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Hey gang,

A quick heads-up about a Kickstarter project you simply do not want to miss whether you just collect decks or actually perform magic.

Can you imagine have playing cards that are not only marked but have over 500 MARKS per deck?

Do I have your attention now? Smile

Read on...

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DeLand Centennial - Daisy & Nifty Marked Playing Cards

A pair of 100-year-old marked decks, recreated and improved for the 21st century. Designed by Phill Smith, printed by USPCC.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT...

The DeLand Centennial Project brings two amazing decks of marked playing cards back to life. Originally printed in 1919, the Daisy Deck and Nifty Deck were created by Theodore DeLand.
In honor of their 100th Anniversary, we have recreated these ingenious decks from the ground up.

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We have teamed up with renowned magician, graphic designer, and marked deck expert, Phill Smith (creator of the DMC ELITES) to create these stunning Centennial Editions.
These are not simply reprints - each deck has been painstakingly redrawn and enhanced with new art and new features.

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These Centennial Edition Decks will never be reprinted and are offered here in a "Classic Edition" as well as a "Collector's Edition".

ORIGINS...

Theodore DeLand was a genius creator and innovator in the magic world. DeLand lived from 1873 to 1931. Before departing this world, he left behind an enormous collection of mind-boggling creations.
His best-known work is the "Dollar Deck", which was a groundbreaking marked deck of cards.

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Few are aware that DeLand actually created many marked deck designs in addition to countless magic tricks. Originally offered in 1919, the Daisy Deck and Nifty Deck appear to be simple, innocent cards at first glance - but each deck holds many secrets waiting to be decoded.

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THE BACKS...

Each deck has a full-bleed borderless back design that looks right at home on the poker table. We have meticulously recreated each design to be faithful to the original, while making small changes to make the decks more useful for the modern performer.

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To offer them as a complimentary pair, the Daisy Deck has been designed in a deep Burgundy and the Nifty Deck is dark Blue.

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MARKINGS...

Not only is each deck marked to tell you the Suit & Value of every card, but there are other secret marks as well.
We have expanded upon the core design originally created by DeLand and taken it a step further. In the Centennial Edition, each deck has OVER 500 MARKS in total.
A quick glance at any card back will tell you the identity of not just one, but THREE different cards, as well as how many cards are left in a pile.

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Every deck comes with an instruction card that will teach you how to decode the markings. The systems are hard to detect but are simple to learn and can be mastered with moderate practice.
All backers will also receive a video download that teaches the marking system and the special stack order.

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TUCK BOXES...

The tuck boxes feature all-new, 100% custom designs. The Classic Edition Tucks will be printed with ink on a traditional stock.
The Collector's Edition Decks will have their tuck stock upgraded to a natural Kraft paper and will have the design stamped in foil.

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Each tuck delivers a vintage vibe that has been elevated with a touch of modern elegance. When we reach a stretch goal of $13,000 we will add custom seals to the Classic Edition decks.
When we reach $14,000 we will add custom seals to the Collector's Edition Decks.

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FACES...

We absolutely LOVE vintage card faces. Both the Daisy Deck and Nifty Deck have gorgeous custom faces based on designs from the early 20th century.

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The faces have been completely redrawn for modern printing, but fully capture the essence of vintage designs, including subtle asymmetry and small imperfections.

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The Ace of Spades and Jokers are faithful recreations of DeLand's classics.

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THE PRINTING...

Have you ever tried to fan or shuffle a 100-year-old deck of cards? It's not easy! Manufacturing techniques have improved immeasurably since the original 1919 decks,
so one of the biggest upgrades that these DeLand Centennials offer over the originals is the handling quality.

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We will be printing with the US Playing Card Company on a Classic Stock with top-of-the-line coating for the ultimate performance for magic, games, cardistry, and more.
The decks will be traditionally cut. This means that the cards are cut from face to back, which creates a minuscule yet important edge bevel that aids in executing card moves flawlessly.

COLLECTORS SET...

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In addition to the Classic Edition, we have created a limited Collector's Edition. The Collector's Edition decks will have special tucks made from Kraft paper and imprinted with foil, lovingly produced by the masters at Clove St Press.
The Collector decks also come in an exclusive 2-deck Kraft storage box with gold foil.

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The Collector's Edition is strictly limited to only 500 sets ever produced.
When we reach a stretch goal of $17,000 or higher, we will also add gold gilding to the edges of the Collector's Edition decks.
This is an exquisite addition that increases the beauty and the value of the Collector's Edition decks.

RISKS AND CHALLEGES...

We have worked with our artist, Phill Smith, many times before. Our artwork is finished and print-ready. We have printed a wide variety of decks with the US Playing Card Company and know the process well.
We have been in business for over 15 years, creating and shipping products across the globe daily.
We expect no bumps in the road while bringing these decks to life, but will keep all backers informed of any issues or delays that may arise.
We will be using BackerKit for surveys and to facilitate the fulfillment process. Please contact us directly for wholesale inquiries.

DeLand Centennial - Daisy & Nifty Marked Playing Cards

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