Useful With Mnemonica



For those interested in the subject of the memory and its psychology, nothing can be better than beginning with the treatise by this Greek philosopher, On Memory and Recollection. After this, study Henri Berg-son's Matière et Mémoire, which is a delight to read, J. Filloux's very thorough UMemoirei 1969), the works by Russian philosopher A. R. Lauria, a true specialist in the subject, and the magnificent Searching for Memory (1996) by Daniel L. Schacter. Also, in the 1980s I published articles^Ze applications of memory to magic in the Circular of the Escueta Mágica de Madrid and in my book-magazine Magia Potagia, Volume 1 (1981 ).

Canuto, Vicente

In his formidable work Cartomagia Fundamental (1993) my companion of so many hours of magic and gastronomic pleasures (shared during the Cádiz Magic-Gathering—three months of magic and friendship) offers a careful selection of the most useful sleights in card magic, as well as many well-selected non-mnemonic tricks. Included are palms, counts, false shuffles,

Christophersen, Pedro

This dear friend (and also my teacher in mental-ism), in his excellent Mnemotecnia (Buenos Aires, 1946), provides a thorough history (the best I know of) for methods of memorization, as well as his own system. A precious book. (1 fondly remember Vernon asking me "What about Pedro? How is Pedro?")

Collins, Stanley

A Conjuring Melange (1947) includes "The fcsscee Prearranged Pack" (p. 20), in which he desenbes a system for memorizing his stack, based on phonic cues. However, with this system you cannot d.n, determine the position of a card at any S^Tt He also gives his personal substitute for the Eight

Kings phrase.

In 1978 he published his personal system for a mathematically arranged deck in John Cornelius Card System, written by John Novak.

Curry, Paul

In his monograph Vie Power of Vtoughl (1947), he describes the trick in which a card selected from a blue-backed deck matches the position of its duplicate m a red-backed deck. No other duplicates in the two decks occupy identical positions. It's an excellent trick that can be applied to the stay-stack.

Elmsley, Alex

There are several tricks with stay-stack in The Collected Works of Alex Elms!,i/. Volume II (1994, pp. 385-390), written by Stephen Minch. Elms-lev's two volumes also include deck switches, palms, etc.

Florensa, Alfredo

In the marvelous and endearing trade magazine Misdirection, edited by the indefatigable Ricardo Marré (who has done so much for Spanish magic through his publications), Florensa explains in the July-August 1997 issue his system for a mathematically based stack, which he calls the Rinox deck (pp. 112-116), inspired by that of Richard Osterlind. He also describes this system in his monumental work Lecciones de Husionisnio (1960-1985). In his book Cartosearelos (1993), written in collaboration with Darman, he describes his variant of the Nikola system (p. 133).

Garrett, Teral

In his Garrett s Magical Bulletin, No. 1 (n.d.), there is a method for memorizing a deck, "Garrett's Simplex Card Memory System" (p. 1).

Giobbi, Roberto

In his extraordinary and monumental work Card Col-lege, in five volumes, there are formidable descriptions of many sleights that are useful to the mnemonic cardman: passes, palms, glimpses, shuffles, deck switches, etc.

Hamman, Brother John


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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