## L The Miracle Chesbro Thompson and Tamariz

Thus is mv half-stack adaptation for the excellent trick Copy Cat by Verne Chesbro and J. G. Thompson, Jr.* EFFECT A spectator takes half the deck, holds it under the table (or behind his rack' and freely reverses any card in the middle of the packet. You do the same with the other half of the deck and the two reversed cards are round to be mates. The trick is repeated twice with the same result. METHOD Phase One Begin with the unstacked half, having it shuffled by the spectator (make sure the...

## Info

You might also skip the secret ChTnge of 26 and 27 in the beginning, and later execute a second when dealing the first card to the third hand. ,i*ht slip 28 (the 3T) under 19 (the 2i) and cut 9 (the 9*) t0 the C om Sng four hands gives you a straight, Eight to Queen. d See .he beautiful Ariston routine described in Chapter Five, p. 56. Hew is a very clever idea that allows you to remember effortlessly J,at (0 d0 for each hand called for. It's extremely practical...

## Method

For this version, the spectator must always chose the number and you the card. As usual with the half stack, if they name a number from one to twenty-six, you name the appropriate card. If they name a higher number, that number is subtracted from 53 to obtain the mnemonic number o the card you should name. Thus, if they call 41, for example, 33- 41 12 (the 3*). The deck is then turned face up and the cards counted from the face to produce the card at the chosen number. Note i The fact that a...

## The An tifaro Concept

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## And Other Senses

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## THe Half Stack with the Spanish Deck

Again, this may be of interest to readers in countries that use different decks.) You can also use a half stack with the Spanish forty-card deck (the one used most frequently in home and bar games in Spain). You will need to substitute the suits as was just explained, and also three other cards the two Nines present in Cards 1 through 20, and the 8* ,hc seven of Espadas in pi * of .he the Seven of C (,pat,, Y,,u and thc Three of Copat* stands in for the 8 (pjj, Atftutcd for he _ ard4 Mf...

## Remember

R earlier Aronson published a card location called Some PCOp c VC. 2, No. 8, April .973, p 58 hie, a spectator'- T J to give the memorized deck a riffle shuffle, wh.ch was very SUr. This trick also includes a great presentational idea. Lie Sleuth TnWol the same journal, is based on a plot idea by Vincent Dalban (as tri k The Liar, included in this book, p. 218), and features a pro- tivc and clever presentational element suggested by David Solomon. Abo in this issue of Kabbala (p. 60), see...

## Total Memory

My version of this trick uses the half stack to good advantage. The sensation it produces is remarkable. Even people who are familiar with the classic version are often left bamboozled and slack-jawed. The only explanation they can think of is that you have the memory of an elephant You appear to have the ability to memorize five different sequences of the same group of cards (about two-thirds of the deck), even when (he cards are shuffled, at times bv the spectators themselves. You need a...

## Collcce

The Secrets of Brother John Hamman (1989), written by Richard Kaufman (to whom all lovers of magic literature owe so much), includes The Chinese Miracle (p. 68), which is his method for secretly stacking a whole deck in front of the audience, using several location and culling techniques and on p. 71 this technique is applied to the arrangement of a Galasso-Stebbins stack. In their absolutely wonderful Expert Card Technique (1940) there are magnificent descriptions of glimpses' false deals,...

## Sense of Touchand Other Senses l sense of touch

Vid T lS Hd3SfC thal neVCr failS t0 P * 3 Sreal imPaCl- nl Pf tine along with some variations by Little Tamariz, vintage 1993. abj a 8''lanu,0UCheS the faces of the cards with his fingertips, being ch alone the color, suit and value of each. Which JS Jquences-we actually done one single and two double d ' L'm 10 a otal of five single antifaros and restores the origi- Need I explain I won', insult you. I'll jus, give a full well- After thoroughly shuffling the unstacked half of ,he rWt u turbing...

## Wltl a nd arid thn ird full lh ecrt U alrong and dfect

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## Switching Deck Shuffled By Spectator

Release a few of the right hand's cards from the top, letting them slide down onto the left hand's packet and under the left thumb. At the same time, move the right hand's cards inward and then outward, with a jiggling action, as if forcing the edges of one packet to intermix into those of t,H r lf lhe cards vvere being shuffled honestly, this would be a necessary and natural action. See for yourself. I lowever, due to the pressure of , lcft.,humb e left hand's packet, the upper cards are...

## Mnemonica J 245

As the time elapsed (parenthesis of forgetfulneso initial forces. * nes ). effectively dispj . the You could also proceed as follows Turn your back , ask someone to cut the deck and take the fa finir 1 , audlCTKC and two to two spectators, and each puts his card ,n,, hls T two cards, proceed with the divination describe t c , the othcr cards in their pockets (quite easy after m,Ve7vn the first divination), which were, you S S into the spectators' pockets while urn wen turned v nates the false...

## Mnemonica with the spanish deck or wtth other fc ks

The idea explained here was developed for the Spanish fiftv-tw . card poker deck, which uses different suits. It is included because * may prove useful when using different types of decks, such as the Tarot Whenever you find it convenient, you can use a Spanish fifty-two card poker deck for Mnem nica. All you have to do is substitute the suits as follows Oros Diamonds, Bastos Clubs, Espadas Spades, and Copos Hearts (Fig. 58). This is very useful whenever you pretend to memorize the order...

## Memorized Deck Tricks In Jinx

In 161 Cardoso (who sometimes signed as Car-dozo) published in Coimbra, Portugal, his Thesouro dePrudentes, in which he describes the mathematical stack wherein the values are arranged at regular intervals and the suits go in rotation. This stack, popularized in America three centuries later by Si Stebbins (and Howard Thurston), had been in use a11 the vv hile area of Southern Europe. Manuel pratique d'illusionisme et de prestidigitation (1935) includes several tricks with a stacked deck (pp....

## Red Black Red Blzck Stack

Shuffle the deck without disturbing the twenty-six-card stack on top. Someone cuts off less than half the deck, and you glimpse the next card. With that, you have the information necessary to state how many cards of each color are in the spectator's packet. Just mentally go thmugh the colors of the stack. This becomes easier if you are aware that Cards 1 through 10 of the stack include five red and five black cards, and Cards 1 through 18 contain nine of each color. See Note 1 for further...

## Useful sleights

As you have seen, there are tricks throughout this book that a> quire sleight-of-hand, while others call for (and at times require) a wider arsenal of skills from the performer.- Therefore, I will describe some of the sleights most useful when performing with a mnemonic stack. Keep in mind that the higher your technical mastery, the better results you can extract from the stack. Let's begin a technical survey that, I believe, will be useful to all It is obvious that for a good and subtle use...

## Mnabacus Jack London

The trick I give the mnemonic treatment to here is Jack London's Almost Real Prediction.' After you've given the deck a false shuffle, three spectators each take a group of four adjacent cards from anywhere in the deck. You glimpse the card above each packet taken, as in The Three Piles (p. 85), and mentally add the values in each group. For example, the values of Cards 8,10 and 11 of the stack (a Five, a Nine, a Deuce and a Queen) add to sixteen, since picture cards are given a value of zero,...

## Method A

Receiving theshUff,ed half from L spectator peeks at any card from that packet and you use- the c tro. ,t to the bottom (see Appendix VI, p. 359), next to the card Turn your back to the audience as you instruct the spectator togivT packet a complete cut. He is then told to deal cards from the top, Z hem face up one by one and calling their names. The card following your key card (the one you have glimpsed) will be the selection. Instruct the spectator to lie when he reaches his card, but he's...

## S Juan Tamariz

Klondike shuffle (peeling cards simultaneously from the top and from he bottom). Throw the eight-card packet onto the rest of the deck. Get blt ak under the Q* and another under the 9*, and then cut at the to reverse the order of -3. When dealing the four ing the J* under the 3V and cutting the 54 of the bottom, if you run the top three cards before the deal, reversing them and leaving them on top, when five-card hands (second dealing on the last card), you could leave everything face down,...

## Of Mnemnica

Three Stacks with Special Features and Only One T ue Stack My exploration (initially in collaboration with Luis Garcia) began with a search for a stack that could be attained through faro shuffles from a deck in factory order. This stack arrangement must not display a recognizable order, and from it one could return to new-deck order. From there Luis's path and mine diverged. i chose to introduce a stay-stack arrangement into the transformation, starting from the factory order of the Spanish...

## Useful With Mnemonica

For those interested in the subject of the memory and its psychology, nothing can be better than beginning with the treatise by this Greek philosopher, On Memory and Recollection. After this, study Henri Berg-son's Mati re et M moire, which is a delight to read, J. Filloux's very thorough UMemoirei 1969), the works by Russian philosopher A. R. Lauria, a true specialist in the subject, and the magnificent Searching for Memory (1996) by Daniel L. Schacter. Also, in the 1980s I published articles...

## Tetradistic Stack Order

TRICKS WITH A MEMORIZED DECK AND WITH OTHER STACKS4 In a twenty-four-page booklet published by Abbott's Magic Company and titled Magic Card System (undated), there is a description of an arithmetical arrangement, consisting of adding four to the value of each proceeding card. Some interesting tricks with that setup are explained. This great expert and magnificent technician has described interesting material with a memorized deck in some of his works The Programmed Deck in Magic Mafia...

## WHr AI Dont Alter the Order of the Deck

UT f 'he above'and a misleading weapon of magnificent ' ,mcrt' n of the following actions and procedures in tricks employing mnemonic stacks. Here are those I , lt , often fr. a. Faro shuffles followed by antifaros see my book Sonata or Appendix V, p. 319 b. Eight faros and other combination . I ither eight straddle farm with a fifty-one-card deck including hones cuts between the shuffles , or eight out-faros with a fifty-two-card deck both return the c ards to the.r original order. Five...

## Setting Up the Stack in front of the Audii c e

There are various systems to set up the deck during performance without the spectators becoming aware ol it This is obvioush a tremendous and extremely powerful weapon, since you can have the deck shuffled before the secret setup and later remind them of their shuffles during the Such systems are scarce in the literature. In fact, there is barely am thing more than that of the English magician Nikola an excellent one, incidentally, that I'll briefly describe later . This is based on a simpler...

## Curious Coincidence Hofzinser

This trick is based on a plot titled Strange Harmony attributed without known documentation to Hofzinser. Hen' is my easy and direct method with either a half stack or full stack. After some false shuffles, ask a spectator to cut off a packet The packet should consist ot less.than twenty-six cards if using a half stack, although you could extend this limit by adding six of the unstacked cards on top. so they cancut between ten don't make it too small a packet and thirty-six cards. That g.ves an...

## Hrvt n selectlon 35 you dose the spread usins our left finger

F , ,retiy p the reversed card to the right, as if beginning a side which holds the packet in end grip conceals the sidejogged card. Turn this hand inward, brinzine , toward the audience, as if you were finish, J , the reversed card, after which you in , pltS Take the stacked half of the deck and secretlv L ,. glimpsed selection the card that n- TK X break under that card and. bringing your hands and the deck undeT table, turn the mate face up. Bnng the deck back into view and spread both...

## Louis Hi Kola

In The Nikola Card System, London 1927 this great English magician describes his mnemonic order, a classic and still serviceable memorization method and several tricks. Although a certain mnemonic deck, or a numbered rosary stack, had been popular since the nineteenth century see Raynaly in the magazine L'lllusionislc, 1905, and Roter-berg and Hofzinser in this bibliography , the popularity of a stack that needs to be memorized is largely owed to Nikola. His monograph was republished as the...

## Rene Lavand Memorized Deck

Sitting at a table, the stacked deck is kept in the crook of your right knee. The deck to be switched out is held in left-hand dealing position Fig. 49, sans table . In the action of scooting your chair closer to the table, you lower both hands, holding the deck, beneath the table. When the hands are below the table's edge, they separate. The left hand leaves its deck in the crook of the left knee and helps scoot the chair forward. At the same time the right...

## Aroxson Approach

A study of the classic card-at-any-number premise that resorts to different methods than those described in this book. Four Part Harmony p. 101 is an extraordinary and well-structured trick where four cards are divined under totally impossible conditions. 1 had the good fortune of watching the author perform this on one of my visits to Chicago, and can assure you that its impact is very powerful. In Memorized Math p. 113 Aronson tackles some of the interesting connections between the memorized...

## With M nemonica

Throughout this hook we've seen how many effects can be improved when done with a memorized deck. That's one of the favorite pastimes of many Mnemonicaddicts, who mad or learn a trick and then figure out a way of enhancing it with Mnemonics often with remarkable results. There are gt many opportunities for such improvements, which I leave the nadir the pleasure of finding for himself. Here are just a few more examples to illustrate the pomt 1. NEITHER BLIND NOR STUPID VERSION FOR A HALF STACK...

## Ron Escott Magician

Note 458 mentions a good idea by Al Baker for using twenty-six stacked cards in a pocket as an index, with a message written on each card. I think this lends itself to wonderful effects, despite Daley's lack of detail. Note 510 explains a Do-as-I-do idea using two slates, two decks of cards one of them stacked , in which the card the spectator chose and the one directly below it in hi- deck supposedly chosen In the magician are 1 The effect is curious and interesting, but complex....

## Reland

In his excellent and well-known collection, Ireland Writes a Book 1931 , we find a stack that vied for a time with Nikola's in popularity. He also provides some very good effects to be performed with it or with any other memorized stack, such as cutting to any card called for with a good method for the glimpse , a rising-card effect, a behind-the-back location, spelling to any card called for, a forced cut, a cut estimation and fishing through key questions , and a clever deck-switch carried...

## Jumbled Divination

Even feCL VC allemP ed to explore the possibilities of Mnemonka further. The result gave me great satisfaction, happiness, pleasure and joy , It's one of the tricks I perform most often, and the effect is overwhelming, even dumbfounding. Place Cards 14 through 26 of the stack the 8V through the K on top of the deck, in order. Likewise, put the Cards 1 the 44 through 13 the q4 on the bottom- The twenty-six central cards are unstacked Fig. 47 . This arrangement allows you to give the cards a...

## Resetting the Stack

When one or more cards have been used in a trick and vou want to return them to their stack positions, there are several procedural possibilities. But before we discuss them. I should mention that I often let a few cards drop to the table during a shuffle, and then reset them with the following techniques. Drop the top or bottom card to the table, as if by accident, and then pick it up and bury it in the center of the deck. I his looks very fair and casual. All you have todo to get the card...