Simple Card Systems 1 The Stacked Deck

The "Stacked Deck" is a pack of cards that has been arranged in a special order according to a system which enables you to know the position of every card in the deck. This may be applied to a few cards or to the complete pack of 52—according to requirements. The principle in itself, is well-known to magicians and it is incorporated here for the benefit of the newcomer—who will find it quite invaluable.

To arrange a pack of cards in some specific order—presents a bit of a problem. If the system or order is simple, something straightforward like arranging the cards in numerical order, then it becomes obvious to the spectator. On the other hand, if you use a "mixed" system which is not obvious—then you have to find a way of remembering it and it must also be one that functions quickly in use. (i.e. You can work out where any card is within reasonable time.)

To overcome this little problem we resort to our old friend the "memory system" and in order to remember the "key" to the system, we utilise the following rhyme:—

"eight kings threaten to save—nine fair ladies for one sick knave"

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To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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