in a couple of weeks and see how it's wearing down (the material, not the deck. The deck test can't be done until the die is made).

Thanks for looking!

~jamie
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It's absolutely beautiful. I will definitely be getting one.
Well done, Congratulations,
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Very very nice jamie I will be getting one also.
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I got the IR from you at Live and love it. I will definitely be placing an order for a vault. My mind has already began to process some routines for standard decks too. This has possibilities!
Thanks againd Jamie for another fine product.

- Brian
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....still waiting for my IR in the mail... (thumbs twiddling)...
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