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Topic: Best marked deck ever?
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Feb 6, 2015 10:10PM)
I hope it is the best marked deck ever! I've been working on it for weeks!

This is definitely my most ambitious and painstaking project yet. Designing 54 individually marked cards with the same level of artistic quality you expect has been difficult to say the least.

Nevertheless, it is almost ready! A marked deck like none other! Beautiful and classical in design with a hidden marking that has fooled other magicians!! But, is also easy to remember since there are no patterns to memorize or complicated "clock faces". I hope to have this ready within the next week to ten days.

What do you think?
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Feb 7, 2015 08:00AM)
Nice looking deck, would like to see an example of the back design.
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Feb 7, 2015 08:18AM)
On the top image the back of the box features what the back design will essentially look like.
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Feb 10, 2015 09:09AM)
This tendency of calling some new magic product "best ever" is a bit disconcerting. Why the need to call something "best ever" which is a very sweeping statement?

Yes this looks pretty. Yes it may be painstaking. Yes it may be something unique and unusual.

But to call this deck the best ever - please - no way Jose.

First this looks like an aged or 1800 style deck. Nice. But will performers like myself use this as an everyday deck that won't call attention to itself? Not likely. If this really were a best ever deck it would look like a regular set of Bikes or Phoenix maybe. Not this.

I'm just tired of this apparent need for desperate one upsmanship - someone else just released a new coin bend also self naming his best in the universe or best ever or best in history... Lol. Please. Stop.
Message: Posted by: inigmntoya (Feb 10, 2015 10:16AM)
If I start working on a series of "not quite as good as something else already on the market" effects tomorrow, will people will come rushing to buy them? :sun:

It's all about marketing and trying to build excitement (hype) to drive sales. It doesn't work on everyone, and clearly annoys some, but if it didn't work / wasn't worth it, nobody would do it.
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Feb 10, 2015 11:46AM)
Um, "best ever" I thought was a clear jab and a bit of jest. Oh, well, there's always someone who has to nick pick. Been guilty of it myself on occasion. If oneupsmanship is not an essential aspect of being a magician, than I will eat my rabbit hat. It could be an over developed sense of cynicism. Well, that makes me feel sad. Trust me, I am not trying to get into a flame-war. I can take more criticism than most. In fact I posted this here, as such, for the purpose of inviting suggestions for improvement. I can understand as well that a Bicycle Deck may seem to invite less scrutiny, but that does not stop some of the most popular magicians in the world, ones that are constantly scrutinized under the magnifying glass of populist opinion, from using personalized, often flamboyant, custom cards. Bottom line - lighten up my friend. ;)
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Feb 10, 2015 07:22PM)
I'm not the only one apparently who feels that this "best ever" addition to effects us becoming a bit tiresome.

Your deck may in fact be a big advance and something special. It's just the best ever moniker that is getting stale IMO.

Read this thread about the newest coin bend:

Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Feb 11, 2015 12:16AM)
Yes, I have seen that before. In context, the title of this thread was meant to say, "I want to make the best marked cards out there, please help". That's why it said:
"The best marked deck ever?" instead of
"The best marked deck ever!!"

I just didn't think I needed to spell it out.
Message: Posted by: silvercup (Feb 11, 2015 10:29AM)
[quote]On Feb 7, 2015, george1953 wrote:
Nice looking deck, would like to see an example of the back design. [/quote]

Thaose are the backs. Quite the marking work eh?
Message: Posted by: magicwatcher2005 (Feb 11, 2015 10:46AM)
To me they look like someone spilled a pot of coffee into the printing press while they were being made. I have seen and handled many [i]actual[/i] antique decks and have never seen them look as stained and ratty as the slew of "reproductions" that are being sold these days. Moreover, it's very easy for event the casual observer to notice that the "stains" are UNDER the finish.

The whole look makes no sense at all.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Mar 1, 2015 10:54PM)
I think your deck looks awesome! Excellent work!

Message: Posted by: 443magicman (Jun 10, 2015 04:20PM)
Those look really good!
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jun 11, 2015 10:06PM)
FWIW, I took your "best ever" statement as light-hearted humor, and the idea that you were trying to use that to market your deck did not even enter my mind.
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (Jun 13, 2015 07:19AM)
Why are the Jokers labeled as the Jack of Diamonds?