Marked cards have been around for a long time, helping magicians entertain people for years.
These cards have been designed to be easy-to-read, whether up close or at arm's length, and in all lighting conditions.
The Epiphany Deck was designed so that you can glance at a card, quickly identify the marks, and process everything in your head within seconds. In other words, with this deck you won’t need to stare at length at the back of a card or need a magnifying glass to identify the marks.
After a lot of testing with prototypes, I came up with this design, which was developed not to be invisible – it's for magicians who want a simple system when they need it.
Take a look at the easy to read marks animation.
Take the example above: you can see that the value mark is in the middle of the second group and the suit is the fourth line from the top.
In my head, I count 1-2-3 and then 4-5, so five is the number. I see that it’s the fourth line down, which is hearts, so that means it's the 5 of Hearts.
Not only does this identifying process take a split second, you can also do this up close or at arm's length, and in all lighting conditions.
If you need help remembering what the suit pattern is, you can always look at the artwork in the center of the card and see that it's in the CHASED pattern (CLUBS, HEARTS, SPADES and DIAMONDS).
EXTRA MARKS YOU CAN DO YOURSELF
There are many extra marks that you can add to these cards yourself. I've included a couple that I like but did not want to include in the original back design.
Extra Pen Mark
Fill in the middle box on one side so that if the deck is all in the same orientation and you place the chosen card in the opposite direction, you will see it when you fan out the cards. It works best when you are looking for a single dot.
Extra Scratch Mark
Take a razor blade and scratch the top left corner of a card with a very thin line. Don't scratch it too much...less is more. When you place that card in the opposite direction of all the others and fan out the deck with just the top corners showing, it will be easier to find.
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