Deland's Automatic Playing Cards
Type: Close-up sitting, Walk-around
Retail Price: $5.99
Effect: This is a utility deck of cards that can make even the most
amateur magician look skilled. Marked and Stripped, a wide variety of tricks
may be performed utilizing these features. Some examples include, cutting
to a person's selected card over and over, triumph effects, even a variation
on the invisible deck.
Performance Time: About 2-5 minutes (or more, depending upon the
Reset Time: Less than 30 seconds
Quality: This is an well made product, comfortable and durable.
Dr. Mitch: This is a fantastic
utility deck that I highly recommend for the advanced beginner. This is
one of those props that become more and more useful as the performer becomes
comfortable and creative. However, the back design looks unusual (The spectator
response is sometimes, "Oh, they're magic cards.") Additionally,
the markings are too basic and people can catch on if given the deck for
examination. Finally, the markings are difficult to read from a distance.
Still, I would buy it.
Mike Maione: The deck is well-made and feels good
when you work with it. But, I'm afraid that for all the reasons noted by
Mitch, I would pass on this deck. When I work with a stripper deck, and
I do, I want it to be a Bicycle deck, because no one ever suspects they
are gaffed. Unfortunately, its easy to guess that these cards are marked
because of the complex, unusual back design. Once the spectator suspects
the cards are "trick cards" whatever miracles you perform are
mitigated. I'd pass on this one.
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