We are nothing if not visionary — which at times, means we are close to nothing. But when the visionary thing hits us, it hits us hard. Like a sap to the nugget out of the night. We don’t know where it came from but we recognize it when we see it in a police line-up.
We were sapped in just this way last night. We had finished our last show of the evening at the Hollywood Strip near the Spiderman and by the lady that sells some kind of meat with or without a stick (your choice). We packed up our ventriloquist dummy (face away from the opening of the suitcase just in case) and loaded up our handful of coins to begin our walk down the Avenue of the Stars.
We thought about how people were making zillions off of cool decks of cards with unique backs. There are cards with old-looking backs, mis-made backs, alcoholic product labeled backs, colorful wave backs to facilitate beautiful pressure fans (which we cannot do and admit so publicly so that no one confuses us for someone with talent), cat backs, dog backs, back of dog backs and others.
But — and this is where the genius comes in — no one has come up with a back that looks like the front of the deck. It could be all backs of the same card; say, all nine-of-hearts. Or it could be different backs of different cards like a new deck just on the back. In essence every card would be a double-facer. You could have cards that match the cards on the front or cards that are the opposite of the front, or cards that are random with only a few cards matching. (Our quick back of the Kleenex(r) calculations says that you would likely have two such cards in a deck of 52 but it was a used Kleenex and we stopped calculating at a certain point for hygienic reasons).
Now, the only problem is to figure out what trick would be perfect for this trick deck of cards.
We could do a color change pretty easy, if the card on the back was a different color. We could do a card to wallet but with two cards in the wallet to match the double-faced card selected.
We could even make a Svengali deck or Stripper pack to do things we don’t know yet.
Maybe we’ll launch this on Kickstarter and rake in the dough or keep it to our own selves and die poor.
This could be big.