A marked deck is a playing card with secret markings on the back of each card that lets you identify the value and suit without having to do any mental math.
There are many different marked decks available, and they all have slightly different features. Typically, they either use a reader system or a coded system to mark the cards.
DMC Elites v4
DMC Elites v4 is the latest version of this legendary deck, and has received some exciting updates. First of all, this deck has the markings on all four corners for the very first time – welcoming lefties into the family!
These markings are a huge step up in terms of functionality. They can be read from a relatively slim spread of cards on the table or even from a fan of cards held in the hands.
This marked deck is also the only one in the world to use the revolutionary OPTICAL MARKING SYSTEM (OMS), which has been specifically designed for magicians and mentalists. This system is readable with extreme speed, at great distance and even in poor light.
It also features a very cunningly hidden marking mechanic that hides the value and suit of the card in plain sight without any decoding, so you can comfortably hand it to an observer, knowing they’ll never suspect or detect the secret markings! It’s a winning formula that’s been used daily by thousands of magicians worldwide for their commercial shows, and it’s perfect for beginners and professionals alike.
Ellusionist Blue Cohort Deck
The Blue Cohort Deck is specifically designed with card players, magicians and card enthusiasts in mind. It features Ellusionist’s best, most easily read markings to date. It’s printed on luxury pressed Cartamundi E7 stock with an air cushioned, smooth ‘Bicycle Crushed’ finish.
Featuring vintage casino style, this classic deck pays homage to the classic casino decks of the 1930’s. The nostalgic back design appears completely standard on the surface – however, hidden within the lines of the intricate back design is a marking system that’s undetectable to the untrained eye!
This deck also comes with 28 gaffed pre-stretched cards. It’s the first time that metal bending has been applied to playing cards!
The Jumbox(r) is a high-tech, hand held device that can be used to swivel and spin up to 50 degrees of rotation. Powered by a lithium battery that lasts for hours, the device can be used to play music, make video calls or even play games. The device boasts a number of impressive features including two full HD high definition displays and a full suite of audio and video options. It also has a built in mic and speaker, making it the ideal companion to your mobile phone. It is a must have for those who want to take their mobile audio a step further and add to their home entertainment experience. The most exciting feature is that it is able to be controlled remotely via a free app.
Ultimate Marked Deck
The Ultimate Marked Deck is the best deck you can buy for card magic. Using a Bicycle Rider Back design that was originally manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company, this deck features a reader system on the backs of each card.
As one of the first marked decks ever to be factory printed on a regular 807 Bicycle card back, this deck was a major innovation at the time. This product was backed by many prominent magicians, and was designed with a very practical purpose in mind.
Aside from the quality of the cards themselves, the deck also includes two online tutorial videos that teach you how to use the markings effectively and perform some impressive tricks with them. The teaching is excellent, and these videos are a must-have for anyone serious about getting the most out of this deck.
While these marks may be slightly smaller than those on some other marked decks, they still offer some great features that make them a valuable addition to any magician’s arsenal. With a good instructional video and a lot of practice you will be able to take full advantage of this marked deck, and perform some stunning effects that would be impossible without it!