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Yeap, it's Christmas time the season of giving and all that ... blah blah blah GET TO THE CARDS !!!!!

Ok fine.

I do a lot of reviews during the year, and I always get extra stuff, but I don't want to horde it - I'd rather give it to you. So I've assembled 10 KICK @$$ decks all brand new - and all could be yours for the HOLI-DAZE

Visit this link and follow the rules

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nsCpZ5_WVg

GOOD LUCK
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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: ROCKETS from ELLUSIONIST
« Last post by Magic_Orthodoxy on Today at 07:55:03 AM »
video review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5yMhwTbsis

Rockets are a taste of nostalgia. A deck of cards born from a world of pure imagination. Styled from the famous frozen treat, Rockets look just as tasty in your hand.
The back design is simple, imperfect and fun. Adding boldness back into your card handling.

Lines seem to connect during cardistry and shuffling moves, creating more daring visuals with little effort.

Each pip and court card is turned up, with brighter, more radiant colors that accentuate every spin, flick or twirl.

The tuck is a classic matte finish featuring a rocket lolly flying through space, while the inside is extensively printed with a universe worth exploring.
Magician's rejoice! Each deck of Rockets comes with a duplicate 9 of spades and a double backer. Perfect for adding a new flavor to your card magic straight out of the box.

Find all of your favorite or hard to find cards here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d
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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Re: Sharps Playing Cards - Marked
« Last post by EndersGame on Today at 01:29:53 AM »
Did anyone end up figuring out how the markings of the Sharps deck worked?  I'm faced with the same challenge as others who have posted here: I own the deck, but can't figure out how the markings work, even with the help of this image that apparently shows the shadings used on the cards:



The problem is that this image doesn't identify exactly which cards correspond to those 54 images, nor does it give any information about how to look for the shadings.  Even knowing which cards those 54 images correspond to would be a helpful starting point.  My deck didn't come with any instructions with it, and the publisher no longer provides these since they no longer sell the deck.

Interestingly this deck even won the popular vote for PCF's Best Marked Deck of 2014, so clearly there are people who have figured this out. I'm hoping that with the benefit of time, some of those who posted previously in this thread have figured out how it works and can give some advice, or that someone else can assist. 

Any tips or info provided would be wonderful!
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: Best Marked deck of 2014
« Last post by EndersGame on Yesterday at 11:37:34 PM »
Thanks for the reply Don.  The publisher wasn't able to give more information, so I was hoping for some help here from someone else who owns the actual deck.

The closest to any clear information that I've found about the Sharps deck is in this post right here (although quite a few people in that thread report that they can't see the shading):

http://www.playingcardforum.com/index.php?topic=7426.msg107184#msg107184

That post includes the image below.  But unfortunately that still doesn't tell us which cards exactly these 54 images correspond to, so that we know what shading pattern to look for on a specific card.



Is there anyone who owns the deck that can help out at all, and give some indication of which cards these images represent, or share their experiences with the deck?  I do own the deck myself, so knowing the order of the cards listed in that image would already go some way to helping me figure out where I should be look for the subtle shadings/markings that are indicated in that chart.
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ok, I have learned a little more about what I am looking for and I have updated my original post above.

Russell & Morgan Bicycle 808 US8 or US8A.

I would prefer better quality complete with Joker. Box if possible.
I would prefer old fan back, Rider back or wheel No 1 back.

Please PM me if willing to sell.
thanks, Mike
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Hi everyone,

I am looking for some decks.  Russell & Morgan Bicycle 808 US8 or US8A.

I would prefer better quality complete with Joker. Box if possible.
I would prefer old fan back, Rider back or wheel No 1 back.

Please PM me if willing to sell.
thanks, Mike
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: VIZAĜO by Abolina Art - Relaunch LIVE on KS
« Last post by EndersGame on Yesterday at 04:48:00 AM »
Well I finally saw a couple of the printed decks first-hand today, and just had to post something here to share my congratulations and compliments to Annette on a successful project, and two absolutely beautiful decks of playing cards!

Both the VIZAĜO Lumina (red) and VIZAĜO Lumino (blue) decks look terrific!  Legends Playing Cards has done a wonderful job with the tuck cases and the cards themselves.  The colours are vibrant, and really do justice to Annette's gorgeous and unique artwork.  I also love the oversized pips, which really ensures that the beautiful "face" patterns in them get the loving treatment they deserve.   The indices are also super clear, so it's totally functional and can be used for games as well if desired.  And the court cards and card backs are spectacular.  This deck is great for collectors and card players, and would make a great gift as well! 

Annette is a talented artist, and I am so pleased for her that this project became a reality, and turned out so well.  Since it was created by someone who is an artist first of all, the VIZAĜO deck is a unique contribution to the custom playing card industry that really stands out because of stylish, colourful, and artistic look.  Congratulations all round, and I'd like to wish Annette the very best for all her future artistic endeavours, and any further custom playing card projects she might create. 
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: Best Marked deck of 2014
« Last post by Don Boyer on Yesterday at 01:35:43 AM »
I realize that this is an older thread, but seeing as the Sharps deck was the winner of this award, is there a place where I can find more about its marking system, or someone who can tell me more about it?

I am aware that it uses shades, but needs some help with the specifics.

In most marking systems, they work as the name would imply - there are marks somewhere on the back of the playing card that will indicate what's printed on the front.  These might be additive marks, like someone coloring in a blank space or drawing a line or a dot, or they might be subtractive, like someone scratching a line or a dot into a field of color to reveal the white paper underneath.  There are also the easy-to-use "reader" decks, so called because they use simple, easy-to-read symbols rather than a concealed code of some kind - for example, in a regular marked deck, a King of Diamonds might have a specific set of dots or scrawls concealed somewhere in the back design, unknowable without knowing what the legend of the deck is, while in a reader deck, a King of Diamonds might have a "K" and either a "D" or a diamond symbol printed somewhere on the back, so the person using the deck only needs to know letters, numbers and symbols and not some arcane code.  Readers tend to be more easily detected but are also far easier to use.

The way a shade system typically works, all the cards are still printed "identically" in terms of the pattern on the back - the shapes, lines, etc.  The difference is that certain parts of the pattern are altered in terms of slight changes in the shade of a color used to print them.  It's meant to be very subtle but still readable to anyone who knows where and how to look.  You can't use a shade system to create a "reader" deck, and in order to be read, you have to know the legend for how it's marked, but they're among the hardest marking systems to spot, not counting decks employing things like UV inks or daubs, RFID chips, etc.

In this way, it shares a certain amount in common with modern steganography, a practice of hiding a message in a digital image.  They way that works is that you take your message, usually already encrypted for privacy, and determine the exact length of the string of bits (individual ones and zeros) needed to convey that message.  You find a digital image, typically a photograph, that has at least the same number of pixels (acronym for "picture element," the smallest part of a digital image), and you change the least-significant bit, typically the last bit, using a particular formula.  In a picture with 32-bit pixels, the color change is a difference of ^32 - you're making that pixel one 4,294,067,266th closer to either brightest red or darkest violet in the color spectrum.  To the naked eye, that's truly undetectable.  To a computer, it's easily spotted, especially if the person using the computer has a copy of the original photo with which to compare the one concealing the steganographic message.

But back to my point - it's a change not in the overall shape of the back pattern, but in the coloration of the pattern, making it a far more subtle form of marking and tougher to spot.  A riffle test may or may not reveal it, depending on just how big a change the shade is.
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: Best Marked deck of 2014
« Last post by EndersGame on December 10, 2017, 09:20:38 AM »
I realize that this is an older thread, but seeing as the Sharps deck was the winner of this award, is there a place where I can find more about its marking system, or someone who can tell me more about it?

I am aware that it uses shades, but needs some help with the specifics.
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: VIZAĜO by Abolina Art - Relaunch LIVE on KS
« Last post by skinny on December 09, 2017, 04:47:12 PM »
Guess what I got today!!
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