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Liam57

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Just wondering how many people use this stack? What are your favourite/in your opinion the best effects used with this? Also what other stacks do you use or prefer?
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I'm in the process of learning Mnemonica.


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I use Si Stebbins as a Memorized Deck-- I shuffle into it from New Deck Order and Boom!
MemDeck AND Si Stebbins. Called it the Hacker Stack and published around 15 years ago.

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I use Si Stebbins as a Memorized Deck-- I shuffle into it from New Deck Order and Boom!
MemDeck AND Si Stebbins. Called it the Hacker Stack and published around 15 years ago.


So you shuffle into the Si stebbins stack from new deck order, that must of took some practice?
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So you shuffle into the Si stebbins stack from new deck order, that must of took some practice?

Not much. It's a simple shuffle formula that takes about 30 Seconds. You can find it in Darwin Ortiz At The Card Table by Darwin Ortiz. It's called The Si Stebbins Secret. PM me if you'd like to discuss how it works.

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Thank you I'll look into this.
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Si Stebbins is my favourite stack.
I won't give away my favourite effect using it but two I really like are Nick Trost's Lie Detector and Jim Swain's A Tribute to Dunninger.

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And there are some gems in his book as well.

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I just started using the Si Stebbins stack again for an effect by Chris Mayhew. I've modified it a bit...but those I've shared it with (magicians included) are stunned!
The effect is called CAANDY...check it out.

I found it in the Penguin Magic Monthly, December'16 edition.
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Waterman -- I've used CAANDY for several years now, and I agree, it is a killer effect! I have also made use of Mayhew's "special ploy" with other effects, such as Daryl's "Untouched" and I feel it adds one more layer of deception to the Daryl routine. Chris Mayhew is a very clever creator of magic!

Steven, do you know of others that use the Hacker Stack for mem work?

I've also heard of guys using Si Stebbins but in REVERSE order as it helps with certain calculations. I know it can also be set up with different intervals between each card, but I'm not sure if there is any noticeable advantage with that. Whenever I have shown the Si Stebbins stack to a layperson no one as ever noticed numerical or color patterns. Everytime I open a new deck of cards I always practice "the Si Stebbins Secret", but I have never done that when actually performing for others.

Magicfish -- you've mentioned some great routines! Good luck with it Liam57 -- johnny
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Steven, do you know of others that use the Hacker Stack for mem work?


I know there are people who use it-- just can't think of a specific name. I do want to make sure it's clear that I am NOT using math for the Mem Stack. I know the position of each card by memory, not math. This gives me the ability of having the power of both a Mem Deck and the Si Stebbins.

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I can recommend this ebook - Si Stebbins Unplugged, lot of useful info etc:

http://www.trickshop.com/stebbins.html

It´s important to learn a great false shuffle when you have any stack in your mind...
Stacked decks are very powerful tools in the magicians trickbag, sure.

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Some great work on tetradistic stacks (of which the Si Stebbins is one) by Ackerman, Marlo, Elmsley, Stewart James and others

It's worth looking at
http://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/category/1957
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Nobody has mentioned it here (but I seem to remember it has been mentioned in another thread here on TMF and also Steven Youell has mentioned it in his lectures here) but Darwin Ortiz in his book At the Table has a way to get from new deck order to Si Stebbins with a shuffling sequence... it is called the Si Stebbins secret. Si Stebbins is also part of the process for getting into the Redford stack... 
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I have fashioned an effect with the Si Stebbins stack that goes over quite well. I won't use the word "miracle," because I reserve that word for the actions of deities, and besides, it has already been taken by pretty much every magic dealer on the planet.  I call it "The Most Miraculous Card Trick of All Time." Well, I actually did use a form of the word, "miracle," after all.  But is it truly mine?  Gosh, well, hmmm, I think so, but if a card magic historian were to come out of the woodwork to tell me that it was actually created by so and so, and was published in such and such, in Pig Latin, in an obscure 1763 publication, then I will gladly stand corrected. Why?  Because my ego is not at stake over a card trick and I really don't give a flying ___ whether I get "credit." If you'd like to know what it is, then PM me and I will happily share it when I have time.
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The $1000 Test Card Location in Theodore Annemann's Shhh It's a Secret is a great trick, albeit not a 100% of the time trick. But it's a great fooler when the patter is convincing. As far as the Si Stebbins stack from NDO, 2 perfect faros are required. FYI
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