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Brian Graham – INSPIRE Playing Cards

Brian, thank you for your time and wishing you the best with your project! (Project link at end of interview)

Here are the 10:

1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
I got interested in designing my very own deck of cards when I found the “Custom” option at Bicycle Playing Cards’ website. I did not know it was so simple to customize your own deck! Just create the artwork and they’ll print it! I printed one custom deck for myself and posted pictures of it to my instagram page (instagram.com/thefifthjack) and tons of people loved it and wanted to buy them! So from there I decided to create an even better deck, which is called the INSPIRE deck.

2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
My inspiration was my Instagram page. On instagram I post two pictures every day. Along with those pictures I post inspirational quotes, and I seemed to have a lot of people enjoying those quotes. I decided to put my passion of collecting playing cards, and inspirational quotes together to create my project: INSPIRE.

3. Why Kickstarter?
When I found kickstarter, I was of course confused at first. Once I understood how it worked, I realized how badly I wanted to make my own project. The major selling point is that if you fail, you lose no money. Even if creating my very own deck isn’t about money, I couldn’t afford to lose any money since I basically have barely enough to live on.

4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
I am a magician. I love performing for friends and family and random people. Knowing that I’ve just done something right in front of them while they were watching intently, but got away with it, is an amazing feeling. It is a sense of accomplishment. All the hard work in practicing moves and routines and then having them work is awesome.

5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
I don’t leave the house without a deck of cards, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I can’t live without them. They have become a part of my life, but they aren’t the main part of my life. Something that I could not live without is my friends, family, and girlfriend. They support me with every endeavor in my life, including this project, and also becoming a professional magician.

6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
My best advice I have ever been given is do what you love and don’t worry about the money. A quote that I love is “Find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.” That quote means so much to me. It tells me that I am doing the right thing. When I am working on coming up with deck designs, it doesn’t feel like work. It something I love, and I am going to stick with it forever.

7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
My advice is make sure people like it before you make any final decisions. Find a group of magicians and present them your deck idea and see if they’d want to buy some. If they don’t, its back to the drawing board. I have over 15 different back designs (all similar to the current one), but every time you show someone something, they say “change this” or “change that”. If enough people say it, you just have to do it, even if you don’t agree. You need to satisfy other people’s tastes rather than your own.

8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
I currently have a website which is up and running, but I hope to expand it exponentially this coming year. www.thefifthjack.com

9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.

Image one: This is an image created for me by a follower on Instagram. He emailed me the picture, and I never heard back from him ever again. It’s pretty awesome considering its all done in photoshop.

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Image two: My back design. This is the back design I have chosen. I wanted to do something cool with the back design, not too busy, not too intricate, but also not too simple. I came up with this design where my logo TFJ can be seen at the top and bottom, and tfj is written as an ambigram in the center. This is the back design I came up with after months of different ideas.

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Image three: On Instragram, there has been a large amount of people posting “levitation” pictures; pictures where it looks like a playing card is levitating. I printed off my back design with a colour printer, and came up with this picture!

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