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Requiem: Two Innovative Approaches to the "Memorized" Deck
by Drew Backenstoss


(1 review, 3 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Requiem: Two Innovative Approaches to the "Memorized" Deck by 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 a thoroughly shuffled deck.

The "Base Stack" is the first system explained and it functions as an algorithmic stack - meaning that some basic math guides you to the information that you need. One of the most interesting features of this stack is that it's constructed upon a set of "keys" (aka "bases"). As long as you can effectively manage these "keys" you can place them in any sequence that you want. As strange as it sounds, this means that there are over 6.2 billion permutations to the standard "Base Stack" that require only one slight mental adjustment. The system is literally a malleable chameleon that you can make your own.

The second system is truly the Lamborghini of all such stacks! The "Panacea Stack" requires no math because the entire system is built on relationships and easily acquired mnemonics. It's a truly intuitive stack that mirrors the speed and accuracy of a "real" memorized deck.

It's widely recognized that genuine memorization is the best way to take full advantage of a mem-deck but let's face it, the path to reach that goal can be a bit daunting. The "Panacea Stack" is in a class of its own because minutes after you absorb the basics of the system you'll be up and running. But why stop there? With just a bit more effort you'll find it easy to drop "the rules" and move forward to genuine memorization.

The miracles possible with a mem-deck have never been so attainable!

Here's some praise that Requiem has received:

"If you are at all curious about Memorized Deck work, you need to read 'Requiem'... interesting, informative, and inspirational." - Dan Harlan

"[The Panacea Stack] is really powerful. A nine year old child could have the basics mastered in 10 or 15 minutes. I taught my wife in less time, while driving, and she was able to tell me the location of almost every card in the deck. I set the deck up in order and ribbon spread it for some close friends. I told them that there was a stack and after a few minutes they still couldn't figure it out. That's after they knew it was in a stack. That's a lot of power for very little work. This is really something special." - Joshua Burch

"Drew has made up [the Panacea Stack] to appeal to whatever works best for you. It's one stack with a few different ways to work it. I've come to the conclusion that I'm not wired for mem-deck work, but with Drew's stack and some work, I think I'll get there. I'm jealous of the people that can learn with rote memory or mnemonics, I've tried, but just not for me. Drew has really put a lot of work into this stack and it shows." - Tom G (member of The Magic Cafe)

"The Panacea system is really pretty great. After reading through the system, almost immediately you can name the card value at any number. Then, after choosing a suit order system (there are five in the book), you can name any card's position and vice versa. All in all, a very cool approach and I can see myself using it." - Last Laugh (member of The Magic Cafe)

"The Base Stack gives you a framework for developing your own type of a non-tetradistic stack. It's a new approach for a math based stack - IMHO an uncut diamond for stack aficionados." - Dr. Hans-Christian Solka

"[The Panacea Stack] has it all! It's rigorously examine-able. It's easy. It makes sense. Within minutes of processing this system, I could name any card at any number and vice versa.... It makes so much sense that memorizing it is easy. And it's perfect for face up dealing and card calling.... this is the best memorized deck system I've ever seen." - ProfessorJinksy (member of The Magic Cafe)

"(Requiem) features a breathtakingly professional writing style and really delivers! (The Panacea Stack) is a notch better disguised than the QuickerStack at a manageable effort - that's surely what many users were looking for! Keep up the nice thinking Drew!" - Felix Schellenberg

1st edition 2016, 45 pages; 2nd edition 69 pages.
word count: 10741 which is equivalent to 42 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Michael Lyth (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 23 February, 2016

At first I was just intrigued after reading a write up on the magic cafe but on purchase impressed to give it pride and place amongst my working library of magic and related arts Well done Drew Backenstoss