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Topic: Mnemonica Siamesa
Message: Posted by: Friedrich (Nov 3, 2010 10:57AM)
As far as I know Woody Aragon's work has only been published in Spanish, but does anybody use his ingenious "Mnemonica Siamesa"?
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (Nov 3, 2010 01:15PM)
What is the effect??
Message: Posted by: Friedrich (Nov 4, 2010 04:32AM)
Woody describes many clever effects with this deck:

-A thought of cards across routine
-A very clean prediction of a freely chosen card (my favorite...)
-A torn and restored card effect with a free selection
-A poker deal of four good hands from a deck the spectator shuffled (no holding out or culling...)
-An adivination of a packet of cards from a shuffled deck

just to name a few. They're described in his excellent book "Cosas Mias", available only in Spanish, but I heard he's working on a new English book...

One idea (probably so obvious, that others had it before...) I had is to do a very clean version of the "Princess Card Trick", where all spectators can shuffle their cards...
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (Nov 4, 2010 01:09PM)
Is this a separate stack or is it using the Tamariz Mnemonica system?
Message: Posted by: Friedrich (Nov 5, 2010 06:27AM)
Hard to explain without giving away the whole secret...

First of all it's more a concept than a specific stack.
For most of the tricks You can use Your favorite memorized deck order and turn it into a "siamesa" without having to learn anything new...

Some of them (especially the poker deals...) make use of Woody's own mnemonica, which can be easily reached from Tamariz's mnemonica or NDO. But if You only want to do the deals, You actually don't have to remember the order...
Message: Posted by: SIX (Nov 10, 2010 01:13PM)
Woody is the man, we sessioned one night in NY and he fried a table of us with an ingenious idea he tipped. I would buy any thing he has to offer.
Message: Posted by: Friedrich (Nov 11, 2010 04:18AM)
I did, they're the first books I've ever read in Spanish and I can heartily recommend his books "Cosas Mias", "A La Carta" and "Woodysmo" to anybody interested in stacks and Gilbreath applications.
They also contain a lot of really good tricks by the way.
Message: Posted by: Zedd (Nov 13, 2010 01:04PM)
Any chance to get a translation??

Best regards,

Message: Posted by: JanForster (Nov 13, 2010 07:48PM)
That would be nice, but I doubt it will be done... and his fabulous "Cosas Mias" is out of print. Jan
Message: Posted by: Zedd (Nov 14, 2010 02:53AM)
Message: Posted by: Woody Aragon (Nov 14, 2010 09:29PM)
Hey! Thanks for the interest in my work.

In fact, I've working now in my first book in English. The translation to English (made by a professional translator, of course XD) is being finished now and I have the privilege of my master and friend Juan Tamariz is writing the foreword.

Is a compilation of some of the best material of my three books in Spanish with the more practical tricks, all of them with a normal deck.

But, at the moment, I'll don't publish tricks using memorized deck or my mnemonica siamesa. Let me use it a little more to fool non-Spanish-readers magicians :)

In while, if you want read some of my material in English, I note you Steve Beam wrote "Psychic Poker", one of my favorites, in SemiAutomatic card tricks vol. 8 and a whole chapter called "The magic of Woody Aragon" in vol. 6.

Thanks a lot,

Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (Nov 15, 2010 10:06AM)
I'm going to start a petition in favor of your publishing your mem deck work in English.

Sign below:

Message: Posted by: Zedd (Nov 15, 2010 12:33PM)
Oh yes - I'm with you!

Message: Posted by: magicphill (Feb 22, 2011 04:10PM)
Any news on when Woody's English book will be published?
Message: Posted by: SIX (Mar 31, 2011 04:16PM)
Its now in the proof reading arena :) Getting closer and its amazing!