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Recommended Marked Decks Besides Factory Printed Bicycle Decks

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Recommended Marked Decks Besides Factory Printed Bicycle Decks

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 5 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Introduction In previous articles I've been covering the best and most popular marked decks preferred by magicians for card magic. There's a lot of custom decks appearing on Kickstarter and the playing card market that are marked decks, but in most cases these are more about novelty than practicality, especially if they use coded systems. The ideal marked deck is a reader deck that is quick and easy to use, and looks like a normal Bicycle deck. These were the top candidates identified and recommended so far:Basic reader decks:● 2005...

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Powerful Marked Bicycle Decks That Use a Stack

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Powerful Marked Bicycle Decks That Use a Stack

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 4 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Introduction Today we are not just living in a golden era of custom playing cards, with a massive range of new releases coming out all the time. We are also living in a golden era of marked decks. Compared with what was available to magicians just two decades ago, we have the luxury of multiple options that they could only dream about.It is interesting trawling through magic forums and reading old threads from around 20 years ago on this subject. Magicians often had to make their own marked decks, typically using...

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Moving beyond Hugard and Braue's The Royal Road to Card Magic

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Moving beyond Hugard and Braue's The Royal Road to Card Magic

Next steps and alternatives to a classic book for those serious about learning card magic by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameJean Hugard and Frederick Braue's classic The Royal Road to Card Magic (often just dubbed Royal Road or RRTCM for short) is arguably the most recommended book for beginners wanting to learn the essentials of card magic. That's despite the fact that it was written in 1948. In my previous article, we took a close look at this classic work, gave an outline of its contents, and summarized some of its strengths and weaknesses. My conclusion was never really in doubt: despite its age, this book is still...

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What is the Best Marked Deck for Card Magic?

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What is the Best Marked Deck for Card Magic?

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 2 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameAs a collector, I love all kinds of marked decks. They're especially wonderful for card magic, and I've outlined some of the advantages of using marked playing cards in my previous article: Why do magicians use marked decks? A good argument can even be made that they are worth using not only for tricks that require a marked deck, but for all your card magic.But not all marked decks are created equal, and a magician will have very specific requirements. And that's exactly what this next article is about. If you're into card...

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Why Do Magicians Use Marked Decks?

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Why Do Magicians Use Marked Decks?

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 1 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Function Almost everybody who knows something about playing cards will be familiar with the term marked deck, because a growing number of custom decks on today's playing cards market are advertised as being "marked". What this means is that a deck has secret marks on the card backs, and by looking at these marks you'll be able to determine the value and suit of any given card.In marked decks with reader systems, the value and suit of the card is simply written on the card back somewhere in a well-disguised place. For...

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