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DMC Elites deck (Forest Green)

In another thread here on TMF, someone asked about a good marked deck that can be read quickly and easily by an older person without needing to squint.  The DMC Elites decks are the answer, and these are considered one of the best marked decks on the market right now for exactly this reason.  I figured I'd post a review here in order to help out by giving some more info about them.

DMC represents the initials of English magician and card shark, Drummond Money-Coutts, who has been the subject of several TV magic specials.  One of the more noteworthy ones was entitled Beyond Magic with DMC, and featured Drummond performing street magic around the world.  Money-Coutts has teamed up with magic creator Phil Smith to produce a series of decks called DMC Elites, and the DMC Elites deck (Forest Green edition) is considered version 4.  The tuck box is a matt finish in forest green, and is finished with gold foil touches for a classy look.

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These decks aren't intended for your weekly poker night, but specifically have the professional magician and mentalist in mind, due to the specialized secret that is built into the card backs.  In the world of magic, this is of course known as a "marked deck".  But what makes the DMC Elites so highly regarded is that these cards don't require you to squint in order to try to make out the semi-hidden markings.  Instead, the marking system on these decks works best when viewed from a distance, and yet unless you know the key, it's completely undetectable.  Many in the world of magic consider these innovative decks to be the best in the business for exactly this reason.  Even pros will struggle to find the markings unless they've been let in on the secret.

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So how does this deck compare with its ancestors?  First of all, there's the colour, and the Forest Green ensures there's no confusing version 4 with previous editions of the DMC Elites deck.  The formula that made previous DMC Elites decks so successful is continued, but for the first time the markings are now on all four corners, not just two.  Finally, there's been a change in card stock, with USPCC now being the publisher of choice with their high grade Bee stock.  For the rest everything is relatively standard, besides a custom Ace of Spades and the stylish silhouette Jokers, one of which has a card reveal.  The two ad cards cover a short introduction to the Elites decks, and instructions about the marking system.

There's frequent debate about which marked decks on market are best, but if you're looking for cards that can be easily read from a distance, then the DMC Elites are a clear winner. The deck includes an instruction card that tells you all you need to know to read the markings, but there's also a terrific companion book available.  Entitled Passport to Marked Decks, and by the creators of the deck, DMC and Phil Smith, this 32 page book explains the deck along with instructions for nine different effects you can do with it.

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Where to get them?  Any reputable online retailer that sells custom playing cards should have the DMC Elites available (e.g. PlayingCardDecks or Rare Playing Cards).  If your favourite retailer don't stock these particular decks, send them to Murphy's Magic, which is the magic wholesaler that distributes them.

More info over at Murphy's product page here: DMC Elites deck (Forest Green)


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As good as they might be, I'm of the school if you change decks in the middle of a  few tricks, it draws suspicions.  I stick to Bikes for everything. 
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As good as they might be, I'm of the school if you change decks in the middle of a  few tricks, it draws suspicions.  I stick to Bikes for everything. 


I often work with two or more decks. One is not a full deck as I constantly have people sign and keep cards. Then I break out my second deck casually saying that I need a full deck for this next one. I might use another deck because I just got them and like the color. I’ve never been questioned about my use of different decks.

Golfers buy extra clubs. Hunters have more than one gun. My wife boxes and has several pairs of gloves and jump ropes. People buy multiples of things they like and use. It’s how you present it and what you do with it that draws suspicion.
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I'm with you EVILDAN. I respect those who favor a specific brand (even specific color) of playing card, but my experiences are the same when it comes to switching decks...specifically different brands. I used to do it at the magic shop to purposely see how spectators would react when different decks were introduced. Fact is that there were some who assumed every deck was gimmicked, but most were so focused and engaged with the effect that the card style never became an issue.

If I spend even a tiny bit of time worrying about drawing suspicion from certain audience members... be it the type of playing cards I use or the props required for a non-card effect...I can easily psych myself out of performing.

A suspicious spectators mind will always be part of the equation when we perform for laypeople. EVILDAN nailed it with his perspective, "It's how you present it and what you do with it that draws suspicion". 
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I have a deck of Black DMCs and the marks are larger than any other deck I own.

Since a marked deck can be used like a regular deck, I see no reason to switch decks in the middle of my performance. All I have to do is choose material, that uses marks and dosen't use them. I also start with my deck stacked, in BCS and have the order randomized after the first two effects.

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