Svengali cards are designed so that when the deck is riffled from the front to the back, only the normal cards can be seen by the audience. Though when the Svengali deck is riffled from the back to the front, only the shortened cards can be seen. In the hands of a practiced magician a Svengali deck can be riffled or dribbled to give the impression that the deck is completely ordinary and unaltered.
Tricks performed with a Svengali deck are a little bit more advanced and make a natural first step up for the aspiring novice who wants to elevate their performance to a larger audience.
One of the inherent problems with card tricks is that it’s hard to transition them to a full room performance as the entire crowd can rarely see the cards. This leaves the spectators in the back to either trust the spectators in the front, or worse still, become skeptical enough to look for the magician’s slight of hand.
This Jumbo Svengali deck helps address this concern with larger cards. They are also produced by Bicycle, which is a well-known brand of playing cards. This makes spectators less skeptical of the deck being altered compared to an off or lesser-known brand. They also include a list of instructions to help you translate your card tricks to a larger audience performance.