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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 deck and several mathematical principles, such as the stay-stack. Also considered in the article are methods for secretly counting the number of cards in several packets at a time, the relationship between a riffle shuffle and the memorized deck, and several formulas for procedures of the down-under type of deal.

Simon Says, Lecture Notes #?, 1992, contains "Lazy Memory" (p. 15) and "Everybody's Lazy" (p. 20), which are two brilliant studies with variations and added climaxes for Doc Miller's 'That Number Down", commonly known as "The Lazy Magician", after Al Koran's presentation of the trick Simon Says, Lecture Notes #2, 1992, includes "Twice Remembered" (p. 10), which is another of Aronson's intelligent applications of the memorized deck to the "Lazy Magician" principle, resulting in a surprising prediction effect.

Just before I finished completing the Spanish edition of Mftemonica for press, Simply Simon (1995) came out, with a chapter of more than seventy pages devoted to ideas and effects with the memorized deck that are of the highest interest. Among them are an assiduous study of the concept of using the stacked deck as an open card index, and the combination of a memorized deck with a one-way deck and the gray code principle. Also included are the tricks for the stacked deck from his Simon Says lecture notes, mentioned in the previous paragraph, and two other effects built on the well-known "Fate's Datebook" of Alex Elmsley. These are "Happy Birthday" (p. 96) and "The Calendar Card" (p. 103). "Past, Present and Future" (p. 153) is a triple card-divination, while "Self Centered" (p. 187) is a highly effective combination of John P. Hamilton and Gene I innell's free-cut principle with the memorized deck.

Shortly after Mnemonica was published in Spain, Aronson's Try the Impossible came out (2001). It contains a full chapter, "Unpacking the Aronson Stack", devoted to further marvels using his arrangement.

Baker, Al

In his excellent Magical Ways and Means (1941), Baker describes a magnificent effect, "An Impossible Count" (p. 98), in which several spectators cut the deck freely and put packets in their pockets. The magician divines the number Of cards in each packet. In Al Bakers Second (1935) he explains an extremely clever method for a prediction, carried out by two people, called "Me and the Missus" (p. 27). In Al Baker's Book (1933) he explains his extraordinary version of "A Card and a Number" (p. 4) (see my version on p. 207). In The JinXi \0. 35, August 1937, p. 237, Annemann describes his

__excellent three-phase routine, "Mind or Muscle?". |n

-t two phases, two selections are located as the magician holds their ' p,' wrists In the final phase, Annemann divines a third selection, ¡¡Ting Bakers "Impossible Card Discovery" from Al Baker's Book (p. i0).


IV "election is made in an incredibly fair manner and the card kept hidden in the spectator's pocket, while the magician divines it by merely touching his helper's forehead. "Cards of Thought'; in the same book (p. 11), is a brilliant version of "The Miracle Divination" that acquires tremendous power when done with a memorized deck. This is done with five series of ten cards, each mounted on display boards, and subtleties typical of the great Al Baker.

In Jacob Daley's Nolclvoks (1972), Notes 458, 627, 628 and 640 deal with memorized-deck ideas by Al Baker (see Daley below).

Bell, Gordon

In Vic Unking Ring, Vol. 36, No. 2, April 1956, Gordon Bell explains a two-person book test that employs a memorized deck (p. 92).

Bernat, Juan B.

Among Spanish authors, my admired friend Juan Bernat is, without question, the one who has most seriously studied, written about and used a memorized deck. Among his contributions to this field is a good psychometry effect, which appears in his book Pequeneces Mágicas—Cartomagia, 30 años después (1981): Six selected cards, after being mixed, are H- c - returned to their "owners" (p. 114).

workthaTh mUnd° mraví¡!<*° ^ los naipes" (1953) is a brilliant orized d xkaSfT^nla8realdeal toSPani*hcardmen. In it are various menv to stacked ¿X !¡ ^ CXtensive and lhorou8h chaPter deV°^

cal stacks dilr l dS (PP'™d< i" case of mathemati-

SC methods for ascertaining the position of a card at any

moment. He even explores methods for locating cards after a Klondike shuffle or a single antifaro.

Many of the effects described are creations of the author. Una sesión de espiritismo' (p. 479) is an extraordinary and complex effect in which two freely chosen cards appear at positions in two packets, determined by the values of two other selections. Furthermore, the original two selections are divined through automatic writing by a blindfolded medium. (I'll never forget the young and clever Luis Garcia Soutullo performing this effect and leaving an aura of mystery throughout the room.) "Recordando a CipoHa" (p. 474) is based on the effect described by Thomas Mann in his story Mario and Die Magician. which features a match of three cards selected by a spectator with another three previously selected by the magician, who put them into his pocket. (A card index is used.) El misterio del sobre colgante" (p. 472) is another complex and well-constructed effect (in the style of Hofzinser) in which two selections are divined, along with their positions in a jumbo deck suspended in the air, which in the beginning the magician pretends to memorize In "Aunque parezca increíble" (p. 483) he describes his version of A Card and a Number. On pp. 290-302 he describes about thirty (!) simple and direct effects with a memorized deck (divinations, memorizations, rapid vision, psychometry, locations, divination of the top card of deck, etc.). Among these are two telepathy effects in which a packet is selected and sealed inside an envelope. The sealed packet is brought to a medium in another room, who proceeds to name the cards. (The envelope is secretly marked.) In the second version (p. 297), the magician not only names the ten cards sealed within the envelope, but also predicts their names (the prediction being taken from a second envelope that actually contains four prediction slips that cover all forty cards in four consecutive runs). The author also points out that the stacked deck can function as an ancient abacus that is easy to use and produces mysterious and astonishing results (see "Pocket Calculator" in this work (p. 245)—I mean the one you are holding now).

While we wait for this fine book to be republished (as soon as possible!), I strongly urge the reader to get hold of a second-hand copy. It s a genuine treasure.

Berglas, David

The extraordinary impression this British master makes with his exquisite performances of Any Card at Any Number have caused Jon

, met and others to call it "The Berglas Effect". His method was

Hacherba meran^ou 2002 volume The Mind &

r'^A^ed deck is only pa rt of the story, and * * SSI aloig with .he rest of this magnificent book, illuminal<s £ reason for the legends grown around this superlative performer, and provides great lessons for us all.

Braue, Fred

In Braue's 'Roundabout" column in Hugord's Magic Monthly, Vol. XIII, No ] 1 April 1956, there is a divination of a thought-of card (p. 418). Also, The Fmi Braue Notebooks, published by Jeff Busby, include the following effects: In Volume Four (1985), "Routine with a Prearranged Deck" (p. i3). „ starts with a trick called "Sympatico" that uses two stacked decks. A card selected from one of them (which the magician learns by looking at the card above) matches another selected from the other deck (forced as follows: If you know that the card is, say, 25 in the stack, deal twenty-four cards rapidlv to the table and, from that point, deal seconds until they call "stop"). He continues with spelling to a thought-of card (the classic method of using several cards, each spelling with one more letter than the previous one—an idea, I believe, of Arthur Finley). There is also a divination bv j

Paul Curry (see Curry in this bibliography). The routine concludes with a divination of a card that has been shifted to another position in the stack.

In Volume Five (1985, p. 29), is "Tens at 10, 20, 37, 47", featuring the idea (by Vernon, but commonly miscredited to Zingone) of cutting the same number of cards ever)' time by gripping a packet by its ends between the thumb and fingers, and employing the thumbnail as a gauge. This principle is used to cut to the four Tens in the Nikola stack. Following this is "Marked Cards", in which the principles of marked cards and a stacked deck are combined (an idea Theodore L. DeLand used in 1912 with one of his marketed decks); and "Prearranged Pack Idea", in which the principle of the thumbnail gauge is used to place a card at a given number.

In VdumeSixQ&l, p. l), "Prearranged Deck" begins with some observations on the memorized deck and its many extraordinary possibilities. It continues with the descnption of a stack that bears curious properties, a method for learning the stack ,n eight to ten days, and some divinations of thought-of cards.

Canasta, Chan acl^'^T1 Poland' this ^"ordinary performer of mental mir-

ma172 rC °n Brilish "di0 ^d television. One of the tools he

BHtland sbTkPrTdrWaS ^ stack, as is explained in David year as the So i * A Remarkable Man, which appeared the same provides eitL Z oi M,le"<°»<™ (2000). A study of Canasta's work es great lessons for all Mnemonica users.

Cardoso de Sequeira, Gaspar

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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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