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Robert P.
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I am fascinated by the subject of memory and how we can increase it.

Great magicians such as Harry Lorayne and Sal Piacente are known more for their memory work than their magic (and their magic is superb).

While I am still working to increase my natural memory I love good psuedo memory magic tricks. I will list some of my favorites (with references so you know where you can find them) but I would love for you to list yours as well. This subject has always intrigued me so I'm looking forward to what others have to post.

Some of my favorite routines:

I will post more later but I'd like to see what others think.

Other Café threads:

-Rain man effects
-Pseudo memory tests
-Psuedo-memory demonstrations
-Memory effects
-Mentalism vs Memory Demonstrations: A Dilemma
-John Linden's The Rain Man Glimpse

Some other memory resources:

- Memory Effects - A Resource of Mental Marvels (Great resource of memory effects by Scott Cram, his website is headinside.blogspot.com/)
-Harry Lorayne Memory Books
-Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and S......erything (interesting book on Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship)

Please feel free to post other memory resources (books, films, videos, etc.), whether they be for learning or just for entertainment.
Cain
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Well, I appreciate your passion and effort that went into this post.

I like Bill Malone's "Hands Off Memory Test."
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I've been using More Memory Man by Joel Givens for years. I love it. You can do it impromtu.
sgtgrey
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Great material - I'm only going to add one of my personal favorites: Pit Hartling's Unforgettable. I also recently have had a lot of fun with Denis Behr's Photographic Memory effect. Very clever.
Steven Keyl
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More Memory Man by Joel Givens +1

It's my go-to FASDIU card memory routine. I also do genuine memory demonstrations via a standard peg memory system.
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pegasus
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More memory man can be accomplished with a marked deck. In the demo the deck isn’t shuffled either. Wouldn’t waste money on that.
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On Nov 11, 2018, pegasus wrote:
More memory man can be accomplished with a marked deck. In the demo the deck isn’t shuffled either. Wouldn’t waste money on that.


Except the routine can be done FASDIU - a borrowed, shuffled, even incomplete deck....
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Except the chances of having to borrow a deck are so rare that it’s just not worth it.
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I'm not sure if you realize, pegasus, but one is not REQUIRED to borrow a deck to do the routine. You can actually use your own shuffled, incomplete deck. And before you post again--let me clarify. One is not REQUIRED to use an incomplete deck, either. You can actually use a full 52 card deck--AMAZING, isn't it?!?

I'm just messin'. Seriously, though, for close-up, informal, impromptu performances, this is a fantastic routine. As I'm thinking about the times I've performed this, it's almost always been with a borrowed deck. Whether playing poker with friends or at a party demonstrating a memory feat. In those cases it would look odd to pull out my own deck, when another deck was already available or within arms' reach.

As an afterthought, one point that this routine has over a marked deck is that you can name many cards in succession BEFORE you look at their backs. Certainly you can combine this routine with a marked deck, but based on the structure of the routine, is wholly unnecessary.
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