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servant
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Has anyone purchased Penguin's Marked Cards, available here:
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8525

They are printed by the U.S. Playing Card Company on what they call their "ELITE STOCK".

They are pretty affordable, so I wonder if anyone has started to use them and what they thought.

I'll probably place an order regardless and come back and leave my two cents.
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A couple of thoughts.

The Elite Stock is great, so the cards handle very nicely. If I remember correctly, they are pressed tighter so the they are a hair thinner (face to back) than normal stock.

They are on Maiden backs so they are "different" than Rider backs, but lay people wouldn't know anyway.

The markings are clear and easy to read. They now have blue backs which have better contrast making them easier to read than the red backs. At the same time, these are "readers," so there is no code to decipher, but the ID of the card is "right there." The deck should not be riffled such that the backs will be seen in rapid succession (the typical "marked card" test), and I wouldn't suggest doing table spreads.

That said, if you are doing "a few" tricks and only 1 leverages the markings, they are fine. Just to build confidence, I have used one of these for "regular" effects and no one has picked up on the markings. I wouldn't use this deck if your effect is "Pick a card, hold it up, you picked the X of Y." There are other decks that are more subtle (i.e. Spreader deck), but the price goes up.

Overall, in my opinion, if you intersperse effects leveraging the markings with effects that do not, apply them subtly, and are not doing a lot of spreads, these are great.
servant
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On Aug 28, 2018, Scott Horn wrote:
Overall, in my opinion, if you intersperse effects leveraging the markings with effects that do not, apply them subtly, and are not doing a lot of spreads, these are great.


Thank you Scott! Very helpful. I've decided to go ahead and order a couple decks and we will see what comes of it.

I noticed you're in Dallas. I'm going to send you a PM since we are neighbors. Curious if there are any Dallas meet ups.
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I have a brick, and compared to 5-6 other marked decks I own they are great. Reader back no codes or magnifying glass needed. Best advice: when starting out using marked -> don't use them as marked cards, use them for normal tricks. Use the marking only as backup until you get comfortable enough that you can peek without giving anything away (like peering at the back). Maintain eye contact as you normally would. After that, use them for some of the miracle tricks that come with the instructions provided by Penguin.
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I have a brick of these myself, and they're actually my go-to deck even when I don't need marked cards. They're so cheap that I use them for just about everything. I also like the fact that when a wave of self-doubt hits me and I wonder if a certain card that should be on top of the deck is really there, a quick glance sets me at ease.
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If the Elite Stock is the same as at Bicycle Elite Edition... the stock is thinnest what USPCC has

They feel like broken in right out of the box. Great decks for those who runs through many decks per week and doesn't have time to "get ready" their decks for performance.
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I don't have a lot of experience with marked cards, however, a friend of mine gave me a deck of these for a routine I was using. They felt great and I could read the card fairly easy.
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The Penguin decks are good quality and good value...as mentioned earlier you have to be a bit more careful with handling because of how they are done but overall they work quite well..
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I just picked up a Penguin deck. They handle well and look like an ordinary deck. I'm very happy with them.
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I think they are easily my favorite marked deck - here's a close up and a little comparison video I made a while back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6ouJ4X3hUw
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