Note For Sailors

It is taken for granted that good Mnemonicians (those who use Mnemónica and therefore belong to the community whose search for maximum mystery and optimal magical effect is an almost religious passion) should strive to make use of the impressive and clever arsenal of card magic. They will therefore wake up practicing the Zarrow shuffle and will have break-fast with the push-through shuffle (Dai Vernon's version incorporating Dad Stevens's handling tips, described in Dai Vernon's More inner Secrets of Curd Magic [I960], p. 43). Halfway through the morning they'll do fifteen glimpsing exercises, have lunch with the invisible pass (the Hofzinser [a.k.a. Herrmann] turnover pass or the Hugard and Braue version) and perfect it during siesta. As a mid-afternoon snack, nothing better will be sought than a series of faros and antifaros that leave the deck as it was at the outset (though somewhat sea-sick); and before, during and after dinner he will practice his top changes, counts and culls. All of this is built on the presumption that he exercises his palms, transfers, passes, double turnovers, double and false deals, etc. over the weekends, Christmas holidays and summer vacations, and that he studies magic psychology from eight to ten hours a day, and devotes continuous thinking to his quest for the optimal magical effect, total magic and the ultimate illusion.

it's easy. All you need is a love of magic in general and card magic in particular.

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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