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Hi all,

I've come out with a marked deck which I believe is a totaly new idea (the way it is marked). However, how do I know if this deck had been marketed before? How do I research it? Thanks.
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You should share the method with a couple other people and ask someone who knows about marked decks..
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First of all write a report describing what you have thought of. Put it in the mail box, sending it back to yourself. In the future if someone tries to steal your idea, you can show proof it was you who thought of it earlier by the postmark on the unopened envelope.

I would go to a few magic dealers and as them if they seen it before.

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Mailing something to yourself as a form of copyright is unfortunately a myth and will not hold up in a court of law.
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I agree with you Peter. But I didn't mean copyright. It will be proof he thought of it first, in case someone tries to steal it from him. Always remember, "Better safe than sorry."
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It's not proof that he thought of it first, either. I could have sent myself an empty envelope three years ago, and then when he releases it I could copy the idea, seal it in my pre-dated envelope, and claim that I invented it first.

Now for some advice that David can use: check out Kirk Charles's recent book on marked cards. Odds are, if somebody's come up with it, it's in there. I think it was called "Marked for Life", but I'm not 100% sure, since marked cards aren't my thing.
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Thanks a lot for all your advice Smile

And thanks Andy. I will get the book and research more on it.
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While the Charles book "marked for life" is a good book it certainly does not contain all the marking systems and some are only alluded to.

I agree in either going to a magic dealer or finding someone at a meeting or convention whom you feel you can trust.

Another thing to note: for this deck you have to be marketable it either needs to be real easy to read (from a distance) or extremely hard to detect. as there are a lot of decks already out there who meet at least one of these criteria

Best of luck

and when you feel comfortable with it, I'd love to see a deck.

Any specific questions, feel free to PM me

Matt
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Take a detailed description of what you invented.... trot down to your local bank and have it notorized.
This isn't copyright per se but it will give grounds in court as to when you created it.
against no proof at all, it will hold.

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