A marked deck can be a powerful tool in your magic arsenal. It can be used to do effects that are impossible with a normal deck, and it can also be a great way of hiding secrets from your spectators.
There are many different kinds of marked decks on the market, so it’s important to find the best one for you. In this article we’ll look at some of the top choices.
Keepers v2 Red
Keepers v2 Red, conceived by Adam Wilber and brought to the table by Oban Jones, is the best marked deck we’ve ever seen. With stock as thin as a grain of sand and a feel as soft as the splash of a gentle ocean wave, it sets a new standard for what an everyday deck should be.
The deck also comes with some clever features that make it stand out from the crowd, including a custom Ace of Spades and a handful of court cards. It’s also printed on Cartamundi’s B9 stock, an extremely soft and durable material that we think you’ll love!
With a look that’s more akin to the classic rider-back design of Bicycle Rider Back (Standard), Keepers is the ideal companion for any worker looking to elevate their game. With its deep red color and easy to read marking system, it will surely be a hit at your next party! The best thing about it, though, is that it feels spectacular right out of the box.
DMC Elites: Rouge
The new DMC Elites: Rouge is the latest iteration of Sovereign Playing Cards’ unique collaboration with British magician Drummond Money-Coutts (star of National Geographic’s CARD SHARK and BEYOND MAGIC WITH DMC, and the Netflix(r)(tm) series DEATH BY MAGIC). This version features the incredible, innovative Optical Marking System – Phill Smith’s genius ‘clear reader’ system designed specifically for use by close-up and cabaret performers.
Using an ingeniously hidden marking mechanic, the OMS is readable at extreme speed and in poor light. This hides the value and suit of the card in plain sight with no decoding necessary – the back of the card literally says the value and suit!
The OMS has been significantly refined over the years and the new V5 edition is a quantum leap forward. In this version the markings are located in all four corners and have been adjusted to make it easier to read from a spread. The one-way marking system has also been beefed up this generation, allowing delayed reads and unlocking a whole new realm of super deceptive methods.
The Ultimate Marked Deck
The best marked deck for magicians should be easy to read, able to hide the markings sufficiently and preferably look like a normal deck. This makes it more difficult for spectators to discover the secret, and also helps to avoid detection.
Another important quality is that the markings should be located at the top left corner of the card back, because that’s where most people tend to scan the cards first. This makes it much easier for the deck to be read without a great deal of difficulty, even when spread or fanning.
The Ultimate Marked Deck is one of the few decks that meets these criteria, and it does a really good job of hiding them. But it doesn’t stop there – Boris Wild teaches how to use it to perform some very strong effects, including things that are simply impossible with other marked decks. Combined with the companion book, this is a package that should be on every magic professional’s wishlist!
The Marked Maiden Back
The Marked Maiden Back is one of the most popular and elusive marked decks in the market today. It features a super huge mark that is fully integrated into the card’s pattern, making it especially elusive to be detected by your audience.
This Bicycle deck is printed on USPCC’s ELITE STOCK, (Previously only available for unmarked Bicycle cards) which makes them flexible, snappy, and durable. They also feature a soft yet supple handling with smooth edges and a traditional cut.
This is the best marked deck that you will find in the market today! It is packed with features that will help you perform a variety of impressive magic effects. Whether you are looking for a new and enticing routine or just want to add some interesting visuals to your tricks, The Marked Maiden Back will be a great addition to your arsenal of magic tools! Designed with the needs of card magicians in mind, this deck will be sure to impress your audience.