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Rudy Tinoco

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I've already memorized the Tamariz stack using one of Harry's memory systems but was curious about what these folks had to say about using mnemonics to memorize the stack.

It's a well written book with pretty illustration that I'm sure could help someone memorize a deck of cards.

They have basically created a visual memory path of 26 images (Path Locations) that are used as a set of pegs that you use in combination with another set of images that represent the playing cards.

I don't mean to give too much away, but each Path Location is broken up into four quadrants that represent clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds.

The way that you lay out these playing cards (in your mind) at these Path Locations and in those quadrants is how you're able to remember them stack.

I tried it and it makes sense, but I find Harry's system to be far easier.

Some of the images that they ask you to create in your mind, in my opinion, were a little challenging (not impossible) to imagine. For instance, how would you picture a "screaming banshee" or a "shrew" (pictured as a person), a "winch"?

That wasn't really the problem for me though. What I had some difficulty getting my mind around was how there are only 26 path locations. To memorize the Tamariz stack (or any stack) each path location holds the location of two cards. Because of that, there is some math involved whenever you're locating a card. 

They say, "If you do plan to use this stack to its fullest potential you will want to be able to name any card by stack-location, or any stack-location by card. With some simple mental math, you will be able to mentally find cards with ease."

I pretty much stopped reading the book at that point.

With Harry's memory tools, you don't need to do any math to locate a card. You just know where it is. In my opinion, why complicate things?

I was also a bit surprised that in a book about memory there was no mention of Harry Lorayne.

They mention Simonides, Gregor von Feinaigle and a few others in their references at the end, but nothing about Harry. That's odd to me.

Harry shared in another post (somewhere here on the forum) that some doctor wrote something in the Times where he said that, "to not even mention the name of the recognized modern master mnemonist (and other alliterations) is like discussing the General Theory of Relativity without mentioning Albert Einstein."

I agree.

Anyway, this book has some good stuff in it and maybe if I hadn't learned Harry's stuff first, it may have helped me. Fortunately, I DID read Harry's stuff first and I'm glad that I did.

Rudy

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Thanks for this review, I just bought some Phoenix decks from Vanishing Inc and saw this eBook listed.

You're right, why mess with the tried and true.


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Normally, I'm a fan of the Vanishing Inc stuff, but I thought this was over-hyped and over-priced.

Others may see value that I don't.

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I agree, Intensely Magic.

I've come to trust Vanishing Inc., but not everything can be a winner. I won't hold it against them.

Rudy

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I was also a bit surprised that in a book about memory there was no mention of Harry Lorayne.

Once they mention him, they've lost book sales. No one beats Harry at mnemonics. No one. [biggrin]

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Once they mention him, they've lost book sales. No one beats Harry at mnemonics. No one. [biggrin]


I agree, Steven!

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Once they mention him, they've lost book sales. No one beats Harry at mnemonics. No one. [biggrin]


Anyone have a particular book of Harry's they would recommend for this?

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Here's the book that I have...

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   You can order it from the website - harryloraynemagic.com .   Click on Store and go to Memory Books.
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