When I first got this deck, I wasn't too impressed with it. The markings were extremely difficult to see. Then, quite by chance, I caught sight of the back of one from a further distance than I normally operate, and the markings jumped right out at me. I was treating the cards like a normal marked desk, and they don't seem to work very well that way. But hand the deck to a spectator, ask him to take any card and hold it out in front of him, with you a few paces away, and the markings pop right out at you. That is the strength of this deck. The markings can be read from across the room, unlike the markings on a more traditional marked deck. This deck is probably more useful to the mentalist than the card sharp.
Nearly gave them 5 stars but I'm not going to retire my DMC Elite Rouges just yet. Brooklyn deck pros: 1. Good price 2. The cards handle very well 3. The backs don't look suspicious and have a white border 4. The markings are almost undetectable Brooklyn deck cons: 1. Exactly as I just said - the markings are almost undetectable. The suits are fine but the values will require some practice. 2. The card case is a bit cheap looking (but you could always house them in a Bee case) 3. I don't like the Joker design - I think it signals that they are magician's cards and no one needs any heat on their deck IMHO a mentalist would probably give them 5 stars because they are good quality cards that can be read at quite a way away. It's weird but I find them easier to read at 6 feet distance than when they are in my own hands. (And what use does a mentalist have for Jokers anyway?) On a scale of reading difficulty I would put them between a DMC deck (falling off a log) and a Butterfly deck (quite challenging for someone with my eyesight - but beautifully made and you can do whole load of things with them that most other marked decks can't achieve). So overall a fine deck for the right situation.Write Review