Hey, and welcome to my list running you down the best trick decks out there! Ever seen a trick and been absolutely mind blown? I mean like completely mind blown? Did it just seem completely impossible? Well, it’s probably because it was…
And the odds are, they were using a trick deck…
Today, we’re going to run down the best trick decks out there, with their uses, so you can either expose your friend and be a complete jerk, or blow other people’s minds and hope they don’t find their way here the same way that you did.
What are the best trick decks?
But, before you get into that, here’s a brief history lesson on trick decks. (If you hate history, well don’t worry, because you can use the links above)!
History of Trick Decks
Ever since magic has been invented people have essentially been cheating… I mean I’m sorry kids but magic just doesn’t exist (as much as we all wish Harry Potter was a real thing.) Trick decks are essentially a type of gimmick designed after the standard 52 card deck which allows magicians to pull off performances that seem entirely impossible.
Every year new trick decks are created by the greatest magic minds out there, but today I will present only the best to you.
Number 4 Pick: The Marked Deck
If you’re anything like me (and I hope for your sake you’re not completely like me) then you love easy, clever but mind-blowing card tricks. Of course, it’s hugely satisfying to learn card sleights, memorize maths tricks or maybe truly manipulate someone’s mind yet sometimes there really is nothing quite like a good marked deck!
Essentially, a marked deck is a deck that in some shape or form has a way that you can determine what the card is simply by looking at the back of it.
There are variations to the marking, for instance, some decks will simply allow you to determine if the card has been touched rather than the actual suit and number, while others go the full distance!
The best-marked deck I’ve seen is aptly named the ultimate marked deck and it’s produced by Bicycle Playing Cards! It has a marking system that is so easy to spot yet so easily missed by the spectator.
Click HERE to view Ultimate Marked Deck on Amazon.
Number 3 Pick: The Svengali Deck
The Svengali Deck much like the other trick decks on this list works on simple principle yet creates an incredible effect, essentially:
The deck alternates between normal cards and shortened cards and the shortened cards are all the same rank and suit. When the deck is riffled front to back, only the normal cards are visible but when it’s riffled back to front, only the shortened cards are visible.
The trick deck was created by Burling Hull in 1909 but the effect is just as mind-boggling then as it is now!
The problem with this deck, and for that matter the invisible deck, however, is that you can never hand them to the spectator, or the trick is ruined.
Click HERE to view on Amazon.
Here’s the Svengali deck at work:
Number 2 Pick: The Stripper Deck
This was my very first trick deck, and so it holds a special place in my heart. I think this is a devious idea that can produce spectacular results if used right!
Essentially, a stripper deck has a special function that allows you to locate any card at any moment, no matter how shuffled or randomised the deck is. It looks and feels completely ordinary.
The great thing about stripper decks is that they can be used as a failsafe or plan B for your regular card tricks; imagine you are trying to control a card to the top as part of your Ambitious Card Routine, but you lose track of it. With the stripper deck, you can instantly locate it and keep on going like nothing has happened.
Essentially how the deck works is all the cards are facing a certain way, you take out one card (or the spectator selects it) you then spin the card so it is facing the other way (sounds weird but I swear that’s how it works) then when you run your hands down the side of the deck, their selection magically makes it way out of the deck and into your hands, as if pulled out by magic.
You can pick up stripper decks almost everywhere, but I would recommend the bicycle stripper deck! It has the most convincing effect as people are always less suspicious of a deck they know and trust.
Click HERE to view Bicycle Stripper Deck on Amazon.
Here’s a video of the stripper deck in action, (frozen version ;))
Did you know about the Mirage Deck?
This is a fusion of a Svengali Deck and a Stripper Deck. The deck allows you to easily control a card or group of cards, but also has every other card being the same, like a Svengali. This combination offers a wider range of tricks than either deck alone, providing both the ease of a stripper deck and the impressive duplications of a Svengali deck.
Click HERE to view the Mirage Deck on Amazon.
Number 1 Pick: The Invisible Deck
The Invisible Deck is definitely a favourite here at the Daily Magician and I’ll tell you why! It’s just one of the most versatile trick decks out there when it comes to any sort of performance!
Back in the day, and still now for that matter, my cousin used it in a mentalism routine where I would pretend to be a criminal psychologist… It was a sherlock kind of thing where I would show that I ‘knew’ the thoughts of the spectator. I would whisper in the ear of my cousin what card I thought they were thinking of, after which he would turn the card over in the deck. We would then set the deck aside.
After which they would name their card, without any funky business we would take the deck, and there facedown among faceup cards was their selection.
Pretty crazy effect right? Well… You can do it too… All you’re going to need is an invisible deck.
Joe Berg created the Invisible Deck in the 1930s, originally calling it the Ultra Mental Deck. Often mistakenly credited to Dai Vernon, Don Alan, or Eddie Fields, the most-used presentation of an “invisible” deck of cards was invented by J.B. Bobo.
Essentially the principle is every faceup card has a hidden card underneath it, corresponding odd or even based on what card they pick you open the deck of cards one way or the other.
It’s pretty simple but the trick works like a dream.
Struggling to understand?
Basically, here’s how it works…
1: When the spectator names a card, the magician knows the paired card in the deck (using their memorized system). For instance, if 7 of Hearts is named, and the deck is set up so that each card pair totals 13 (with opposite colors), the magician knows to look for the 6 of Spades.
2: To reveal the chosen card, the magician handles the deck in such a way that they separate the paired cards (in this case, the 6 of Spades and 7 of Hearts), making it appear as if the 7 of Hearts is the only card upside down.
Here’s David Blaine putting this effect to work:
Click HERE to view the Invisible Deck on Amazon.
BONUS: Best Trick Decks for Kids (VERY FUN)!
The Brain Wave Deck (Colour Changing Card Trick) – The Brainwave Deck is essentially a variation on the Invisible deck, except the card you pull from the deck is from a different coloured deck. It’s a pretty cool concept because it makes the spectator feel as if no sleight of hand is possible, the first few times this trick was pulled on me it literally blew my mind, so it’s certainly worth looking into this deck too!
The Cardtoon Deck (Storytelling Card Trick) – The Cardtoon Deck creates an animated sequence when the cards are riffled. It’s unique because it’s more about visual storytelling and entertainment, rather than just a card trick. The animation typically ends with a reveal that matches the spectator’s chosen card.
Outlaw Deck (Reading Deck) – The Outlaw Deck is a marked deck, but with a twist. Each card contains a wealth of information that allows the magician to tell a story or give a detailed reading. It’s not just about identifying a card, but about creating a narrative or performing mentalism.
Mental Photography Deck (Super Visual Card Trick) – The Mental Photography Deck starts off as blank on both sides, and then images of cards appear and disappear at the magician’s command. It’s unique for its visual transformation capabilities, allowing for a range of effects from blank cards to printed cards and back to blank again, creating a stunning visual impact.
Well, that was my Trick Deck’s rundown! Hope you enjoyed it! Have fun blowing minds!
Before you go, I have a question for you…
Is there anything better than a trick deck?
No, not much.
But there is something that can cause an experience that can stay with a spectator for the rest of their life. This stuff is so powerful, almost any effect you name can be adapted and improved using it.
P.S. For the record, Marvin’s magic is not better than a trick deck!
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