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"I have never before been so excited to release a deck of playing cards to the world - this is a quantum leap in the possibilities of card magic and mentalism."
- Drummond Money-Coutts

Imagine taking your existing card magic and reinventing it, injecting it with more personality, more intimacy, more excitement. Creating presentations of pure magic that will engage and amaze your audiences in ways simply not possible with a traditional deck. After 3 years of work, we are proud to finally announce the new DMC ALPHAS Deck - a beautiful, premium alphabet deck using our unique Optical Marking System designed from the ground up to unlock incredible new avenues of magic.

Poker sized, printed by USPCC on their premium stock, but with 52 letter cards instead of the traditional card faces, the deck allows you to perform magic that will connect with your audiences in new and powerful ways. Modern audiences enjoy card magic but, increasingly, the actual cards themselves are stripped of the interest and relatability they once had. It is asking a lot to expect audiences that are unable to name the four suits, or to know how many cards are in a deck, to be as deeply impressed by dealing a royal flush from a shuffled deck as they should be. Picture instead dealing their name from a shuffled deck. Picture finding not just a random card they have chosen, but their initials. Having them secretly pocket the letters that make up a city they have always dreamt of visiting and being able to whisper it into their ear.

The new DMC ALPHAS Deck allows you to conjure your magic using concepts, words, names and ideas that are immediately resonant to your audiences, that they relate to and understand in a way that they simply don't with a traditional deck.

We have been working on the DMC ALPHAS Deck for a long time, hand making prototypes to understand and resolve technical issues and work out ways to use and employ the deck, having samples fabricated to start using them in live performances. We have ironed out the kinks and created what we think is the ultimate, a new paradigm for card magic. DMC himself now uses the DMC ALPHAS Deck at every possible event, even featuring it in his Netflix series, Death by Magic.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 1st, 2019
The cards are what I expected. So, kudos for that. But, I should have looked more closely, as I assumed that it's standard for gimmicked decks to come with at least one routine...or at least an opportunity to share ideas with others who have made the same purchase. Nope, not with this purchase (i.e., there is no discussion button in the MyPenguinMagic section so that our community can share ideas). The only recourse is to lay out another $15.40 to purchase a hard copy of ideas for the cards. Caveat emptor!
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Opens up a whoile new world Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 9th, 2020
You can take so many of the sleights/routines you already know and punch them up with this deck. As they point out in the effect book that is also available, many people just don't "know" cards any more, i.e. may say something like "it was the J of curvy things," etc.

Since it is no secret that these are letter cards, it would have been nice for them to have described the deck more thoroughly, so I will here: You get 1 ea of: Z, X, and Q. You get 3 ea of: A, E, and T. You get 2 ea of the remaining letters, with a YES and a NO card taking the usual Joker spots, all marked with a variant of Phill Smith's fantastic Optical Marking System. Until you know it, it is invisible; once you know it, you can read it across the table.

Recommendation: Start with a routine that savea the fact that they are letter cards for the reveal. Since the time I started doing that, I get gasps just from turning over the cards the first time because people have created a regular deck of cards in their minds eye.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 16th, 2020
The cards are great and I like that it isn’t just two of each letter in Thebes alphabet. The box design is nice and once you see the m***s you can’t unsee them. This is a great step for letter decks and they have a lot of potential. Two issues: the first is that, if you’ve never used a letter deck you really won’t have much clue what to do with the deck...meaning you’ll have to fork out another $20+ for the Passport to alphas book. Second is the price of the deck itself. These are flat out expensive. The box is nice, but I’d have rather a simpler box and a price that’s $5 lower. I’m looking forward to performing more with these and hope they won’t wear out too quickly, because at $20 US (which is almost $30 Canadian), i certainly can’t afford to replace them very often.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 20th, 2019
I can't recommend these enough. The OMS is the greatest thing to happen to card magic in my opinion, and now you can do it with letters! I've used these for "serious" name reveals as well as for "funny magic". You cannot go wrong with these cards.

Get them before they sell out.
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Bon jeu marqué Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2019
Le jeu DMC Alphas Deck est un très bon jeu marqué. Le marquage est subtil mais nécessite peu d'entrainement. Les cartes sont d'excellente qualité.
La majorité des cartes sont livrées en double, voire en triple exemplaire (a, e) à l'exception des lettres "Z" et "Q". C'est d'ailleurs pour cela que je ne mets que 3 étoiles. DMC aurait pu faire un petit effort pour que l'ensemble du jeu soit au moins en double exemplaire.
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Love them so much I got another deck Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 10th, 2020
These are beautifully made, easy to use, and the possibilities are endless. If you haven't bought these yet you might consider getting two decks at the outset. I've got a number of routines percolating in my noggin using them with Greg Wilson's Cold Case.
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One Small step for cards... one Giant leap for card magic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2019
When I first purchased this deck, I expected a deck with 2 of each letter, BUT I GOT WAY MORE THAN I EXPECTED!!! They provide you with the letters to spell literally every word know to man! NO LIMITATIONS!!! I also got a card that says “NO” and a card that says “YES” with the deck, I’m not sure how I’ll use them but at least that widens the possibilities! And the last but most satisfying discovery is that the cards are marked!! That’s right!! Marked!!! Your even provided a card that shows you where the marks are so not only can you Identify the letter by looking at the back, but you can even know whether is upside down or right side up! The box is built to last and despite a small dent in the corner, the box is worth 20 bucks itself!

My only problem is that they don’t provide any ideas for effects, you can, however, buy a separate book called “Passport to Alphas” which teaches you multiple effects with your ALPHAS deck, it’s also available on penguin magic.

Other than that, I am fully and completely satisfied with my purchase, I can’t thank you enough penguin for the new world of magic you have given me! BEST PURHASE I EVER MADE!!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!
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Great Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 28th, 2019
Good deck with the same secret marking as same as his other decks, easy to read from distance, 4 stars because of the price , you pay extra cash for the name of DMC .
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DMC Alphas Deck Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 25th, 2019
This is the best of both worlds of marked cards and alphabet cards.

Along with DMC regular playing cards, the matching backs make my show look professional and well-organized.
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Excellent playing cards Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 22nd, 2019
The cards are great and have a lot of possibilities. However I wish it came with a bit more. No instructions or routining ideas. I wish there was a “discussion” button in the login purchased lost where we can discuss and brainstorm
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