Magic card tricks have been one of the most common of illusions that many magicians use to enthrall and captivate audiences. Many people seem to be quite fascinated on how magicians try to work up a deck of cards and use it for doing a variety pf tricks such as guessing a hidden card, getting a mentioned card at will or making one disappear into thin air. But whatever card tricks that performer uses, it usually starts with the deck itself.
Contrary to what the audiences may think, the deck of cards that a performer is using is in no way ordinary. They are usually a special set of cards that are specifically prepared in order to perform a variety of tricks. This can be done in many various ways. If a performer makes use of ordinary cards, there are some techniques used to make them especially useful for magicians for their tricks.
What most magicians usually do to make their deck of cards "special" is by using marked cards. Card marking is actually a process in which seemingly ordinary playing cards are altered in such a way that only the person marking the cards is aware of it. Card marking is also usually being used by card sharks in cheating and profiting from betting card games.
In magic, card marking is an especially effective method of altering cards for the purpose of performing astonishing magic tricks. Marked cards can allow magicians to identify certain cards for magical effect. The most common card marking method has been punching holes on certain cards that only the performer can effectively distinguish. But card marking has also become more sophisticated with the use of advances in technology.