Memorized Deck Tricks In Jinx


^ ^ See "Estimation Card Stab" and "Name a Card"

from the section titled "Tricks with a Stacked Deck' in The Close-up Magician (1958), edited by Roben par. rish, p. 36. His "Card Memory" routine, described in Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. XIX, No. 3, Nov. 1961, p. 29, is direct and powerful, as is all the material performed by this wonderful professional of close-up magic (who, incidentally, had great faith in the memo-which is the case with so many professional cardmen).

annemann, Theodore

In his "A Real Psychic Card Test", described in The Jinx, No. 3, Dec. 1934, p. 11, a spectator selects a card and draws it on a slate, while the magician, mentally following the drawing, makes an identical one on another slate. Also see his "One in Fourteen", which originally appeared in the March 1927 issue of The Linking Ring, Vol. VI, No. 1, p. 41, and later in his Book Without a Nome (1931), p. 13. This is a card divination accomplished with a cyclic stack, and can be adapted to a memorized deck. Both of these Annemann tricks also appear in Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (1939) edited by Hugard, pp. 232 and 204 respectively. Also in The Book Without a Name, "An Original Set-up Discovery" (p. 11) shows how one can rapidly set the whole deck into Eight-Kings order.

The fertile mind of Annemann has also tackled the subject in his 1934 booklet S-h-h-h.J It's a Secret (a wonderful one, by the way), in the trick titled The Lady and the Gentleman" (p. 43), based on two ideas by A1 Baker that produce a written double prediction of two freely selected cards. He uses a billet index, the one-ahead principle and an arranged deck. Two more subtle ideas found

;n <hls work "Dual Sympathy" on p. 28 (which eatures the idea of having a spectator hold the deck to the magician's forehead, permitting the latter to b°tt0m Card) and Sympathetic and Ah"f T P' M (Wh]ch Uses the «*™tion of a cut «»a bit of fishing to determine a card someone cut method is extremely useful and is often and

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successfully employed by the Spanish Mnemonica-expert Ramdn Riob6o "The $1,000 Test Card Location" on p. 46 is a fine effect, based on an idea mentioned, according to Annemann, around 1907 by Ellis Stanyon in which a spectator genuinely shuffles the deck before he freely chores and buries a card in it. Yet the magician, without looking through the cards, names the selection. (Frank Garcia takes the effect a step further in Million Dollar Card Sccrcls 11972]. See "Clear Voyant" on p. 67.) The previous three Annemann tricks are also included in Hugard's Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (pp. 213-215).

In The Jinx, No. 40, Jan. 1938, there is the excellent effect "The Ultra Find" (p. 267), based on ideas by Charles Jordan and Arthur Finley, that gave birth to my trick "T.N.T.", described in the present work (p. 223). On p. 825 of The Jinx, No. 148, Sept. 1941, there is a trick named "Card Voice" (based on Jor-dan's "The Sagacious Joker", which uses a "tattle-tale card" to divine three cards that spectators have placed in their pockets without looking at them. It's bold, but can be a great effect.

All these effects can also be found in the Max Abrams's wonderful compilation, Annemann: The Life and Times of a tigetid (1992).

Aronson, Simon

As I have mentioned elsewhere in this book, I regard my admired friend Simon Aronson as the one magician who has contributed the most to memo-rized-deck work since the times of Nikola. Therefore, all of his tricks are models of analysis, creativity and subtlety. I heartily recommend studying the magnificent effects from his books, which also include excellent material without the memorized deck. Aronson has recently gathered several of his books into a single volume titled Bound to Please (1994), but the pages I cite below are from the original editions.

In his wonderful booklet, A Stack to Remember (1979), he describes the excellent Aronson stack, which was a great step forward from all previously published stacks. It reawakened interest in the memorized deck among well-versed magicians, especially in America. This monograph also contains explanations of all the effects built into the stack, and a bibliography of great interest to the student.

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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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