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will lane
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I wonder if anyone has experimented with the viability of using a marked deck for a memorization routine? It would require a [i]lot[/i[] of "playing up" but I think it could work. Would take a long time, the audience would already need to be pretty invested in the performer.
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I'm not sure if using a marked deck for a deck memorization routine would be that great. I'm assuming you're first going to give the deck out to be freely shuffled. I think the rhythm would be off compared to using some type of st*** where you could rapid fire 10 cards in a row.

My favorite way to use a marked deck is to try using one for any routine that involves a key card. I find that I usually discover some interesting things when I do that.

I'd also recommend downloading the DMC Passports (they used to sell these but now offering for free). They have some good tricks/ideas in the booklets. I've found that in spite of them being free to download, most magicians haven't bothered to read through them.
https://store.dmcmagic.com/pages/passports-and-instructions
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On May 18, 2022, davidn wrote:
Give the deck to the spectator and say that he should play the part of the magician. Have the spectator shuffle and cut the cards and then fan the cards. Have the spectator say to you, “Pick a card. any card....


David - I love this! Really nice and makes it fun, and a nice final effect after a few visual card tricks. Thanks!
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Speaking of Marked Decks (which I am) What do you think is the easiest marked deck to read (short of writing on the back with a Sharpie) for 70 year old myopic eyes..
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@obsidian52 For me, the DMC Elites are the easiest to read. If you do stack work using Mneumonica, then the latest version (v.5) also has markings that are built into the backs specifically for Mneumonica.
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I use a marked deck for Nick Trost's Intuition. It removes the need to touch the spectator's chosen deck and I emphasize in the beginning that I won't ever touch whichever one they select. I saw this idea mentioned in another thread about Nick Trost and I experimented with it. I feel like this adds one degree of impossibility to an already great effect.
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On Nov 20, 2022, bentpenny wrote:
@obsidian52 For me, the DMC Elites are the easiest to read. If you do stack work using Mneumonica, then the latest version (v.5) also has markings that are built into the backs specifically for Mneumonica.


+1 for the DMCs. My 66 year old eyes can make out the marks very, very easily; yet they fly past spectators. I recently had a 'cynical' friend tell me that I must have used marked cards for a particular trick that I did for him. I confidently handed the deck over and he could not find a clue, even after quite a thorough look.

I do quite a lot of Mnemonica work as well, and as you have stated, the stack numbers are all there as well - in the same format. Card value and suit, as well as stack number are as clear as can be (to you!).
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On Sep 16, 2022, will lane wrote:
I wonder if anyone has experimented with the viability of using a marked deck for a memorization routine? It would require a [i]lot[/i[] of "playing up" but I think it could work. Would take a long time, the audience would already need to be pretty invested in the performer.


There are a few of these that come to mind. I have sent you a PM with one suggestion.
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The optical marking system used by Phil Smith is amazing in the dmc decks. They are a bit expensive but worth it.
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