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Churken, I always appreciate your posts: they are consistently balanced and informative.
By the way, what does FASDIU stand for? I'm guessing Fair and Shuffled Deck In Use?
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It is the name of an excellent card book by Paul Cummins. From A Shuffled Deck In Use. Both books 1 & 2 are worth looking at if you ever decide to delve further into card magic. No stack stuff, but some very cool effects that can be done anywhere, anytime with any deck.
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I tried memorized deck systems or stacks years ago and gave up. Maybe it's because I'm dyslexic, I just couldn't do it. I know many professionals use them and swear by them, but I passed it by.

A good friend told me about the Osterlind Breakthrough Card System and that I should learn this. I told him I didn't have it in me to learn a memorized deck, he persisted and I said I'd think about it.

I would have just forgotten it, but he told me of an effect of Richard's using the deck, that to me, seemed almost impossible in the fact that you instantly knew the card. I worked out a routine, before even knowing the system and if I could do it.

So I got BCS. Within minutes of reading it, I understood it. I don't mean I got the concept and could start working on it. I mean, I understood the system. In under an hour I had it down where I could perform it if I wanted to. I worked on my routine for about a week before perfoming it.

And you can't "forget" the BCS. It stays with you. You don't have to make all these memory calculations in your head ( which I would forget ).

The Booklet is so easy to understand, that even a dyslexic magician like me could understand it. And you an perform miracles with it. I don't mean good card tricks. I mean jaw dropping effects.

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Frankly even with magicians... using the tameriz stack if you just cut the deck it will fly by
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It amazes me how misunderstood memorized deck magic is, even after many years and hundreds of posts explaining the basic concepts that continue to be asked.
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On 2007-03-31 16:21, Nathan Coe Marsh wrote:

This is a performing situation (extended sets of formal close-up magic) that Tamariz finds himself in very often. Thus, it is extremely practical for him.

Conversely - as I heard it once, in Spain, decks are readily available for purchase in bars, nightclubs, etc. In those less than formal situations, if someone asks to see some magic, you send them over to the bar to buy a new deck and you're off to the races. Talk about putting the hurt on...
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Just a small offering on the comment that lay people never pick up on a Stebbins type stack. My 11 year old daughter watched me test out a Stebbins based trick and I just randomly spread through a few cards in a few locations to show they were mixed (nowhere near a full ribbon spread). She immediately picked up on the fact that there was a (apparent) red/black alternation. I appreciate this was due in part to my presentation / need for practice, but when I set a deck out in the BCS, there was no hint of a stacked deck, even with a full examination.
For this reason, I am undertaking to memorise the BCS (giving both BCS and memdeck facility), which has been one of my best buys, and was easy to get to grips with.
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