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Jonathan C
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A tactic worth considering is to include one unmarked card in your deck. That way if you encounter someone who is particularly relentless with their accusations you can hand them the unmarked card to examine.
joemcdull
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If they really take your deck and check, just be bold and say "go ahead! I can't do this even it is a gaff/marked deck(as Andrew mentioned), have a look if you like but you will find nothing"
we communicate to people subconsciously that it is a normal deck when we do believe it is
Steven Keyl
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On 2010-09-03 15:50, Alan Munro wrote:
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On 2010-06-15 11:15, Steven Keyl wrote:
"In all honesty, marked cards do in fact exist but they are prohibitively expensive so are typically only used by professional gamblers and people that can afford to spend $50 on a deck of cards. This deck I bought from Costco for under $1 because I'm simply not rich enough to spend that kind of money on a deck of cards. In fact, when I'm done you can keep this deck."

Then, if you are using a marked deck, do a deck switch before you finish. In any event, give the deck of cards to the questioner and they can examine them to their heart's content.

The more you explain, the less an audience will believe you. Just hand them the deck. If switching the deck, you'd better be VERY good at it. It's hard to get away, once they start chasing you.

I don't use marks simply because I have other ways to do the same thing.


Are you suggesting that 3 sentences constitutes over-explaining? I guess any explanation needs to be consistent with your performance style. If you tend to be terse during your performance then that might seem out of place. And of course, one must be able to judge the spectator's level of involvement.

Most importantly, though, what you say when you're lying needs to be the same as what you say when telling the truth. If you are any good you will invariably be asked if the cards you're using are marked. What do you say when they are not marked? I usually say, "No, marked cards are way too expensive." So that is exactly what I say when lying about them too.

Figure out what you say when telling the truth and apply the same answer on those occasions you do actually have a marked deck in play.
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tpearman
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I don't use them that often but I have yet to be caught by anyone. Spectators can be pretty smart, but as we have seen time and again an old method or technique can be reused again and again if wrapped in a slightly different presentation. Regardless of the marking system you use for your routine or style, as long as you don't make it obvious odds are they wont ever notice.
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