LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Family and friend interaction -- and physical activity -- is at an all-time low in the U.S. primarily because of X-Box, texting, tweeting, postings on Facebook and Instagram, and other mobile games, according to several national studies and surveys.
Anthony Riniti is doing something about it.
The two-time U.S. Trick Pool Shot Champion -- who is ranked as the world's No. 1 trade show entertainer -- has created a new innovative 33-in-1 indoor/outdoor game called Beanbag Billiards that will help increase family and friend interaction.
"The face-to-face time between family and friends is so low in this country – and around the world -- that it convinced me that I should help to do something about it and try to reverse the trend," says Riniti, also know globally as Chef Anton. "So I put my magician and trickster skills to work."
After several years of research and development, Riniti created Beanbag Billiards Plus – "the most revolutionary beanbag-tossing game ever developed," he says. With the help of a team of experts with more than 50 years of experience in developing top-quality and safe products, Riniti's first-of-its-kind game features chess, checkers, golf, football, pool, baseball, backgammon, poker and tic-tac-toe, to name a few.
"The games can be played in your living room with your family, at the beach, the park with your toddlers, camping with family and friends, or tailgating at sporting events," Riniti says. "It also includes educational games for parents and their young children."
"Anthony has hit the nail on the head with this authentic game," says Mark Thimmig, who is part of Riniti's management team. "What's so great about this is that family and friends can really start communicating again face-to-face and have more fun together. This will be a great and fun experience for anyone."
Riniti is not only a two-time trick shot pool champion and world-record holder for the world's tallest trick shot. He is a twice-nominated Bar Magician of the Year at Hollywood's Magic Castle and 2008 National Hydrofoiling Champion. Additionally, he is legendary at Canyon Lake Golf Club in California for making an astounding five holes-in-one.
Having already invested major funding into the project, Riniti is seeking additional fundraising through investors and Kickstarter. He believes consumers globally will each kick in contributions to help fund what will be one of the world's most unique multi-purpose educational and entertaining games. The crowdfunding campaign provides backers with a wide choice of exclusive contribution rewards from $1 on up.
"The next stage of full production requires expensive tooling to pay for all the high-quality, safety-protective parts," Riniti says. "Buying a complete game experience like this as separate games would be around $500. Our cost will be a fraction of that.
"We're so excited for this opportunity to get our fans involved in the process," he adds. "By supporting this campaign, you will be among the first to have the game and experience the magic with family and friends."
Beanbag Billiards Plus features:
- 6 double-sided interchangeable templates;
- 33 different games for children and adults of all ages;
- Built-in storage compartment and refreshment stand;
- Easily portable with 4 adjustable legs;
- Card & dice table with reversible chess/checkers/backgammon board;
- Self-contained and stores easily anywhere.
SOURCE Anthony Riniti