You don't need a regular deck to perform the standard routine but i think every magician should have at least one deck of cards. If someone asked you to show them a card trick and you don't have any cards, or worst still don't know any card tricks then they are going to find it hard taking you seriously as a magician.
However, I wish to recommend a deck that you can purchase to use with the Invisible Deck. The deck has endless possibilities but it's strongest use is probabaly with the invisible deck.
I did create a post called "How To Make The Invisible Deck Routine 10,000 Times Stronger" which i was going to link to but i might as well past it into here. I'm aware that i've ranted about this deck before and most of you will have to ignore this post but maybe there's some "fresh blood" in Magic.
I would imagine that almost everyone on this forum has the Invisible Deck. Has anyone ever experianced this from a spec?..
Magi: "I have a deck of cards here with 1 card turned face down. i did it last night (or last week or whatever presentation you use)"what i want you to do is take this invisible/ imaginary deck of cards and turn 1 card face down... ect.... ok so you have turned over 1 card... ect..." What was the card you turned face down?"
Spec being a smart a*s: "If you have already turned a card face down why dont you show me the cards and 1 face down card THEN i will tell you what my card was." Or whatever.
As you can imagine it totaly messes up the effect.
Has that ever happened to you? Why wait until it does?
Imagine this. You lay 2 decks on the table and ask the spectator to pick one up. They put one deck in their pocket and hand you the other. You remove the cards from the case and give them a fair shuffle and cut. (you don't have to).
You then explain that most people never trust a magician's shuffle so you are going to let them shuffle. You then exlplain that gamblers invented cards with special marks on the back so they could see what their players had in a game of Poker or Blackjack and that phoney magicians found these cards and pretended to be Real Magicians. (you don't have to, this is just my presentation.)
After saying this you hand the spectator the deck and tell them that in the interest of fairness you are going to leave the room. They are to shuffle and cut the deck as much as they, take off the top card, have a look at it and put it in their pocket. When they've done this they are to call you back in. (You can also tell them to put it in their pocket without looking at it.)
You enter the room and ask them if they're happy that you couldn't possibly know what their card is. Which of course they are. And at this point you honestly don't know what their card is!
You then ask for the deck they've had in their pocket since the effect began. You spread through a face up deck and show a single face down card.
You remove this card and place it to the table. Only now do you ask them to remove their card and place it next to yours. After a bit of build up the spetator turns over the cards and they are the exact same card
No card switches or any funny moves. No slight of hand required! You don't even need to see their card, front or back to know what it is!
The deck is called the Rama Deck. Google that and you will find a few sites selling it now. I'll try to upload a vid onto you-tube to show how strong the effect is.
About 6 months ago it was only avalible in the U.k. i don't know about now but if it still only avalible in the U.K. and you're from the U.S, or anywhere else for that matter, then it really is worth getting. Not many, if any, other magicians in your country, (never mind local area!) will know about this deck.
You learn that routine and 3 other very hard hitting effects. You can also create your own effects with the deck, the deck is completly examinable and can be used as a regular deck too
Simply do the 4 effects you learn, then any others you create, and believe me you will, then you can carry on using it as your regular deck for the rest of the performance.
I use this deck to perform a mind blowing book test. There's a lot in the presentation but basically a spec shuffles and cuts the cards as much as they like, they can take the top 2 cards or they can cut the deck and remove 2 cards from the middle. They add the numbers together and choose (a free choice) any book they like. They have a coice of 10 different books that are all regular books that they can examine.
They choose the book, turn to the page number and read that page to themselves. I then ask them to draw as best they can the scene they read about. I too draw a scene i think i'm picking up on. (I should point out that i don't glimpse their drawing or page number or anything...)
We both show our drawing and they are of the same scene. Obviously the idea of using cards to select a page in a book is no new idea, but most methods use forces or set ups which require the performer to either not shuffle or to false shuffle the deck and does not allow the spectator to shuffle. In my book test the spectator can shuffle and cut the deck as much as they like. And i also think it's better to have them draw a general scene from from the page they read rather than to pick a single word or sentance from the page.
Well, that was a long post wasn't it?.. lol. Anyway i highly
recommend this deck to everyone who doesn't have it.