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Terrible Wizard
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What features would you like 'built-in' to a deck for use as a magician's tool?

Off the top of my head, I'd plumb for:

1) Great card stock and finish, obviously - for handling
2) An elegant and unsuspicious all over border less back design (to better enable false deals etc)
3) For the back design to be subtlety one way
4) For subtle one way fronts also
5) Standard pip designs for non-court cards
6) Extra large and nicely designed Ace pips; clear and well designed Ace of Spades (but without writing)
7) Updated, but still recognisable, court card imagery
8) Hidden card revelation built into the Queen of Spades imagery
9) Well hidden, but easy reading, back marking on the King of Diamonds


The following extras and gaffs to come as standard with the deck, but with many other gaff cards and trick decks available in the same design:

I) Two superbly illustrated, identical but opposite facing full colour Jokers (great for sandwhich effects)
II) Two indifferent locator cards (one sh**t, one th**k)
III) A double-backer
IV) A Queen of Hearts with alternate coloured back
V) A subtly marked, 3 and a Half of Clubs gaff card (same back)


There are a number of features I'd also like to see in the card case:

A) tougher, thicker card so the box lasts longer; also slightly wider so as to be able to hold a few more than 54 cards
B) a slightly deeper thumb slot and longer top flap (for retaining or drawing out cards from closed box more easily)
C) a built-in card revelation (or two)
D) a hidden mnemonic for a stack
E) if possible, a well disguised index window (this might not be realistic)
F) if possible, a built in shiner utility
G) if possible, a built in 'retention' flap, false section, or device so as better be able to leave card(s) hidden in the case
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Terrible Wizard
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Some other ideas:

A prediction card - with space to add in your prediction (like the heretic cards)
Some subtle symbolic additions to the court cards for reading/fortune telling (like Kadar)
Possibly some tarot, zener or psy card style extra cards with the same back, style, finish for mentalism/bizarre routines
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Terrible Wizard
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Another idea: in the embossed case have a removable poker chip or coin (is this practicable?)
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ATL
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Why is double-backer obvious, but blank card isn't? I'd prefer to have one blank with normal back, one blank with alternate back(same as alt queen) and one double blank.

Also this might be just me, but for me it's huge plus if you can get blank deck with same back design.

TL;DR: I like blanks..
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I also like traditionally cut decks.
lukkudlek
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I think it could be great! Which dealer(s) do you consider releasing this at?
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Oh sorry, I didn't got it right Smile
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My ideal deck is.. not too flashy yet still very different from bikes or any other decks sold in grocery stores(but have to keep it classy). Thin boarder, so fan looks good. Does not get soft after a few hours of torture(Ugh Tally-ho). Has a double back and a blank face and jokers have to have some sort of creature's face(human or animal. Doesn't matter). Oh, it has toi have a seal too. If possible, one duplicate card would be generous haha

And my box has to be as thin as possible because I usually carry no more than 54 cards. I want the box to fit in my clip Smile
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Smooth edges
Stock is silky for fans also flexible for springing
Best if it can be some what water resistance even water proof.
A traditional design with subtle marking system.

Honestly, If there is a plastic deck can fan like normal bicycle deck, I going stock up a big bunch it.
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Thinner card stock,like the kind in use before WWII when many classic card books were written.
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mrdude42
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I'm working on a deck of my own and these are all really great ideas. Once I have the design down I'll probably post some images for critique Smile
Micheal
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I would like a deck that have well disguise easily to read marks, smooth finish, easy to spring.
WIth very fancy Ace of spades maybe metallic ink.
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How about having the inside of the box printed with a card for a reveal or to 'rub' a card into the box, say using a blank card
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Interestingly enough, I actually like subtly custom pips, notably those of Contraband by T11, and Memento Mori by MM
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Terrible, after all these contradictory requests and requirements, do you think you'll actually try to design a deck?
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You imagination is cool but I doubt anyone who can make this deck. I think it's very difficult job, aha.
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