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Alan M
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I was inspired to learn a memorized deck simply because I wanted something that I could practice without a deck of cards in my hands. In the car, in the shower, while the boss is lecturing you... all kinds of opportunities to refine your skills.

Plus, I presumed that it would be easier to memorize a deck of cards than to perfect the classic pass or some of the other sleights that I wouldn't dare perform in front of an audience yet. Turns out I was right.

-Al
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That three part clip of Chan Canasta on Parkinson.
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For me it was two things...
The first was the Hands off Memory Test. It's just a great trick that can play really big.
The second was a slew of stuff I saw some guy do at the hat the hare pub at the castle. He was great... wish I knew his name. Carries around a violin case, long hair... something like a South African accent. His weighing the cards sort of tipped the memdeck... but everything else blew me away.

great stuff.... anybody know who I am talking about?
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Simon Aronson's "Twice as Hard" routine from his "Try the Impossible" book. After reading that effect, I just knew that I had to learn a memorized deck and perform this effect--and other memorized deck effects.
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I wanted to do an Osterlind BCS effect, but appeared to be succumbing to an aneurism when I tried to calculate the next card. Memorizing the thing was much easier.
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Simon Aronson's Everybody's Lazy. And it was well worth it!
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On 2008-05-11 17:29, scody wrote:
For me it was two things...
The first was the Hands off Memory Test. It's just a great trick that can play really big.
The second was a slew of stuff I saw some guy do at the hat the hare pub at the castle. He was great... wish I knew his name. Carries around a violin case, long hair... something like a South African accent. His weighing the cards sort of tipped the memdeck... but everything else blew me away.

great stuff.... anybody know who I am talking about?


Tony Picasso. He's amazing, and, yes, his mem deck work is great.
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For me it was Ackermans Opener as well. He really amazed me with that routine.

This led me onto the idea of learning a stack, and I looked at both Aronson and Tamariz Stacks but opted for Simons in the end.

Memorizing a stack changes your card magic arsenal to WoW Level!
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That trick that convinced me to memorize a stack was David Harkey's "OutSmart" from A-HA!. It's a trick whose simplicity is confounding. You bring out a deck of cards, and ask someone the name of their very favorite playing card. You then spell that phrase, and the last card of the spell brings you to the card they named!

This trick, when done right, can play extremely well. David Harkey describes a special "certain something" that helps with the trick, but with a little thought, and plenty of practice, you can make the trick incredibly deceptive by removing that "certain something".
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One evening in NYC I was with the Monday Night Magic crowd, and Asi Wind was just going off the wall with effect after effect and when we got to talking, he just said one word to me: Tamariz.

Then I started reading a few ACAANs, and figured it was about time....
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The first time I ever tried mental effects with the "Eight Kings" stack, I wondered "What if I could do this and the whole deck looked completely innocent?"
I then bypassed Si Stebbins and ended up firmly in Aronson-Land.
(Although Si Stebbins has its place.)
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How many of you guys (and gals) really use your stack for an ACAAN effect? My pass is not great, so I hesistate but.... It seems foolish not to take advantage of knowing a stack.

Any thoughts?
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On 2008-07-08 10:20, Nathan Alexander wrote:
How many of you guys (and gals) really use your stack for an ACAAN effect? My pass is not great, so I hesistate but.... It seems foolish not to take advantage of knowing a stack.

Any thoughts?


It's funny you mention that because I, as well, rarely ever perform ACAAN even though that was my biggest influence in learning a mem deck. I've found that laymen who were fascinated by it were just as easily impressed by a simple divination. And besides, math and patter really don't get along in my head.
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On 2008-07-08 10:20, Nathan Alexander wrote:
How many of you guys (and gals) really use your stack for an ACAAN effect? My pass is not great, so I hesistate but.... It seems foolish not to take advantage of knowing a stack.

Any thoughts?


ACAAN is one of my favorite effects. If you want to see how I use it, look here.

I also use the memorized deck to perform a thought-of card to wallet, the Birthday Book, and a strange and wonderful presentation for Ron Wilson's The Whispering Queen.
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Yea, that sounds like it plays very strongly. My fear of my ability to mess it up is something I'll have to practice and just get over. I know it's worth it.

So here goes. Smile
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That would be great to see, but alas I can't access to that page, as I'm a new user... But nevertheless I master the Tamariz stack and should be able to see it... Could you give me another link please ? If not I'll wait...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~MiMo~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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By the way I personnaly love the Ortiz stuff, like 'The Zen Master', very strong !
~~~~~~~~~~~~~MiMo~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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I saw a lecture by Aronson...that did it...I now know and use the Tamariz stack.
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My inspiration was a 3-phase mind-reading trick by Bill Malone (in Here I Go Again, Vol. 2). After seeing that, I HAD to learn the Aronson stack. Now I use a few routines, with my own variations, from "Bound to Please". My fave is Histed Heisted.
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