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Topic: Gaffed cards and decks - who makes the best ones?
Message: Posted by: Bato William (Sep 7, 2009 03:21AM)
Any consensus on who manufactures the best gaffed cards and/or decks?

Bato William
Message: Posted by: 55john55 (Sep 7, 2009 06:03AM)
If you invented a new trick and are looking for a company to make special cuts you might consider a local print shop. I realized a dream when I developed two card tricks. Magic Trick Store (they advertise with a small banner in the Café) took on the tricks and used a local printer to do the special cuts for both an entire deck and a small packet of cards. It was reasonably priced and they did a great job. I don't think you need a large company to produce high quality gaffed cards. Possibly it is more important who is selling them. I assume good magic stores don't sell poor quality tricks. But this is just based on my two experiences.If you are just buying gaffed decks, and you told a reliable store that you wanted high quality I think they would make sure you got it. I assume the advertisers on the Café would be reliable. We'll find out it others agree. I know the Magic Store is and there must be lots more.
Message: Posted by: M for Magic (Sep 7, 2009 04:55PM)
Message: Posted by: ryan8406 (Sep 7, 2009 05:21PM)
Another vote for marty!
Message: Posted by: Card-Shark (Sep 7, 2009 05:50PM)
I do all variations from single cards to large deck runs. Please contact me with your concerns and you will be served best.
Message: Posted by: necroloid (Sep 7, 2009 06:55PM)
I also sugest Card Shaark. Very good products and Gaffs!
Message: Posted by: hcs (Sep 11, 2009 05:16PM)
Vote for card shark! Excellent!!
Message: Posted by: Loopback (Sep 11, 2009 10:35PM)
Both Martini and Card Shark are excellent gaff makers
Message: Posted by: joseph (Sep 12, 2009 06:08AM)
I agree, Loopback....and while you're there, check out Card-Shark's Butterfly trick...very nice..My guess is that he made those cards too.. :) ...
Message: Posted by: Bato William (Sep 13, 2009 07:42PM)
What about Cards By Martin?

Bato William
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Sep 14, 2009 07:08PM)
Do you even read the replies you get to you posts? The 2nd response gave Martin's website then he was mentioned a couple more times after that!
Message: Posted by: silverking (Sep 15, 2009 12:25AM)
Those were references to Martini as opposed to Martin.........but both are excellent makers of custom cards.
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Sep 15, 2009 09:21AM)
I stand corrected!

Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 15, 2009 12:32PM)
Hi all! If ya don't mind, my faves:

1. Ellusionist Gaff deck (red or blue). A whole DECK of gaff cards (some real DOOZERS!) I could do several pages on this...but, this says it all:


2. CAJ (Clowns & Jesters Deck of Magic Gaff Cards & Booklet):


And then, just when you thought there WERE no gaffs left to do, Ellusionist's Wayne Houchin and Daniel Garcia have come up with (my opinion) the best one yet:


The ad says, "The final word in Gaffed playing cards."

Well, not really. There are three (THREE???) companion DVD's you can buy, to get the most out of your Ultra-Gaff. Remember, if you have the other gaffed decks, and the CAJ Deck, these routines can be modified for them as well.

Ya know, you can go just plain GAFF-Y, like I did...I've bought:

The red Gaff deck from Ellusionist
The Ghost Deck (regular) with the Gaff Ghost Deck
The CAJ Gaff deck
Army of 52 DVD (Ellusionist)

I really like Ellusionist's gaffs. They are lightspeed ahead of the old original from USPCC. The only thing I need to emphasize, is the need to buy the DVD's. If card gaffs are your thing, you can't really leave these out.

Message: Posted by: Robert M (Sep 15, 2009 02:57PM)
Martini, Neil Lester (Cards By Martin), Card-Shark, and Gary Plant (The Card Plant). Some think Gary's gaffed cards are the best.

Message: Posted by: Lynne Kelly (Sep 16, 2009 08:38AM)
Card-shark again. The reaction I get to his decks (especially the Medieval Tarot) are superb. I love the feel of them, the look, and the way he provides gaffs which really set your imagination running wild.
Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Sep 16, 2009 05:35PM)
Cards by Martin's handmade gaffs are the finest quality card gaffs I have ever seen in my life.
Message: Posted by: silverking (Sep 17, 2009 08:37AM)
Alas, Neil is no longer with us.


Message: Posted by: Robert M (Sep 17, 2009 08:56AM)
I am so sorry to hear this. I have many of his gaffed cards, which I will now cherish. Golden Nuggets, Jerry's... you name it and he had it. He was a great guy.

Message: Posted by: CardMaker (Sep 17, 2009 10:36AM)
Neil's cards where the best, although he liked mine too ;-)

I'll miss you Neil!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 19, 2009 02:19AM)
It all depends on what you want, how you plan to use them and how many of them you need. If you need custom gaffs on playing card stock in high quantities, you should go to someone who prints gaffed cards. My choice in this would be Card Shark.

If you are in the US and you MUST HAVE Bicycle gaffs done on Bicycle stock, such as their proprietary card faces, then Gary Plants would be my maker of choice. I get a lot of stuff from Card Shark, though.

His Heirloom decks are my choice for character work.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 19, 2009 10:39AM)

Gary Plants website. I've always had great luck with Gary.
Message: Posted by: Gary Plants (Sep 19, 2009 05:52PM)
Thanks Bill and Tabby for the kind words.

I am a splitter, cutter, dental dammer (can I say that here), but not a printer, so please go to the "other" guys for the print jobs. If it can be made by hand, I can maybe help.

Gary Plants
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 24, 2009 12:10AM)
You did a fine job on the cards you made for me right after the TAOM.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 25, 2009 01:36PM)
On 2009-09-19 18:52, hofzinser wrote:
Thanks Bill and Tabby for the kind words. [/quote]

Bill and I are obviously high-class gents who appreciate the finest in hand-made playing card gimmicks!!


Message: Posted by: Failed Magician (Oct 30, 2009 10:04PM)
Any website for CardShark? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Zebaztian (Oct 31, 2009 08:01AM)
On 2009-10-30 23:04, Failed Magician wrote:
Any website for CardShark? Thanks.