The Black Roses Playing Cards is an elegant deck of cards that links classic design with modern elements. Meticulously created by Daniel Schneider, this deck is fully custom and features new faces on the court cards. Unlike other crowd-funded playing card projects featured on Kardify, Black Roses was launch on Startnext.de, a popular German crowd-funding platform.

We managed to have a quick chat with Daniel about his background, the inspiration and the design evolution of Black Roses, and his thought on the playing card community.

Can you tell us about yourself and what is your creative background?
I've started with magic very late. Back in 2009 I saw this guy on german television in his own show "Street Magic with Farid". Ever since then I have a passion for magic and since I've discovered Dan and Dave, I'm a total playing card fanatic.

I've studied web design but graphic design is what I'm actually doing most of the time.

This is your first Crowd-Funded Project. Why Startnext.de?
As I'm from Germany it was simply obvious to start my crowdfunding on Startnext because the communication is very easy there. The community isn't as big as the community on Kickstarter, but I don't think that this is a disadvantage. You have to thrill the supporter beyond the platform anyway.



What is your inspiration behind the Black Roses Playing Cards? How did you come up with the idea?
I simply missed a deck of cards which shows my own personality. The idea of drawing new faces on classic playing cards is not really mine, for example David Blaine and Daniel Madison did that before and their decks have been an inspiration to me.

In the beginning I only wanted to replace the faces so I don't loose the classic look. But with time, the card got more fancy like the Queen of Hearts with the long blond hair or the King of Hearts with the hoody. Nevertheless, I think I managed it that the cards have not lost their classic look with modern faces.

The "Bicycle Rider Backs" and "Bicycle Leaf Backs" inspired me to draw my own Black Roses back design. The result is something completely new, but still exactly what I wanted- a classic playing card deck. The color black because it is unique and classy.

How much time did you spend working on the deck and can you briefly go through the design evolution of one of your unique card design?
I can't say anymore how long I've needed to complete the deck... I think 6-8 weeks with a few breaks in between. First I remove the face from the original court card. I look for a suitable photo and trace the outlines of the face. Everything happens on the computer. The eyes are the most striking and most difficult thing to draw. When I have all the outlines I place them over the court card. Finally, I color the hair etc... if necessary.



We initially noticed the Black Roses Playing Cards on Instagram. What do you think of the magic/playing card community on Instagram in terms of the feedback and support that you’ve been getting?
I haven't received so much feedback like I wish I had, but what I've heard was very positive and I'm very pleased to hear that because I know that they are really honest. There are almost always the same people who likes my photos and I noticed that of course.

What are your thoughts about the continuous strong growth of playing card projects?
Before I started to design my own deck, I never realized how many people creating there own decks. When I look at the statistics I haven't chosen a good month! :D But I guess that is a good thing. Crowdfunding makes it so much easier for people to realize their ideas due to the number of playing cards in the market now... you can easily lose track, but good things will catch on.




Finally, what are your favourite playing card decks?
I love the Bee Erdnase Deck and the 1st Split Spades. The finish is awesome. I also love the simplicity of the Smoke and Mirrors (V4-V6), Rounders and Nocs.

Awesome! Thanks again for your time Daniel and all the best!


Pledge for Black Roses starts from 8€ and it is currently 21% funded. Don't miss out as this is only available for a limited time on StartNext.de.






In conjunction to the pre-order launch of LUXX playing cards on 29th August 2014, JP Playing Cards and Kardify are pleased to offer you an opportunity to win one rare authentic Red Jerry's Nugget. As you all know, the price for this sought after deck has been on the rise in the secondary market and it isn’t uncommon to see individual decks sell for over $400.00!


Rules and Such


Up for grabs is one RARE Red Jerry's Nugget.  To participate, you must complete all the mandatory entry requirements below:

+ First, follow Kardify on Facebook (contest clues will be posted daily on Kardify FB Page).
+ Follow JP Playing Cards on Facebook (for us to verify and contact you if you win).
+ For each clue, you have to LIKE the clue as an acknowledgement that you seen the post. This of it as a check-in to each of the clue. IF your name is missing in any of the clues, your entry may be disqualified.
We will inform you where to submit your entry on the FINAL day. So you don't have to ask us.
No cheating. No entry bots. No entering for others. No entering using multiple accounts. Cheaters will be banned permanently from all of our giveaways... forever!

This contest will begin on August 21, 2014 and end on August 28, 2014. No additional entries will be counted after this date.



Prizes:


Grand Prize: Red Jerry's,
Second Prize: LUXX Twin Set + Dealer Coin,
5 x Runner Up: £10 discount code (when spend £30 or more) .

This contest is open to ALL.

Winners will be selected and will be announced on JP Playing Cards Facebook page. The winners have 48 hours (2 days) to respond. If the winner do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected. If a winner is selected, and their entries are found to be fraudulent, they are automatically removed from the list and another winner will be selected.

The winner will be announced on August 29, 2014, after the pre-order launch of LUXX Playing Cards.





Something a little different with this 1ON1. 

So a few weeks ago I approached Jason Brumbalow about doing a 1ON1, in the same manner I've approached everyone else who's been kind enough to collaborate with us. We went back and forth on schedules and ended up making an appointment via Skype to discuss what we wanted to do.

From that meeting we came up with a date and time for our "Interview" we felt the easiest way to do this was via Skype once again and I could go back through the conversation and build the "written" piece from there.

A few days later when I started working on the piece I sat there for about 20 minutes pulling bits and pieces out of the video capture and kept getting distracted by the conversation itself. So while the notion of making this a video interview was bantered about, Jason knew it might be a possibility, we really didn't set out to do that. So while this is a bit crude, and not how I would do it in the future, I think the "piece" is much more interesting coming directly from Jason than anything I could have written.

So ignore the guy on the left and I hope you enjoy Part One of our Jason Brumbalow 1ON1



I want to thank Jason for his time and willingness to be a guinea pig on this new format, it's greatly appreciated.

Coming soon Part Two of our Jason Brumbalow 1ON1...stay tuned!

This exclusive 1-on-1 is written by Anthony Ingrassia for kardify. No part of this article can be reproduced without written permission from the author. You can check out Anthony's awesome collection on his Facebook Page Sparkz Collector.





Fun. Charming. Delightful.

The Limited Edition Hive Playing Card is designed and illustrated by Brendan Hong and produced by the famous Kings Wild Project. Inspired by classic playing card art, this fully customized 54 card deck that comes with its own unique court cards to custom Jokers, Ace of Spades and back design. 

They've been printed to exquisite standard by EPCC (Expert Playing Card Company) and limited to 1000 of each color (Red and Blue). 

Another well-crafted deck of playing cards from Kings Wild Project. Find out more at http://kings-wild-project.myshopify.com/





The Kids Deck is a deck of playing cards specifically designed for kids and magicians. These aren't the intricately designed cards that everyone is familiar with, but cards that kids will love to use and magicians will perform with. This deck will be available on Kickstarter from August 15.

Created by Justin Meitz, a professional Magician, the Kids deck consists of 3 decks, a red & blue backed deck containing 52 beautifully hand drawn cards done in a kids style. The third deck includes alphabet cards (A-Z) and numbers (1-26), appropriately named the ABC123 deck.  Kids will be able to practice multiplication with the numbers and memory games with the letters.

Between his busy schedule, we were able to catch-up with Justin for a quick Q&A on his design background, the inspiration & design evolution behind the Kids deck and his thoughts on Kickstarter.

Can you tell us about yourself and what is your creative background?
Sure, I am a third generation professional magician, learning magic from my grandfather, and absolutely love my job. I travel around the world performing my unique brand of stand up magic specializing in VIP events, trade shows, and corporate entertainment. I also had another job which really inspired the Kids Deck to come to life. I graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with a Bachelors of Science in education and a minor in elementary education. I spent 7 years teaching 2nd & 5th grade which was so much fun! 4 years ago I retired to focus on my projects.

I created Magic House Publishing and published the award winning picture book The Amazing Alexander which Lance Burton says "This is an amazing story!" I have also published instructional DVD's for magicians and teach over 100 magic students around the country.

My number one rule in life is what I live by, Rule 1 - Have Fun!



This is your first Kickstarter Project. Why Kickstarter?
That is a great question. When I came out with my first book, it was done very traditionally. You write, find an illustrator, publish, and try to sell the product. I really wanted to try something different and all my research pointed to Kickstarter. I haven’t even launched the Kids Deck yet and I am so happy with the process that I am launching The Amazing Alexander 2 on Kickstarter later this year.

What is your inspiration behind the Kids deck? How did you come up with the idea?
During my time as a teacher I always had my students use playing cards for multiplication and memory games. But, normal playing cards are pretty boring, especially to kids. I searched and searched but could never find a deck of cards specifically designed for kids. On the flip side, as a magician I wanted a fun deck of cards to use with when performing kid shows. And yes I still perform kid shows. If you are a magician don’t let anyone scare you away from performing kid shows or make you think they are for an entry level magicians. A large portion of my business model is school shows and private kid parties! Ok, back to my inspiration for the kids deck :) I could not find a deck of cards that kids could easily relate to during a show. Normal Bicycle cards to kids are super plain and “adult like” and other magicians were using Disney, Warner Bros., and Harry Potter themed cards. Nothing that you could easily relate a story with during a party. I decided it was time to stop looking and put out a deck of cards for kids they would love using and cards magicians could work with.

Magicians, just imagine “Hey kids, I want to show you a card trick, but actually one I learned when I was your age. And, I want to show you a deck of cards that I made when I was your age!” Now you are “ effectively selling” the idea of the trick to the kids in a way they can understand and as a bonus you can give the deck to the birthday child when you are done with the routine. Win win!

How much time did you spend working on the deck and can you briefly go through the design evolution of one of your unique card design?
I am really lucky, I have the best team that I could possibly ask for. My artist Breanne Craig is an amazing artist, actually specializing in pet portraits. My designer, Jason Mead, can see things that normal people can’t. He will take an idea I have in my head and create an absolute master piece...just look at the card box! I have an editor, a photographer, and a videographer. This entire team has worked together to create the Kids Deck and without one of them it wouldn’t have happened.

I spent many coffee shop meetings sketching out card ideas and trying to think like a kid. I also have a lot of younger kids as magic students so I asked opinions and took those to the drawing board. When designing a “Kids deck” you would think you could do whatever, but actually everything was planned out pretty systematically. We wanted the decks to look like a kid drew them but at the same time make sure kids could easily identify what suit and number the card was. All in all it was a super fun project and the entire team said this deck made us feel like a kid again!

What was your most brilliant breakthrough when designing the deck?
There were two moments that were unexpected when it came to the original design. First, from the get go I knew I wanted a red and blue backed kids deck. About half way thru the design process I called my artist and asked her to draw a couple letters. The ABC123 deck was born which meant that kids could learn from fun cards and not even realize it...we call that MISDIRECTION! And magicians could now have vibrant alphabet cards for awesome magic tricks instead of boring black block letters.

Second, my artist started drawing different back designs and one of them really caught my eye. Not only was it great looking, I instantly realized I could use it as a one way “stripper deck”. Normally you would never want this with a deck of cards but remember, this is a deck for kids as well as kids becoming magicians. Part of the Kickstart project includes a DVD for kids and magicians called Card Tricks For Kids - No Rabbits Required. Magicians use Stripper Decks all the time but this made it possible for kids to use the deck as a Stripper Deck, without the Stripper portion. The idea is you show the cards to a layman, have them select out a card, and then put it back the same way you would a stripper deck...reversing the orientation of the card in the pack. 98% of people will never realize what is happening. And other than die hard card fanatics, having cards this way really doesn't matter.


What are your thoughts about the continuous strong growth of playing card projects on Kickstarter?
You know what I love about playing cards, especially for kids, it isn’t TV and video games. Playing cards bring people together. Whether you are playing poker in a casino, or playing Rook at a family reunion, or having someone “pick a card”, you are interacting with a group of “humans.” I think people have a hard time with that today...everything is face down engulfed in our phones. I have a lot of respect for all these artists and card collectors creating new decks. I think it is only going to grow and really feel fortunate to have an opportunity to share my deck with all of you.


Finally, what are your favorite playing card decks?
Since I perform full time, my go to deck is a Bicycle red back. Everyone knows Bicycle and it plays well to a full house of people. I have found that anytime I work with an “artsy deck”, people automatically wonder if its a “special deck” or gimmicked in some way. With that being said, I have a good card collection at home and full framed card sheets hanging in my office. I also make a lot of gaffed cards so playing cards in general are part of my life. But, the Black Tiger and Ghost decks were some of my first “different decks” that I purchased back in the day. Arcane and Artifice are very artsy and the Infinity deck just feels good in my hand. I recently backed the Different Deck and gave a lot of those decks to my students which they really like. I look forward to seeing new and upcoming projects!

Thank you Justin for your time and sharing with us your Kickstarter project! All the best! 


Pledge starts from $9 and the Kids Deck will be printed by the USPCC. Also, the project includes an instructional DVD, "Card Tricks for Kids...No Rabbits Required" which has the title "For Kids" but there are some sweet tricks packed into that DVD including a sweet David Regal effect called Letter Perfect... and a pretty awesome T-Shirt for kids.





Coming soon from Midnight Card Company, another stunning deck of Playing Cards by the very talented Randy Butterfield:

Draconian 

Inspired by a time of legendary dragons, this mythical deck features beautiful dragon scales, gorgeous colours and borderless back design. Draconian will be available in 2 different edition, the Lightning and Spitfire decks.

We are honoured to have Randy here on Kardify to tell us more about his first solo crowd-funded project:

Ivan and I chose today for the first reveal of the Draconians because August 14th is a special day for Midnight Cards. Exactly two years ago today was the release of my first Deck design, the original ORNATES! Since that time I've seen the landscape of custom Playing Cards change dramatically every six months or so. The current trend is to create super-limited and rare editions to coincide with even more exclusive "Prototype" versions. Of course, this brings with it higher prices for the backers and customers that reach well over $20 or more per Deck. Hopefully this trend will soon turn for the better. 

The Draconians will be printed, fittingly, by Legends Playing Card Co. The project will have a very simple setup - the Lightning and Spitfire Decks plus a Draconian Coin. NO high-priced "Limited", "Rare", "Exclusive" or "Prototype" Editions, just a strong design with the promise of a one-time printing and a print quantity to cover fulfillment plus a few extras for lost or damaged Decks. The Draconian is a one-off design (NO recolors) that will feature an Optical Illusion Borderless Back design and plenty of Foil, Embossing (Tucks) and Metallic Inks (Tucks and Cards) at a very cost effective price.

This project is scheduled to launch sometime next month (September). To keep up to date on the Draconian deck, follow Midnight Card Company on their Facebook page.



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