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Phil Smith was sharing his new project at BLACKPOOL

The Identity Deck: Create powerful personal magic
A deck of very special playing cards designed for creative, exciting, metaphysical magic.

by Phil Smith

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phi......l-magic/

With twenty years of graphic design and creative problem solving under his belt, designer, writer and magic inventor Phill Smith is perhaps best known for his work with Drummond Money-Coutts on the industry standard DMC ELITES playing cards. For the last few years Phil has been working with two performers from Team 'Too Far,' Luke Hennessy and John Watson, who perform a style of magic dubbed ‘urban shamanism’.

Their performances are modern and commercial but with one eye (the third) on the realm of the magical and spiritual. They talked for a long time about the idea of creating a tool specially tailored to this approach and in the end conceived a deck of cards that is built from the ground up to perform powerful hard-hitting magic, but that’s also infused with meaning and metaphysical depth.

With the incredible Identity deck - each playing card in the deck has on its face a different personality archetype, a different iconic image, and a different background. The deck is rich with meaning, and perfect for combining visual magic with quick punchy personality readings.

The royals have as their faces the twelve signs of the zodiac, and the two jokers represent duality, being marked with up and down, yes and no, ying and yang. These layers of meaning allow you to explore the more esoteric metaphysical approach to magic in your performances, and to help you create miracles we have built the deck with a whole load of magical helpers.

The deck is marked with a unique Constellation reader system. The cards can be quickly and easily identified from a distance, at a glance, meaning you can always stay one step ahead of the situation. The system requires no decoding or working out - if you can see the card back you instantly know the card - but it’s hidden in such a way that spectators will never spot it.

The deck arrives pre-arranged into an Identity Stack - a powerful easy-to-use stacked deck system that is based on Lewis Jones’ famous memory deck. To help make the system even easier the backs are also marked with the numerical position of each card in the Identity Stack, meaning you can always quickly get the deck into stack.

In the age of audiences Googling tricks the moment they see them, Phil wanted to add a layer of insulation to the Identity deck, and although the original prototypes were boxed as Identity deck, the production deck has a different name on the tuck box, one that won’t even be mentioned here to stop it from being Googleable.

If funded they will be printed by USPCC in the USA, on their premium stock, with the world-leading USPCC linen finish.

Check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phi......l-magic/
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I love the look and sound of these and my pledge is in Smile

Good luck with the project Phil.


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I am pretty sure I have this deck already. I think I bought it at a convention maybe 2 years ago. Is this the same deck, or something different?

Nathan

PS If it is the same deck, it is totally awesome and you should spend all your money on it!
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Some people have very short memory

After the last Kickstarter funded event

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......tart=280

How many people are going to take a chance on this ??
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Hi guys, thanks for posting this David. I'm still decompressing from Blackpool, I meant to put a post up about this.

The deck is something we've been working on for a long time and yes, Nathan, you probably have one of the very limited prototype run we did: there are about 100 decks that we have sold that were short run printed. The Kickstarter is for a slightly updated version that has fixed the problems with that deck and will be printed by the wonderful USPCC.

The deck is the brainchild of, not me this time, but my friends Luke and John. (If you've seen me at Blackpool they are the two disreputable looking guys on my stand, lol). They are both great magicians but their style is pretty far from 'Mr Slick', it's about getting a more immediate and personal connection so they wanted a deck that they could use to do that.

I need to update the Kickstarter a bit, but I'm proud to have brought their ideas to life - they are still, after having the prototype deck in hand for a few years now, coming up with new tricks and ways to use it.

Sorry, I'm writing this half asleep before I've had my coffee, I'll put a proper post up soon - but the project is at 44% complete after one week and we've done zero promo outside of handing out leaflets at Blackpool so it should be a good bet. I really hope it makes the nut because it's a great tool.

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On Feb 21, 2020, JackMagic wrote:
Some people have very short memory

After the last Kickstarter funded event

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......tart=280

How many people are going to take a chance on this ??


Ah yes forgot that Phill Smith is just an alias for David Forrest. How could I have forgotten? Smile
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I get if people are hesitant, I've been burned on Kickstarter before by dodgy projects.

I have also *run* a successful Kickstarter before and fulfilled every pledge with no unresolved problems. Over the last ten years I've printed and shipped probably near to 40k decks of cards as well as thousands of books and tricks. A lot of people on here do trust me.

In the end it all comes down to trust.

If you trust that I will treat every Kickstarter pledge with the same respect and gratitude that I handle every order from my website or face to face, then backing the project on Kickstarter will feel safe.

If you *don't* trust that, or that I will do everything I can to get this lovely deck into your hands, then nothing I say here will convince you. Stay safe and don't back it.

But whoever burnt you in the past - I'm not that guy.

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Phil it's posted also over on UNITED CARDISTS

http://unitedcardists.com/viewtopic.php?......ac649a73

And PLAYING CARD FORUM

http://www.playingcardforum.com/index.php?topic=13001.0

AND the Magician's FORUM

https://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/t......10818308

Hope that helps
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Lol the United Cardists guys aren't on board AT ALL 🤣

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Looks fantastic. Really like that back design.
It's $6.00 more for instructions though?
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The early bird reward tier should mention that you get the full instructions too, but I just checked and I can't edit it 😵 I'll add it as an update. The rule is: however you get the deck, you'll get the instructions.

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Right on, thanks for clearing that up Smile
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Ordered, looking forward to it
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On Feb 21, 2020, JackMagic wrote:
Some people have very short memory

After the last Kickstarter funded event

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......tart=280

How many people are going to take a chance on this ??


Ah yes forgot that Phill Smith is just an alias for David Forrest. How could I have forgotten? Smile


good try, but I don't think so.
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Ordered.
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These cards look great! Love the idea and design. I ordered a brick.
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Lol the United Cardists guys aren't on board AT ALL 🤣

Phill


They never are, not unless you are doing something super basic.
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Next time I'll do a deck of cards with blank backs and just the word CARDS written on them in Arial bold. They'll love it.

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Next time I'll do a deck of cards with blank backs and just the word CARDS written on them in Arial bold. They'll love it.

Phill


I actually kinda do want that, just for fun.

But also this deck that you're actually selling. Looks amazing.
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Hi team, we are about to hit 60% with 20 days left on the project, I just posted an update on the KS to clear a few bits up:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phi....../2764514

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