## Of Mnemnica

(Development and Origins)

three Stacks with Special Features and Only One Tüue 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 Fournier deck and, through a counting procedure that reversed the order of the top twenty-six cards, arrived at stay-stack. Fig. 2 in Chapter Two (p. 14) shows the deck in this condition, with the suits arranged from Ace to King, but with the orders of two of them reversed, so that the cards lie in mirrored or symmetrical order from the center of the spread.

The stay-stack setup possesses several features, one being that a faro shuffle will change the order of the cards, yet retain a stay-stack, or symmetrical, arrangement. See, for example, what happens when you give this stack four out-faros (Fig. 3 in Chapter Two, p. 15). In-faros also preserve stay-stack configuration, but i chose to use out-faros because they have a further, extremely useful, benefit: Eight out-faros return a fifty-two-card deck to its original order.* You could also use an tifa ros in place of the faros.

• This wonderful fact first appeared in print, I believe, in tí¡4Ó in Htlgwd and Bftutft Expert Card Technique, p. 145.

In running through eight out-faros or ant.faros, one ,s g1Ven , cj

J", ifferent stacks, each consist,ng of a different stay-stack arr^ f If vou were to choose any one of them as your mnemonic order, L S have a magnificent stack, bursting with properties. By beginning th a new deck and using faros and ant.faros you could do various tricks including all those using the stay-stack, and finish with a stack that pro!

duced a great climax for a card act.

But these stacks would have a drawback: Obvious groupings occur at least twice in the shuffle cycle, and there are the symmetrical sequences as well. Therefore, the stack might be fairly easily detected.

To avoid this, I decided to achieve stay-stack with four out-faros from the starting position and, once there, break out of the stay-stack cycle.

After patient trial, I found that by simply reversing twenty-six cards and doing a thirtv-five-card partial faro (or a Klondike shuffle, which consists of repeatedly drawing off the top and bottom cards together) I arrived at a stack that is indetectable even to the keenest of observers. N'o cards of the same value were left together. The red and black cards were dispersed in a sequence that appeared random. The conspicuous Aces and Kings were scattered and lay in no discernable pattern. Finally, after many tests with other stacks, 1 stuck with this one as my chosen mnemonic deck. The stack gave no appearance of following any pattern and could at any time, through a simple operation (dealing thirty-five cards into two piles during a card divination, and then reversing twenty-six cards), be brought back to stav-stack; more precisely, back to the position after the fourth out-faro. In other words, it could be used as a stacked deck and then as a stay-stack, and conclude with the grand climax of all the cards becoming arranged by suit and order.

Furthermore, due to its strict starting order (each suit in Ace-to-King or King-to-Ace sequence) and to the mathematical underpinnings of the faro shuffle, I found that this mnemonic stack embodied exceptional possibility h>r «alhering suits, or hands for poker and other games (by shifting the Position of a single card 1 could deal myself almost any poker hand). These, 1 "I as other hidden virtues (some yet to be discovered) have made this Sld C°mpanion ior ^e past twenty years, and have won over a con-havetlnUn Lr °f 3dep,S in SPain and ¡n other countries, some of whom of alhh £ Cn Untan«lin8 of its concealed features. The fruit th* moml Wh<?re >'OU wU1 fi"d everything I've discovered to

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Maybe tha s v T'c ^ ^ Yo" ™>' think of it as three decks in one. course—as Super'}^^'U beCame ^own-though it is hyperbole, ot

## 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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