I own the first gen DMC Elites and have used them often in my stage shows because the markings are
incredibly easy to read once you get the hang of it. This set is an incredible upgrade to the
system, now marking the cards in all four corners and both directions! This makes the back of the
cards appear more uniform rather than the "something's fishy" look of just two marked corners.
They are still very easy to read from arm's length, which is an advantage over decks with
smaller markings. As I mentioned, these are good for stage effects more than close-up, though they
can be used for both without fear of detection. It's not as obvious as other marked decks, so your
spectator can hold a card and as long as they don't just study the back they won't see anything.
I agree with the review above but do I have buyer’s remorse after also purchasing a brick of Penguin’s marked deck – absolutely not! I have bought just about every marked deck made including the 2 previous DMC Elites and when Penguin released their marked deck it soon became my favorite for the simple reasons of being so easy to read (I have poor vision especially in low lit situations) and also because of affordability. The new DMC Elites are what I think of as boutique however with the Penguin marked deck the bicycle backs are more standard and that being the case it is easy to incorporate other packet type tricks using them and also doing a trick that you can destroy a card without worrying about the cost of ruining a fancy deck. If Penguin were to release a stripper deck option with their marked deck like they did with their Honey Bee deck (thank you) I would buy a brick of those as well. That being said, I do have to say that this release of DMC Elites are awesome because reading in both directions is amazingly undetectable from a distance but I treat them like parking a new car away from the others on the lot. You really can’t go wrong with either deck and with exception to the code due to the stack, I have abandoned all other marked decks in favor of the Elites and Penguin.