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# Stacks

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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Boris Wild

Boris is probably best known for his 'Boris Wild Marked Deck', which he describes here in detail. (For the right material to prepare your Boris Wild Marked Deck please see here.) He also teaches his version of a memorized deck, which you can learn in 6 minutes, because there is a system, a formula if you will, to it. And particularly the combination of his marked deck and his memorized deck allow you to fulfill your Wild-est effects.

If that is not enough then you will also learn the Kiss Count. The Kiss Count is a new move in cardmagic. Thanks to it, you will be able to pretend you have four...

2006 / 6 / 3
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Bob Cassidy

Most cyclical stacks are based on either mathematical progressions (Si Stebbins) or nonsense rhymes ("Eight Kings" and John Mulholland''s "Hungry Jackass.") While memorized stacks, such as the Nikola explained in Encyclopedia of Card Tricks, allow for the fastest determination of a cards position in the pack, performers who don''t use the set-up generally seem to avoid the memory route. The mathematical systems, which serve as substitutes for memory, can sometimes be difficult in performance situations. Furthermore, many of the mathematical formulas only allow you to determine the position of a given card, and not the card...

2008 / 5 / 25
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Titanas

This is a completely new principle. One rarely stumbles upon something like this. Often we find variations on old themes, slight alterations or modifications. However, this is a completely new principle. It is actually the combination of two known methods but in a completely new and unique way enabling completely different and much stronger effects.

Imagine a deck being fairly and thoroughly shuffled by yourself and the spectator. Under total test conditions, the spectator selects any card. You will immediately know the identity of the selected card. At any time, the deck can be passed out...

2008 / 10 / 19
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Dr. Hans-Christian Solka

The Si Stebbins Pro Stack is highly interesting for any card stack enthusiast. Dr. Solka has taken the venerable Si Stebbins Stack and removed an inherent weakness, the rigid alternation of suit colors and strict suit rotation. The way he has done this is ingenious and will fly by everybody - magicians included. The single rule to remember is so simple that anybody can do it effortlessly. The seemingly random sequence of colors and suits is such that the deck can be spread face up without risk of detection from lay people as well as magicians.

The Card to Position relationship is explained...

2008 / 12 / 8
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David Numen

Imagine a deck that secretly tells you both the identity of a thought-of card and that card's numeric location, either in that deck or in another deck. Think of all the memorized deck applications this would simplify.

No memory work.

No tricky calculations to arrive at the card’s location.

Think of the myriad mentalism applications. A spectator peeks at any card in the deck and you instantly know what the card is and at what number it resides from the top or bottom of that deck or another deck. What's more, you obviously never see the back of the peeked card, which eliminates the...

2009 / 3 / 24
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Allan Ackerman

You will learn how to prepare the Si Stebbins stack with two faro shuffles.

runtime: 2min 37s

2009 / 5 / 13
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Si Stebbins

This is a collection of three similar but distinct publications by Si Stebbins, explaining his famous card stack and various tricks one can do with it. These three are reproduced in facsimile but made searchable with added bookmarks for easier navigation.

The first one has the title "Si and Mary Stebbins" and opens with a wonderful photo of Si and his wife Mary, original Barnum & Bailey Rube. It was printed by Press of Rex Printing House in Philadelphia. No publishing date is given but must be after 1913*. It features the system, rules, and 10 tricks followed by an additional section on Pinochle,...

2009 / 7 / 3
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Barry Ray

This is a stack that retains the simplicity of a Si Stebbins or Eight Kings stack, but randomizes colours and suits.

Why Another Stacked Deck?

The two most popular stacked decks are Si Stebbins and Eight Kings. Why should this be so? Because both systems are easy to do, under fire, under pressure and any other interruptions you find when performing. There are other systems out there but they are more complex and more demanding, unless you are using them all the time.

But the Si Stebbins and the Eight Kings have one glaring fault (if fault you could call it) and that is the alternating...

2009 / 8 / 19
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Deck switching: The act of secretly switching one deck for another during play.

The Cold Deck is a collection of deck-switching techniques by Daniel Madison. The ebook teaches six techniques for secretly and invisibly switching the deck in play in thorough detail. It also includes Slaine, a device that holds or feeds the cold deck to the cheat without suspicion.

The following techniques are included in this ebook:

• Patch
• Slaine
• Veil
• Grit
• Ott
• Heat

1st edition 2011, 16 pages.

2012 / 1 / 15
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Dani DaOrtiz

Those who have used it agree that it's one of the easiest and potent stacks in the world of stacked decks. A work of over 10 years that finally is seeing light in this ebook.

New properties and deep study about the DaOrtiz stack. Divination, coincidences, exhibitions of skill… all in 134 pages complete with photographs.

But what properties comprise the DaOrtiz stack? In addition to the properties of all stacks, like how to find and control cards, this stack supports the abilities to:

• Get to stack from a new deck
• Show it to the spectators
• Ability to move to red-black alternating...
2012 / 6 / 9
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Benedykt Krajdener

This work is something special, something completely unique. It is the product of a several decades long love affair of Benedykt Krajdener and the pasteboards. If you are truly in love you will sometimes do things that for an outsider appear as irrational, unbelievable, or outright insane. I am sure Benedykt is not insane, but finding and memorizing about 2700 words for every possible pair of cards from a deck of 52 might be considered irrational or perhaps unbelievable. Yes, love can do that to a grown man.

But before you assume this book is simply a list of those 2700 words, or that you...

2012 / 8 / 26
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Christopher Bolter

The Boston Stack: Chris' signature stacked deck and routine that requires almost no memorization and is diabolically simple.

The Duchess: this memorized deck is so easy to remember you'll want to perform it every chance you get! Plus, it's fun.

The Seesaw Collection: one final option in Chris' memorized deck booklet. This stack, also requires almost no memorization and uses a back and forth procedure that you can't get wrong!

[Please note that these stacks are not full deck stacks. You are stacking about half the deck. Technically they are algorithmic stacks. This means you will have to do some simple math to derive the next card.]

1st edition 2013, 21 pages...

2013 / 5 / 31
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misdirects

If you are a fan of magic involving memorized decks or algorithmic stacks, you may wish to check out the following manuscript, called The Bart Harding Secret. As many of you may know, Darwin Ortiz published a method of transforming a deck from New Deck Order (NDO) into Si Stebbins order, which he called the The Si Stebbins Secret. Similarly, the Bart Harding Secret describes how to transform a deck from NDO to the Bart Harding Stack (BHS). Although the Si Stebbins stack is highly versatile, one drawback is that it does not look very random, and so many magicians will not use it for effects in which the...

2014 / 3 / 31
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George Blake

THE BIGGEST SNAG IN "EIGHT KINGS" OR "SI STEBBINS" EFFECTIVELY REMOVED.

Are you afraid of being caught when using a stacked deck of cards? Then you must know George Blake's system! No more fear of spreading the deck face up, if you know it.

From the introduction:

You know seven-eighths of it, if you use or know of either of these set-ups. Learn the other Eighth and be able to fearlessly spread a set-up DECK FACE UP!

I first conceived this idea way back in 1933, when I passed the secret on to a corresponding friend in Sheffield and he wrote back almost in ecstasy about it. As I had...

2014 / 10 / 13
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Mystic Alexandre

Resolving the alternating color issue of the Si Stebbins stack

You can now use the easy Si Stebbins stack without guilt. The alternating color issue has been resolved. Use it with confidence. Continue to perform every effect you already perform with the Si Stebbins stack, with the alternating black/red color issue resolved.

Included in this updated PDF Alexandre's closely guarded presentation/effect using this stack (or any stack for that matter!) "MENTAL STEBBIN - The Predictive Physiological Anticipation Effect".

This was one of my first offerings to the Magic and Mentalism community...

2014 / 11 / 7
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Steve Sanders

We all think we know the Si Stebbins Stack, so did I, until I dug a bit deeper. This publication describes the stack used by Si Stebbins himself and it's not the old favourite that we all know and love.

Not just a one-trick pony, a deck of cards set up in the Si Stebbins System can be used to build a complete card routine, consisting of many different card effects. Six such effects are described and explained in this text. Also included is a simple diary or planner with a named card at every date, which can be used in the "Planner Ahead" effect.

Plus you get a new, 'low maintenance' method...

2014 / 11 / 14
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Simon Caine

Phase 1: After a series of fair shuffles, a deck is spread and committed to memory by the performer. A spectator removes one card from the deck and places it in a different part of the spread. The performer correctly identifies both the selected card and the position it was moved from. This can be repeated several times.

Phase 2: The spectator chooses any suit, and without looking, the performer is able to call out the correct order of cards from the shuffled suit as the deck dealt out.

Phase 3: With the deck remaining in the spectators hands, they name any number and the performer is...

2015 / 2 / 9
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Unknown Mentalist

Now Karma Deck is the #1 Bestseller Stack on Lybrary. Karma Deck owners can also get Karma Deck Pro for a special price.

Karma Deck is now expanded to six unique variations and included is a novel method of using CHaSeD in a random suit pattern. Deckcelence is available in combination with Karma Deck for half price. Amazers with Karma Deck is also available in combination with Karma Deck for half price. Rasik Deck is also available in combination with Karma Deck for a special price.

With an introduction by Richard Osterlind:

The new "KARMA DECK" is something I find very intriguing! Without having to memorize a single thing, the author has...

2015 / 5 / 4
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Unknown Mentalist

This ebook classifies and breaks down the methodology and nomenclature of stacked decks.

3rd edition 2015, 11 pages.

2015 / 5 / 12
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Unknown Mentalist

If you do already own Karma Deck or Sloka Deck or purchase it together with Deckcelence you will get this ebook for half price. Also, when you purchase Deckcelence you get Deckology Vol. 2 free.

Now includes "The Dan Harlan Subtlety" an exciting alternative handling proposed by Dan Harlan. Also includes some cool additional ideas proposed by Robin Gillett.

Deckciting deckxamples of deckceptional and decksplosive memory deckshibition and mind reading decksperiments with any memorized / algorithmic deck including Karma Deck.

A unique 7 phase memory and mind reading routine where the deck is genuinely shuffled by multiple spectators. Can be...

2015 / 6 / 11
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Unknown Mentalist

If you already own Karma Deck or Sloka Deck or purchase along with this ebook, you will get Amazers with Karma Deck for half price. You can also get Suit Order Systems 1 for half price if purchased along with this ebook.

Five elegant routines. Simple and self-working. Long lasting lingering impact. No forces. Novel and refreshing presentation themes, patter pieces and scripting bits.

1. JUNE -- Performed using participant's month of birth. Participant chooses two cards related to her birth month this year and the next. And you have predicted both.
2. U -- Performed using participant's first name (NOT a spelling effect). Participant...
2015 / 7 / 3
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Unknown Mentalist

A fascinating combination of Biology and Numerology in this volume of Deckology. A deliciously novel flavour of "Scientific Mysticism". You will discover weird secrets in your deck of cards which will enthrall and mystify your audience. Every card trick of yours, especially card mentalism effects, will look more baffling and more interesting for the spectators when you build in this theme of "Scientific Mysticism".

Also included is some useful bonus information for magicians and mentalists for use in their patter and presentations.

1st edition 2015, 13 pages.

2015 / 7 / 13
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Unknown Mentalist

If you already own the Karma Deck or purchase along with this, you will get this ebook for \$6 only. You can also get Suit Order Systems 2 for half price, if you purchase along with this ebook.

A classik twist to a classik stack. Now this 2nd edition includes a printable image of the Rasik Deck stack for visual practice and a cool method suggested by Rick Silberman for getting into the Rasik Deck stack from new deck order.

A Shocked Duchess became Si Stebbins' Karma (Destiny). If Si Stebbins would have learnt the Karma Deck this would have been the result. The Rasik Deck is the surprising result of applying the Karma Deck principle to the age old Si Stebbins stack. And...

2015 / 7 / 30
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Unknown Mentalist

If you already own Sloka Deck or Amazers with Karma Deck or purchase along with this you will get this ebook for half price.

SOS Vol.1 gives you a set of 4 simple rules with which one can generate 24 different suit sequences. These suit sequences can be applied to any stacked deck including the Karma Deck or Rasik Deck or Sloka Deck.

Even though there are many, many different types of stacked decks available, when it comes to generating unique and random suit sequences there are very few options available like chased, shocked etc whose red/black alternating pattern may become a limiting factor sometimes. The objective of Suit Order Systems is to fill...

2015 / 8 / 10
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Unknown Mentalist

If you already own the Rasik Deck or Sloka Deck or purchase along with this, you will get this ebook for half price.

This SOS series is probably the "world's first super store for ordering suits".

• Can be easily applied to any memorized, algorithmic or mnemonic deck systems including the memorythmic Karma Deck system or Rasik Deck or Sloka Deck.
• Provides more sufficiently random alternatives to the popular red/black alternating systems like CHaSeD, SHoCkeD, DuCHeS etc.
• Given any number 1-52, you know the suit instantly.
• Allows you to create your own personal stack.
• This volume gives you two sets of 4 simple rules. With each set you...
2015 / 8 / 15
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Unknown Mentalist

What would happen if "8 Kings chased Mr. Stebbins and shocked his wits?"

This is an idea that got delayed by 25 years. And I am sorry for the delay. Although familiarity with 8 Kings and Si Stebbins stacks would help, you can also apply this Yogik Deck idea/principle to any other stacks of your choice and create your own new customized stack.

Included is a spooky-comic routine which is probably possible only with the Yogik Deck.

HAUNTED HOTEL (It had only 13 rooms)

Travelers who lost their way. Past sunset. A lonely haunted hotel. 3 rooms out of the total 13 rooms are supposedly...

2015 / 8 / 23
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Unknown Mentalist

This is the story of the making of the Karma Deck. The various emotions, thoughts, incidents and most importantly the people involved in the making of it. The culmination of this story is the fact that Karma Deck reached the very top of the hot list on Lybrary and stayed there for over 100 days and continues to be among the top few.

1st edition 2015, 23 pages.

2015 / 8 / 27
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Unknown Mentalist

The owners of Sloka Deck will get its 2nd and 3rd editions free. They can also purchase Deckcelence, Amazers with Karma Deck, Suit Order Systems 1 and/or Suit Order Systems 2 for half price.

Sloka Deck is a mnemonic deck based on probably the world's smallest mnemonic for a full deck card stack. A practical alternative to brute memorization and math rules. This creates an almost instant stacked deck for you. Very tiny and yet powerful mnemonic holds the key to your 52 cards. An easy and practical rule is embedded into this tiny mnemonic to aid instant recall. You will be able to know the entire stack within minutes of reading the instructions.

Basically, given...

2015 / 10 / 20
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Dr. Hans-Christian Solka

The venerable Sequeira stack from 1612 has been refurbished using the present day shadow concept. The Shadow Sequeira Stack allows to determine preceding and succeeding card as well as smooth translation from card to position and vice versa. The description of this universal stack is an exclusive extract from the author’s book In the Shadow Realm of Playing Cards.

version 2.02, 16 pages.

2015 / 12 / 30
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Unknown Mentalist

The owners of this ebook can purchase 6 Special Stebbins Stacks in 60 Startling Seconds for half price.

This is a secret method in plain sight. Maybe this can also be called as Si Stebbins Easy Memory System.

A simple method to use Si Stebbins +3 stack as a Memorized Deck. Given a card position you will know the card identity or vice versa, very easily. Once you learn this you are bound to get the "why didn't I think of this myself" feeling. There is also a novel but easy suit sequencing method which makes the suit order more random instead of the red/black alternating look of chased, shocked etc.

A cool routine is also included where...

2016 / 1 / 19
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Danny Crauwels & Chris Wasshuber

The problem with all existing memorized stack systems is that they use memorization systems not specifically designed for a memorized stack. Most memory systems are designed for the retention of LOTS of information for a relatively SHORT amount of time. When Dominic O'Brien memorizes 54 decks of cards (more than 2800 cards) with a particular journey system then he retains that information for a couple of hours max. After that he has forgotten the sequence. He has to, because around the corner waits another memory challenge where he has to memorize many other things. However, the magician ideally wants to remember...

2016 / 2 / 4
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Unknown Mentalist

If you already own 13MM of Si Stebbins or purchase along with this, you will get this ebook for half price.

An unbelievably simple method. No Kidding. You will learn 6 special Si Stebbins stacks in just 60 startling seconds. Does it sound Strange? Shocking? Staggering? Yes, it is simply superb! Just one simple set of easy rules and you can learn 6 stacks in one shot. And all of these as memorized decks, not just cyclical stacks.

In the earlier release 13MM of Si Stebbins, with one single effort you could get triple payoff. Here, your one single effort gives you 6 times the payoff. The rules are so easy that a school kid could...

2016 / 2 / 15
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Drew Backenstoss

Professionals all over the world understand the devastating impact that a memorized deck can have on their audiences. It's a tool with unlimited potential - it allows for a myriad of immaculately clean card locations, revelations, and more. But, until now, it's been a difficult tool to master.

Requiem - Two Innovative Approaches to the 'Memorized' Deck puts the incredible world of mem-deck work within anyone's reach.

Because no two minds work alike this ebook contains two very different stacks that allow you to know the position of any card and the card at any position in what passes as...

2016 / 2 / 22
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Louis Nikola

The Nikola Card System is more advanced than either the Si Stebbins or "Eight Kings" card systems. Even upon close examination pre-arrangement seems impossible with this system.

• Section 1: Argument
• Section 2: Curriculum
• Section 3: Utility
• 1. "Stop"
• 2. Cards By Weight
• 3. Weighing Chosen Cards
• 4. The Sense Of Touch
• 5. Human Magnetism
• 6. Locating
• 7. Spelling
• 8. To Spell Any Card Called For
• 9. Thought Anticipated
• 10. Unconscious Thought Transmission
• 11. Wizard's Whist
• 12. All Trumps
• 13. The Spelling Bee,
• 14. The Game Of Poker, And
• 15. The Game Of "Nap"
• 16. To Name The Position...
2016 / 3 / 13
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Unknown Mentalist

If you already own Karma Deck or buy along with this ebook, you can get this for \$18. This is a special price on the occasion of the first birthday of Karma Deck. The owners of Karma Deck Pro can also get Kommando Kard for half price, and Karma Deck Psyclical for only \$3.

Karma Deck is a landmark in stack magic. Period. Released exactly a year ago, Karma Deck went on to become the number one bestseller stack on Lybrary. With an introduction by none other than Richard Osterlind, it received rave reviews from some of the all time greats of magic and mentalism. Today it is used by top pros all over the world.

Karma Deck Pro is an...

2016 / 4 / 23
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Unknown Mentalist

If you already own Karma Deck Pro or buy along with this, you can get this ebook for half price.

Are you alone and deckless? No problem. Now "deckless" does not mean "powerless" anymore. Just have this one single Kommando Kard with you in your wallet or pocket and you are set to perform these 15 amazing routines, without ever needing a deck of playing cards.

Yes, this is deckless stack magic and deckless card mentalism rolled into one. A path breaking style and refreshingly new way of performing card mentalism using the Karma Deck stack (you will need to be familiar with the Karma Deck), but without having a...

2016 / 5 / 1
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Unknown Mentalist

If 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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Unknown Mentalist

This 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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Unknown Mentalist

This 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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Ferry Gerats

The principle facilitates in determining the position and identity of the matching of cards in two decks, which have been randomized by the cutting of each deck. The principle works in conjunction with a memorized stack. A presentation is given where you don't have to commit a stack to memory.

The 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...

2016 / 12 / 8
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