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I just recently memorized mneumonica and practiced AWACAAN a lot.  Performed for doctor over phone.  He predicted A of Spades in 12 position.  Things went well and I pulled it off fine. He was amazed!  😉

I "shuffled" the deck and made a prediction by shifting cards around after he thought of a card.  I put the cards back in the deck and told him now that they are safe he can tell me his card.  I wrote it down allowing him to change mind.  Then asked for a number between 1 and 52 and offered him to change mind.  I do a recap and then spill the cards out of the box into my hand and start counting and it was there .
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What a cool idea.  I'm sure those in the medical community could use something entertaining about now.  Well done.  I assume this was during a telehealth appointment?  I've had one of those already and have another coming tomorrow.  Just two regular checkups with two different doctors.  
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Yah, telehealth visit 😉
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That is so awesome, Jennifer! I’ve wanted to perform this very badly, but just couldn’t’seem to do the math in my head. Did you have any trouble with that?
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That is so awesome, Jennifer! I’ve wanted to perform this very badly, but just couldn’t’seem to do the math in my head. Did you have any trouble with that?


Yeah the memory recall and then the math is pretty demanding with that trick.  That's why I write down the card they select along with their number.  I give them a couple chances to change their mind.  While I am talking telling them they can change their mind, I'm doing memory recall and calculations between every few words.  Right now my presentation/ patter/personality is limited since it's so demanding.  But I figure as I keep doing it it'll improve. 

Yeah the subtraction sometimes can be overwhelming but it is good exercise for the mind.  When I need to subtract a number from 52 I subtract from 50 instead and add 2 afterwards.. that makes that calculation easier.  I'll get quicker at it over time I figure. 

I also slowly do a recap of what they are expecting, what card and position, while I am doing the clever little box sleight.  I delay as much as possible, so I have time to do all the memory recall, math and the sleight lol.  Writing down their card and number selected slowly also helps 😉. Writing it down also allows me to recall their selections, because by the time I am done with the math I completely forgot their card and number 😋. I need to work on a small memory palace or something so I can store their selections in my mind in real time so I can recall them.
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Awesome news! And thanks for performing for someone on the medical front lines.
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Great advice!

I've been working on this trick for a few months, likely based on your recommendation awhile ago.

Do you have an issue with riffling through the first 10 cards in the case?

I've found that they are usually beveled in the wrong direction, making it difficult to separate them.

I've unsuccessfully experimented with a few methods for flattening the bottom of the card case.

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 Do you have an issue with riffling through the first 10 cards in the case? I've found that they are usually beveled in the wrong direction, making it difficult to separate them. I've unsuccessfully experimented with a few methods for flattening the bottom of the card case.


Yes I do!  Heh, I've been thinking of modifying the card case as well at the bottom.  Yeah I noticed the bevel!  It's really hard to get the first several cards flipping through them.  When I get down to the 7 of clubs and below it's a bit easier.  I had to do the shift for my doctor today at the 7 of clubs and I had to riffle through it twice, because yeah it's harder to do it because of that bevel.  Let me know if your box mod improves things and what ya did; I'll do the same (whenever I get to it--hopefully soon).
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I really love this tool, a user here made (I forget who made it.. my memory is bad!)  I have been using it a lot lately.  It generates a random card and random number between 1 and 52 for me.  That's what I use each time I practice it.

http://www.wynapse.com/Random/RandomCards.html
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Thanks for sharing JenniferG! Glad you are able to bring some much joy to the medical professional's lives 😉

And thanks so much for sharing the RandomCards link above (I must've missed the original post), looks like it'll be awesome for practice. I've been using https://joecreates.co.uk/magicians/ to help with some memorization of Redford stack 😉

This is one of the best openers EVER devised imo, since it leaves your audience speechless and the cards in stack.

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Cool I don't know much about the Redford stack.  Nice tool.  Looks like the tool I mentioned in link above also supports Redford stack training.  It does several stacks.  Don't know if the features it would be useful to you.  It's pretty impressive tool though. 
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Yes I do!  Heh, I've been thinking of modifying the card case as well at the bottom.  Yeah I noticed the bevel!  It's really hard to get the first several cards flipping through them.  When I get down to the 7 of clubs and below it's a bit easier.  I had to do the shift for my doctor today at the 7 of clubs and I had to riffle through it twice, because yeah it's harder to do it because of that bevel.  Let me know if your box mod improves things and what ya did; I'll do the same (whenever I get to it--hopefully soon).



So far I've been striking out with solutions.

I took a break and I've been working on Mnemonicosis, but I need to lock down AACAAN.

Ray suggested putting a card at the bottom of the box.  That was an improvement, but not enough.  I'm going to try a piece of cardboard.

Also, I sent Asi Wind a few messages via his Instagram account, but understandably, I haven't heard back.

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I just cut a piece of playing card with a paper cutter to the exact width and length to line the bottom of the US Playing Card Company Box and it has resolved the problem I was having with the bevel.  Another thing to try is to roll thumb flatter so there is more grip on the card and perhaps vary the pressure to perhaps get more control flicking through those bottom cards.

I'll probably make a new insert in the bottom of the box with a blank card so it's invisible because right now inside the box at the bottom shows the back of a bicycle card lol. 
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I love this new trick Asi performed for Penn and Teller.



David Blaine also performs it on youtube (it starts at 18:24).
 


This is a trick I want to figure out!  I don't know if Asi has this trick for sell or not.
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Awesome!

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Last night I cut a rigid piece of cardboard and placed it at the bottom of the card case.  (I didn't have much success with placing a card at the bottom of the case.)

Finally, finally, finally!

It was like taking off ankle weights when I rifled through the cards.

Thanks for the suggestion, Ray!

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Last night I cut a rigid piece of cardboard and placed it at the bottom of the card case.  (I didn't have much success with placing a card at the bottom of the case.)

Finally, finally, finally!

It was like taking off ankle weights when I rifled through the cards.

Thanks for the suggestion, Ray!

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Thanks for sharing, I'll try the cardboard to see if it is better 😉
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Jennifer, as I mentioned, I had tried the playing card at the bottom of the box, and while it improved things somewhat, it wasn't a perfect solution for me.

I didn't want to perform this awesome trick hoping against hope that I wouldn't need to produce one of the few cards that I couldn't access.

The cardboard, however, makes it possible to access all the cards.

If you or anyone else have any tips, big or small, on A.A.C.A.A.N., please let me know.

I absolutely LOVE this trick!

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With the first card you use as a shield while removing the card, has anyone experienced the issue where that one card throws off the count by one if the spectator goes deep in the deck?

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With the first card you use as a shield while removing the card, has anyone experienced the issue where that one card throws off the count by one if the spectator goes deep in the deck?

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I'm not sure if this helps but the way I think of it is you are either removing cards from the top, or you are taking cards from the bottom (or 1/52 times it will be perfect).

If you are removing cards from the top (ie: you need to bring the 25th card to the 10th position, so you cut at the 15th card), then you can use the shield.

If you are taking cards from the bottom, you can't use a shield. For example if you need to bring the 10th card to the 25th position, you need to cut at the 37th card. In this case, you can't use a shield because you need that 52nd card to end up on top as well.
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With the first card you use as a shield while removing the card, has anyone experienced the issue where that one card throws off the count by one if the spectator goes deep in the deck?

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[] = mneumonica stack

Yes, when you are doing an addition rather than subtraction of cards, and that addition is a large amount of cards, it makes the shift weird.  E.g. say they pick the 7th card in the stack [Ace of Spades] to be in 50th position.  That's an addition of 43 cards, so the calculations are (50-7 = 43 and 52-43 = 9).   So rather than just pull out a small packet of a few cards starting at the 9th card in the stack [9 of Spades] and shift a very large chunk underneath, I instead do the shift where I use the 52nd card in the stack [9 of Diamonds] as a shield.   But in order to do so in this situation (where you are adding rather than subtracting), you need to subtract an extra card.  So rather than shift at the 9th card [9 of spades], I shift at the 8th card [5 of Hearts].

Note: the shielded shift has to be perfect in this situation.. the packet has to slide exactly behind the 52nd card [9 of Diamonds] and not say the 51st [Ace of Hearts] or 50th [6 of Clubs].

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I'm not sure if this helps but the way I think of it is you are either removing cards from the top, or you are taking cards from the bottom (or 1/52 times it will be perfect).

If you are removing cards from the top (ie: you need to bring the 25th card to the 10th position, so you cut at the 15th card), then you can use the shield.

If you are taking cards from the bottom, you can't use a shield. For example if you need to bring the 10th card to the 25th position, you need to cut at the 37th card. In this case, you can't use a shield because you need that 52nd card to end up on top as well.


Aren't there cases when pulling cards from the top where the shield will throw off the count, such as Jennifer's example the Ace of Spades is at the 43rd position?

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[] = mneumonica stack

Yes, when you are doing an addition rather than subtraction of cards, and that addition is a large amount of cards, it makes the shift weird.  E.g. say they pick the 7th card in the stack [Ace of Spades] to be in 50th position.  That's an addition of 43 cards, so the calculations are (50-7 = 43 and 52-43 = 9).   So rather than just pull out a small packet of a few cards starting at the 9th card in the stack [9 of Spades] and shift a very large chunk underneath, I instead do the shift where I use the 52nd card in the stack [9 of Diamonds] as a shield.   But in order to do so in this situation (where you are adding rather than subtracting), you need to subtract an extra card.  So rather than shift at the 9th card [9 of spades], I shift at the 8th card [5 of Hearts].

Note: the shielded shift has to be perfect in this situation.. the packet has to slide exactly behind the 52nd card [9 of Diamonds] and not say the 51st [Ace of Hearts] or 50th [6 of Clubs].




I understand, but there's a lot to keep track of.

Have you discovered some way of quickly determining if the shield can be used?

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I understand, but there's a lot to keep track of.
Have you discovered some way of quickly determining if the shield can be used?
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Well I personally use the shielded shift when I have 24 cards or less to shift, regardless of whether or not the problem is an "addition" problem versus "subtraction" problem.

In the case of the shielded shift as subtraction problem --  i.e. where the spectators designated position is less than the  position of the selected card in the stack -- I subtract the position they selected from the position of the card in the stack and shift at that resulting card.

In the case of the shielded shift as addition problem -- i.e. where the spectators designated position is more than the position of the selected card in the stack -- I subtract an extra card before shifting, otherwise it is off by one.

For example:  Say I am using mneumonica stack and spectator selects 8 of spades to be in 50th position.  8 of spades is card 22 in mneumonica stack. 50-22 = 28.  52-28 = 24.   So the shift is at the 24th card (10 of clubs) if doing the normal shift.  If doing the shielded shift (which I would do in thise case), the shift is at the 23rd card (6 of hearts).
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Well I personally use the shielded shift when I have 24 cards or less to shift, regardless of whether or not the problem is an "addition" problem versus "subtraction" problem.

In the case of the shielded shift as subtraction problem --  i.e. where the spectators designated position is less than the  position of the selected card in the stack -- I subtract the position they selected from the position of the card in the stack and shift at that resulting card.

In the case of the shielded shift as addition problem -- i.e. where the spectators designated position is more than the position of the selected card in the stack -- I subtract an extra card before shifting, otherwise it is off by one.

For example:  Say I am using mneumonica stack and spectator selects 8 of spades to be in 50th position.  8 of spades is card 22 in mneumonica stack. 50-22 = 28.  52-28 = 24.   So the shift is at the 24th card (10 of clubs) if doing the normal shift.  If doing the shielded shift (which I would do in thise case), the shift is at the 23rd card (6 of hearts).
That's a really interesting way of thinking about it JenniferG! I don't recall Asi teaching that in Repertoire (but maybe I didn't read closely enough).

So you always shield when you cut from the top half. Do you do the "hand switch" Asi talks about if you're cutting from the bottom half, or do you just roll with it? 

Thanks for introducing this topic and talking about it! Lots of interesting ideas in here 😉
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I don't recall Asi teaching about the situation where it is an "addition" problem and you do the shielded shift, it being off by one card.  Just something I noticed like Buffalo did, and remedied myself.  (Rather than doing the hand switch shift and shifting a huge chunk of cards under a small packet of cards.)

I do the the hand switch shift when I cut from approx the 25th card and higher.   I always try to be pulling out the larger chunk of cards first from the box and shift a smaller packet behind.  So I use either the "hand switch shift" or the "shielded shift" depending on which would allow me to pull out a larger chunk of cards first from the box.

(EDIT: 24 and 25th cards are close enough to center you could use either method, but just sharing what I usually do at around the 24th and 25th cards.)
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Matt G,

Do you use the Redford stack when performing AWACAAN?  If so, say the spectator selects 10 of Hearts (7th card in Redford Stack) to be in 50th position. 

Would you do a shielded shift or hand switch shift?   If you did hand switch shift, you'd be pulling out like 9 cards and shifting 43 cards underneath those 9 right?   Which looks a little bit odd right?   So a shielded shift would look better?  So if you did the shielded shift at the 9th card, you'd be off by one, try it.  Then try it again subtracting an extra card and shield shift at the 8th card instead -- it works then.
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Asi did mention a third way to do shift.  I.e. you don't switch hands and you don't use the shield.  You just "shift with speed".  He did mention it as optional, but it really isn't optional in certain situations, like the 7th card in the stack to be in position 50.  If you don't subtract an extra card along with shield shift, you are really forced to do it this third way, "speed shift" I guess I'll call it.  (Unless of course if you dont' mind shifting 43 cards under a packet of 9 cards using the hand switch shift.)
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Oh Asi mentions this situation in his ENDNOTES for this trick in Repertoire.  He mentions how you have to subtract from 51 instead of 52, which is the same as doing the normal subtraction then subtracting an extra card.  He also mentions you can instead avoid using the shield in this situation.  Which would be the "speed shift".
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Matt G,

Do you use the Redford stack when performing AWACAAN?  If so, say the spectator selects 10 of Hearts (7th card in Redford Stack) to be in 50th position. 

Would you do a shielded shift or hand switch shift?   If you did hand switch shift, you'd be pulling out like 9 cards and shifting 43 cards underneath those 9 right?   Which looks a little bit odd right?   So a shielded shift would look better?  So if you did the shielded shift at the 9th card, you'd be off by one, try it.  Then try it again subtracting an extra card and shield shift at the 8th card instead -- it works then.
You know, I've never thought about doing it that way, but it may help with the handling!

Typically in situations like that I'd just fumble with the cards a bit, make it look like there are a few cards still stuck in the box. And I do my best to make sure that the spectator doesn't see the bottom card change as I'm taking the cards out of the box.

Asi is just so freaking smooth with it that he can get away with "the speed shift" but me, I kinda just fumble a little. It's not as powerful as it can be, or is with the shield, but it's still pretty darn awesome.
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Tried to think of a faster way to subtract a number from 50 (for the case of adding cards instead of subtracting.). Without really doing any math. The following has sped things up for me:

When you subtract any number in the range of 21 to 29 (inclusively) from 50 it will always be a number in the 20's.   When you subtract a number in the range of 31 to 39 from 50 it will always be a number between 11 and 19; and vice-versa: when you subtract a number in range of 11 to 19 from 50 it will always be a number in the 30's.   So I think Teens->30's, 30's->Teens and 20's<->20's, and then do a simple one digit calculation.  I really don't have to think about it at all to find the complement of a single digit number to make it total 10.  1 is 9, 2 is 8, 3 is 7, 4 is 6, 5 is 5, 6 is 4, 7 is 3, 8 is 2, 9 is 1 (automatic).

So fifty minus: 27 is 23.  22 is 28. 25 is 25. 13 is 37.  33 is 17.  27 is 23.  24 is 26.  12 is 38.  35 is 15.  No math at all really, automatic.  Fifty minus: 17 is 33, 22 is 28, 23 is 27, 29 is 21.  14 is 36.  Teens->30's, 30's->Teens, 20's<->20's.   21 is 29, 28 is 22, 13 is 37, 15 is 35, 11 is 39, 36 is 14.

Subtracting 10, 20, 30, 40 from 50 is automatic as well.  And so is the case when subtracting 1-9 from 50 or 41-49 from 50, because it's still a quick single digit calculation.

NOTE: Of course I add the 2 back to the number after the above calculation like Asi does.  So the calculation is 52 - the number. 

Hope this helps someone.  I just didn't want to have to think about the 10's place, only the ones place.

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Found out a way to present the trick to give me all the time in the world for the math:

1) I ask the spectator to name any card in the deck and I then write it down (by the time I write it down I've recalled the location in stack, usually)

2) I then ask them to give me a number between 1 and 52 and I write it down.

(I don't even offer them chance to change mind because I want to do the trick as quickly as possible and don't want to have to redo any math or have to do any more memory recall than necessary.)

3) I tell them immediately, "The deck has been in the box in plain view the entire time, would you be amazed if your selected card was in the position you specifified?"  They nod yes..  then I immediately say I am going to do this for you.

4) I then put my hand and over the boxed deck making whatever magic gestures or motions over the deck as if I was magically manipulating it. (sometimes closing my eyes as if I was concentrating on it.. but instead concentrating on the math lol)  This gives me all the time in the world to do all the calculations and recall which card to shift at and what type of shift I am going to do.

5) I then snap fingers or say DONE or whatever and start to open box

6) While opening box and riffling, I say something like "So of all the possible cards in the deck and of all the possible positions, you chose so and so card to be in the X location; which is amazing when you think about it because there is a 1 in 2700 chance of this occurring. Let's see.."  By that time I finish all that breathy patter.. hehe.. it has given me all the time in the world to riffle to the card to shift at and perform the shift.. they also might look at my eyes closely as I am talking, while I do the shift to help conceal the sleight even more.  (Not that it really needs concealing because it's so clever as is and really undetectable.)

Anyways, works well for me.  Takes the pressure off me to write the stuff down so I don't have to recall from memory the card and location they selected after doing all the math and thinking of the card to shift at.   Also, having the hand over deck doing magical gestures gives me unlimited time to sort everything out in my mind.

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Jennifer, thanks for all the suggestions.

Very helpful, especially how to stall while doing the math.  Thanks!

I like your suggestion that when you need to subtract from 52 to just always subtract from 50, and then add 2.  I need to keep it simple.  A lot going in this trick.

Also, Asi Wind is giving a few online lectures at Vanishing....


https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/masterclass


Maybe I can sneak in a question about A.A.C.A.A.N.

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I wish the masterclasses were more affordable.  I can't afford $75 or $50 per month.

If I was there I would definitely ask him about his "Brainwave meets Colossal Blizzard" trick where he uses his box sleight (same one as in AWACAAN).  I basically know hwat he does but for life of me I can't figure out the shift.  I'll keep trying.  I linked his performance of this along with David Blaine performing it above in post #14.

If I knew he was going to teach this "Brainwave meets Colossal Blizzard" trick, I'd probably sign up for it lol.  Just to learn how to do that sleight.

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I just took a look at the videos you posted.

I had seen the Asi Wind "Fool Us" performance before I learned Mnemonica and A.A.C.A.A.N., and I just figured it was a ridiculously difficult trick.

You inspired me to take another look.  I think I figured out how he does it.

I believe it's not recommended that we discuss techniques in this particular section of the forum, but if you message me directly, I'm happy to share what I think is going on.

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Oh...one other thing I forgot to mention.

I found a solution to the issue with the 9D card shield throwing some counts off by one.

Simply, if I am shifting the top portion to the bottom and the spectator's card is in the portion I'm shifting to the bottom, you can't use the shield (or I would need to adjust the count by 1 prior to the shift).

I'm probably just going to abandon the shield altogether and keep it simple, and see if that works.

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Yeah the speed shift (shieldless shift) works.  I just like concealing it with the shield, so I just subtract an extra card in that case, i.e. in the case of having to add cards and shifting near top of deck.
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Getting really fast with the calculations now because I've been doing this trick over and over and over lol.  So now I only put hand over closed deck of cards, closing my eyes, "making it happen for them", about maybe 5% of the time.  Most of time math is so fast I don't have to do that.  But it's nice to have it as a backup when I have a brain fart -- again I'd guess about 5% of time.
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Anyone know any Harry Lorraine tricks for quickly remembering selected card and selected position, so I don't have to write them down? Because I am doing all sorts of calculations and recalling a different card to shift at... and by the time I do all that I forget their selections.  So right now I am pretty much forced to write it down. Should I use a memory palace or something?  I just need some sort of short term memory storage solution so I can recall them when needed, while still remembering the card to shift at.  I need to "mentally write them down".

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Hi Jennifer, great performance on the session by the way, really enjoyed it (also Gracie´s comments...to have fooled her means a lot!!)

So, I don´t want to tip too much but it helps to build two lists, one for the cards and one for the numbers; the nack is that you translate numbers to letters...eg. the three of hearts could be a word that starts with a H (for hearts) and has the consonant "m" in it, that represents the 3...so you can think of the Three of Hearts eg. as "Ham"...and you can see it in front of your inner eye...a lively picture...and you have such a picture for every number...e.g. "ton" stands for 12...so you have to make up a picture in your mind that connects the two things...a huge ton filled with a lot of ham....you won´t forget that picture and you can re-translate at any time you want! I think that is the basic technique, if I tip here too much, please remove this post...but..get any of Harry´s How To Remember -books, it will pay you a thousand times!


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Also, what's the probability of a particular card being in a particular location?  I've seen some people say it's a 1 out of 52 chance. Others say 1 out of 2704 (52 squared).  Asi in his book says 2704.  Just wondering.. it's making my head spin! lol.
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Sorry, for specifically mentioning Harry.  When I did so I was paying homage, because I know he's an honored member here and is the memory master.  I don't want to get any of his tricks for free.  Just a general memory technique would be helpful -- I imagine there is a lot of youtube videos on this from various people.  I'll buy a book of Harry's on memory.. but he has so many I don't know which one is best. I want the best one for this purpose. 

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Hi Jennifer, great performance on the session by the way, really enjoyed it (also Gracie´s comments...to have fooled her means a lot!!)
Axel


Thanks Axel.  I've just been obsessed with this "Brainwave meets Colossal Blizzard" trick Asi and David Blaine have been doing (in post #14 in this thread).   I have been doing AWACAAN since about August of last year and when Asi did the Christmas special for Penn & Teller I saw him doing his box sleight (only because I knew his AWACAAN trick).  I was like.. OOH .. AHHH.. I wanna do that.. I know that sleight.  So it was a puzzle to figure out.. took a couple weeks and many hours to come up with my butchered solution to pull it off.  They are doing something different but I can't figure it out.  Today's performance on zoom was the best I could personally do to try and pull it off.  Can't wait for Asi to publish this trick.  I emailed him about it and he said it isn't available yet but maybe in the future.
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...there are 52 numbers a spectator can choose, 52 possibilities...and there are 52 cards he can choose from...for the first choice there 52 possibilities (but just one right! so it is 1/52) and for the second choice there are too 52 possibilities, so the correct one has also the possibility of 1/52. The coices are dependent so you have to multiply them with eachother, so 1/52 (for the number) X 1/52 (for the chosen card) equals 1/2704, or 0,0003694...there could be 2704 outcomes but just one matches with both choices...


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There's a 1/52 chance. There is a 1/2704 chance of the spectator picking that specific card at that specific number, but there are 52 different cards at specific numbers in the deck, so it really is a 1/52 chance of working without any sleight of hand.

To rephrase: there's a 1/2704 chance that the spectator says the exact combination of "Ace of Spades" at the "14th position" but there is a 1/52 chance of the Ace of Spades "actually" being there.

The Memory Book is the one Harry typically recommends for somebody not familiar with his work at all, but they're all great.
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I've decided I'm going to attend Asi's Masterclass next month. I'm obsessed with his magic.  $75 well spent.   I can even ask him questions during the event.

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/masterclass

Thanks Buffalo for telling me about this class.
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