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Marked & Gaffed

Marked cards allow the magician to identify a card from its back or edge. Sometimes only certain cards are marked, other times each and every card is marked and identifiable.

Gaffed cards come in all shapes and varieties from comedic gaffs of misprinted faces and backs, to sleight-enhancing modifications such as stripper decks, and sometimes mechanical wonders that can change and transform. Some of the most common supplies for these mechanical wonders are invisible thread, either of the regular or elastic kind, double sided tape, magnets of different shapes and sizes, and plenty of playing cards to cut up and or glue together.

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Magic Ian
110 Tricks with a Stripper Deck by Magic Ian

The stripper deck is one of the most ingenious magic decks of cards ever invented. You can learn up to 110 amazing magic tricks using this apparatus.

  • A group of people think they selected the same card.
  • Immediately find any card that has been hidden in the deck.
  • Separate magically all the aces or Kings from the deck.
  • Deal yourself a Royal Flush.
  • Read a group of cards that you did not see from the back of the cards.

1st edition 1998, 40 pages; 1st digital edition 2016, 39 pages.

2016 / 4 / 10
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Magic Ian
110 Tricks with a Svengali Deck by Magic Ian

The Svengali Deck is an ingenious magic deck of cards. You can learn over 110 amazing tricks and routines. Some of the tricks you will be able to do:

  • Show a normal deck - then change all the cards to the previously selected card.
  • Seal a card in an envelope - then have spectator pick the card in the envelope.
  • Spectator stabs the deck - the selected card is where the person inserts the blade.
  • The selected card appears in your pocket or anywhere else.
  • The card that was selected appears anyplace where the spectator cuts into the deck.
  • and much more
This is a revision of the Al Stevenson...
2016 / 4 / 4
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Ronald Haines
36 Tricks With Fa-Ko Cards by Ronald Haines

Ronald Haines, through his business Haines House of Cards, sold a deck of gaffed cards called 'Fa-Ko' cards. This deck is not anymore available but perhaps you can find it second-hand. However, now that it is very easy to make your own playing cards (see DIY Playing Cards) this collection has gained in value.

From the foreword

The gimmicked cards required are listed at the beginning of each effect. The regular cards needed must be removed from a regular matching pack.

This FA-KO Pack is not a toy for children, nor is it a collection of "self-working" tricks. It is a collection of professional secrets,...

2010 / 3 / 23
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F. R. Ritter
Advantage Card Playing by F. R. Ritter

This was the advertisement booklet for Ritter's book Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker. It describes the motivation of the book and shows some excerpts including four illustrations.

1st edition 1905, 9 pages; digital edition colorized.

2015 / 1 / 10
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F. R. Ritter
Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker by F. R. Ritter

The first part and majority of this book deals with marked cards. It shows numerous examples of how and where to mark various back designs popular during the early 20th century in the United States. The second part briefly describes sleight-of-hand for the card cheater such as second dealing, bottom dealing, shuffling, false cuts, and mechanical hold outs. Each technique is illustrated with a photo, which is quite remarkable for a book from that time. The third and final part deals with the mathematical odds of draw poker.

Some people believe that F. R. Ritter might be S. W. Erdnase, the unknown author...

2014 / 12 / 8
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Sultan Orazaly
Ant Card by Sultan Orazaly

Make a mini-sized playing card instantly change into a regular-sized one

No flaps or creases on the card that changes. A great way to show perspective illusion both live and in your Zoom shows. Simple to build. Easy to perform.

1st edition 2021, video 28 min.

2021 / 10 / 3
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Bob Farmer
Bammo Gaffus Maximus by Bob Farmer

A collection of new and novel gaffed decks, which you can easily all make at home, and strong effects that go along with them. Requires little to no sleight-of-hand.

From the introduction:

There is nothing sweeter than a gaffed deck that does something amazing, something that cannot be duplicated in any other way. A deck of cards looks so innocent, and is such a common object, that when it is converted into a wolf in sheep's clothing, the audience becomes an easy meal for the predatory wolf pack.

Many of the ideas contained in this manuscript have been encouraged, corrected, improved...

2020 / 8 / 31
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Chris Wardle & Paul Hallas
Beyond Svengali: applying the svengali principle to mentalism by Chris Wardle & Paul Hallas

Here, Chris Wardle explores the use of long and short cards (Svengali Deck style) for mental magic presentations. Whilst initially he gives some background to the Svengali deck and how to make and handle one, some routines use variants on the deck and several don't use playing cards at all. There are thirteen routines from Chris plus some additional commentary and a bonus routine from publisher Paul Hallas. Chances are after reading this you'll not think of the Svengali deck in the same way again.

Since the appearance of this booklet (his third) Chris authored Magic For Everyone (2006) and...

2012 / 12 / 23
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PH & Mario Tarasini
Blind Flap by PH & Mario Tarasini

There is nothing new when a card visually changes color. The market is flooded with hundreds of visual color changes variations base on a few dozen methods. But what if you can do a visual color change with a coin on top. The same coin on top of a card before and after the card color change. Crazy right? Give yourself a chance and watch the trailer.

[Please note that the video is in Korean with English subtitles. Everything is clearly described visually as well.]

1st edition 2020, video length 29 min.

2020 / 11 / 7
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Chris Wasshuber
Blistr by Chris Wasshuber

Blistr is a new card punch with two important differences to more traditional card punches. First, it is built like a pair of small pliers and therefore very easy to use. The pliers are a flexure design 3D printed from durable plastic. (Starting design was created by BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research which I modified to fit my needs.) Second, this punch creates a bigger smoother blister than needle-based punches. The tip is not sharp and therefore does not punch through the playing card. For many, this will be easier to feel than a fine needle prick. The blister is a half-dome about 1 mm in diameter. The...

2017 / 4 / 28
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Daniel Madison
Blood by Daniel Madison

Learn how to mark your cards with a professional card cheating system. Daniel has been a professional card cheat. He has the injuries to proof a near fatal beating due to an exposed sleight. If you want the real stuff, then here is the manuscript to read.

Bicycle Rider Back; Bicycle League Back; Tally-Ho Fan Back; Tally-Ho Circle Back + The first ever marking system for the David Blaine Split Spades.

Blood is a system for applying secret markings to the back of playing cards that can only be distinguished by the performer and are invisible to the naked eye of the spectator.

The system...

2008 / 4 / 27
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Sultan Orazaly
Boneless by Sultan Orazaly

A visual penetration like no other. The preparation of the gimmicked card requires some arts and crafts but is not difficult. You will need a blank face card among other easily obtainable items. (No threads are required.)

1st edition 2021, video 18 min.

2021 / 8 / 23
$9.95

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Boris Wild
Boris Wild's Lecture by Boris Wild

Boris is probably best known for his 'Boris Wild Marked Deck', which he describes here in detail. (For the right material to prepare your Boris Wild Marked Deck please see here.) He also teaches his version of a memorized deck, which you can learn in 6 minutes, because there is a system, a formula if you will, to it. And particularly the combination of his marked deck and his memorized deck allow you to fulfill your Wild-est effects.

If that is not enough then you will also learn the Kiss Count. The Kiss Count is a new move in cardmagic. Thanks to it, you will be able to pretend you have four...

2006 / 6 / 3
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Zaw Shinn
Burmese Change by Zaw Shinn

Burmese Change is a triple card change using a gimmick and sleight-of-hand.

Spectator signs a card which is returned to the deck. The magician takes a random card and the card changes two times in to different cards, and the third change is when a random card changes in to the card signed by the spectator. After the trick, the card can be given to the spectator as a souvenir.

Requires the preparation of a gimmick which is three cards thick.

1st edition 2020, video 13 min.

2020 / 8 / 2
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Zaw Shinn
Burmese Vanish 2 by Zaw Shinn

If you didn't like Burmese Change because of the setup, then here is a different way you may like much better. Zaw Shinn has created this version in pursuit to find the most practical and visual effect he can perform up close in front of the camera. This vanish is easy to do and it looks like CGI. No fancy set up is required and the materials to make the gimmick can easily be found.

1st edition 2020, video 17 min 27s.

2020 / 9 / 18
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Mario Tarasini
Card Guillotine by Mario Tarasini

The Card Guillotine is one of the most visual, mysterious and interesting card tricks. Mario Tarasini has brought it back to life. This is a new method that, when applied, can make the trick even more interesting and can fool any magician. The trick can also be performed with the spectators finger. Requires arts and crafts to make the gimmick.

1st edition 2020, video 11 min.

2020 / 6 / 28
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Chris Wasshuber
Card Punch by Chris Wasshuber

This is a card punch 3D printed from durable plastic. A card punch is used to mark cards imperceptible to people who are unfamiliar with it. If you do not know how to use it this item is not for you. There will be no instructions supplied with the item.

The primary innovation in this model, besides that it is 3D printed, is a screw-needle combination which makes adjusting the depth of the punch a breeze. Simply turn the screw a bit more in or out to set the needle tip deeper or higher. If you have moderately strong fingers you will be able to turn the screw by hand. Or use a small hex key...

2017 / 2 / 27
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Mario Tarasini
Coined Change by Mario Tarasini

Place a coin on a card. Just wave and the card will change. Mario Tarasini brings a new ultra visual card change system to the magic world. It is called "Jumping card system" and it looks impossible. Take an old trick to a next level.

  • Use a borrowed coin
  • The coin can be singed
  • Highly visual
  • Easy to do
  • Requires some arts and crafts to construct the gimmick

1st edition 2020, length 6 min 55 s.

2020 / 7 / 24
$14.99

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Mario Tarasini
Detective by Mario Tarasini

The spectator chooses one card and signs it. The magician tears off the corner of that card and places the card in the middle of a deck. The corner visually disappears and appears on top of the chosen card - right in the middle of the deck.

1st edition 2020, length 15 min.

2020 / 12 / 11
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Tom Phoenix
Divide and Conquer by Tom Phoenix

This is a series of methods for taking a spectator-shuffled deck and sorting it into piles of red and black - while blindfolded.

And one of the methods (as shown in the demo) gives you the ability to identify the suit and value of each card of a borrowed, shuffled deck, requiring no memorization.

There are six methods in total, three of which use "special" decks (can still be used for your other card magic), and the other two use borrowed decks. All of them can be done blindfolded.

1st edition 2017, length 29 min

2017 / 5 / 29
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Peter Pellikaan
Dr. Hole 4 by Peter Pellikaan

You start with three cards one of which has a big hole. Mixing them up a bit and suddenly the card with the hole has two holes. One moment later it has three holes. Another mixing and everything is back to where it started, one card with a hole, the other two regular cards.

1st edition 2021, video 3 min 42 s.

2021 / 4 / 12
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Lybrary.com
ESP Cards with Bicycle Back Marked by Lybrary.com

You will receive four sets of 5 ESP cards (circle, cross, three wavy lines, square, star), a total of 20 cards. Two sets have a red Bicycle back and the other two sets have a blue Bicycle back. These cards were manufactured by USPCC on their standard air-cushion cardboard.

All cards are marked on the back in an easy to read way. A short glimpse is all you need to know which symbol it is. However the Bicycle back design wonderfully camouflages the markings if you do not know where to look. Wonderfully matches regular Bicycle cards allowing combinations of effects with ESP symbols and standard...

2011 / 1 / 24
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Peter Pellikaan
Follow the Hole by Peter Pellikaan

You show four double backer cards, one of which has a big black spot painted on it. You again show the cards and suddenly the card has actually a big black hole and the remaining three cards are double backers as before.

1st edition 2021, video 2 min.

2021 / 4 / 16
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Sultan Orazaly
Hallucination by Sultan Orazaly

Visual and practical effects are rarely combined into one trick. Hallucination is a very practical and visual trick. Imagine you draw 4 points on a playing card, after which you shake the deck and they line up, and that’s not all, you shake the deck again and the points completely disappear.

1st edition 2020, length 6:27.

2020 / 11 / 5
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Brick Tilley
Hofzinser Ghost Card by Brick Tilley

A modern version of this classic gaffed card. Detailed are the two methods: splitting cards and printing them yourself to achieve this mysterious effect. Included is a self-printed example. This card has a matte finish that is enhanced by the candlelight used to effect the transformation. This is a remarkable illusion that takes no skill and differs greatly from Hofzinser's original construction. As seen in the video, the image seems to melt from one card value to another. Simple in construction.

1st edition 2021, PDF + gimmicked card

2021 / 10 / 8
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Edward A. Litzau
How It's Done by Edward A. Litzau

Available again at last. This privately printed gem contains the real work for some of the best card marking inks, daubs, shading and blockout inks that the world has ever seen. Even the infamous luminous reader formula is explained, as is an easy method to produce short or narrow cards that doesn't require a card trimmer!

Best of all, this revised edition includes modern alternatives to the chemical and dye-based compounds, making it easier than ever to obtain professional results in the privacy of your home workshop.

"Your Red Daub is very fine. I find that Daub is the secret of the...
2016 / 10 / 29
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Chris Rawlins
Invisible Thoughts by Chris Rawlins

Invisible Thoughts will reinvigorate your appreciation and excitement for a tool that you already own. Invisible Thoughts is my work on and with the Invisible Deck. The notes cover everything from set up through to routines and a brief history of the deck itself. My full and most used Invisible Deck routine is included for the first time, during which you reveal an unspoken thought that only exists in your spectator's mind. It really does look and feel just like you are inside their head.

You will be given what is, without doubt, one of the best ways to hand out your business cards to potential...

2021 / 7 / 26
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Dr. Hans-Christian Solka
Low Vision Marking System by Dr. Hans-Christian Solka

A marked deck for people who have less than perfect vision or need glasses.

A blockout system for marking cards has been developed based on the widespread Bicycle Rider Back 808 deck. The development focused on good discernibility of the system for magicians with impaired vision. The marked deck can be prepared in less than one hour.

  1. Introduction
  2. Card and Suit Values
  3. Basic Principle – the Clock Design
  4. Marking the Card Value
  5. Marking the Suit Value
    1. Suit and Card Value in Different Marks
    2. The Stage Version
    3. Suit and Card Value Together in One Single Mark
  6. One-way Marking
  7. Predecessor...
2015 / 6 / 21
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Sam Dalal
Magic with a Marked Deck by Sam Dalal

From the introduction:

Most magicians have at some time or the other resorted to faked or trick decks to bring about some miracle or the other. And yet these same performers, who will pull out a Stripper or a Svengali deck at the drop of a pin shy away from a marked deck, presumably under the impression that everybody knows a Marked Deck.

That is, of course, a ridiculous notion. The truth of the matter is that not one spectator in a thousand can detect a good marked deck, and most of them are unaware of their very existence. For that matter, a number of demonstrations in our studios have...

2011 / 11 / 8
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T. Hayes
Making Tactile Readers Using Boss Work by T. Hayes

A new permanent tactile marking method, which is easier to feel and less visually noticeable compared to a punch.

Boss work is a marking system that you read by touch, and is designed primarily for use with the punch deal. It is easy to put in and the items required are not too expensive. When compared to the punch, boss work is much easier to feel and more durable. The markings are almost impossible to see on the backs of the cards, and there is nothing to see on the fronts. This video will take you through putting in the work, teaching you the best way to mark the cards, and also showing...

2020 / 8 / 10
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Paul Voodini
Mark of the Devil: Six Slick Routines with a Marked Deck by Paul Voodini

This manuscript features six routines from Paul Voodini, all utilizing a marked deck. As well as fully explaining the routines, Paul also discusses many subtleties that allow the performer to use a marked deck with confidence and the 'tricks of the trade' that mean the spectators never suspect for a moment that there is anything 'funny' about the cards.

The routines included are:

The Keeper of Secrets. The performer is able to correctly divine a chosen card despite the spectator desperately trying to keep its identity a secret.

Thought Transfer. Performer and spectator work together...

2014 / 3 / 8
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Scott F. Guinn
Marked for Death by Scott F. Guinn

Scott has been holding this close to the vest for more than a decade. A small part of his do-it-yourself marked deck system was published in his long out of print book "Never Miss a Trick," but in this manuscript Scott gives you the full meal deal, explaining the entire system. Along with instructions on how to make up your own decks (in just minutes!), Scott gives you memory hooks to make learning the system as quick and painless as possible. Then he gets into the routines--and what routines they are! Killer routines that will slaughter your audience! Stuff that seems absolutely impossible...

2010 / 8 / 16
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Steve Sanders
Meanderings with a Marked Deck by Steve Sanders

Don't tell anybody but sometimes magicians use marked cards. Apart from pick a card and tell the spectator the name of that card what else can you do with them? Here are five routines to use with any type of marked deck.

What a Coincidence: A routine where unseen cards are put on the table, you go first, the spectator follows and each of the cards coincidentally match.

Centre Stage: The cards are mixed, the spectator cuts, without touching the cards you can instantly announce the name of the 26th card, or centre card of the deck. Simple.

Pair Enough: 'Mysterious Pairs' from Hoffmann's More Magic is put...

2020 / 10 / 3
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Mario Tarasini
Melter by Mario Tarasini

Take one card and place it on top of the card box. With a wave of the hand the card melts through the box and appears in the middle of the deck. The effect is so convincing that the spectator will think it is an optical illusion.

1st edition 2020, video 13 min.

2020 / 10 / 9
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Mario Tarasini
Multiplying Holes by Mario Tarasini

There are different tricks which use a hole in a card. Mario Tarasini presents one of the smartest and simplest methods to perform this effect. Just punch one hole on the selected card and the hole will multiply. The best part is that after the trick the card can be given to the spectator.

1st edition 2020, length 6:40.

2020 / 10 / 31
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