Marked Vintage 1800 Deck (Red)
No detail was left untouched-- artwork on each card was delicately hand-crafted by Ellusionist's top graphic team. Even the seal on the deck looks like it was left in a gritty New York alley "for a spell".
The cards are an illusion in themselves, because they may look very old, but they handle superbly. You have to keep telling yourself, this is a new deck of cards.
Available in red or blue backs, you'll quickly understand why these cards are so popular when you start using them yourself.
The cards look older than your aunt, but handle better than anything out there.
Pick up a deck, or 12, today.
I love this Deck! I have a few routines that use my "Grandfathers cards." These couldn't be more perfect!
Also I think if spectators see you work with an old haggard deck, they assume you can work with any set of cards.
Some have said the markings are obvious. I disagree! No one is looking! The markings are perfect and easy to spot. A. nice bonus on this deck. And receiving one bonus card with an opposite colored back is great. For routines like the Chicago Opener, you have to have a matching card. The cards feel great right out of the box!
Again, a great deck!
Personally, I would have much preferred to have got one of the VI decks. The markings are far too obvious on the VII, very easy for a spectator to see. Even if they don't have two cards to compare. That said, it changes from card to card, due to the distressing effect some of the markings are well disguised by nearby faux scratches and stains but on other cards, that area is more pristine and the markings stand out much more clearly. In regards to the markings themselves, due to the scratch effect used to write the suite and value some of the numbers and letters are confusingly similar. The "A" "K" and the "0" (on the ten cards) all look very similar and the "7" and "9" have the same problem.
It's a shame really because other than the problems mentioned, it's a bloody lovely deck of cards. The quality is as high as you would expect and the aging looks beautiful. You can tell a lot of work went in to the design of both the deck and the box and it shows. This deck is a genuine work of art.
Anyway, now I'm off to Amazon to see if I can find a VI deck, sorry not sorry.
The design has changed. Good news: you can read them at an arm's length with no practice. Bad news: About a quarter of the markings are painfully obvious. Many look no more sophisticated than writing on the card with a white ballpoint pen. The markings look nothing like the distressing "cracks". My mother, in her 70's, who grabbed the deck to simply play a game of solitaire, found the markings within 30 seconds despite not even knowing I had a marked deck. If you keep the cards moving and/or fan them out you can obscure the markings. But you cannot allow multiple full backs to simultaneously show lest you get unlucky and get one of the poorly marked cards appears.