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Xiqual
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Hi everybody!
I have a deck of Deland's automatic playing cards
that say "copyright 1913 by T.L. DE LAND"
on the box. They were printed in Belgium.

Does anyone know if these cards are that old?
The cards are excellent quality and in great condition.
They are strippers and marked, just like the deck I bought when I was 10.

Delands Cards Have Superiority [still remember the mneumonic for the suit order]

Thanks for any help,
Sincerly,
James Linn
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irossall
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DeLand's automatic deck has always been my favorite gaffed deck. Sometimes you can still find them in gift shops.
As far as how old your deck is? Probably not that old but who knows? Copyright 1913 is probably correct but is no indication of the age of your deck.
Suit order for most stacked decks is CHaSeD as far as I know. I don't remember but is the deck stacked in the order of the "Hungry Jackass"? I would like to find me a deck or two just for my personal amusement.
It would be great if a Bicycle deck could be marked like a DeLand's, that would be the ultimate deck.
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Harry Murphy
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The “Deland Deck” had been in constant production since it was first introduced. They are still manufactured and sold.

I have about a half a dozen decks left in a gross that I bought ten years ago. I take them out of the Deland box and put them in a Bicycle box, and glue the Deland Joker back out over the Bicycle design so that you see the Deland back on the box. No one has ever challenged the design. Some have looked at it and commented on how interesting it was. I merely state that it is a deck of cards I picked up in Europe.

Thanks for reminding me of this deck. It is well made compared to other “untracked” cards and can be used as a standard deck. The big plus is the heavy gimmicking done to the deck such that you can do memorized deck work with out memorizing the deck!

Your deck is probably fairly contemporary (i.e., not old).
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Thanks for the replies,
My deck is printed inb Belgium though. I wonder when they moved operations to Asia for printing.

The faces on my deck look like Piatniks.

Thanks guys,
Sincerly,
James
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Terry Holley
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I own three old DeLand Decks, although I am not sure exactly how old: DeLand's Daisy Deck, DeLand's Nifty Deck, and DeLand's Automatic Playing Cards.

Each is in a colored cardboard card case: White (?) now a bit off white, orange/brown, and blue/green respectively.

The boxes state: Made in America exclusively by S. S. Adams Co., Asbury Park, N.J.

Two of the decks still have stamps on them (10 cents, U.S. Int. Rev.)

Terry
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Mike Porstmann, Germany has some info on his web about Delands cards:
http://www.magic-gambling.de/deland.html
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Quote:
On 2004-11-03 15:48, Kjellstrom wrote:
Mike Porstmann, Germany has some info on his web about Delands cards:
http://www.magic-gambling.de/deland.html


Thanks for the link. Now if only I could read it!

Terry
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If you cant read german , use BABELFISH, a free online translating tool:
http://babelfish.altavista.com
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I have in my possession a pack of Delands's Automatic Playing Cards, but unfortunately for some reason no explanations. If someone would be so kind and send me a copy of this, I would be very grateful. Without it, I don't know what to do with this pack.
Thank you kindly
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I know this is an old thread but I thought it was interesting to see that the US Playing Card Company has just released a run of these cards on Bicycle stock. The quality of the Delands Deck has be horrendous since SS Adams & Company had them printed in Taiwan.
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De Land's $100 Deck with Instruction Booklet:

http://www.magicmakersinc.com/decks/delandsdeck.html
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I've seen and handled the Magic Makers reintroduction of the Deland Automatic Deck. Magic Makers bought S.S. Adams Company who owned the rights to the deck (and made and sold them for decades).

The instructions are now in easy to read booklet form and the deck is a beauty. It is crisp and clear (if you know what I mean).

You can also get them from Martini at:
Marty@MartinisMagic.com
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Hello

Terry wrote "Two of the decks still have stamps on them (10 cents, U.S. Int. Rev.)"'

I also have a DeLand's deck with a tax stamp. My deck is still sealed with the original 1 PACK U.S. INT. REV. tax stamp and has been over stamped in red with an S.S. Adams Co. 1946. Interestingly, this deck does not have a tax amount on the stamp. I also have the original instruction which state; "What the Deland Automatic Deck does for you" plus the Adams' Stripper Tricks instructions which were included in the DeLand instructions.

I purchased the deck with a trunk full of new Adams magic effects. All of the Adams effects are from the 1930's through 1940's. The past owner must have been a magic dealer because there are many duplicate effects and they are all new and in original packages. Only one DeLand deck though.

Take care and take cards
Antony Gerard
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For those who are interested, The Magic Warehouse is carrying Deland's Decks at the low low price of $4.50.


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While reviewing some posts and looking for info on a deland deck I came up to this post.
I have the Hochman's encyclopedia of playing cards and they say that the deland cards are prettuy old, they heve been there for a while, almost always has a gaff or cheating deck.

Just something for those interrested in collecting cards,

Slim
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I own several versions of DeLand's Automatic Deck. Some of them are in the video that I recorded after the publication of my ebook (in Italian) devoted to this special deck of cards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzAq4X_f7zc
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Seems to be that MMK have cheapened the power of the DeLands Deck. Instead of a pamphlet that explains the different markings (this card, card before it, cards cut, cards left, how deep down a card is and vice versa), the stacked order, the stripper principle, and what tricks you can do; MMK just includes a little sheet that says how to read the marks to tell the card selected and that the deck is a stripper & how it works. Furthermore, their "online instructional" is just how to read what the card is. The other markings are completely lost and aren't explained.

Fortunately, I still have my DeLands Deck from the 90s and have access to the original pamphlet, turned it into a PDF, so that I could hand it out when it's bought at the shop I work at.
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