How to Make a Marked Deck

An easy way to find the value of
any card in the deck.

How to make a marked deck; this tutorial explains how to make a marked deck from a regular deck of cards. It is easy to do and we explain it all here.

Watch the video below and look at the diagrams on this page to help you create a marked deck.

A marked deck is a regular deck that has been marked on the back in a way that reveals the value on the card's face. So when a card is selected for example the 9 of clubs, you can look at the back of that card and see that the value is the nine of clubs. A great deck to have in your arsenal.

It is very time consuming to mark the deck in this way, but I promise you that if you look after the deck properly you will get many years of use out of the deck.

What you will need is either a red-backed deck of Bicycle cards and a red marker pen or a blue-backed deck and a blue marker pen. Try to use a marker pen with a fine tip which will make marking the cards much easier.

Put the cards in order. King To Ace of Diamonds, King to Ace of Clubs, King To Ace of Hearts and King To Ace of Spades.

Now you will see on the back of the card there is a petal formation where you can mark the value in a way you will understand.  To the side is a group of five triangles and you will use four of them to mark the suit of the card.

How to Make a Marked Deck
the nitty gritty on the markings

You fill in the white on the back of the card to mark the value and suit you have on the face of the card.

If you look at the diagram above you can see this marking system very clearly and hopefully this will help you in marking your deck.

As your deck is in order you can do this stage suit by suit..

Remember to mark both ends of the cards to match the value, that way it will be much easier to see what the value of the cards are.

Once you have marked all the cards, give them a massive shuffle and cut them to a random place. Pick up the card and look at the back and guess the value from the markings. Hopefully after a few attempts you will get it in one!!

Again our thanks go to @tagsmagic on twitter and TAGSMagic on Youtube for showing this great way of marking a deck of cards. Why not follow him on Twitter.

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