Having a marked cards deck can be a lifesaver when performing magic. It can save you from being discovered by spectators, and it can even protect your card tricks from mistakes.
The best marked decks have large markings that are easy to read. Tiny or cryptic markings can make your job much harder, especially if you’re trying to perform magic on the fly.
Ultimate Marked Decks
Ultimate Marked Decks are the best marked cards decks available on the market, combining all of the key features that magicians look for in a reader deck. They are manufactured in Bicycle Rider Back cards, and were created by a team of experienced magicians led by Boris Wild.
They are printed on the same back as standard playing cards, with a simple one-way marking system that is easy to read and incredibly hard to detect. This makes them an excellent choice for anyone wanting to perform mental magic, impossible locations, gambling effects, and a variety of other card miracles.
Video-Luminous Marked Decks
Video-Luminous Marked Decks utilize marks that are virtually invisible to the human eye. The marks can only be read using custom designed electronics and filters.
Typically, these marks are used for magic tricks or in the poker house to analyze card games and detect collusion. The recorded images of the marks can be played back later to reveal any unusual play.
NU-CONcept offers a special “ad-hoc” video luminous marked cards daub/dust solution and also video luminous ink. This combination can be secretly made while someone is watching, resulting in the marked cards appearing right in front of their eyes!
Infrared Marked Decks
Infrared Marked Decks are a special type of marked poker cards that are only visible by infrared camera. They can help you monitor different poker tables from a remote location.
This is a very popular and useful cheating tool for strong poker players. They can be used to identify each card with suit and number quickly, enabling you to gain the advantage in your games.
You can also use these markings to do card tricks that aren’t possible with a normal deck, such as Ted Lesley’s “The Spectator As Mindreader” trick. These markings are usually printed on Bicycle playing cards, but you can find factory printed marked decks from other companies as well.
Copag 1546 Double Decks
The Copag 1546 Double Decks are perfect for those who want a deck of cards that will last a long time. They’re made from extra-durable thermoplastic (aka polyvinyl chloride or PVC).
While these cards don’t shuffle as smoothly as paper, they’re easy to clean and will stand up to moisture damage. They’re also a great choice for kids and adults who like to have fun.
They come in a plastic storage box that’s convenient to carry to game nights. These cards are also washable, so they won’t scuff or mark in regular play.
Modiano Invisible Ink Marked Decks
Modiano Invisible Ink Marked Decks are one of the most popular types of marked poker cards. Made in Italy, they are durable and easy to shuffle and deal.
They are available in 8 bright colors including red, blue, orange and brown. They are also waterproof and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
They can be used for a variety of games, such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker. With contact lenses or glasses, players can read the marked cards easily.
Bee Playing Cards
Known for their diamond backs, Bee Playing Cards are a popular casino card brand. They were first manufactured by the New York Consolidated Card Company in 1892, hence the number “92” on the Ace of Spades (the standard poker deck is now known as deck type 92); the USPCC acquired the company two years later.
Standard Bee playing cards feature a diamond back, typically blue or red, though casinos frequently use customized Bee cards featuring a logo added to the backs. Unlike Bicycle cards, which often have borderless backs, the facing of any partially revealed card is clearly visible on the standard diamond back. This makes Bee cards more useful for certain forms of sleight-of-hand, such as “bottom-dealing.”