We are proud to announce the release of the latest version of the DMC ELITES – the ROUGE deck, created with the intention to be nothing short of the greatest deck of playing cards for performing card magic available today.
The new DMC ELITES : ROUGE deck is the fifth signature deck produced by Sovereign Playing Cards for elite British magician Drummond Money-Coutts and the fourth featuring our unique Optical Marking system. Each deck has been a collaboration between DMC (star of TV special Card Shark and 2015’s Nat Geo series DMC Beyond Magic) and designer Phill Smith (author of mentalism textbooks Mitox, Yokai and Mokele) combining their perfectionism and creativity to create a unique series of incredible decks. With a brace of serious improvements and upgrades, the ELITES : ROUGE deck is, quite simply, the best deck we have ever produced.
The deck features the fourth generation of the unique Optical Marking system, a powerful marking system designed specifically for the use of close up and cabaret performers (as opposed to the gambling origin of many systems). With an ingeniously hidden marking mechanic that is readable at great range, in poor light and with extreme speed, the system has been significantly refined over the last few years of development since it was first created. Each deck also now comes with a pictorial instruction card that explains the markings visually, without words, for international use – a significant design challenge in itself.
The system hides the value and suit of the playing card in plain sight, with no decoding necessary, no mental working out to do to process some binary signal – it literally just says the value and the suit, clearly and visibly, with an incredible range on it. All this incredible clarity and you can still comfortably hand the deck to a layman safe in the knowledge that even if they search for marks, they will still not find them. The DMC ELITES:ROUGE are the only deck on the market now with this unique system.
The deck has standard faces, a request previous generations with custom faces has occasionally drawn, and the finish is a completely new cardistry grade stock and finish: We intended the deck to be usable for all kinds of magic performer, from mentalists to finger flingers, and for this we needed a very special material. We consulted closely with Belgium’s Cartamundi, the world’s largest printer of playing cards, and they revealed to us their revolutionary No. 9 finish, developed in their material laboratory for their definitive cardistry deck, the Cardistry Touch deck. Every feature of the stock and finish has been carefully engineered, even down to the differential finish, which differs on the face and the back of every card. The cards are smooth to handle, precisely cut and have a deep tactile quality that allows easy precise control of the deck.
Everything about the deck has been crafted to make them super useable, from the sturdy minimalist box down to the deep red back colour to the card reveal hidden on the two custom Jokers. The DMC ELITES: ROUGE – the greatest marked deck in a generation and possibly the most useable deck for card magic available today. Shipping today.
These cards have been created with professional magic and mentalism performers in mind, but they could be put to work to gain an illicit advantage at the card table. If you want to crush your friends at snap, that’s fine, have fun, but cheating at games where there is a gambled stake is unethical, immoral and illegal. If you are caught then you may be subject to prosecution by the law or violent reprisal from your marks. The technical skills required to cheat at the card table are fascinating to study but Sovereign Playing Cards cannot be held responsible for any cheating that may be conducted using our equipment.
The DMC ELITES:ROUGE deck, designed in England and printed in Belgium.