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djurmann
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I was wondering:

Amongst people who perform close up professionally or semi professionally table hopping or at parties where light may be either bright or low which marked deck do you use and why?

Best wishes,

Danny
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I like the system you mark yourself, cards get ruined and wet due to typical table-hopping work. Buying a printed deck is o.k if you're in the right setting, but in everyday table-hopping you won't worry as much if cards get ruined. you can also go back to your case and just mark up a replacement to the card the is missing.

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Thanks Jeff,

Following your advice I have just bought Pete's pdf. Looking forward to having a read!

Thank you again,

Danny
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This has become increasingly true for me as well. I've got 4 or 5 different types of marked decks which are all absolutely brilliant. However, they cost about $20-$30 per deck so they're not something you would just pick up and use as your regular deck (unless you were a pro making enough to justify the cost). Marking my own deck takes about 20 minutes and is just as invisible from the spectator's point of view.

As Jeff points out, the attrition of a self-marked deck due to effects (signed cards, TnR, etc.) wouldn't bother one as much as if it were happening to your super duper $30 marked deck.

It also has the added benefit of being somewhat of a magician fooler. If you're having the magician/spectator sign a card from your pack they would generally assume it was NOT marked because no magician wants to ruin one of their marked decks with signatures, etc.
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The david blaine marked decks available at Target retail for $7 and are awesome.
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I also like the David Blaine marked decks. The backs are not Bikes, however, they are the Split Spades design. If you can live with that, the markings are clear, they are in the right place, and they are very reasonable in cost.

You might want to check them out here:
http://www.loomismagic.com/products/cardsdbmind/

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Dennis, I am left handed would the marks be seen if you spread the cards in the hands from right to left? Or do a left handed fan?
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On 2011-10-01 18:30, edh wrote:
Dennis, I am left handed would the marks be seen if you spread the cards in the hands from right to left? Or do a left handed fan?


no
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When juice decks started to become more popular I started using those. Some of them are a bit pricey but you can also buy the liquid by itself and mark the deck yourself. By marking it yourself you can put them where you need being left handed.
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I just bought Blaine's deck at WALMART for $3.97.
They are in the toy department where regular playing
cards are stocked.
There are 9 effects that could be used with any
marked deck.
I have used the Lesley system up to now.
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On 2011-10-01 18:30, edh wrote:
Dennis, I am left handed would the marks be seen if you spread the cards in the hands from right to left? Or do a left handed fan?


no


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To EDH,

The only marked deck I know that is made for left handers is the Paul Harris Marked Mandolin cards. These are so close to Bikes in appearance that no one is going to notice the difference. The Mandolin Cards have a great feel, and Faro as well as any deck I've ever used.

Of course, as you probably know, it's possible for a Right handed magicians to get used to spreading and fanning "backwards." I know because I've worked on that in order that the card faces will be right side up on the table from my spectators point of view. Left handers can certainly do the same.

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Thanks for all the tips Smile
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On 2011-10-02 09:26, MagicPresident wrote:
I just bought Blaine's deck at WALMART for $3.97.
They are in the toy department where regular playing
cards are stocked.
There are 9 effects that could be used with any
marked deck.
I have used the Lesley system up to now.



Sad to hear a good marked deck is so readily available to the masses...
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On 2011-10-14 17:59, panlives wrote:
Sad to hear a good marked deck is so readily available to the masses...


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Danny, I have a few marked decks myself but my favorite deck I have is Boris Wilds though I do agree that they are a bit pricey around $30 bucks but, they are a traditional set of bikes and when you pull them out to do a mind read or whatever noone suspects a thing not even after viewing. I usually give a choice of 2 decks just so they feel they actually had a choice.(NOT! ha! ha!) mabey this helps I don't know the concept of how to mark my own deck I think if I did somebody would catch it. Have fun!

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Robert Houdin has an interesting way of marking cards. Although the a rather trained eyesight is needed, the method is close to being undetectable. However, perhaps something a little less sophisticated would be appropriate for table hopping. I would second the Split Spade deck.
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For those of you using the Blaine deck, I am curious about this, as they seem a tad bit obvious to me. Do you use them professionally or just in casual circumstances?
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I think you can use them professionally as they are only obvious when you know what you are looking for... and if the spec is looking - which is unlikely.

I like UMD best but I use the Blaine deck too and think it is just super.

It is also a beautiful deck... Especially the KINGS lol Smile
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Red sharpie and Bob Farmer's system do the trick.
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