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So it seems to me that most of the memdeck work out there centers around interesting ways to reveal a selected card.

But most of the cardwork I really like has to do with named cards, card reversals, etc. -- things that aren't just card revelations

What are your favorite memdeck effects with offbeat plots or tricks that aren't just revelations?
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There's the classic "weighing the cards", where someone cuts the deck, and you tell them how many cards they cut.

Simon Aronson's "Invisible Card" is also good. A named card is found to be missing from the deck. It then re-appears in the deck face-up.

Richard Osterlind's "Card Calling" and "Blackjack Demonstration" are good, too.
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One of my favorite off-beat uses for the Aronson stack is Simon's "Draw Poker Demonstation" combined with the Once Again re-stack.
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There's the great Bridge Deal which is built into the Aronson stack. It's explained in Bound to Please, but if you know the Aronson Stack, just deal 4 hands of 13 cards and look at the hand dealt second. (The dealer's partner's hand.) This hand will sustain the highest possible bid in Bridge: 7 No Trump.

Granted that you don't often have occasion to work for bridge players, but when there are some present, this is a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Obviously, it should not appear that the deck is or could be stacked. So, it should follow some false shuffles, and/or other tricks which don't destroy the Aronson Stack. Or, it can follow a deck switch where the Aronson stack is put into play unsuspected after the deck has been shuffled by a spectator.

There's also a Blackjack Demonstration in the Aronson stack. It's also explained in Bound to Please. Of course, if you want to do the Osterlind Blackjack Demonstration mentioned by Scott Cramm, you can do it with Osterlind's BCS or also with any memdeck stack you know.

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Dear Michael,

please seek out Juan Tamariz' Mnemonica. It's a work of almost philosophical completeness with regards to memorised deck work. You'll find the approaches listed above, lie detectors, predictions, total memory demonstrations, shuffle bored-type effects, work on the half-stack, in short an encyclopaedia which will keep you occupied for years.

Bet wishes,

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