GRANDMA'S FULLY MARKED GAFF-DECK
Scenario 1. You're on your way to a gig and you've forgotten your deck. Maybe your dog ate it?
What do you do?
Answer. You stop off at your Grandma's house and grab an old deck from the drawer. At least, that's your story.
Madison Kittens are a marked, GAFFED-deck in ultimate stealth mode.
Ever had a spectator ask "Are those just regular cards? Or are they special?" ... Yeah us too.
With the Kittens deck you'll never be asked that again. Completely unassuming in design, but devastating in function. Even if you told them the truth they wouldn't believe you.
- Normal deck of 52 cards for regular magic effects.
- Angle Z Gimmick
- Duplicate card... you know why.
- Monte Gimmick
- Fully. Freaking. Marked.
This deck allows you to open with the ultimate ice-breaker (a hilariously bad 'cat' deck), but close with the power of 10,000 panthers riding unicorns through your spectators head.
Mind = blown.
A deck just like Grandma used to make.
Order Kittens MEOW.
I felt that the deck feels great and I can even Faro and do cuts but the marking aren't readable which is a huge lost. Not one of the best looking decks, even with age people still see it as good decks
'- The marked portion of the card is (without spoiling it) completely unusable. DM calls it the "final and most important part of the" deck. However, it is horrible.
- The 17 minute video comes separately in an email, it isn't in your Ellusionist account.
- In the video DM says "I don't know how you reveal [this card]... It's not my kind of trick."
- He starts to explain a cat's paw trick, which the deck is designed to perform but doesn't.
- He tells us he printed someone else's gaff card and says it's purpose is secret.
+ He does have a new tip and a special card for Angle Z.
All said, this was a very disappointing purchase.
This is a great stock. You can do things with these cards right out of the box like they've already been broken in. Just like Rounders. But lets be real. If your buying these you're getting them for the art. These cards are an attention puller and conversation starter. The attention is 95% positive. Any nay sayers will be shut down buy your card mechanics.
I got this deck as a Christmas present and was immediately excited. I love the way these cards feel. They're incredibly thin but also very durable. They are a dream to faro even after some extensive use. I plan to buy a brick of these. I love cats, so that's a bonus. The marking system needs some work. It was designed for when dealing you'd be able to read what card it is, but even then I find it can be difficult to read the marking. The text is too small and while I understand why it's small, it also makes it a large hassle. Overall this is a fantastic deck and 99% of tricks don't need marked cards so you can definitely use these for most tricks. I LOVE this deck.
I really like the self-deprecating quality of the deck. It is potentially disarming to let your spectators know you don't take yourself too seriously and then overdeliver on your presentation. I too was disappointed with the markings as I found them unusable. If I would have bought the cards without the expectation or them having usable markings, I would have rated these cards 5 stars. My other recommendation would be to lose the faux-vintage discoloring as it looks more 'faux' than 'vintage'. The discoloring doesn't add to their believability as a 'normal' deck. They handle beautifully, though, and are a joy to faro. I really like the concept. Hopefully future runs will have a more usable marking system.?
I don't regret buying the deck. It looks funny, it handles awesome. However, the marking system is not perfect. Sometimes you can misread the mark even with good lighting. Also, in my opinion, having a double backer would would be more practical than having this double face card.
And I LOVE that this deck actually has two 9s.
My Nan actually was a bit of a card shark (bridge, euchre, and gin rummy. Notable mention: hustling my brother and I out of 20c each in a very high stakes Blackjack game) back in her day and although she didn't have a deck that was anything other than functional, I reckon she would have been stoked that these cards are marked so she could cheat better.
I'm trying to make these look really worn so I can use them in a film as an old deck but your bloody excellent card quality is making this kind of hard. Not one single bent corner so far and I've been throwing them onto the floor and everything. 10/10
First let me say that I am a fan of Madison and all of his decks. I bought a few of these decks with the hope that it would become my new go-to. The cards are soft and buttery out of the pack but still have a good snap to them. The included gaff cards are nice however I would have preferred a double backer rather than the angle Z card. Very smooth feel and I even converted one of the decks into my new invisible deck. The only reason why I gave it four instead of five stars is that the marking system for all intents and purposes is useless. The only way to clearly make out the marking is to place the card very close to your face when attempting to read it. Obviously that gives away what you are doing. The markings are minuscule. Other than that however it is a great deck.
My wife got this for me as a stocking stuffer. I'm picky when it comes to card design while I'm performing. I also hate cats.. and pink. Despite all this deck had against my personal preferences... OMG. The stock is everything I have ever wanted in a deck of playing cards. This deck became my go to for performing. The look even grew on me... wtf! I will be getting as many bricks of these things as I can. And E.. please make us some angle z refills for this deck!!
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