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DeLand's Centennial Edition (Nifty Classic)

A 100-year-old marked deck, recreated and improved for the 21st century. Designed by Phill Smith, printed by USPCC.
Price: $15.00

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The DeLand Centennial project brings two amazing decks of marked playing cards back to life. Originally printed in 1919, the Daisy Deck and Nifty Deck were created by Theodore DeLand. In honor of their 100th anniversary, we have recreated these ingenious decks from the ground up.

We have teamed up with renowned magician, graphic designer, and marked deck expert, Phill Smith (creator of the DMC ELITES) to create these stunning Centennial Editions. These are not simply reprints - each deck has been painstakingly redrawn and enhanced with new art and new features.

Theodore DeLand was a genius creator and innovator in the magic world. DeLand lived from 1873 to 1931. Before departing this world, he left behind an enormous collection of mind-boggling creations. His best-known work is the "Dollar Deck", a groundbreaking marked deck of cards.

Few are aware that DeLand actually created many marked deck designs in addition to countless magic tricks. Originally offered in 1919, the Daisy Deck and Nifty Deck appear to be simple, innocent cards at first glance - but each deck holds many secrets waiting to be decoded.

Each deck has a full-bleed borderless back design that looks right at home on the poker table. We have meticulously recreated each design to be faithful to the original, while making small changes to make the decks more useful for the modern performer.

To offer them as a complimentary pair, the Daisy Deck has been designed in a deep Burgundy and the Nifty Deck is dark Blue.

Not only is each deck marked to tell you the Suit & Value of every card, but there are other secret marks as well. We have expanded upon the core design originally created by DeLand and taken it a step further. In the Centennial Edition, each deck has OVER 500 MARKS in total. A quick glance at any card back will tell you the identity of not just one, but THREE different cards, as well as how many cards are left in a pile.

Every deck comes with an instruction card that will teach you how to decode the markings, as well as access to an instructional video by Kevin Reylek. The systems are hard to detect but are simple to learn and can be mastered with moderate practice.

Tuck Boxes:
The tuck boxes feature all-new, 100% custom designs that deliver a vintage vibe that has been elevated with a touch of modern elegance. Each deck also has a custom sticker seal.

We absolutely LOVE vintage card faces. Both the Daisy Deck and Nifty Deck have gorgeous custom faces based on designs from the early 20th century.

The faces have been completely redrawn for modern printing, but fully capture the essence of vintage designs, including subtle asymmetry and small imperfections.

The Ace of Spades and Jokers are faithful recreations of DeLand's classics.

The deck comes in Si Stebbins stack direct from the factory, allowing you to perform a number of diabolical effects.

Have you ever tried to fan or shuffle a 100-year-old deck of cards? It's not easy! Manufacturing techniques have improved immeasurably since the original 1919 decks, so one of the biggest upgrades that the DeLand Centennial offers over the originals is the handling quality.

These were printed with the US Playing Card Company on a Classic stock with top-of-the-line coating for the ultimate performance for magic, games, cardistry, and more. The decks are traditionally cut. This means that the cards are cut from face to back, which creates a minuscule yet important edge bevel that aids in executing card moves flawlessly.

-Based on the Classic 100-year-old Daisy & Nifty Decks by DeLand
-Revised & Updated artwork by Phill Smith
-Completely New Custom Tuck Designs
-Over 500 Marks per Deck
-Vintage-Style Faces
-Si Stebbins Stack
-Printed by USPCC on Classic Stock with High-Grade Finish
-Traditionally Cut

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 20th, 2021
It's really nice to see these cards recreated. Vanishing Magic has three other decks that are also companions to the Deland Mystery and Madness book. The designs are nice and faithful, and the card stock is nice USPCC.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 14th, 2023
It took me some time to open the box and then I needed to rub them on my jeans to get rid of the weird feeling on the edges but other then that I'm happy.
These cards have nice design that can work to camo your dealing techniques and no spectator will ever figure the markings from a spread bcs it's already kinda hard to see when one cards ends.
I learned the markings in 5 minutes but i hate not to shuffle new decks so other then the one card markings are kinda useless for now.
They are little thinner than standard playing cards and that's nice at least for me.
Over all it's a great deck, I bought it mainly bcs I like collecting interesting marked cards and for the prize it's worth it. Sorry for the lenght of review but I wanted to give potential buyers my whole point of view.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 18th, 2022
My uncle gave me his original Nifty Deck (from 1919) in 1975, and I still own it. It was my first marked deck and I was fascinated with the workings as a kid. Imagine my surprise and joy to see this marvelous re-release hit the Penguin streets! I lapped up all the swag (including an uncut sheet; which now hangs framed on my wall), and have learned a great deal about the history of this deck and its companion Daisy deck together with a plethora of great information and routines from the outstanding, accompanying instruction vid. The marking system may not be the most intuitive, but there are convenient workarounds for that and ease of use may not be the point in any case. This piece of history is a steal for what comes with it, and a service to the fraternity. Well done Penguin; very much appreciated.

Pasadena, CA.
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