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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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Abhinav Bothra
Pigment and Pixel by Abhinav Bothra

Two different methods to mark Bicycle Rider Back / Bicycle Standard playing cards. Nothing tough to memorize. You'll literally be doing it in minutes after reading this ebook.

1st edition 2015, 11 pages.

2015 / 10 / 20
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Abhinav Bothra
Pigment and Pixel 2 by Abhinav Bothra

Pigment & Pixel 2.0 has two marking systems designed for the standard Bicycle Rider Back. Both the marking systems are based on something that you've been seeing since your childhood hence it is almost impossible to forget. One of the marking systems is small and while the other is big, so you're covered of either kind of eyesight.

Note : This download consists of only the marking systems and does not come with any tricks with a marked deck.

1st edition 2020, 9 pages.

2020 / 2 / 20
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Abhinav Bothra
Pigment and Pixel 3 by Abhinav Bothra

Two DIY card-marking systems for the ones who like to take things into their own hands. Pigment & Pixel 3.0 has two marking systems designed for the standard Bicycle Rider back design. Information for both value and suits are marked on one square-centimeter area of the card making it easy to identify the card at one go. The marks are on the side border area for one of the systems while it is towards the center for the other.

Note: This download consists of only the marking systems and does not come with any tricks for a marked deck.

1st edition 2021, PDF 12 pages.

2021 / 8 / 16
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Alexander Shulyatsky
Romano Vanish by Alexander Shulyatsky

You take a playing card and with one finger slowly and visually evaporate the back of the card, leaving the frame of the card, and develop it back. Easy to make from any white-framed playing card. No black art. No CGI.

1st edition 2021, video 13:38.

2021 / 10 / 15
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Alexander Shulyatsky
ProjectS by Alexander Shulyatsky

This is a system that you can use with different card values, for example AS and 8D. Instant disappearance and appearance of suits on the card, but it can also be a change of color of suits or transformation. Easy to do, easy to perform. No reset. The tutorial demonstrates two methods of how you can make this gimmick.

1st edition 2021, video 32:28

2021 / 10 / 15
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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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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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Boris Wild
The Boris Wild Marked Deck Lecture Notes by Boris Wild

Explanation of the Boris Wild Marked Deck + Explanation of the BW Memorized Deck + 5 incredible routines including "Miracle!" and "Pure Telepathy" as seen on French National television.

"The Boris Wild System is a marked deck for the 21st century. It's intelligent, unsuspecting, and it fooled me sooo bad! I love it!" - Joshua Jay

"For an easy and sure-fire way to read the back of any card in the deck, Boris' method is safe and unbeatable. I recommend it highly." - Aldo Colombini

"Boris Wild has created a genuine masterpiece with his marked deck. You can do effects with it that you simply cannot do with any...

2011 / 12 / 6
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Boyet Vargas
Ten-Ten Marking System by Boyet Vargas

Ten-Ten Marking System is a reliable playing card marking system for creating a marked deck that is easy to read and understand, based on the binary system, and practically invisible to your spectators. Easily identify each card at a glance.

  • Easy to read marking system
  • Easy to learn and remember
  • Inexpensive and easy to make

1st edition 2020, PDF 6 pages.

2021 / 8 / 16
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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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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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Chris Rawlins
Un-Luck by Chris Rawlins

"A clever principle for clever performers." - R. Paul Wilson

"Chris Rawlins has been a busy fellow. Un-Luck is Chris' latest offering that takes his One Card Poker routine to the next level. I saw Chris perform One Card Poker at Mindvention 2019 and it was fantastic. At its core, Un-Luck a hands-off 'spectator locates the aces', but it's really so much more. Chris has taken his basic concept and has added 5 new variations that make this more than just another card trick. I will be adding Un-Luck to my 'bag of tricks' and I am sure that once you've had an opportunity to try it out for yourself, you will...

2021 / 7 / 26
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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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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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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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Craig Matsuoka
The Gaff Factory: A comprehensive dry-mounting tutorial by Craig Matsuoka

Making dry-mounted gaffs just got a whole lot easier!

This new 80 page ebook introduces you to the wonders of dry mounting tissue (a.k.a. "DMT"). What's DMT? It's an adhesive that lets you make gaffs that look, feel, and snap like a normal card. If all you've ever known are rubber cement, sprays, and glue sticks, then you've been missing out big-time. This book will open your eyes.

On the other hand, perhaps you heard of DMT, but never bothered to try it because the equipment costs turned you off. Or maybe you gave up on it after getting horrible results with a clothes iron. Well, it's...

2007 / 11 / 26
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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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Daniel Madison
The Score: playing card marking system by Daniel Madison

The Score is an ebook that teaches a special playing card marking system inspired by a concept probably as old as playing cards. The system has been re-thought and re-mastered by Daniel Madison with help from sleight of hand junkie Randall Freeman and a retired card cheat who wishes to remain anonymous.

The Score markings system teaches you how to mark any deck of cards that has a white border, such as standard Bicycle Rider backs, Mandolines and Bee Stingers - we'd list all of those decks here but there are far too many to mention!

The Score is a minimalistic system; two simple tiny marks...

2010 / 9 / 21
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David Numen
NUD - Numen's Utility Deck: And other Mental Card Mysteries by David Numen

Imagine a deck that secretly tells you both the identity of a thought-of card and that card's numeric location, either in that deck or in another deck. Think of all the memorized deck applications this would simplify.

No memory work.

No tricky calculations to arrive at the card’s location.

Think of the myriad mentalism applications. A spectator peeks at any card in the deck and you instantly know what the card is and at what number it resides from the top or bottom of that deck or another deck. What's more, you obviously never see the back of the peeked card, which eliminates the...

2009 / 3 / 24
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Devin Knight
The Svengali Fooler by Devin Knight

This is a new effect from Devin Knight's recent East Coast lecture tour. It uses a special Svengali deck in a way that magicians will never suspect. So you know, you will need to own or buy a Svengali Deck and gimmick it to do this trick. Take this to your next magic club meeting and puzzle the members.

EFFECT: The performer shows a deck of cards and mixes them. He invites a spectator to stop him as he deals the cards face down on the table. The person can stop him anywhere in the deal, there are no restrictions. The performer deals until the person says stop. The performer shows the card...

2017 / 1 / 13
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Don Driver
The Svengali Pitch: The Real Work by Don Driver

The Comprehensive Guide to Making Money Pitching Svengali Decks

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been made on selling the humble Svengali Deck and yet few people ever learned the inner secrets of how to pitch the deck successfully. This DVD fills that shortage.

Don Driver pitched for twenty-five years all over the country. He learned his pitch from S. David Walker, the Grand old Man of Svengali pitching who has been at it since the early 1940s. Mr. Walker learned from Mickey MacDougall, the creator of the Svengali pitch.

Explained in detail is a pitch that has been polished and...

2011 / 7 / 7
$25

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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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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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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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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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Felipe Suau
Poker Royal by Felipe Suau

An extraordinary magic trick in which the spectators will see four jacks turn face down one by one. For the final climax, the magician explains that sometimes, if poker cards are used for magic, very strange things can happen: That's when the four jacks suddenly turn into a Royal Flush. A trick with which I bluffed the audience and magicians. All you need is a special card, which is very easy to find. But this little effort is really worth it.

An impromptu version of the effect is also described, in which the cards from Ace to Four, one at a time, turn face down and then magically transform...

2021 / 5 / 10
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Jean Hugard & Fred Braue
The Stripper Deck: Miracle Methods No. 1 by Jean Hugard & Fred Braue

The Stripper Deck has nothing to do with a girl shedding off her clothes, but rather is a specially gaffed deck. However, the gaff or preparation is not noticeable with the naked eye. It can even be handed out to spectators for shuffling and cutting. This manuscript outlines various moves as well as tricks with the Stripper Deck. Practically all effects can be achieved with pure sleight of hand using an unprepared deck. But the Stripper Deck simplifies the handling and makes miracles possible without difficult moves, leaving you time to focus on the presentation.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This is not one...

2005 / 9 / 9
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Jim McKeague
The Best 200 Tricks With A Svengali Deck by Jim McKeague

This exclusive book has now been republished as an ebook. Encyclopaedic in scope, with notes on making, handling, pitching, and performing in a variety of situations.

Contents

  • Handling the Svengali Deck
  • Pitching the Svengali Deck
  • About the Tricks
  • Impromptu
  • Almost Impromptu
  • Multi-Method Classics
  • Novelty Revelations
  • Things going wrong, and sucker effects
  • Apparatus Required
  • Special Decks
  • Publicity, Promotion, Spectacle
  • Using sleights and moves
  • Miscellaneous
  • The Last Word

1st edition 1999, 181 pages.

2014 / 6 / 18
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Joe Berg & Al Aldini & B. W. McCarron
Rough Stuff by Joe Berg & Al Aldini & B. W. McCarron

A great ebook for those interested in creating their own mechanical (rough and smooth) trick decks or restoring old ones.

The mechanical decks described in the first part of this ebook were brand new when first published, and represented a value - in today's dollars - of nearly $195 if purchased from a dealer. But that's not all. In this revised and expanded edition, you also get complete instructions for making your own Brainwave and Pop-Eyed Popper decks. While you can buy them ready-made from a dealer, making them yourself allows you to create custom decks, such as with airline or other...

2021 / 9 / 7
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Joseph B.
No Way Sandwich by Joseph B.

Look carefully because this effect is a real fooler. I have shown it to many magicians and no one of them had a clue. This is the perfect end to your sandwich card routine. It looks like real magic. The two queens inexplicably approach each other inside the card case to capture the card signed by the spectator. It looks amazing! Really easy to do. You have all the materials at home to build the gimmick. I am really proud of this routine. I show you how you can end clean.

  • No glue
  • No wax
  • No force
  • No double-sided tape
  • No double face card
  • No double back card
  • Easy to do

1st edition...

2021 / 9 / 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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Lybrary.com
Various Gaffed Cards by Lybrary.com

This set consists of 52 gaffed cards with Bicycle backs. The cards are listed below and can also be seen in the image to the right. They come in a white tuck box that has a small window on one side.

  • Ace of Spades with inverted black Bicycle back (2 cards)
  • Ace of Clubs with inverted yellow Bicycle back (2 cards)
  • Ace of Hearts with inverted red Bicycle back (2 cards)
  • Ace of Diamonds with inverted blue Bicycle back (2 cards)
  • King of Hearts - King of Spades horizontal split face, Ace of Clubs on the back (11 cards)
  • King of Diamonds - King of Clubs horizontal split face, Ace of Clubs on...
2011 / 2 / 6
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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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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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Mario Tarasini
Old School Packet Trick by Mario Tarasini

Effect: Show to spectator 4 blank cards. Suddenly the blank cards change into four normal face cards. Additional supplies may need to be purchased to perform this effect.

length 3min 29s.

2020 / 6 / 14
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