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Paul Budd
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Stumbled onto a reference mentioning this in an old issue of Jinx; where can I read more about this?
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Royal Road to card magic. I think the last chapter is dedicated to the Nikola system.
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To avoid confusion: Alex is right, abc is wrong.
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Abc is half right. It's in the last chapter of ECT.

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Sorry,
I am wrong it is ECT not RRTCM. Last chapter. Do not confuse with Expert Card Technique. I have all three and just checked them to make sure. After Hideo's post I had to check Expert card technique but it is Encyclopedia of card tricks.
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Many, many moons ago, he wrote a little booklet called... (you guessed it)... The Nikola Card System. Call Andy Greget in Phoenix, the book will cost you less than the call
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While there is merit in the Nikola system, you should ask yourself if the time spent will be worth it. While I LOVE the "old" there are times when the "newer" is far more efficient. If you are looking for a stack that has a ton of effects in it, then you are better off going with Aronson or Tamariz. If you are looking merely for a memorised deck from which you can construct your own routines again, I think there are more efficient methods out there.

Then there are the sort of mathematical type setups that work well for the latter type of stack such as John Cornelius' system, Joyal, and others.

Another option is to work through Harry Lorayne's memory books and create your own. The Nikola system is going to take the same amount of time if not more than the Aronson or Tamariz stacks for instance and the payoff is less. Who plays whist anymore? Smile

Of course if you want to just fool magicians, then the Nikola stack will flummox those who know Aronson or Tamariz. When they don't see that 9D at the bottom and you do some mem. deck with it, they will scratch their heads.

This at least to me is a case where "old" is not necessarily the best. The Nikola system IS wonderful. Please do not misunderstand me. But, given the familiarity that many spectators have with BlackJack, Poker, etc, plus the myriad of other great effects possible in Aronson or Tamariz, the labour you put into those will be a much greater payoff.

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Just to chime in here a couple years later Smile I've been using the Nikola for ages and I love it. I learned the entire stack in about an hour and a half. I use it under the guise of memorizing a shuffled deck in 30 seconds. I then proceed to recall cards, positions etc. I finally use the poker deal to take it home.

Works great for me! It's all about looking at the various methods and learning which suits your own way of thinking the best. For me, Nikola was right on track with how my wacky brain works.
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I also use the Nikola and think it's great. I know everyone else likes the Aronson and Tamariz stacks but that's reason enough to investigate the Nikola. I've also discovered additional effects using the Nikola stack that weren't part of the original plan and will have them in a chapter of my book on close-up coming out next year. If nothing else the Poker stack right off the top of the deck is fantastic. You deal four hands and get a Royal Flush, everyone else gets a great hand and one has to draw to fill a straight. It's very handy to do whenever someone mentions something like, "I'd hate to play cards with you!"
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