Review: Mechanics Deck VR2 by Mechanic Industries

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Adeline Ng”][vc_column_text]This is probably the first deck of cards I’m reviewing to be honest, but it’s a great deck to start with. ☺

First off, I should say that I like the gear and chains kind of look, so the deck immediately did appeal to me. The box is quite simple, with black as its main base, card back design on the back and the spade design on the front.

The deck of cards come with the standard 52 cards, 2 different jokers, and one double backer. One of the joker is blank and can be used with the other joker to create a few interesting visual illusions (which they teach in a tutorial that you can purchase).

First off, the cards are from USPCC, so they are (presumably) standard card stock. The cards handle well for fanning spreading and the likes. It is generally all smooth as per the usual stock. However, the cards feel softer to me than normal. From the site, it mentions bee stock, but does not quite feel like it.

Printing-wise, the back design is well aligned so there’s no off borders (yes I’ve come across quite a few bad ones from bicycles that essentially created a one way deck). The colours of the cards are designed to have industrial feel (which means it looks a bit darker and splotchy) which goes well with the whole gears and chains design. The card face designs are standard except for the Ace of Spades and Jokers.


I think the main biggest cool thing about the deck is the fact that it is a flip book animation deck. The cogs of the gears actually move if you go through them like a flip book! This may be just the magician in me, but I’m thinking: THAT’S COOOOOLLLLLL! Check out the video to see what I mean! This of cos means that the card backs on each card is different… and I’m sure magicians know what that means.

Marked deck!

Yes Mechanics Deck VR2 is a marked deck by virtue of the flipbook animation. Unfortunately for me, the marking system is too difficult to read. I have come across a few marking systems and for what I use, there are a few criteria. One – It MUST be easily read. Two – there should be as little confusion as possible. Three – It should be undetectable.

As a marked deck the Mechanics deck does not fulfil my requirements. I gave up reading the cogs… really. I can see it as a backup, but it would not be possible to read it fast. There’s confusion between cards, especially if the numbers get bigger. AND, any audience riffle shuffling the deck will notice the changing backs (it is meant to be an animation afterall!).

I would say that from the design, it seemed more like the flipbook animation was the main thing, and then the marked deck evolved from there.

Overall, I would say this is ONE COOL DECK. As long as you are not buying it for the marked deck purpose, it is actually a very nerdy geeky cool thing to have in your collection. (At least I find it cool. Could be a magician thing). It functions well enough for magicians (ain’t no Jerry Nuggets or the like, but standard USPCC cards) albeit being a tad soft.


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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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