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Doug Nagel

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Anyone here use any apps that help you memorize a stack? I bought the Ultimate Mnemonica Trainer from the iPhone store for around $3. It’s a good app, with “games” to help learn the stack. I recommend it, if you’re learning Mnemonica.
There are also Aronson apps as well, for those who have that stack memorized. I haven’t bought those, though, so I can’t comment on if those are good or not.
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    First line in an Aristotle book - about 3000 years ago - "In order to think we must speculate with images."
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    First line in an Aristotle book - about 3000 years ago - "In order to think we must speculate with images."
I’ve found that so true for me, in so many ways. Yet, I wonder how that applied to Helen Keller, a remarkable thinker...images built without classical vision? I guess the other senses have to take over. Harry, did you ever have feedback from someone blind from birth adapting your principles to their situation?
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I have used Stack Master to practice my stack for a few years. It’s great if I’m sat in the car waiting for the family and I just take out my phone and polish my memory. 


It has many options and games and accommodates several stacks although I only use mnemonica. I’m happy to recommend it. 

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I have used Stack Master to practice my stack for a few years. It’s great if I’m sat in the car waiting for the family and I just take out my phone and polish my memory. 


It has many options and games and accommodates several stacks although I only use mnemonica. I’m happy to recommend it. 



Is that for Apple? I looked for it in their App Store but didn’t see it.
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         Yeah, stay away from the books written by the guy Time Magazine/NY Times called THE YODA OF MEMORY TRAINING, and THE WORLD'S FOREMOST MEMORY TRAINING SPECIALIST.
       
       Particularly when most of the ideas mentioned above are taught in my very first book on the subject - HOW TO DEVELOP A SUPER-POWER MEMORY (1956).  Of course, some updating as future books of mine appeared.  (When I first started to make appearances doing the memory stuff, I wrote a 10-lesson course titled THE MEMORY;-AID COURSE which I sold at the shows. The ideas mentioned above, plus so much more, taught within. And that was about 1951/1952.

       You gotta' start  reading the good stuff, guys!!!

       Harry.
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  And I'll repeat from another post:

         Yeah, stay away from the books written by the guy Time Magazine/NY Times called THE YODA OF MEMORY TRAINING, and THE WORLD'S FOREMOST MEMORY TRAINING SPECIALIST.
       
       Particularly when most of the ideas mentioned above are taught in my very first book on the subject - HOW TO DEVELOP A SUPER-POWER MEMORY (1956).  Of course, some updating as future books of mine appeared.  (When I first started to make appearances doing the memory stuff, I wrote a 10-lesson course titled THE MEMORY;-AID COURSE which I sold at the shows. The ideas mentioned above, plus so much more, taught within. And that was about 1951/1952.

       You gotta' start  reading the good stuff, guys!!!

       Harry.


I agree with Harry and by extension, Rudy on this!

I have no clue when I first read Harry's "How To Develop..." book, but have used the peg technique multiple ways since then. I memorized Aronson when it first came out, and then after my hiatus from Magic for about 7 years, when Patrick Redford rolled out his Redford stack, I learned it -- and that's the stack I now use. 

I used Harry's system in both cases, and it worked great.

I think there maybe should be made some distinction between what you're using to learn the stack and what you're 'drilling' yourself with if you like doing that sort of thing.

My first "stack drill" app was an old deck of cards with the card number written on the back with a sharpie. Shuffle the deck, either face-up or face-down, take cards one at a time, and name what's on the other side based on what you see. You miss one, you put it back under so you see it again later.

I drill in my head while doing other things -- running errands, mowing the lawn -- I run the suits, thinking of the card index, I run numerical giving card names.. forward, backwards. Anything to keep the stack fresh because once you learn it, the peg disappears from your thought and it's a number/card relationship.


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When I'm stopped at red lights or walking I use license plates and signs for numbers to drill with.


awesome idea... keeps the whole process alive.

I was wearing a T-Shirt the other day that reads "My password is the last 6 digits of Pi" ...

A clerk commented to me that it was funny, and he rattled off maybe 4 digits. As I was walking away I remembered a LONG time ago I had used Harry's system to remember the first 12 digits... and still do even though I probably had not thought of that sequence in YEARS.



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My first "stack drill" app was an old deck of cards with the card number written on the back with a sharpie. Shuffle the deck, either face-up or face-down, take cards one at a time, and name what's on the other side based on what you see. You miss one, you put it back under so you see it again later.



This, has been more productive and fun to me than any app really. Not only you can create your own drills, but you can simultaneously practice other useful skills like estimation or, do you want to check the value of the card? Don't turn it over, use a glimpse instead.
Just my two cents,
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Is that for Apple? I looked for it in their App Store but didn’t see it.


Yes, try this link:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stack-master/id1272229335

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When I'm stopped at red lights or walking I use license plates and signs for numbers to drill with.


When I'm invigilating exams I usually have an hour of silence to fill. I have tried various practice games with mem deck over the years.

I have tried finding a pattern where by I could get through the whole deck.

For example:
Start with (Mnemonica) 1 - 4C, add 2 spots to 4C to get 6C.
Turn 6C back into position 50, add 2 to get 52.
52 - 9D, add 2 spots to get JD.
Turn JD back into position 32, add 2 to get 34.
And so on going back and forth between cards and positions adding 2 each time.

I've been trying to find a knights tour style pattern where I can get through every card in the deck in a non-linear fashion ending back at 1 - 4C.

But no matter what I tried I could never find a pattern that would go through all of the cards.
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A guy put out a free app a while ago called Mem Deck Pro, good app and you can add any stack if it isn't one already in there.  I thought the creator was a member here, but I couldn't find him. It's by Claudio the Cardist.
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