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Josepher
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Https://youtu.be/Euyf12yZUA8

A few years ago I created and posted this video for my own use in learning the positions of cards in the Mnemonica by suits.

It is not a teaching vid. It is a practice video. You already need to have learned the stack.

No audio needed, there is all the text you need on-screen. Enjoy.
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Thank you for this!
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Thanks for sharing, really usefull !
~~~~~~~~~~~~~MiMo~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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I use mnemonica regularly and I also work in nightlife. So I often have trouble sleeping. I would do drills like this in my head to help me fall asleep!

All the 2's etc
All the diamonds
All the diamonds backwards
Every other card
Imagine dealing into two piles. What would the second pile be from bottom to top
Going through New Deck Order in my mind, thinking of the mnemonica position of each (51, 2, 28, 5 etc)

These are super helpful things to do! Thank you for sharing your video!
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Thanks for all the kind words, folks. I also use a similar technique when I can't sleep. I mentally recite the order backwards. I never make it thru the deck.
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Backwards is so helpful.

When I do borrowed decks, I ask spectators to shuffle the cards and distribute the cards randomly among everyone. So each person is holding 5-10 cards.
"I will attempt something a bit odd. Who has the nine of diamonds? Good, please put it face down on the table. The ace of hearts? Face down on top of that. I will hereby endeavor to recite each of the cards in random order, quickly and without much thought. I shall do my best to miss none of them, which you will be able to verify with whether or not you are holding cards when I am through. Also, I shall do my best to not name a single card twice. Each time I name a card, if you will please put it face down, on top of the preceding cards. Ok, let's continue with the six of clubs."

This is already a great feat in and of itself, of memory. You can do it blindfolded. I've done it over Skype for my wife's family in Poland. They assemble the deck in mnemonica for me. Then I can ask each of the spectators to cut the deck once and complete the cut, satisfying themselves that I cannot possibly be aware of the order of the deck.

My friend does it for parlor and large settings and forces the top three mnemonica cards from a shuffled deck before hand. And when doing the memory stunt, he stops three cards short and asks if he's got them all. The answer is no, there are three cards left. He calls on the spectators from earlier, asking "earlier I asked you each to pick cards. Can you please tell me what they were."
Ladies and gentlemen, the Seven of Diamonds, Two of Hearts and Four of Clubs.

You may also find it helpful to work with the deck with the ace of spades cut to the bottom. Some decks from Ellusionist and Theory 11 (also cherry casinos) come in mnemonica order, but with the ace of spades cut to the bottom. This is so when opening a fresh pack, taking off the plastic, taking the cards out of the box, you can flash the bottom card and it looks for all the world like you're in new deck order. Then a few false shuffles and you're still in stack.
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On Sep 25, 2019, dclxvinyc wrote:
Backwards is so helpful.

When I do borrowed decks, I ask spectators to shuffle the cards and distribute the cards randomly among everyone. So each person is holding 5-10 cards.
"I will attempt something a bit odd. Who has the nine of diamonds? Good, please put it face down on the table. The ace of hearts? Face down on top of that. I will hereby endeavor to recite each of the cards in random order, quickly and without much thought. I shall do my best to miss none of them, which you will be able to verify with whether or not you are holding cards when I am through. Also, I shall do my best to not name a single card twice. Each time I name a card, if you will please put it face down, on top of the preceding cards. Ok, let's continue with the six of clubs."

This is already a great feat in and of itself, of memory. You can do it blindfolded. I've done it over Skype for my wife's family in Poland. They assemble the deck in mnemonica for me. Then I can ask each of the spectators to cut the deck once and complete the cut, satisfying themselves that I cannot possibly be aware of the order of the deck.

My friend does it for parlor and large settings and forces the top three mnemonica cards from a shuffled deck before hand. And when doing the memory stunt, he stops three cards short and asks if he's got them all. The answer is no, there are three cards left. He calls on the spectators from earlier, asking "earlier I asked you each to pick cards. Can you please tell me what they were."
Ladies and gentlemen, the Seven of Diamonds, Two of Hearts and Four of Clubs.

You may also find it helpful to work with the deck with the ace of spades cut to the bottom. Some decks from Ellusionist and Theory 11 (also cherry casinos) come in mnemonica order, but with the ace of spades cut to the bottom. This is so when opening a fresh pack, taking off the plastic, taking the cards out of the box, you can flash the bottom card and it looks for all the world like you're in new deck order. Then a few false shuffles and you're still in stack.


Very cool idea! I use the Redford Stack and get into stack using the Chinese Shuffle from a FASDIU, but will definitely use this if the opportunity presents itself. Thank you for this insightful post. Also - enjoyed the bit about doing this over Skype!!
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Oh, man, my pleasure. Glad it's helpful! DM me if you ever want to talk about Skype magic.
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Thanks for sharing! Also, I LOVE that your background tune is a rendition of the Grateful Dead's "Casey Jones".
I'm frequently hit with enlightening in the middle of a brain storm.
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