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Mnemonica by Juan Tamariz (Book) This is one of the greatest books ever to be in print. The power found in this book is unbelievable. We recommend it to anyone who is serious about performing powerful card magic.
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A celebrity of television and stage in Spain and South America, JUAN TAMARIZ is known internationally among magicians as a true master of his art, and one who generously shares his time and knowledge, both in print and in person, with the magic community. He is the author of three critically acclaimed best-selling books in English: The Five Points of Magic, The Magic Way and Sonata. Along with Arturo de Ascanio, Tamariz has spearheaded a school of thought in close-up magic that has produced FISM award-winning champions and deeply influenced the craft of magic worldwide.
432 pages, over 400 photos, hardcover.
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Demo Video... try harder. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 21st, 2010
Fantastic book. Don't get this though if your new to card magic. Anyways, about the demo video for this. His performance of ACAAN he did, he cut to the position before Jay named his card. If you're gonna demo the effect, do it right. Why not just ask him for a direct hit for crying out loud. You're trying to sell Mnemonica, get a better demo video.
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For experienced magicians! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 24th, 2004
Please note that the title doesn't mean that if you are a beginner that you shouldn't buy this book, but instead, if you are a pro you should buy this book because it WILL fool other magicians. The thorough research that has been compiled by Juan is just astonishing. The price of the book pays for itself. EVERYTHING that you need is in this book (i.e. although it is a book about the memorized deck, when it mentions a pass, a cull, a glimpse, etc. it also refers to it in the appendix where you can learn that move as well). This makes it extremely easy to read and you don't really need to go elsewhere to try to understand what Juan is saying. It is an "all-in-one" book and as long as you are willing to put time into memorizing the deck (luckily, with my experience with the Roth Memory System I was able to memorize the deck within an hour - I can recall any card AND its numerical location in the deck while being able to tell you what card comes before and after a specific card in the deck). What is more impressive than the memorized deck are the effects! If you spend money regularly on trick decks then you might as well buy this book. For the price of the book, you can be performing well over 50 SOLID, AUDIENCE TESTED effects created by Juan and his peers. Please remember that this is NOT a "new" book that came on the market nor is it a brand new concept. Juan has been fiddling with this conecpt (along with others) since the 70's and had published the Spanish version of the book a couple of years ago. It wasn't until recently that he had the book translated. So, just know that what you pay for is NOTHING. BUY THIS BOOK if you're serious about magic. I've been doing magic for 15 years and it will knock the socks off of your spectators (laymen AND magicians alike) as long as the deck is used sparingly and strategicly. Have fun!
Hard work will allow you to do miracles Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 5th, 2012
Working with any deck stack takes a lot of dedication. To realise its full potential, you have to change your approach to card magic and work with the stack constantly.
If you're willing to commit to it, Tamariz's Mnemonica is about as good as it gets. You can get into it from new deck order, and it allows you to do some amazing things, like dealing any poker hand named.
The book itself is very thorough. Tamariz takes you on a guide through the history of stacked decks, gives helpful advice on how to memorise the stacks and provides many tricks and ideas.
It will take a lot of hard work to get up to speed with this, but with dedication, you'll be able to perform miracles.
I saw Tamariz live at an all-night lecture in Paris, and he blew everyone away. I wrote a blog about the experience - http://www.legerdemainmagic.co.uk/legerdemain-magic-meets-juan-tamariz-one-of-magics-legends
If you get the chance to see him in action, make sure you do, there's no one like him.
An amazing resource Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 17th, 2016
Learning the "magic" behind the Mnemonica deck is actually fairly simple. The techniques proposed are absolutely brilliant(coming from somebody who has studied learning and psychology for many years). The bulk of the book is actually about learning real magic and not just learning this particular stack. By and far the best technical resource I've purchased so far.
So much fun with Mnemonica miracles, sure. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 5th, 2014
I have been using Mnemonica now for many years and that was the best tool, ever in my arsenal of card-weapons/tools.
You can do utterly Amazing things with this stack in your mind. That day you start using this mem-deck then you start doing real-magic with a deck of cards.
This book has my highest recommendations.
Mats G. Kjellstrom
Should be in your library Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 21st, 2014
I've learned the Aronson stack and I learned this one quicker (solid 2 hours) using his techniques. They are both worthy of learning. Book is a good compliment to any other literature using a stacked deck. Sleights and other subtleties are taught as well. Book is easy to read and the set up has so many tricks. Learn it to fool laypeople and secretly smash fellow magicians. Get it along with with Aronson's books and Harry Lorrayne's memory books.
Packed with info Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 31st, 2014
This book is packed with awesome tricks and tips. I plan to devote a lot of 2014 to this book. I have the stack memorized now I need to work on my speed.
Great Book; Bad Demo Video Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 1st, 2011
This is one of THE BEST card books you can invest in, so please folks DO NOT let this horrible demo video sway you in thee other direction. I'm sorry, but Scott seems nervous and awkward throughout the video and the close-ups where you can see the tag on the bottom of his shirt just speaks volumes to the devil mi care attitude throughout. If you're going to perform these effects, please be entertaining. Scott is not selling the effects. I'd remove the video altogether so you don't lose sales, Penguin. Nothing personal.
Fantastic Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
If the name on the book is Tamariz you can not go wrong. I have the book have read it and work on the effects from the book. I do have one proviso for this book if you are not into putting in some time to learn the Tamariz memorized deck be cautious. If you want an amazing effect with so many possibilities this is a must have. It is a killer effect with no explanation to the spectator on the how to. If you see it live you will me amazed. There is no explanation as to the secret unless you know the method and likely own the book.
WOW! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Juan Tamariz, as well all know, is a genius! This book proves what a genius he is! The passion and love Juan has for magic oozes of each page in this book.
Everything you could possibly hope to know about the memorised deck is in this book and the variety of effects is amazing.
I can't reccommend this enough!
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