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JenniferG

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What do you think of this system for marking cards?  Scratching off ink to make the mark with knife tip.  I did my deck tody and messing around with it.  Good way to make a cheap marked deck at $1.33 per deck.  Here's the marks I chose for my experiment.. just photographed all of these.

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Okay I made a modification already.  I am finding by putting value on one side and suit on the other side of card, it is too spread out and having to do two glances.. takes too long and looks suspicious.

So now I am using the three little spikes above the circle to indicate suit.  I can do one quick glance now and have both the value and suit, much better.

I kept the value indicators the same as previous post.

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Looks good to me.  Only time working with it will prove whether it is functional.  You'll quickly find any pitfalls and then you can adjust.  I like using the "spikes" for the suits.  

Nearly everyone at one time or another messes with making up a marked deck.  Most usually jump right into buying red or blue ink pens.  That can have a couple of problems.  First, the colors, even though everyone might swear they are perfect, seldom are.  And then there's the tendency for some ink to have a different sheen and be very noticeable under certain conditions.  From a distance, sure, most anything works, but up close, there can be no margin for error.

Another way, in place of scratches is to use white paint or ink.  But again, that can have hit-and-miss results.  Give the pack the "riffle test" if you haven't.  It is interesting to see the "gyrations" on the back.  Especially if it is in NDO.  Almost resembles those little flip book cartoons.
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OMG ur right.. flipping through them ... it's a blast watching it!  Gonna video record this and put a link to the video here.  I didn't think to do that! 😉
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Flipping through the cards is called "going to the movies." It's one way you can tell if a deck is marked. 
That's provided that the marks are where you are flipping through the cards. Something to keep in mind when devising your own marks. 
You might want to have a look at Ted Lesley's Marked Deck system. It's bold and brilliant and works. 
If you're going to use white ink on the back of a card - try a white gel pen. That usually works best. 
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Bob Farmer, Pete McCabe and many others have published clever ways to mark bikes.  Farmer's method has the advantage that the marks can easily be read from a distance.

Pattrick Przysiecki  (yes, two "t"s in Pattrick) sells, or used to sell, a really excellent white marker for marking cards.
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Jennifer I think I need to up my carrot intake cause I have no idea how you would be able to see those markings at a glance haha
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Jennifer I think I need to up my carrot intake cause I have no idea how you would be able to see those markings at a glance haha


Try Lutein and Bilberry. Goes well with the carrots. [smile]

When I was younger than today, I could read marks quite clearly. I never bothered to make up a full pack but I did buy a couple just for fun. There weren't many around.

But I never used them. Even when I was a schoolboy, it felt like cheating somehow.

Nowadays when, generally, I'll use any gimmick that suits, I can't read the markings. I don't need reading glasses, but some things are just too tiny.
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Bob Farmer, Pete McCabe and many others have published clever ways to mark bikes.  Farmer's method has the advantage that the marks can easily be read from a distance.

Pattrick Przysiecki  (yes, two "t"s in Pattrick) sells, or used to sell, a really excellent white marker for marking cards.


I've used Pete McCabe's system with good success. His ebook also has 20 or so effects. For $20 it's a bargain.

Due to my degrading vision I should check out Farmer's system. I believe I have it in a Kirk Charles' book, which is all about marked cards.

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What do you think of this system for marking cards?  Scratching off ink to make the mark with knife tip.


Trickshop.com released a marked deck pdf back then, and it uses the same place that you did!

I guess it's good idea to mark at the long edges as well, this way you can spot the mark when you do a spread on the table (?)
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