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Simon's collected early works, compiled in one volume. Contains the complete texts of his first three books, The Card Ideas of Simon Aronson (1978), A Stack to Remember (1979) and Shuffle-bored (1980). Includes Red See Passover, Simon's Favorite Card Trick, Mis-mate, Simon's underground treatise on the memorized deck principles (that started the current wave of memorized miracles), an entire chapter on subtle uses of the advertising card, Under Cover Four Play, Ad-Jacent, and the original presentation of the Aronson stack (with three different poker deals, a perfect bridge hand, spelling combinations, a blackjack deal, and more). Shuffle-bored presents Simon's self-working, totally hands-off card miracle: without any questions, outs, gaffs, ambiguities or moves - and without ever touching the cards - the performer announces exactly how many cards are face up, in a spectator freely shuffled deck! plus additional effects published in Kabbala and Hierophant. 183 pages

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 28th, 2013
Your looking for memorized deck work, right?
Me too. but I had already learned how to memorize a deck from the Nikola stack chapter at the end of Encyclopdedia of Card tricks.
I found Aronson's stack on the internet and memorized it.
So I wanted "bound to please" to learn some good mem deck work.
Problem is, there are some mem deck effects, but most are card tricks for magicians... Quite simply, I find (right now) one of the most potent tricks with any mem deck is simply have spec take a card, you glimpse any adjacent card to INSTANTLY tell him his card. For a lay spec, its complete mastery of a "selection-location". He picks any card. You instantly name it.
Was it Dai Vernon who said something like, the simpler an effect is to describe, the more powerful it is? (e.g. Invisible Deck: A thought of card. Only one reversed. (Minds blown!))
.... this is NOT the case with what I'm seeing from Aronson's work. IN FACT he often deliberately makes procedures MORE "muddy" to disguise the simpler true method. This is ONLY to throw of knowledgeable cardicians.
A the end of one of the enclosed books, "A stack to remember", is a bibiliography of mem-deck work". Perhaps any of these would be more interesting to me.
Also, I feel somewhat underwhelmed by "shuffle-bored" for the same reasons mentioned above. Is it really that earth-shattering to predict how many cards are face up in a face down deck? Again, the procedure is too muddy.

This material will intrigue magicians that you perform for, so get it if you want to wow your buddies at the magic club. But for a lay audience, stick with more entertaining or direct effects.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
If your looking for a place to start your memorized deck training then this is the book for you. The book which I refer to as a bible for memorized deck work is highly recommended. You start from the basics of learning a memorized stack and then tricks to utilize it. If you want to take your magic to the next level than this book is for you. You will devast not only laymen but magicians alike.
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