I don't do card tricks in my professional shows. When I do card tricks, it's a casual thing, so I just use whatever I've got within arm's reach usually. On my desk are Talons and MetalLuxe Revolvers, downstairs I have Hellions V2, in my satchel I sometimes carry are some Shadow Master Legacies.
No professional performances: I prefer the look of Blue rider backs aesthetically. I recently tried Phoenix backs and I am sure it was only an "in my mind" thing but they felt nicer to work with than the normal bikes, but I like the look of the back in red, and not blue. I am looking forward to playing with the butterfly playing cards over the next couple of weeks.
A mix of Bees and Bikes for practicing as I can get them bulk and not sweat ruining a $5+ deck. For performing I use whatever is appropriate. If the trick has a load of emphasis on the deck and cards I try to stick to Bike Elites, Gold Standards, Madison Dealers/Rounders monarchs as they are fair looking.
Recently I used Contrabands and a spectator was swearing up and down they were marked so I let him hold and perform a simple selfworking trick. Finally there was love me for Valentine’s Day. Really whatever is on me or fits the gig and moment. Can’t go wrong with recognizable and comfortable though.
If I'm using gimmicks I usually go red bikes, otherwise I love monarchs and the nph deck at the moment. If not using gimmicks I do still head towards red decks because I have a free burnt card routines and that just shows better in a red deck.