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SS^a packet, looking at the bottom card S Sang packets. T*e performer tatabnrfy a, each packet, pretending to mempnze... He F oceeds, "from memory", to name the cards in each packet, *aking ou-h as he names it, and leaving each spectator holding just his selection. He then proves that he has memorized the order of all the cards by naming the card resting at anv number called or the position of any card named. "A Miracle with Cards" (p- 11) uses a similar (though not identical) method to divine three selections and make a fourth travel to the magician's pocket. "For a Single" (p. 12) is a way to perform the same effect when perform-in« for only one person. "Add Note to P.M." is described in Issue No. 15, Dec. 1958, p. 17- This combines the use of the stay-stack with a memorized deck. In Issue No. 19, Dec. 1959, is "Vanishing Thought" (p. 28); and in Issue No. 15, May 1962, p. 15, there is "Spur of the Moment" (memory version).

"Try This Trio" (second and third effects), in Advanced Fingertip Control (1970, p. 92). is based on an idea by James Nuzzo, in which cards are riffled off in pairs while a spectator peeks at one. Other effects are:

"The Matching Miracle (for Memory Experts)" in Neto Tops, Vol. 6,

No. 7, July 1966, p. 20; and in M.I.N.T., Volume I (1988), p. 246). This is a divination of a poker hand freely selected by a spectator after he has dealt any number of hands he wishes.

On the Berglas Effect" in At the Table (1984) by Jon Racherbaumer, p. 67.

In Mario Magazine, Volume 6 (1988) there are several effects: "In the

Same Place" (Approaches 5-9), pp. 156-159; "Treasure Chest Mentalism", p. 164; and "Undiscovered Possibilities" (which combines a memorized stack with a stripper deck), p. 182.

"Memorized Mentalism" in Card Fixes (1990) by Jon Racherbaumer, p. 202.

In Olram File, No. 3, Feb. 1991, "A Number for Fast Company", p. 12. In

No. 4, April 1991. "Not Only the Number, But...", p. 3. And in No. 5, May 1991, "dram's Choice", p. 13.

Needless to say, there are likely more Mario tricks for a memorized stack pubhshed somewhere, which only God and Racherbaumer are aware of.

n J'.'V:S br")° e" sociedad (1839)-published in Madrid before

¿212 rHWUdin in France-he describes various interesting a packet oit T amon8 them a multiple divination of cards in

P cut off by a spectator. The book is thorough and contains good material/ including an Ace Assembly in the deck. Unjfortu til tively unknown, even among Spanish card-workers * ^


His "Mind Reading with Cards-Bloodhound Method" is in ru i • l ing Ring, Vol. 30, No. 6, Aug. 1950, p. 78. * m imk'

Merlini, Jim

His "Merlini Card System", designed initially for the Name o' Card effect, is explained in an award-winning series in the British magazine TJw Magic Wand, beginning in the Oct. 1953 issue, Vol. 42, No. 239, p 102- con tinuing through Dec. 1953, Vol. 42, No. 240, p. 151; March ¿54 Vol 43 No. 241, p. 2; June 1954, Vol. 43, No. 242, p. 59; Oct. 1954, Vol. 43, No 243 p. 103; Dec. 1954, Vol. 43, No. 244, p. 165; March 1955, Vol. 44, No. 245 p 20-June 1955, Vol. 44, No. 246, p. 56; Oct. 1955, Vol. 43, No. 247, p. KM; and concluding Dec. 1955, Vol. 44, No. 248, p. 155. This memorized pack permits the magician to locate any card named by spelling its name or in some other magical manner. He also describes the idea of secretly counting the cards as they are spread for a selection, to ascertain the card taken, either normally or behind the magician's back; two approaches to Dalban's Lie Detector plot, combinations of the one-ahead principle with a memorized stack; a card divination by mail; locations; a nap deal; and tricks employing the Monge shuffle, coding and marked cards. Also see his "Miracle Vision", in the Dec. 1955 issue, p. 166. Arthur F. G. Carter also ran a series on the Merlini stack, beginning in the Dec. 1955 issue, p. 21, and continuing through June 1956/ Vol. 45, No. 250, p. 73; Oct. 1956, Vol. 45, No. 251, p. 120; Dec. 1956, Vol. 45, No. 252, p. 179; Vol. 46, No. 253, p. 36; and Vol. 46, No. 254, p. 70.

Minguet, Pablo

His Enganos a ojos vistas (1733) is the earliest magic book in Spanish. Although absent from its first edition, subsequent editions contain a description of the Galasso-Steb-bins system, adding increments of five to the value of the previous card and abating the suits. He also gives a variation in which the increment is three (the version most widely known nowadays). With the values arranged by fives, Minguet explains how to ascertain the identities of cards taken in groups by different spectators (a predecessor of "The Three Piles", described in this work, p. a> well as the feat of divining cards "by touch" (thanks to their order) and that or laying out all the cards face down on the table and being able to turn over am card named by the spectators.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

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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