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HeronsHorse
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Hello all, I'm just discovering marked decks and have spent far too long reading about different markings - from a few old books (with similar marks on the circles of dashes above the bicycle Angel) to olde world style commercial decks, to modern day commercial decks like Code,Blood,etc... My opinion, being formed, is one of "I'm pretty sure a home made marked deck can be as good or better than any I can buy. I might be wrong on that, but I'm certainly going to give it a try!
Do people bother to mark their own decks any more? It seems like everyone prefers buying over crafting, but is this true for marked decks?
I'm looking for any information on this subject - online, book resources, whatever! That includes YOU and your experiences with this. Please, tell me all you know! Smile
And ... I don't even know what I'm talking about.
But! I've practiced magic for ONE YEAR! Smile
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I haven't created my own version of a marked deck unless you count the Ted Lesley version, but this post (http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2018/3/20/a-bad-marked-deck) is a great piece on why to create your own version of a bad marked deck. I did do this, and while I haven't used it yet, I'm creating a routine using the bad marked deck and a real marked deck which I think will devastate my audiences.
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Well, that was enlightening. I mean my time on thejerx site!
I see the point of using an exposure to strengthen a trick but, seriously? He tells them where to look on a marked deck? That's not helpful!
Also, many commercial marked decks have marks that are hardly much different or better than what you can do yourself so this jerx stuff is nonsense. There ARE markings that are tiny! All marked decks are not bad. All DIY marked decks are not bad.
The jerx is an obnoxious twat. I say this from looking around his site, not that article specifically.
And ... I don't even know what I'm talking about.
But! I've practiced magic for ONE YEAR! Smile
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Sounds like it's not for you. No worries. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
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I have used my own marked decks in the past. Made simply with an x-acto knife and the "flower pattern" in each corner. It is an old and well known way to mark but I do not know who's it is exactly. There are better and worse marketed decks but these will work in a pinch with a deck of bikes.

I use mainly Phoenix decks these days for performance and I do like their markings. Card-Shark's back was designed as a marked deck - then he removed the markings for the "regular backs". I think that is why the marked decks work so well for me.
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I use a mix. More often than not I use a factory-printed deck (either “Marked Cards” from Penguin or the DMC marked decks usually) but for some features or designs I mark my own.

There are advantages and disadvantages to either option. Marking them yourself is cost-effective, but can be time consuming. Self-marking also gives the most flexibility in whether you want stack info, one ways, marks just for red/black, marks just for suit, or any other customizations.

It can also be a good way to fool magicians, if that’s your thing. I absolutely love tally-ho circle backs and developed a very quick & easy to read marking system for them a couple years back. It allows me to use one of my favorite designs while still having the benefits of marks, and it throws magicians off of the idea of marked decks since the most widely-known marked decks these days are the factory-printed ones.
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I mark my decks with a special marking pen ( I have a few left) I use the Ted Lesley idea but eliminated the suit marking, just using position on the card and only the value. It’s pretty blatant, and easy for me to see. Never once got caught, or questioned. This way I can perform card on ceiling, torn and restored and many other similar effects without worries about wrecking an expensive deck. www.pattricksmagic.com or pattrick@pattricksmagic.com for any help.
Combined with a corner short locator card, it’s a real winner.
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