Brought to us by LA magician Derek McKee, the Méliés Playing Card project launched this afternoon on 8/26. The project is completely inspired by the 1902 French silent film, A Trip To The Moon, and even takes the name of it's director, George Méliés. The deck features countless design elements taken from the film including the most iconic "rocket in the moon's eye" design, which is featured as the centerpiece of the two-way and bordered back design.
Wikipedia, in the film A Trip To The Moon the plot...
...follows a group of astronomers who travel to the moon in a cannon-propelled spaceship, explore the moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return in a splashdown to Earth with a captive Selenite in tow.
The Méliés Playing Cards were designed by Derek as well as Logan Max, who have both been friends since their early school years. The design took almost all Summer to complete and is nearly finished with only a few details to take care of on the tuck case. Derek plans to utilize the United States Playing Card Company for production. The deck will feature an air cushion finish.
Along with the deck, the project includes many add-ons including posters, t-shirts and even Jamie Grant's Anything is Possible bottles. The project will last another 28 days when it ceases funding on September 26. The goal is set at $11,500. This is Derek's first Kickstarter project.
Click here to visit the project on Kickstarter.
Here are images of the Méliés Playing Card design courtesy of the project's Kickstarter page: