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panlives
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For those with less than 20/20 eyesight or for effects where the deck is placed half a table length away from you:

What is your preferred “maximum visibility” marked deck?

Thank you for all suggestions, reviews and feedback!
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Bob Farmer created two excellent marking systems for those with poorer vision. His "Blob-O-Vision is the most visible (and deceptive), though requires a little mental calculation. His "Farmarx" system is much faster to read, though doesn't work from quite as great a distance. I'd try "Farmarx" first to see if it works for you. If not, go for "Blob-O-Vision". Both of these, and many other marking systems, can be found in Kirk Charles' excellent book, Marked for Life.
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Ted Lesley's Working Performers Marked Deck.
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Where does one find Bob Farmers two marking systems?

I can't recall seeing them marketed, do they show up in bound books?
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On 2011-04-28 12:00, Artie Fufkin wrote:
Where does one find Bob Farmers two marking systems?

I can't recall seeing them marketed, do they show up in bound books?



Read ddyment's post again and this will be revealed!
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On 2011-04-28 10:54, ddyment wrote:
Bob Farmer created two excellent marking systems for those with poorer vision. His "Blob-O-Vision is the most visible (and deceptive), though requires a little mental calculation. His "Farmarx" system is much faster to read, though doesn't work from quite as great a distance. I'd try "Farmarx" first to see if it works for you. If not, go for "Blob-O-Vision". Both of these, and many other marking systems, can be found in Kirk Charles' excellent book, Marked for Life.


WOW! Thanks for that information, Doug.

I have this book. I read it about 15 years ago for the information but, because of poor eyesight, I then put it aside. (I just never had the nerve to try out the Ted Lesley or Boris Wild methodologies.) I'm going to have to pick this book back up again and take another look at marked decks--with a particular eye towards the two Bob Farmer methods you referenced above.

Additionally, having learned a memorized deck stack about 3-5 years ago, I am now going to be exploring the possible combined use of a marked deck with a memorized deck. Intuitively, this just seems like a very potent (and natural?) combination.

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On 2011-04-28 12:09, bblumen wrote:
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On 2011-04-28 12:00, Artie Fufkin wrote:
Where does one find Bob Farmers two marking systems?

I can't recall seeing them marketed, do they show up in bound books?




Read ddyment's post again and this will be revealed!

Ahhh yes, the difference between "reading" and "comprehension" is once again revealed Smile
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Turk wrote:
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(I just never had the nerve to try out the Ted Lesley or Boris Wild methodologies.)

I'm aware that this technique is widely lauded, and used. But it's far too obvious for my tastes. I'm more interested in making it as baffling as possible for my audiences than as easy as possible for me.

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I'm going to have to pick this book back up again and take another look at marked decks--with a particular eye towards the two Bob Farmer methods you referenced above.

If you track down the original sources (both in MAGIC Magazine: October 1996 for "Farmarx" and March 1997 for "Blob-O-Vision"), you'll find more details, but really all you need to know is in the Charles book.

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Additionally, having learned a memorized deck stack about 3-5 years ago, I am now going to be exploring the possible combined use of a marked deck with a memorized deck.

One obvious technique is to mark the cards with the stack number rather than the value/suit. Ed Marlo advocated this method, and it is touched on in the Charles book.
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Also, check out Pete McCabe's THE PM CARD MARK SYSTEM (ad is on Genii Forum).

Here's a tip for the Lesley System (if you can find the white press-on letters): on a Bicycle deck, don't put the letters right side up on the right side up man on a bike. Put them upside down. This way, the audience will naturally be drawn to looking at the right side up man and not see the upside down letters (while you are looking at the upside down man and seeing the right side up letters).
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My sight is so bad I just can't use a marked deck. Ive tried and I have to hold the cards to my face which kinda makes it obvious ...lol. It's a shame as it's a devastating tool.
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Gamblers marked deck
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I'm not sure about your eyesight, but the Mind Reading Deck (David Blaine) works for me,

regarding the design,
I surveyed a lot of specs and they prefer split spades over bikes and tally's so it works for me:)
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On 2011-04-28 10:54, ddyment wrote:
Bob Farmer created two excellent marking systems for those with poorer vision. His "Blob-O-Vision is the most visible (and deceptive), though requires a little mental calculation. His "Farmarx" system is much faster to read, though doesn't work from quite as great a distance. I'd try "Farmarx" first to see if it works for you. If not, go for "Blob-O-Vision". Both of these, and many other marking systems, can be found in Kirk Charles' excellent book, Marked for Life.


WOW! Thanks for that information, Doug.

I have this book. I read it about 15 years ago for the information but, because of poor eyesight, I then put it aside. (I just never had the nerve to try out the Ted Lesley or Boris Wild methodologies.) I'm going to have to pick this book back up again and take another look at marked decks--with a particular eye towards the two Bob Farmer methods you referenced above.

Additionally, having learned a memorized deck stack about 3-5 years ago, I am now going to be exploring the possible combined use of a marked deck with a memorized deck. Intuitively, this just seems like a very potent (and natural?) combination.

Mike


Boris Wild sells a deck which is marked, stacked and stripped. I personally dislike strippers but the combination is powerful, if you can work with the BW system of marking.
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