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Kickstarter: 7 Questions with Joshua Jay about the Dapper Deck by Vanishing Inc



The Dapper Deck is a beautiful deck of playing cards conceptualized by Vanishing Inc. Magic, one of the largest magic companies in the world. The idea was to create the most fashion-forward, subtle, and sophisticated "look" for a deck of cards yet devised. The result is the Dapper Deck, which is an eye-catching deck of cards crafted from the finest stock and finish.

Available in two base colors, navy blue and Jerry's Nugget Orange, the Dapper Deck is fully custom and adorned with beautiful details. The details are in pastel shades of green, yellow, red, and grey, and each back design is designed to bring out the colors of your wardrobe. For each face card, there will be a random pip that matches the back design, accentuating the uniqueness of this deck. The Ace and the Jokers are very stylized and beautiful, consistent with the theme of the deck.

We had the opportunity to chat with Joshua Jay, co-founder of Vanishing Inc about the Dapper Deck, it's inspiration & design process and Vanishing Inc's next project.

For those of us who don’t know, tell us a little about Vanishing Inc? 
Vanishing Inc started because two best friends got together six years ago to pursue a dream of producing their original material. Andi Gladwin and I were both so passionate about magic, and we wanted to create what we felt would be the ultimate shop. So, we did. Six years later, we are one of the largest and most diverse brands in the world. It's been an amazing ride.


This is your first playing card project on Kickstarter. Why Kickstarter? 
Because this is where the best decks are unveiled. We really feel we have created a special deck, and we wanted to unveil it to an audience that would be excited.

Tell us a little about the background and the inspiration behind the Dapper Deck? 
I think two things are particularly notable about the Dapper Deck. The first is that it's a BRAND that is not only cards, but also an attractive skinny tie, a pocket square, and an AMAZING wooden-polished box. It's a set, and it looks GORGEOUS on a shelf, and for magicians or card players who use the dapper deck, their entire ensemble will be subtly connected. The other thing that's really special about the deck is how subtle and restrained the design looks. Particularly on the faces (Aces and number cards), the design is ever-so-slightly present, in a cool way.


Walk us through the process you took to design this unique deck. How did you approach this project and get to this finished product? 
We consulted two experts from the fashion industry. One works in color palettes and helped us determine the color scheme for both colors of the deck. Then, we worked with a fashion designer to make sure the materials used in the pocket square and tie were of high quality, and that the accessories were considered at the cusp of fashion.

From the project page, what are a few of your favorite reward levels and why? 
You have to go with deluxe box. Whatever level you do, make sure it at least includes the Dapper Deck Deluxe box. Please, please take a chance. The decks are great--raised printing on the boxes, amazing finish, and slick design, but frankly it's the entire package and presentation of the deluxe box that sets this project apart.


What’s next for Vanishing Inc? Can we expect to see more card designs in the future from you guys? 
Yes. We have already completed the next project. It will again come with a gorgeous box (same size and shape but different design). The next series will have FIVE decks, and I am pleased to announce here for the first time the title of the series. World Tour Decks. For the details, you'll just have to wait until we post on Kickstarter in April.

Can't wait to find out more! Finally, what are your favorite playing card decks? 
Theory11 and the Buck Twins both do beautiful decks, but remember that we're magicians first, and card lovers second. So our passion is with decks that have a simplicity and elegance.

Thank you for your time Joshua and all the best! At the time of writing, the project is only 60% funded with 21 days to go. If want to support the Dapper Deck, you can find it on Kickstarter here.


The Dapper Deck will be available in two colors: Navy and Orange. Pledge starts from $8 and these beautifully crafted decks will be printed by EPCC.

Don't forget to check out the Dapper Deck Deluxe Package, which includes the Dapper decks along with a matching silk tie and a 1000 thread count pocket square. All neatly packaged in a hand-painted wooden lacquer box complete with lock, practice mirror, and Dapper Deck insignia.


Each package comes with a numbered, signed certificate by both creators Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin. Strictly limited to 400 units.


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