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Stacks: Memorized & Algorithmic

A stacked deck is an incredible powerful tool for the magician. A memorized deck is for the most part committing a particular order of cards to memory. It will require work, practice and frequent use to keep remembering the stack. For systems of how to do this see our Memory & Mnemonics category.

An algorithmic stack allows one to calculate the card value (either the next card or a card at a particular position in the deck) without having to memorize an entire deck. The most famous such stack is Si Stebbins. Each method has its pros and cons. Try them out and see what works best for you.

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    The Expositor by William Frederick Pinchbeck    Ten Mystifying Card Tricks by Hugh R. Johnston    Optik Deck by Unknown Mentalist    Modern Card Miracles by Hugh R. Johnston & F. B. Sterling    Mnemonica for Everybody by Geoff Williams    Lucky Deck by Unknown Mentalist    Recycling Stebbins Again by Steve Sanders    Si-Step by Steve Sanders    Jack's Pack by Jack Yates    Aronson Stack for Everybody by Geoff Williams    Si Stebbins Bundle by Unknown Mentalist    Stack Bundle by Unknown Mentalist    Stebbins Surprise Stack by Unknown Mentalist    Magic Card System by Percy Abbott    Memorable Mentalism: Mysteries With the Mnemonic Deck by Enrico Varella    Monk Stack by Unknown Mentalist    The Gerats Principle by Ferry Gerats    Suit Order Systems 4 by Unknown Mentalist    Fun Stacks by Unknown Mentalist    Karma Deck Psyclical by Unknown Mentalist    Kommando Kard by Unknown Mentalist    Karma Deck Pro by Unknown Mentalist    The Nikola Card System by Louis Nikola    Requiem: Two Innovative Approaches to the "Memorized" Deck by Drew Backenstoss    6 Special Stebbins Stacks in 60 Startling Seconds by Unknown Mentalist    The Stack and System Maigret by Danny Crauwels & Chris Wasshuber    13mm of Si Stebbins by Unknown Mentalist    Shadow Sequeira Stack by Dr. Hans-Christian Solka    Sloka Deck by Unknown Mentalist    Karma Deck Story by Unknown Mentalist    Yogik Deck by Unknown Mentalist    Suit Order Systems 2 by Unknown Mentalist    Suit Order Systems 1 by Unknown Mentalist    Rasik Deck by Unknown Mentalist    Deckology Volume 2: Biologic Deck by Unknown Mentalist    Amazers with Karma Deck by Unknown Mentalist    Deckcelence by Unknown Mentalist    Theory of Sequential Decks by Unknown Mentalist    Karma Deck by Unknown Mentalist    LOCI: A 3 phase shuffled deck memory routine by Simon Caine    Recycled Stebbins by Steve Sanders    Side Stebbin by Mystic Alexandre    A Set-Up Reset by George Blake    The Bart Harding Secret by misdirects    The Memorized and not so Memorized Decks by Christopher Bolter    Her Majesty the Magic of Cards by Benedykt Krajdener    My Personal Stack by Dani DaOrtiz    The Cold Deck by Daniel Madison    Barry's Stacked Deck by Barry Ray    Card Tricks and the Way they are Performed by Si Stebbins

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The Expositor

William Frederick Pinchbeck

The Expositor by William Frederick PinchbeckA series of letters, between an unidentified friend and his correspondent (William Frederick Pinchbeck) comprising of how to train a pig, invisible lady and acoustic temple, philosophical swan, penetrating spy glasses, several magic tricks, such as how to catch a bullet, and reflections on ventriloquism.

This book includes the first known description of the "Eight Kings" card stack.

  1. Method of teach the Pig – from Letter I. to IX. See also Letter V. Appendix
  2. Principles of the Acoustic Temple – from Letter IX. To XIV. See also Letter II. Appendix.
  3. A Demonstration of the philosophical...
2018 / 8 / 20
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Ten Mystifying Card Tricks

Hugh R. Johnston

Ten Mystifying Card Tricks by Hugh R. JohnstonEasy to learn, hard to detect. A booklet of routines that use the Si Stebbins stack.

This is an early publication by Hugh Johnston predating his larger Modern Card Miracles by several years. Includes research on its likely publication date by Chris Wasshuber.

  • The Secret
  • Rapid Counting
  • Weighing the Cards
  • To Tell the Center Card of Pack
  • To Locate Any Card Called For
  • To Have the Joker Tell You What Card is Drawn
  • To Tell the Number and Suit Of As Many Cards As Are Drawn
  • To Tell Card That Is Drawn While Blindfolded
  • To Cut the Cards in Three Heaps and Tell Bottom Card of Each Heap
  • Reading the Cards
  • To Have Pack Cut and Name Bottom...
2018 / 7 / 5
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Optik Deck

Unknown Mentalist

Optik Deck by Unknown MentalistOptic Deck is an optical/visual memorized deck. You 'see' a number 1-52 in your mind's eye and you 'optically' or visually know what card is at that number. Similarly you 'see' any card in your mind's eye and you again 'optically' know what position the card is at.

The stack looks very random, the suits look random, there is no red/black alternating pattern and even after reasonable scrutiny it would be almost impossible to spot a sequence, because there is none. Even magicians after being told that there is a stack involved will find it extremely difficult to spot the stack.

This is a...

2018 / 6 / 10
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Modern Card Miracles

Hugh R. Johnston & F. B. Sterling

Modern Card Miracles by Hugh R. Johnston & F. B. SterlingA complete card-act with patter.

This ebook describes moves and routines for a stacked deck. The authors are using the Si Stebbins stack, but most of what is taught applies to other stacks, memorized or algorithmic. At the very end a simply two person code is taught.

Dornfield, President of the Chicago Society of Magicians writes in The Sphinx magazine, November 1919 page 209:

"On the same program, Hugh Johnston put over his line of incomprehensible sliders and puzzlers. The way that fellow can make a card or a whole deck do his bidding is nothing short of miraculous. He is at present busily engaged in conducting the only...
2018 / 3 / 18
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Mnemonica for Everybody

Geoff Williams

Mnemonica for Everybody by Geoff WilliamsMnemonica for Everybody is a streamlined, graphical method for easily and quickly learning the Tamariz stack.

It's the same Peg Memory System (PMS) I developed that I used to learn the Aronson Stack in an hour while driving. BTW, this same technique works great for every memorized stack out there including the Aronson Stack, The Six-Hour Memorized Deck by Martin Joyal, the Nikola stack and others.

Even though there are no actual tricks taught in this manuscript, it does contain links to several free memorized deck tricks and other resources (including a free e-book from Simon Aronson).

Please refer to the writings...

2018 / 1 / 31
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Lucky Deck

Unknown Mentalist

Lucky Deck by Unknown MentalistThis is a combo of 2 ebooks. Lucky Deck and Suit Order Systems Vol. 5.

Lucky Deck is a very special stack. Because this arrangement of the deck can be used both as a memorized deck and/or as a cyclical stack. Both the values and suits look fairly random. Just by learning 3 simple and easy rules, you will be able to pick up the entire stack within no time. Probably by the time you finish reading this manuscript, you should be able to pick up this stack.

Given any position, you will be able to name the card and vice versa. Also given any card, you will be able to get the next card as well....

2018 / 1 / 23
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Recycling Stebbins Again

Steve Sanders

Recycling Stebbins Again by Steve SandersMore fun with the original Si Stebbins Stacked deck. Contains an explanation of the original Si Stebbins stack and how to set up any deck of cards in that order.

Four different effects using the stack:

Kind of a Four
The spectator chooses a card and the performer prognosticates what that card is by looking at 'indicator' cards. Eventually, the 'indicator' cards are shown to be the three 'mates', matching the value of the chosen card, making four of a kind in all.

Curried Stebbins
A version of Paul Curry's Out of this World where two spectators randomly pick cards and it transpires that one spectator chose all...

2018 / 1 / 16
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Si-Step

Steve Sanders

Si-Step by Steve SandersSi-Step is a system which enables you to know what card is at a given position in the deck or get the position of any named card. Specially developed for the original Stebbins Stack and for people who do not like mental arithmetic.

It was originally published in 2014 in Recycled Stebbins.

PDF 8 pages.

2018 / 1 / 16
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Jack's Pack

Jack Yates

Jack's Pack by Jack YatesJack Yates was a very clever and innovative magician who has somehow stayed below the radar and is completely unknown - undeservedly so - to many particularly in the US. Jack's Pack is a clever stacking method for finding any card in a deck by way of using numbers, names, words, etc.

Edited and with additional notes by Ken de Courcy.

1st edition 1978, 8 pages; 1st digital edition 2017, PDF 10 pages.

2017 / 12 / 11
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Aronson Stack for Everybody

Geoff Williams

Aronson Stack for Everybody by Geoff WilliamsIn 1979, Simon Aronson gave the world of magic an incredible tool - A Stack To Remember - which has come to be known as the "Aronson stack," a seemingly random arrangement of cards that has amazing miracle properties built into it.

Many magicians have avoided adding memorized deck work to their repertoires because of the daunting task of committing a stacked deck to memory. Struggling to grasp the associations of the cards and their locations within the stack, most quit after a few hours or days. I was the same way... until a Harry Anderson manuscript got me to thinking about how to make...

2017 / 11 / 29
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Si Stebbins Bundle

Unknown Mentalist

Si Stebbins Bundle by Unknown Mentalist
2017 / 7 / 2
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Stack Bundle

Unknown Mentalist

Stack Bundle by Unknown Mentalist
  • Bonus: Anatomic Stack

"You are unbelievably fantastic and ripe with GREAT ideas" - Marc Salem

"His passion for stacked decks is so big that also with this release he gives us demonstration of his ability to combine two well known principles in one! Making all easy and at the same time hiding the secrets even more. I wish him continued success!" - Luca Volpe

"I'm surprised that no one has thought of this before. Combining two different stacks will certainly fool those "in the know" about stacked decks. I hope others take your encouragement and try other combinations of different stacks to see...

2017 / 6 / 19
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Stebbins Surprise Stack

Unknown Mentalist

Stebbins Surprise Stack by Unknown Mentalist
  1. Can a Si Stebbins PLUS TWO stack be made useful for stack magic?
  2. Can the values of this stack be made to look random enough for fair scrutiny?
  3. Can this stack be made useful as a memorized deck - knowing the card at a given position and vice versa - without a sweat?
  4. Can this stack have a monodistic sequence instead of the repeating tetradistic sequence like the regular Si Stebbins stack?
  5. After having achieved all the above, will the stack still remain simple and easy to learn?
  6. Can this same framework be applied to the other Stebbins +3 or +4 stacks?
  7. Finally, will it be possible to perform...
2017 / 3 / 4
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Magic Card System

Percy Abbott

Magic Card System by Percy AbbottThis is one of the books that Abbott published for the troops during wartime in the 1940's. It uses Si Stebbins system, except the step size is 4 rather than 3, also known as "The Riverboat Stack". Routines can be performed with most other stacks.
  • Foreword
  • The Magic Card System: The Rules That Make It Work
  • Effect Number One: A Skeptical Spectator Interrupts
  • Effect Number Two
    • It Might Happen To You
    • Effect Number Two As Performed By Two Persons
  • Effect Number Three
  • Effect Number Four
  • Effect Number Five
    • The Effect Done With An Assistant
  • Effect Number Six
  • Effect Number Seven
  • Effect Number...
2017 / 2 / 26
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Memorable Mentalism: Mysteries With the Mnemonic Deck

Enrico Varella

Memorable Mentalism: Mysteries With the Mnemonic Deck by Enrico Varella
"The only people who speak of the difficulties of the memorising a deck of cards are those who've never seriously tried to learn one." - Simon Aronson
Would it be useful to you if you knew the identity of the top card of a shuffled deck? What if you knew both the identity of the top and bottom cards of a shuffled deck in use? If you know the identity of four cards on the top of a shuffled deck, how would you apply this knowledge? Would you desire to demonstrate that you can speed memorise a packet of cards within seconds? Now, imagine this: You know the identity of every card in an entire...
2017 / 2 / 7
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Monk Stack

Unknown Mentalist

Monk Stack by Unknown MentalistThe Monk Stack is a simple cyclical stack. It was designed to solve two famous problems of the Si Stebbins stack and the 8 Kings stack. Like the Si Stebbins stack, this does not have an obvious sequence. And unlike the 8 Kings, this does not need the memorization of a mnemonic.

In fact, the single, simple rule of the Monk Stack is so easy that you will learn the stack instantly after reading the rule. Not only that, it will also be almost impossible for you to forget the rule thereafter. Frankly, the cool rule which is the core of the Monk Stack can be stated in just one single sentence....

2017 / 1 / 25
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The Gerats Principle

Ferry Gerats

The Gerats Principle by Ferry GeratsThe Gerats Principle enables you to perform the following effect:

Two decks are on the table. After two spectators have each cut one of the decks to their heart's content, the magician is able, without handling the cards, to tell whether there will be a matching of cards (ie: 2♥/2♥)) at a certain position in the decks or not - and if there is a match of cards how many matches there will be and moreover at which position(s) in the decks the matching occurs. On top of all, if there is a match, he is able to tell which specific cards will match.

The principle was discovered as a use for...

2016 / 12 / 8
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Suit Order Systems 4

Unknown Mentalist

Suit Order Systems 4 by Unknown MentalistThis series of Suit Ordering Systems is probably the world's first 'super store' for ordering suits. The main purpose of these various Suit Ordering Systems is to create a random sequence of suits while retaining a secret pattern visible only to the performer. The applicability of these SOS methods is for various stacks like memorized, algorithmic, mnemonic decks including Karma Deck, Rasik Deck, Yogik Deck, Sloka Deck or Fun Stacks etc.

Initially SOS Vol 1 and SOS Vol 2 were released. Subsequently, SOS Vol 3 was released as part of Karma Deck Pro 11-ebook bundle. And now this latest volume contains a very easy method of randomizing suits while remembering the...

2016 / 8 / 25
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Fun Stacks

Unknown Mentalist

Fun Stacks by Unknown MentalistThis is a fun and novel approach to creating and remembering a random full deck stack very easily. The stacks look very random and no pattern is visible - because there is no pattern. There is no need of any brute memorization and also no math is involved. Extremely easy to learn and also, more importantly, extremely easy to recollect.

Probably for the first time, numbers are used in a clever way but without using any mathematics. As practical examples of this approach, two new stacks are explained. These are 'The 1260 Stack' and 'The 78 Stack'. The objective here is to create cyclical stacks...

2016 / 8 / 6
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Karma Deck Psyclical

Unknown Mentalist

Karma Deck Psyclical by Unknown MentalistIf you already own Karma Deck Pro or buy along with this, you will get this ebook for $3 only.

This ebook gives you 7 cyclical stacks based on the Karma Deck. The stacks have random sequence of values and suits and it is very easy to know the next card given any card in the stack.

Basically the Karma Deck was designed for use as a memorized deck without the sweat of actually memorizing it. One could learn the Karma Deck in 5 minutes and then know which card is in which position and vice versa. The basic principle was simple enough for that and at the same time powerful enough to generate 7 different...

2016 / 5 / 21
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