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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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Burling Hull
Nine Great Card Tricks by Burling Hull

Most tricks explained require a double backer, sometimes the same back double-backer, sometimes a different back double-backer.

  • Introductory
  • The Two Fold Miracle
  • Insto-Transpo!
  • The Startling Stop!
  • The Double Force
  • Double Comedy Relief
  • "Satan Behind You"
  • Chameleon Backs
  • Remote Control
  • False Faces

1st edition 1933, 8 pages; PDF 14 pages.

$10
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Burling Hull
Double Magic with Cards by Burling Hull

Card tricks requiring one or more double-facers.

The 18 tricks were supplied by U. F. Grant. Burling Hull writes:

Once in a decade, comes an array of unique and miraculous card mysteries - and introducing revolutionary magical principles in this branch of mystification. Such are the card feats in this book. Many of the experiments have been viewed by American foremost magical critics, and pronounced "Amazingly Ingenious".

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This book includes some amazing deceptions with DOUBLE FACE CARDS (cards with faces printed on both sides) which may be introduced into almost any standard pack (and frequently...

★★★★★ $8
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Mystic Alexandre
Listen and It Will Speak by Mystic Alexandre

A minimalist storytelling mentalism card routine.

"This is a truly thoughtful and beautiful presentation - the sort of thing that really warms my heart. The presentation here is the thing. And what's really nice about it, is that it is easily adaptable to other effects if one so desires. I love it!" - Sudo Nimh

A special competition was underway at a famous monastery and all the monks were quite eager to do well. The Master had pointed out a very special tree that lived in the woods surrounding the monastery grounds and the monks had been asked to write a story about this tree. The winner...

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Joseph B.
Any Card At Any Value by Joseph B.

This effect has such a subtle method. If you want to destroy your spectator with a killer effect, this is the one. This effect is a mix of impossible location, ACAAN and impossible revelation. Joseph has often used this effect as an opener and always got great reactions. You have all the material at home to construct the deck.

You introduce a deck of cards and instruct a spectator to cut about a third of the deck and place it to the side. The card cut to is remembered by the spectator and also put aside. The spectator shuffles the part cut off and the performer shuffles the remainder of...

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Graham Hey
Molecule Madness by Graham Hey

Two cards (2 x Queen of Spades) are shown to a spectator, who is then handed an "invisible card" the 9 of Hearts. The spectator throws the invisible card towards the magician who is going to catch it between the two queens. The spectator does this and the 9 of hearts instantly appears between them! Then, whenever the magician wants, the 9 of hearts vanishes - only to turn up in another location. This is a great self-working effect that gets great reactions.

You'll need to make the gimmick with a couple of things most magicians will already possess. It'll take you just five minutes and...

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Jeff Stone
Two Birds One Stone by Jeff Stone

Bird One - Kingside Castling

Simply put, a spectator's signed king from a packet of four kings vanishes from underneath her hand. As a kicker, the other 3 kings in the packet become blank even though she just saw all four of the kings. There are no switches.

Bird Two - Brainwave: Card 8

This is a variation of Nick Trost's 8 Card Brainwave that does the effect in reverse.

From a packet of 8 cards with 8 different colored backs, the spectator freely (no force) chooses one of them without knowing the values of any of the cards. Yet, the one she freely chose is found to be the only...

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Peter Pellikaan
Water and Oil 2016 by Peter Pellikaan

You clearly show four red cards and four black cards from both sides. Then you interleave them one red, one black, one red, one black, a.s.o. and they magically separate into red and black cards. (You will need four double-faced cards to perform this routine.)

1st edition 2022, video 3:29

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Graham Hey
The Gravity Deck: a self-working killer effect by Graham Hey

A spectator signs a freely selected card (no force). The card is replaced into the deck which is shuffled and thrown loose into a McDonald's paper bag (or any other bag, or container, which can be borrowed and is completely ungimmicked). The bag is shaken by various spectators - the cards are genuinely mixed-up. The magician then reaches into the bag whilst looking away - and brings out a single card. It is the signed card! This is so easy, self-working, and perfect for close-up or on stage.

You can find the only blue card in a red deck - whilst properly blindfolded. Includes a fantastic,...

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Peter Pellikaan
TC Collectors by Peter Pellikaan

Have three cards selected (they can be signed), return them individually into the deck, shuffle, and miraculously the four kings turn face up, and between the kings the three selected and signed cards are found.

This effect is possible due to a simple gimmick you can quickly make at home. (No gimmick is included with this download.) There are many more ways to use this gimmick. Peter explains a variety of effects and ways to use it.

1st edition 2022, video 28:21.

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Peter Pellikaan
New Wild Cards by Peter Pellikaan

You show seven Jacks of Hearts and one Ten of Spades. By putting the Ten of Spades face-down on the face-up Jacks, all cards turn magically face-down. But the climax is still coming. Once the cards are turned face up they are now all Ten of Spades except one Jack of Hearts.

1st edition 2022, video 3:11.

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Peter Pellikaan
Mondriaan Painting Trick by Peter Pellikaan

This card trick has a very unique and interesting plot. The topic is Mondriaan, the famous Dutch painter. You show cards and they change colors, the ones Mondriaan needs for his painting. Eventually you end with a replica of the painting itself.

1st edition 2022, video 4:26.

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Peter Pellikaan
Fast Change 2 by Peter Pellikaan

You show four red-backed aces clearly and individually from both sides. A turn of the packet and suddenly you hold the four kings with blue backs.

1st edition 2021, video 3:12.

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Peter Pellikaan
13 Seconds by Peter Pellikaan

Show the backs of four cards. Let's say they are all blue backs. Then turn them face up and show that the cards also have all the same faces. But when you turn them face down again, all their backs have changed into a random assortment of back designs.

1st edition 2021, video 3:19.

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Peter Pellikaan
4 of DC by Peter PellikaanShow four 4-of-Diamonds and change them to 4-of-Clubs both on the front and the back.

1st edition 2021, video 4 min 25 s.

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Alexander Shulyatsky
Miracle Box by Alexander Shulyatsky

When I first saw Killer Card Case by JP Vallarino and Yuri Kaine I fell in love with the idea of a box with a window. I knew for sure that her potential was not 100% revealed, and therefore I took it upon myself to play with this idea. I present to you Miracle Box - a tool that will allow you to perform effects such as:

  • Disappearance
  • Appearance
  • Teleportation
  • Transposition
  • Change
  • MultiChange
  • Switch

Anything that fits in the box can be produced, in particular:

  • Bills/Coins
  • M&M's/Skittles
  • OMNI deck
  • Condoms
  • Markers/Pens
  • Beetle/Skittlespidey
  • Gums/Color Clips
  • etc.

Visual...

$19.95
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Peter Pellikaan
Dollar Cards by Peter PellikaanFour cards change faces and backs and then change into paper money.

1st edition 2011, video 6:34

$10
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Alexander Shulyatsky
ProjectS by Alexander Shulyatsky

This is a system that you can use with different card values, for example ASĀ 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

$14.95
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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.

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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

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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.

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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...

$5.50
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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...

$8
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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.

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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.

$5
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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.

★★★★★ $4
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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...

$41
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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...

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