Ultimate Marked Deck for magic tricks


#1

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#2

Ultimate meaning… last? Meaning you will no longer pester us to buy trick cards, ever again?


#3

They aren’t exactly subtle, are they?


#4

If they were more subtle, it’d defeat the purpose of marking them.


#5

The pack my dad had was just as easy to read if you knew it but far less likely to be noticeable by mistake by the mark.

I can’t find an image because they’re probably 30 years old but it had a subtle rotating clock design hidden in a flowery pattern.


#6

Still have a stripped and marked deck I bought in 1967 or '69…from Harry Blackstone, Jr.!

My thin hands never got the hang of palming cards, so the stripped deck was a godsend. I used the markings as distraction to keep folks from figuring out the strip. (Do a couple tricks, then “confess” about the marking system: then do a couple more tricks where I couldn’t see the cards – put them in their box, or hide them under a silk hankie – and proceed to blow minds.)

Back in the day, Marshall Fields dept. store in Chicago had a magic shop, mostly close-up stuff, table magic, and small stage effects. When he was in town doing nightclub shows, Blackstone Jr. would sometimes cover for the magic shop guy. What a trip! He was very pleasant, very patient, fast with facts and anecdotes, and I was convinced he was Dr. Strange’s alter-ego; -)

The day he sold me the stripped deck, he also gave me tickets for that evening’s show, and helped me tweak a floating ball trick I had built. Got to go onstage with him for two tricks. I was the happiest dork in two states for about a week afterwards!


#7

I just spent five minutes staring at the picture, wondering how/where they were marked. Then I noticed the caption “These are ordinary Bicycle cards (not marked)”.
Damnit.


#8

My favourite marked deck is The Code, which was created by Andy Nyman. It is a seemingly-normal rider-back Bicycle deck that has multiple markings for different effects.


#9

Yeah, for the real ones, look at @daneel’s comment, above.


#10

Me too… :sweat:


#11

I have that deck, too. It’s excellent.


#12

Thanks, Boundegar! For each mean spirited comment you make, I will write 3 posts about magic tricks you can buy. Please email me each time you do, because I don’t want to miss one.


#13

I live to serve!


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