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Pseudolus
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As an experiment, I made a (red-backed) deck where I just wrote the value and suit on the backs of the cards with a red sharpie.

Doing a standard "pick a card" from a tightly fanned deck one-on-one, people spot this almost every time. However, a volunteer standing in front of a group almost never spots it, I think they are just too self-conscious about being the center of attention to notice.

It makes me wonder if spending money on a marked deck is a smart thing to do.
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On Aug 25, 2018, Pseudolus wrote:
As an experiment, I made a (red-backed) deck where I just wrote the value and suit on the backs of the cards with a red sharpie.

Doing a standard "pick a card" from a tightly fanned deck one-on-one, people spot this almost every time. However, a volunteer standing in front of a group almost never spots it, I think they are just too self-conscious about being the center of attention to notice.

It makes me wonder if spending money on a marked deck is a smart thing to do.


Seeing as you're busted in every one-on-one situation with the DIY markings, I would say yes, it's probably wise to spend money on a marked deck. 😄
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I’m a fan of the speed reader deck and the marksman deck
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On Aug 25, 2018, Race Blakhart wrote:
Seeing as you're busted in every one-on-one situation with the DIY markings, I would say yes, it's probably wise to spend money on a marked deck. 😄


I just congratulate them on their observation skills and then use a blank-backed deck to prove I am not using marked cards. They almost never notice that those are marked with white ink.
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I bought Butterfly playing cards by Ondrej Psenicka at Magic Live. Can't wait to use these!
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I don't know if it has been mentioned on this thread, but Pete McCabe has a marking system. It is available at Vanishing Inc. as a download.
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My top 2 are :

DMC Elites (for clarity)
Penguin Marked Deck (for value)
elimagic
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Marksman Reader Backs. So much you can do this with deck
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I also like the Daredevil deck. No trouble at all reading those markings, even from a distance.

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Here is a quick look at a few of my decks

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DMC Elites & Brooklyns - these 2 do everything I need, and I treasure them both. oh! and I don't have 20:20 vision.
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I like the penguins. Don’t need my reading glasses and enough marks that I only need a glimpse of a portion of the card. Buy in bulk and they are good value as well.
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On Aug 6, 2018, DrIlluminatus wrote:
Keep it simple use the Ted Lesley marking system...

I 2nd the motion for the Ted Lesley deck, so easy to read, yet hard to see if you don’t know the secret.
The effect is the important thing, how you achieve it is not.......
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On Aug 2, 2018, Rook wrote:
The Penguin marked Bikes are large enough for me to read without glasses (I wear bifocals) and haven't been caught out on them yet.

Is the Penguin marked deck the one with the Maidenback design, which also comes with a video tutorial by Rick Lax and one by Jon Armstrong?
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Is the Penguin marked deck the one with the Maidenback design, which also comes with a video tutorial by Rick Lax and one by Jon Armstrong?


Yep, those are the ones!
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I have pretty much every marked deck that's come out in the last 20 years. Sort of an obsession for some reason. The range of options these days is insane and it really boils down to what you need the deck to do and whether you intend to use the deck with a stack or just as a regular shuffled deck. If the latter, I still say the Phoenix marked deck is the best. Marks are well hidden but very visible if you know they are marked. Boris' deck is the best if speed is a priority. For price point, the Penguin deck is impossible to beat.
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I have looked at a bunch of reader decks, like the Penguin Decks and Maiden Back Marked Cards, not sure which edition. So far my favourite is Phoenix Marked Deck.
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Here's a brand new marked deck to add to the list:

King & Legacy: Gold Edition

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It's just been released, and the style of the marking is similar to the Dapper Deck from Vanishing Inc Magic. The back has an ornate and classy design, while the faces are quite customized, especially the court cards.

The markings are easy to read, and it doesn't require learning a system, and they are also well integrated into the pattern on the card backs. Here's the official trailer for the deck:

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On Aug 2, 2018, mrmagic0 wrote:
My personal preference is the Dekram deck. Easy to read and very hard to find for the spectator. What does Dekram spell backwards? )


Ron


OK...I give up! What does Dekram spell backwards???
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