Lebanon Circle is Closing its Doors
That grabbed your attention right? It's not as bad as it first looks though. In typical tabloid headline shock tactics I'm going to hit you with seemingly terrible news and sand off those rough edges with some degree of relief. Well, for some of you at least...
There comes a time as an artist when you have so many ideas and creative dreams it almost feels as if your brain is about to explode. The only way to vent the creative surge it to take some of those nagging creative visions and make them real. The big issue is finding the time to be fully focused and creative to the point you feel 'tuned in' enough to create that special 'something'.
As most of you are aware Lebanon Circle is mostly a one man venture and while I love my job, I can spend days if not weeks making effects I created years ago. Literally thousands of From Hell decks later and I'm still flicking blood at photos of Ripper victims well over a decade since I made the first set! I'm not complaining that my work is popular but while I experience the creative ground hog day most days of the week the real interesting stuff is slipping by the way side. Dolly Darko and Crookes' Residual Ectometron are both fine examples of what happens when there is a quiet business period and when my creative flow is not restricted by the daily grind.
My darling wife, the high flying business brain that she is told me that 80% of her business comes from 20% of her clients. This prompted me to look at my own business and I discovered that Lebanon Circle had the same traits. The dabblers and toe dippers into the murky waters of bizarre magic are not the folk who keep the ship afloat. It's the serious collectors and performers who bolster the foundations and allow me to do what I do. Without this core of loyal support and friendship there would be no Lebanon Circle so I thought it only right that I reward them in some way. And so the '100 Club' was born.
The 100 Club gives me the creative freedom I crave as well as provide the best service to the select clients who financially and loyally support my business. But it's not all about the money. Some of the 100 Club members have been invited purely because they are ambassadors and lifelong supporters of what I do.
So how do you become one of the 100?
Well, the 100 already know who they are and they're aware of what delights are coming. Items that are released to the 100 Club are not advertised, posted on forums or made available to the general public until every 100 Club order has been fulfilled and shipped. This means that some products won't get an official public release for years if it is a popular effect. This also means that if the reception for the new product is very high there's a high probability that it will never see a public release as I will be moving on to the next project, and so the cycle continues. It's loosely based on the Kickstarter business model except the backers are pre-selected due to their loyalty and support.
The 100 Club is reviewed every couple of months so that new customers may join, this of course means that some will also drop out of the top 100. If you've not been invited into the 100 Club and feel you should be part of it then please e-mail me and I'll review your request.
So there you go, the Lebanon Circle doors are not fully closed but they remain slightly ajar to the chosen few.
The existing Lebanon Circle line will continue to sell but in limited quantities. Products by other producers on the Lebanon Circle site such as Prof BC will continue to sell as normal.