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billmarq
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I am NOT referring to one way forcing decks but rather to decks that have printed backs that are directional, such as bridge decks with photographs on the backs. I have just read a Magicana routine in an old Genii magazine that required the use of such a deck, or a regular deck marked in such a way that a reversed card would be identifiable. This is not necessary. Take a look at your standard Bicycle deck, or any other, and you will likely notice that the border on one end is slightly narrower than the border at the opposite end. The printed backs are seldom perfectly centered. I can sort out the difference even without my glasses.

I would strongly recommend using such a deck for an effect that requires this sort of setup.

This tip may not be new to those who have been at card magic for awhile, but might be helpful to some here.
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Nicolino
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Thanks Bill! There are indeed lots of threads about this subject but I agree that this unintended feature of some Bicycle decks is very powerful and subtle.
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RoyalRoad72
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I just found this out from Daryls Ecyclopedia of Card Sleights and could not believe I have never noticed, A real fooler.
MAGIC325
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I'm not sure bikes will work for this. Even if they are off center there are variances.
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The bicycle dragon backs that are starting to hit walmart stores (at least in Arkansas) are one ways that are very subtle in my opinion. On the back in the center from top to bottom is a center line that runs right to left and on one side is a tiny little crescent moon with the crescent open to the inside(center)and on the opposite side is a similar crescent that is open up (when this crescent is on the right). These cards have been around a year or two but are jsut now hitting the walmart stores here in Arkansas and cost the same as a regular single deck of bikes (about 3 dollars).
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On 2012-06-11 14:54, JJKnight wrote:
The bicycle dragon backs that are starting to hit walmart stores (at least in Arkansas) are one ways that are very subtle in my opinion. On the back in the center from top to bottom is a center line that runs right to left and on one side is a tiny little crescent moon with the crescent open to the inside(center)and on the opposite side is a similar crescent that is open up (when this crescent is on the right). These cards have been around a year or two but are jsut now hitting the walmart stores here in Arkansas and cost the same as a regular single deck of bikes (about 3 dollars).

There are several little marks on those cards that can be used as a one-way back
duanebarry
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Bicycle's classic one-way League backs are used in decks sold for playing Rummy:

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72 decks can be had for less than a dollar a deck on the big auction site. Search for Bicycle Rummy.

Note however that the faces have extra pips:

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JJKnight
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IanL granted there are multiple markers on the dragon backs (I have found about 5) I thought the crescents were nice and sutble yet obvious if you know what to look for.
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On 2012-06-15 11:38, JJKnight wrote:
IanL granted there are multiple markers on the dragon backs (I have found about 5) I thought the crescents were nice and sutble yet obvious if you know what to look for.


Yeah, although I prefer looking at either the arrows in the corners or the black circle in the center of the little cross near the top and bottom. I also like the spot where the bent bar crosses itself. It just has to do with ease of spotting the difference and placement on the card. I'm up to over a dozen markers that I have spotted so far, but many are too subtle to use.
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Hello! I hope this thread isn't totally dead. I'm looking for a source for Bicycle League decks, preferably red but would also consider blue. I found one current source for a dozen of the League decks on eBay, but I'd really prefer just one or two. Alternatively, I'd also really like a source for other similarly subtle one-way backs that aren't too-too obvious, as many bridge-size decks are. (I have a couple of those already that a 3-year-old could be taught to recognize.) --Thanks in advance for any help.
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Amazon sells an “international edition” of league backs. Don’t exactly know what that means - printed outside USA?
Switch to Phoenix decks or add or subtract a star from a Standard Bike deck. Millions of possibilities and whole threads here devoted to the subject in these forums. Just use the search function.
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Thanks, LesL. I just inspected the Phoenix back design on Amazon and noted its "one-wayness"--much subtler than the League design--sweet! Guess I'll spring for a deck of each. And yes, while I fancy myself a fair hand at Googling the web, I am admittedly still very much the newbie here on the Café. Given time, hopefully I'll catch up.

I also did pick up on your hint about the standard Bikes and plan to acquire a couple of sharpies soon. I have one red Bee deck and one blue Bicycle fan-back acquired back in the day from the old K.C. Company in Chicago, both of which (I was told) were hand-done using original inks that had found their way out the back door of the factory, and I guess I've always believed that was the only way to get good, permanent results. Now I'm rethinking that. Thanks again.
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If you go to the card-shark.de website you will find other one way feature of Phoenix cards.
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