So you want to start performing magic tricks with a marked deck of cards? Awesome! Marked decks can add a whole new dimension to your card magic routines and give you a secret edge during performances. However, there are some important tips to keep in mind when using a gimmicked marked deck. Follow this advice, and your spectators will be amazed while having no idea you're using anything other than a normal deck of cards!
When you first get your hands on a marked deck, don't immediately start trying to perform with it. Take some time to thoroughly examine the cards and get used to the marking system. Each brand of marked deck has its own unique way of secretly marking the cards such as a reader system or a coded system, so you'll want to ingrain the specific markings into your memory.
Go through each card slowly and locate the subtle markings. Note the position of the markings and which values or suits they signify. Repetition and familiarity will help you quickly interpret the markings during a performance without hesitation or searching. The last thing you want is to be fumbling around trying to read the markings while all eyes are on you!
An important thing to remember when using marked cards is that the audience has no reason to think you're using anything other than a normal deck. It is generally agreed that the best marked cards are those with the Bicycle classic card back designs. The standard Bicycle decks are right for magicians, so unless you call attention to it, spectators will assume the cards are gimmick-free. Use this to your advantage and handle the marked deck confidently and naturally, just as a regular deck.
Of course, the whole point of using a marked deck is to secretly gain information from the markings. But don't let on that you have this advantage. The markings are for you, not for the audience. If you act cautiously, nervously, or unnaturally with the cards, it could tip off the spectators that something fishy is going on. So, handle your marked deck with confidence and feel free to use the concealed markings to enhance your magic!
This is one of the biggest mistakes magicians make with marked playing cards. Subconsciously staring intently at the card markings is a dead giveaway that the cards are not normal. Even if the spectators can't see the markings themselves, your obvious focus on certain spots on the cards tells them something is up.
The key is to keep your glances at the markings brief and inconspicuous. With practice, you can train yourself to casually interpret the concealed markings without focusing too intently. If you need to quickly check the markings, do so while chatting with your spectators or looking at them, not while blatantly staring down at the card in silence. Finesse and experience will help you seamlessly incorporate peeks at the markings.
Marked decks allow you to secretly discern the identity of cards without the audience being aware. But even normal markings could potentially be detected by sharp-eyed spectators. That's why many magicians prefer decks marked with invisible ink that can only be read with special hidden tools.
Our store offers this range of marked card products for invisible markings. Unique infrared ink illuminated by an invisible IR light source allows completely imperceptible markings. A deck marked this way appears 100% normal under regular lighting. Special contact lenses fitted with IR filters even let you casually read the markings hands-free without any unnatural staring or gestures. Just imagine the audience's reactions when you effortlessly reveal impossible card details!
With the right cards and techniques, you can greatly enhance your card magic routines without the spectators ever knowing you have an ace up your sleeve.
Just remember to get familiar with the marking system, treat the deck like a natural and regular one, and avoid giving away your secret by staring at the cards. For an added touch of mystery, you can even try using invisible ink markings and infrared contact lenses. With these tips in mind, you'll be sure to impress and mystify your audience with your excellent skills.