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A friend asked me to post this question. If you have lots of trick decks, like 20 or so, how do you know how to recognize which deck is in which case? He doesn't want anything the laymen could see, like writing, but rather just a quick way to tell.
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Inside the top flap of the box you could write it if that would help. If not and they're in a suitcase he could have labels inside sorting the decks. If that still doesn't work and he has a good memory he could place a dot in a certain spot on the box to mark it.
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Take a pencil and write a couple letters on the edge of the box. Nobody will see it.

Like "O" and "E" for odd and even or "ID" for inivsible deck.

A lot of beginners start out with a lot of trick decks. Then after a while you'll get down to where you'll just write "N" on all of them for "Normal" deck. Smile Hand Crafted Magic
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I really only use one trick deck, ID. I'm lucky that it's my one deck that is without the "Texas Hold 'Em Rules Inside!" image.
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Can't say I've had this problem. I have ordered an assortment deck from Penguin but it's not a deck you'd just pull out and use for a trick. I take out the gimmicked card I need and put it with my normal deck.
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Just mark it in a way that only you could tell which is which and that it is not visible to the audience.
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Put a rubber band around them.
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I just mark with a sharpy on the bar code what it is. Invisible deck would be ID, Si Stebbens stack would be Steb and so on.
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"A friend asked me to post this"

Yeah right, it's okay to ask anything you want. We won't pass judgement.
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Is it the same friend who has a rash in a private place? My pharmicist friend loves getting asked that.

Different deck... different pocket. I mark the box with lines. Let the spectator play with the box all day. Easy to see, no one knows what the lines are for but me.
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Mine are in a case with a paper sleeve on them that it comes with. I just take the deck out and leave the sleeve behind!
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Does your friend take 20 gimmicked decks to each performance? I must say that I don't own too many gimmicked decks, but typically only one or at the most two go with me to a performance. Then it's easy enough to tell them apart using the above suggestions.
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I mark my card boxes with the Ted Lesley Card Marking System materials. I put the mark in the exact same spot I put the marks on the cards, so I know where to look. No one has ever seen the mark, but it is plain as day to me!

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Surely no one uses more than ONE trick deck in a performance? Although I do know one magician who carries an entire briefcase full of such decks.If your friend has loads of trick decks then keep things simple. For storage purposes, write the name of each deck inside the box on the flap. Remove the deck for a performance and put it in an UNMARKED case, ( if he doesn't think he can take out the deck and not conceal the writing. As we say in the UK Cor blimey! )When he's finished he can put the deck back into its marked case in his store box . Finally , if he is so scared of audiences knowing a trick deck is used tell him to work hard on effects with ANY deck.
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May I suggest a cross reference with Pick a card...any card » » Cards decks Disorganized? Problem solved postings. Esp. take a look at daffydoug's suggestion.
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Put a mark or sign on it you will remember! like a happy face, a check mark an "X" or something.
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I use Frank Starsini's method. Listen if they are spending their time looking at the box instead of you then keeping your trick decks organized is the least of your problems.

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I will ring in a Svengali deck when table-hopping. I have three decks on me, a Svengali deck, a "normal deck", and a stacked deck. The normal deck is always in right jacket pocket because it's "the right deck". Sven is in my left jacket pocket because "it's not right". The stacked deck could be in an inside jacket pocket or vest depending on how I am dressed. I am not worried about where that one goes cause I always know where the other two are. I hope this is not too convoluted, but it works for me. I will mark the Svengali decks with a number & a letter to identify the key card on the lower right back corner of the box. Very simple: 7H, 5d,AS, JC, etc.

Actually, now that I think about it, it's not that complicated. Smile

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I have a small "I" on my Invisable Deck. I can't think of any other trick decks that have an "I" in their names so as to need an "ID" for the invisable one.

I have two trick decks of cards. One is an invisable deck and the other I call a Scarne deck after a trick I saw John Scarne do at the close of a beer commercial.
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I think what Frank Starsini said is the best way that's how I do it. but I also agree that it is best to keep the trick decks to a minimum. I only use an ID
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