ODD is reminiscent of the Invisible Deck (ID), and both tricks have a strong impact. However, I
prefer ODD for strolling purposes for three reasons. First, ODD uses 52 perfectly ordinary cards.
It’s true that there’s something “ODD” about the deck and it can’t be handed out for inspection.
However, the individual cards are quite normal so that you can slowly thumb through them and allow
the spectator to see all their faces. The ID doesn’t look nearly so normal and, in close-up
situations, spectators sometimes notice its peculiarities.
Second, I think the effect of
ODD is more magical, or at least more inexplicable, than the effect of the IV. In the IV, the
selected card flips over. Spectators find this outcome impressive but not bewildering – they
imagine that the magician somehow turned over the card. In ODD, however, a red-backed card appears
in a blue deck. This seems much harder to explain than a flipped-over card.
reason I prefer ODD is that it is easy to make. Two ODD decks can be assembled from two ordinary
bicycle decks (and no other materials) in a matter of about ten minutes.
ODD is fairly easy
to do – about 3 on a 1 to 10 scale. Angle problems are minimal. Marcus Eddie is a great teacher,
although I suggest that you ignore his lesson on how to construct a special cardboard card case for
ODD. If you use a metal or leather card case and keep the deck face-up during the first part of the
trick, you don’t have to worry about matching the color of the card case and the deck. Otherwise, I
highly recommend this trick.
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This trick blows people away and it is super easy to learn and perform.
I modified the
trick slightly so you can do it completely surrounded and it requires no practice whatsoever (ok,
maybe a couple of minutes).
The card box is not modified and you don't need a card clip or
Nobody has guessed how I do it. Nobody has seen anything like it before. Everyone
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They say the genius is the one who notices the obvious which seems to elude the masses. That
definitely appears to be the case here. When you learn the method you will instantly think to
yourself "DUH!!!" (for lack of a more fitting term).
I've now performed this hundreds of
times and often close with it receiving a room full of applause. I will incorporate three
spectators. Each writes down their choice on a piece of paper so nobody else shares with one another
until the time is right and nobody is influenced by another's choice.
1st spec: secretly
writes a value A-K
2nd spec: secretly writes a suit
3rd spec: chooses either red or blue
Also, this way the color of the box is less of a factor or memory for that matter as we are
not simply saying "here think of a card you gotta see this", but rather building a routine and
focusing all attention on THEIR decisions and THEIR predictions. But for those who find it an issue
I offer this:
I tried using a "neutral" color (white) box for awhile, until I realized that
I was the only one who ever remembered what color the box was. Everyone else's minds were on the
trick and experiencing the effect. I take the box out, pour out the cards and spread them showing
there are no duplicates, and put the box away. They unfold their papers and together come up with
one card and one color as a COLLECTIVE. All the attention and memories fall to the spectators. I've
never once had anybody ask me about the box being a white box and if they didn't notice the unique
box, then they most definitely would not notice the Blue or Red, so I've stopped being concerned
with that long ago.
Ok, getting off topic. The point is this a a great trick with an
ingenious method. The only limitation is your imagination and performance.
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My thinking with this trick was a routine that I had looked at doing with that old favourite The
If you have that deck you will know the basic idea involved here, though
Marcus"s working is completely different.
That said the trick is basic to perform, you
have to watch your handling so specs dont get a glimpse of anything, the only angles to watch that I
could think of are if you have
people looking up at your hands from underneath.
are looking for a quick trick, quick to learn, and quick to do, great for beginners, get it.
The reason for 3 stars would have given 4 is that you will need a couple of other things to make
the trick work, and most people will know what you need, and probably have a couple of of those
around the place, if not extra expense.
All in all well done Marcus
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This takes little practice but plays big! It's like a better version of the invisible deck. I highly
recommend to all magicians!
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Marcus does a nice job explaining this illusion in full.
I thought I knew what he was doing
but nope: he got me. I like this because the card is completely examinable. At the end you could
sign the card after the illusion and give it away if you like.
It's clean and fast and
good for table hopping because as you move from table to table, people will hear the 'others' and
pick a different card. And their card is the 'Odd' card.
it's worth it.
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ODD allows you to show that your spectator freely selected the only odd-backed card in the deck. It
is well thought-out, the choice really IS free, and the display move completely sailed past me, the
two times I watched the promo video. This was the main reason I bought it.
It requires a
little bit of construction, which shouldn't be a problem. And the display move is so well
thought-out that--if you do it properly--your spectators will be convinced they've seen the entire
deck. However, the deck cannot be examined at any time. And I don't know how many buyers will be
able to use this deck for another trick. I think this limits its use.
The way it's
taught requires the use of a clip. You should be able to figure out how to do it without one. And
maybe doing it without the clip you could ditch the ODD and come out with a regular deck, should
your spectators be hungry for more card magic.
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I've known Marcus for around 15 years and watched him grow in skill and performance. I even own a
few of his earlier tricks. Just as I bought this trick I figured it out. However his handling is
clean and neat. His carrier of the trick is really good idea. I would highly recommend it. Like
other tricks once you have finished this trick you need to switch decks if you want to do another
For under ten dollars you get a outstanding trick that you can afford.
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DOWNLOADED THIS TRICK EARLIER AND IVE GOT TO SAY THE TRICK IS VERY VERY GOOD AND EASY TO
PERFORM......I DID NOT BOTHER WITH CONSTRUCTING A CARD CASE AND DID NOT SEE THE NEED FOR A CARD CLIP
EITHER !!! JUST POINTLESS HASSLE ....SET UP THE DECK..PULL THE DECK OUT OF YOUR POCKET (NO CASE)
FACE UP SHOWING ALL THE CARDS ARE DIFFERENT THEN ASK SPECTATOR TO NAME ANY CARD ...SHOW ALL THE
CARDS ARE ONE COLOUR BACKS AND THERE CARD IS A DIFFERENT COLOUR BACK....BANG ITS THAT EASY...10
SECOND SET UP....ALSO I MADE A SHORT CARD WHICH DEF HELPS....
WHEN TRICK IS FINISHED MOVE ON TO
THE NEXT VICTIM AND THE GOOD THING IS YOU CAN DO THE TRICK WALK AROUND (NO NEED FOR A TABLE) AND ALL
THAT FOR £6.50 UK THANKS PENGUIN MAGIC
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The concept of the "odd" card and the outcome is a good idea, the method is very simple, but Marcus
Eddie has spent some time thinking about the diffrent aspects of the trick and making it look
convincig. not worth the price, but still a good trick, i will probably use this a litte bit, but it
will not be in my everyday reportiar.
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