First off let me just say I did not buy this from Penguinmagic, I bought this directly from Luke
Jermay at the session convention (a UK convention run by Vanishing Inc) earlier this year so I have
had the deck for quite some time before it released and have performed with the deck many times
since buying it. Let me tell you this thing is a thing of beauty, it is incredibly easy to use, the
markings are really easy to read and this is coming from someone who has poor eyesight and despite
that I can read them perfectly, the deck handles really nicely just like a regular mandolin deck
(these are made in mandolin back) the cards are very good quality as is the DVD that comes with the
deck, it's shot very well as you would expect from Vanishing Inc. Luke discusses a few routines on
the DVD such as...
3 Phase intuition routine
colour separation plus many more tips, tricks and handling alternatives with the deck.
deck really is limited only by your imagination with what you can do with it.
glance you may think that the Spectators will see what's going on with the deck if you hand it to
them but trust me take it from someone who has had the time to test it you really have nothing to
worry about, as soon as you go out and start performing with the marksman deck you'll be amazed by
the potential this has and see that it is truly a beautiful tool which you'll be wanting to thank
Luke for bringing to the market.
I am given to understand that refill decks will be made
available soon I'm not sure when though, Luke has stated his goal with the marksman deck is to make
it an affordable deck so that you don't have to be frightened of using them, so I can only assume
refill decks will be relatively cheap I'm not too sure on the exact price.
Luke will also
be publishing a limited edition book which will contain many more ideas and uses with the deck which
is going to be titled "voyages coming soon.
I wanted to go as in-depth as I could and there
is many more things I could say but I think I'll wrap up here by saying, if you want a great
affordable tool to add to your repertoire then definitely check this out you will not be
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I purchase every marked deck that is professionally printed when I can, I also love any book on the
art of marking cards. What Luke Jermay has produced here is something so special and great it's
amazing. He is combining a lot of other deck work within this one deck. Without saying to much about
the markings its practical, it's easy to see, in goes hand n hand with mem deck work. Simply
beautiful. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this deck...
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This deck is "packed" with features (and markings). This is not a "marked" deck - but rather a
reader back where all the indicators are EASILY readable. A Magician will see these right away. But
don't worry, they are "hidden" in plain sight. Luke gives you a host of ideas and materials so that
you can get off and running right away. This is an entire routine of magic in the palm of your hand.
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Anytime you can have a well recognized, skillful, magician, mentalist sitting right in front of you
with the tools he is about to demonstrate, and he is teaching you in your living room, in what is in
fact a 'one to one' training session, it's a good thing. Cards in hand, you can easily follow along
the 'not very complicated' system by one of the finest performer/instructors out there. He
demonstrates 'his' presentations and then explains every detail as to how he does 'that'. Clear,
concise, great learning format. I am now routinely performing about half of what is possible with
the deck and I couldn't be more pleased. You will find your own uses. As is pointed out in the
instructions, one can use this deck for any other effects you have using this concept. This is what
we are all used to, times 10! I might add, as Luke points out, nobody suspects what you and I might
think as 'obvious'. They just don't and for those still concerned, Luke gives a great and simple
tip. I just haven't needed it. I might also add, my 'false shuffles' are pretty weak but it's just
not a problem. My point is, if you are worried about those things, don't. I just keep talking and
doing what I do and in dozens of performances, so far, nobody has seemingly, suspected a thing. (I
have been so bold as to say, "I am not a card man, I am a mentalist, so just look at these cards
(show the faces)and see how they are all different and mixed up." Then I do two (easy) false cuts
and 'go to town'. I didn't shuffle them at all! Outcomes are simply 'amazing' to the audience. One
or 20. I tend to start with four elements of what is presented and then go right on into 'other
effects' employing the same principles using the same deck. I am NOT a 'card man' (ask anybody),
but I must say, these aren't really 'card tricks'. I treat it as 'mentalism' so nobody expects me
do a fancy 'shuffle' and this is simply one of the tools to demonstrate those 'mentalist' skills. I
find it 'advantageous' to start any 'such' routine with this because order matters, sort of, (and if
it gets out of order, Luke gives you have an 'out), so once I'm through with that, you can really
open it up to anything else that uses the same principles. One last tip. I DO bring a small
calculator and hand it out to one of the spectators. When the 'math' begins, EVERYBODY watching
starts calling out the values of the cards as they are presented and the spectator punches in the
numbers. I'm just 'monitoring'. So if you are worried about the 'math', get somebody else to do it!
The little math 'problem', becomes 'fun' for everybody! They LOVE it! I think this is properly
priced for what you get, the quality of the instruction and the video quality is good as it gets and
the utility of the deck, there is simply nothing like it. Well worth it. Thank You Luke (again) and
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so many possibilities, i just love it, period
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This is for people that think the markings on Andy Nyman's The Code is too easy to see. They are
much smaller, much less defined, "you can't not see them" he says, (with a straight face) in the
turgid, repetitive, unwatchable video. It has a few additional "features" that Jermay insists
make for powerful effects, I insist he's lying.
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This is a wonderful marked deck. Easy to use, extremely versatile. The instruction video by Luke
Jermay is top rate. So happy I purchased it.
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This is a wonderful deck reading system - but the add copy above is incorrect. The performance video
is 45 minutes, but the explanation video that you get is over an hour long PLUS you also get a 33
page pdf. More than your moneys worth - add 2 decks to cart
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...I give it a 3 only because Luke Jeramy says they have made it so affordable that you can tear
them up. 12 Decks for a $100 still does not make me feel I can tear and burn them up. I'd use a
regular deck I buy for a few dollars to tear and burn...not a $10.00 Deck. It may not be gold but if
I burn and tear 3 cards I just burned 3 decks. Then goes on the shelf for incomplete Decks.
This deck adds many innovative and unexpected capabilities to the many advantages of an ordinary
marked deck. I am still exploring each of the added magical functions of the deck. The supporting
video is clear and comprehensive. It encourages creative new tricks, limited only by your own
imagination. It is well worth the investment!