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Topic: Woody Aragon memdeck book?
Message: Posted by: duanebarry (Aug 3, 2013 12:07PM)
Is there a Woody Aragon memdeck book in the works?

Here's an interview with Woody Aragon, published 29 July 2013:

http://eltaumaturgo.com/blog/?p=1081

Google Translation to English (machine translation isn't perfect -- here, "game" should usually be "trick"):

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=es&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Feltaumaturgo.com%2Fblog%2F%3Fp%3D1081

Relevant part:

[b]Q - What are you working on now?

R - [...] Also, I have almost finished the mnemonic book, I still take three or four months and is likely to publish in different volumes...

Spanish original: "Además, tengo casi terminado el libro de mnemónica en inglés , que todavía me llevará tres o cuatro meses y es probable que publique en diferentes volúmenes"[/b]
Message: Posted by: Gary Plants (Aug 4, 2013 01:36PM)
I just spent two days with Woody and he did some mem deck stuff for me. He has some very good ideas and this should be another must have whenever it becomes available.
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Aug 6, 2013 06:21AM)
That does not exactly answer the OP's question, though. :angel:
Message: Posted by: Gary Plants (Aug 6, 2013 09:37AM)
Ok, yes there is a memdeck book in the works from Woody.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Aug 19, 2014 08:09PM)
Woody's memdeck book has now been published (in Spanish)!

http://woodyaragon.blogspot.com/2014/08/tengo-libro-nuevo.html

[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HwDOE8j83Lk/U-QtAKhEdQI/AAAAAAAAAGI/WzpsC6r9pKg/s1600/MEMORANDUM_portada.jpg[/img]

[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yNTLnjjxILo/U-QuJ8GlkBI/AAAAAAAAAGU/Hzrp8p_P82s/s1600/memorandum_indice-1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: poonchingyip (Aug 20, 2014 10:31AM)
Anybody know if there is an English version for that??

- Arthur
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Aug 20, 2014 10:41AM)
Twitter post:

"in spanish at the moment, but I hope to have the english version in some months!!"

https://twitter.com/WoodyAragon/status/4......48675840
Message: Posted by: Atom3339 (Aug 20, 2014 11:21AM)
Looking forward to it!

:pepper:
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Aug 24, 2014 07:39AM)
Fantastic news. I am buying the Spanish version the moment it is available--I can't imagine waiting even a few months for the English! I'm a bit disappointed that he's changed his stack (based on the fact that it clearly shows 9S as the 52nd card now, along with the "sobre las modifierciones en el orden" part, which would indicate some significant changes) as I've been using his in tandem with the Tamariz stack since his long-out-of-print release of "Cosas Mías" (which this new book appears to pull from greatly as their table of contents read very similar--to the point that I think this new book could be considered a revised/extended version of Cosas Mías.)

It appears he has altered the most important parts to accommodate whatever his "new" stack is, though, given that effects that serve as transitionary methods are still listed further down in the table of contents. So, for that, I'm thankful. It'll be a small matter memorize the new stack and I will happily do so, assuming that the transitions between the stacks haven't been complicated.

I will admit to being secretly disappointed at seeing Carta de Seguridad potentially being released in English. While I've altered my presentation of it over the years, it has always served as a fantastic effect for lay people and--perhaps even more satisfying--absolutely blown the mind of other Tamariz stack workers once they realize the resulting situation (usually resulting in them begging me to do it again/give more information on the effect/etc... which I've rarely conceded to). It's great that this and other concepts originally taught in Cosas Mías (such as mnemónica siamesa, etc...) are potentially coming to English, though. Perhaps now I'll finally have someone to share work on the principles/effects with!

Being intimately familiar with Cosas Mías for a decade, and given that this book's Table of Contents reads very similar, I feel 100% confident in saying this even before the new books release: if you are a serious stack worker who uses Tamariz's Mnemonica, get this book when it comes out in English. Moving from stay stack to Woody's stack, performing many of his effects, and then seamlessly transitioning to the Tamariz stack via an entertaining effect is glorious. Even if you don't use the Tamariz stack (and have no desire to learn Woody's stack), the principles behind the mnemónica siamesa effects open the door to amazing possibilities with a little work and ingenuity.

Really looking to this book!
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Aug 24, 2014 11:45AM)
Thanks for this great info, Alchemist!

The subtitle appears to be Cosas Mias 2.0, so your analysis appears right on target!

Here's a link to the book in Woody's online store:

http://www.alcachofashop.com/woodyshop/product_info.php?cPath=26&products_id=39
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Aug 24, 2014 03:54PM)
Thanks for the link, Tim! Also, thanks calling my attention to the "Cosas Miías 2.0" on the cover. It seems I couldn't see the forest for the trees, and was so busy looking at the table of contents that I completely missed the subtitle on the cover!

I'll be submitting my order now for the book now! Can't wait to see this one arrive in my mailbox.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (May 19, 2015 11:12AM)
Just posting to note that Woody gave a tantalizing update over in another thread:

[quote]On May 4, 2015, Woody Aragon wrote:
Around 80% :) Perhaps it will be ready after summer? [/quote]
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=586515&forum=110
Message: Posted by: JBSmith1978 (May 21, 2015 02:14AM)
Thanks for the update!
Message: Posted by: poonchingyip (Jun 25, 2015 10:47PM)
For those of you who are curious of the new book, this is current update from Woody:

"Arthur, Memorandum is translated around at 85%. The problem is a need some time to do a first reading for corrections, and my performance schedule is full until FISM. I hope to have some free time in August and, perhaps, the book will be ready in September. Released in October, perhaps?"

The above response was made a week ago.

Hope it helps,
- Arthur
Message: Posted by: dylanxtay (Jun 26, 2015 11:08AM)
Great things are worth waiting for. GO WOODY!
Message: Posted by: Magicmike1949 (Feb 27, 2016 08:07PM)
Anyone have an update on if, or when, this will appear in English?
Message: Posted by: IMAGINACIAN (Feb 29, 2016 06:37AM)
Ya, even I am really looking forward to this. Any update at all would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance
Message: Posted by: Waterloophai (Mar 6, 2016 02:12AM)
In “Woody Aragon at the Table Live” from december 2015, he said that the English translation of “Memorandum” will come out “very soon’”.

By the way, his first trick (and a good one) on that video download was a MD-trick.

All the subscribers of “Tips, Tricks and Techniques for a Memorized Deck” know that already
since jan 2015 :-)
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Jul 25, 2016 12:47PM)
Woody has now posted on Twitter:

"Translation to english 100% finished. My new book is finally coming!!"

https://twitter.com/WoodyAragon/status/754383131793301504/photo/1
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Sep 5, 2016 12:40PM)
Aug 19 Twitter update: Working on proofreading.

(screenshot of 2 paragraphs)

https://twitter.com/WoodyAragon/status/766810656687345664
Message: Posted by: sgtgrey (Sep 5, 2016 04:18PM)
Thanks for the updates - very excited about this book finally being in English.
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Sep 5, 2016 04:29PM)
Excellent news. Can't wait for the English version!
Message: Posted by: rmorrell (Sep 6, 2016 06:06AM)
If you are in the UK or maybe even further afield, Woody has just been announced as a lecturer for The Session Convention in January which takes place in Heathrow Terminal 5, where he will be lecturing on a selection of material from his new book. This is a fantastic convention and next year's again has an immense line-up and the addition of Woody makes it a no-brainer if you can get to Heathrow!:

http://www.sessionconvention.com/speaker/woody-aragon/
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 4, 2016 10:20PM)
Nov 17 Twitter update:

"Finishing my new book. It's being easy cause my proofreaders only suggest me to change very few words.
#Memorandum #Irony #KillMeTruck"

(screenshot of page with 80% of text colored red, marked for correction!)

https://twitter.com/WoodyAragon/status/799297668002488320
Message: Posted by: Orlan (Dec 4, 2016 10:31PM)
I posted an update in a different threads some time ago... but now I have another update, with a date!
Woody had posted in a Facebook group that the book would be out by December 12, but later posted that it was delayed to January 3. This is volume 1, no info about volume 2 yet.

Hopefully, no more delays! :smiletear:
Message: Posted by: Micheal (Dec 10, 2016 02:05AM)
Patiently anticipating to learn from the master of magic.
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Dec 14, 2016 08:00PM)
Just saw Woody's current update the book will avaialble by end of January 17.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 14, 2016 11:34PM)
[quote]On Dec 14, 2016, Steven Leung wrote:
Just saw Woody's current update the book will avaialble by end of January 17. [/quote]
Where was the update?

Can you share a link?
Message: Posted by: Joe Brewer (Dec 15, 2016 04:43PM)
I saw that he posted a message on facebook saying that there was a delay and it would be out in January
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Dec 15, 2016 05:10PM)
[quote]On Dec 14, 2016, Steven Leung wrote:
Just saw Woody's current update the book will avaialble by end of January 17. [/quote]

It's [i]so[/i] going to be worth the wait, but dear God I wish that wait was over!
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 26, 2016 01:02AM)
Dec 21 Twitter update:

Last touches... My new book is almost here!

https://twitter.com/WoodyAragon/status/811723392948781056

[img]http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C0PSG4kXAAIGrww.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Daren (Jan 9, 2017 02:18AM)
Any news?
Message: Posted by: Ultrahaggis (Jan 9, 2017 06:39AM)
At the session Woody said it was with the printers and would be available "very very soon".
He had hoped to have it ready for the convention but New Years etc got in the way.

His performance and lecture by the way were just stunning. His ACAAN blew the room away and
it was a pleasure to meet him and chat afterwards in the bar.

Can't wait to get it :)
Message: Posted by: everitt99 (Jan 17, 2017 09:34AM)
Any update yet?
Message: Posted by: Joe Brewer (Jan 17, 2017 03:59PM)
There doesn't seem to have been a change of date - I guess that it is still coming out at the end of this month. Woody shared the table of contents on facebook today and it looks interesting
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Jan 17, 2017 06:28PM)
[quote]On Jan 17, 2017, Joe Brewer wrote:
There doesn't seem to have been a change of date - I guess that it is still coming out at the end of this month. Woody shared the table of contents on facebook today and it looks interesting [/quote]
I don't see that on his facebook page...

Can you supply a link?
Message: Posted by: Joe Brewer (Jan 18, 2017 09:40AM)
Hi Tim

It was in the "Mnemonica crew" group.

Joe
Message: Posted by: Daren (Jan 28, 2017 07:47AM)
Any news?
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Jan 28, 2017 09:45AM)
[quote]On Jan 28, 2017, Daren wrote:
Any news? [/quote]

Woody said it's at the printers, and that it will be soon now.
Message: Posted by: Daren (Feb 5, 2017 10:52AM)
Any date of when this will be released?
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Feb 5, 2017 11:13AM)
Woody regularly posts updates in the Mnemonica Crew Facebook group. His last, fairly recent update was that it is at the printer. No firm date was given for release.
Message: Posted by: Sanks (Feb 10, 2017 06:34AM)
How does one obtain entry into the Mnemonica Crew facebook group? Absolutely loving the Mnemonica book right now.
Message: Posted by: shakuni (Feb 10, 2017 08:20AM)
Just click join group and I will add you :)
Message: Posted by: Dan Andrus (Mar 7, 2017 10:19AM)
Hoping to hear a target release date soon........should have made it through the printers by now?
Message: Posted by: marc_carrion (Mar 18, 2017 11:52AM)
Any update for the non-facebook users?
Message: Posted by: Olivier7 (Apr 5, 2017 11:56AM)
Hi,

Does anyone have any info regarding the release date ?

Cheers,

Olivier
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Apr 6, 2017 01:27PM)
Mar 20 post on Facebook:

"Sorry guys. This is being delayed a lot. I'm waiting for a finale release date. Probably end of April but..."
Message: Posted by: adiabaticman (Apr 28, 2017 09:44AM)
Woody posted on Twitter that he'll make an announcement tomorrow. I have been eagerly waiting for this.
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Apr 28, 2017 03:22PM)
Feels good to have finally placed an order for this. Anxiously expecting to have it in my hands within a couple weeks!
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Apr 28, 2017 03:44PM)
It appears both Penguin and Vanishing Inc are taking pre-orders.

The book itself appears due to ship on May 8.

(And the trailer video shows Woody flipping through a copy in his hands, confirming that it now physically exists.)
Message: Posted by: Steve Burton (Apr 28, 2017 04:03PM)
Also taking pre-orders is Marshall Petersen at www.magicbookshop.com. Marshall always provides great service and has a large of supply of used books as well.
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Apr 29, 2017 02:04AM)
[quote]On Apr 28, 2017, Tim Cavendish wrote:
And the trailer video shows Woody flipping through a copy in his hands, confirming that it now physically exists. [/quote]
That's what I also think when I see demo videos of a coin production... :spinningcoin:
Message: Posted by: avasatu (May 9, 2017 06:22PM)
If someone could make a detailed review here for this book, I would be grateful (similar to what I did for Patrick's book). I'd mainly like to know the powerhouse effects, if it offers anything new, or if the stack he uses is vital for most effects in the book/offers anything new over other stacks.
Message: Posted by: civins (May 11, 2017 07:29AM)
[quote]On May 9, 2017, avasatu wrote:
If someone could make a detailed review here for this book, I would be grateful (similar to what I did for Patrick's book). I'd mainly like to know the powerhouse effects, if it offers anything new, or if the stack he uses is vital for most effects in the book/offers anything new over other stacks. [/quote]

No reviews yet?
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (May 11, 2017 01:33PM)
Crikey, it hasn't even been 72 hours since the first ones were mailed.

Magicians are known for lack of patience, but I'd think folks with enough patience to memorize a deck would have a bit more than average...
Message: Posted by: mtgoldstein (May 11, 2017 01:54PM)
:rotf: Well said Tim. can't stop laughing!
Message: Posted by: Tim Hannig (May 11, 2017 01:55PM)
Yes, for a real review it might take some time to digest the material.
Message: Posted by: civins (May 11, 2017 03:24PM)
[quote]On May 11, 2017, Tim Cavendish wrote:
Crikey, it hasn't even been 72 hours since the first ones were mailed.

Magicians are known for lack of patience, but I'd think folks with enough patience to memorize a deck would have a bit more than average... [/quote]

Any first impressions yet?
Message: Posted by: Daren (May 11, 2017 03:28PM)
A brilliant book with fantastic routines! The Siamese section, omg!!!
Message: Posted by: marc_carrion (May 12, 2017 01:34PM)
You will need to wait a while for a deep review... the book is packed with tips... there is much dedicated to Woody's stack. But there are lots of stack independent tricks. A whole section on half stack, and a whole section on Siamese stack... you don't know what that is... get the book... it's a game changer. And you don't need to know Woody's stack to go into the siamese, you can do that with Tamariz or with Aaronson. If you like Woody's A book in english, and you like his poker demonstrations/spellings/... you should learn his stack ( a secret... don't tell anyone... you can learn half of it only )
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (May 17, 2017 08:32PM)
[quote]On May 12, 2017, marc_carrion wrote:
You will need to wait a while for a deep review... the book is packed with tips... there is much dedicated to Woody's stack. But there are lots of stack independent tricks. A whole section on half stack, and a whole section on Siamese stack... you don't know what that is... get the book... it's a game changer. And you don't need to know Woody's stack to go into the siamese, you can do that with Tamariz or with Aaronson. If you like Woody's A book in english, and you like his poker demonstrations/spellings/... you should learn his stack ( a secret... don't tell anyone... you can learn half of it only ) [/quote]

The half stack is really a game changer for magicians like me, never able to complete to remember all 52 cards in a stack. I have to admit that no matter what method even including apps on stacks release in recent years my memory just cannot have solid lock on cards after the first 30 cards...

Woody strategy to build on his stack while many effects can be done by just using first 26 cards really a strong point to popular his stack after his book Memorandum release in the future. I already heard this and my friend live in Scotland showed me his stack a few years ago but I have no clue what it can be achieve at that time. Now just glance through words wrote in the book I am so exciting to see how this journey goes.
Message: Posted by: marc_carrion (May 18, 2017 05:17AM)
Hi Steve, I wouldn't say that the half stack is a game changer, that was published in Mnemonica, and it predates Tamariz. Woody's half stack is different, because of the thought that it went into which cards should be in that first half. And then he reveals the Siamese stack, I think that worth the price of the book (and more). But let's not reveal here what that means :) let people get the book or miss it :D

I got the memory arts book too at the same time, and I have to say I'm less than impressed... yes, it works to memorize the stack, but it's not half as effective than rote memory. The techniques in Mnemonica are still my favorite. That's how I learned Tamariz's stack and it's still in my head with direct association... with memory arts, it takes me several steps to recollect a card, yes, I can remember them, but I have to do several steps in my head, and the whole 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 for different locations is not working for me
Message: Posted by: Patrick Redford (May 18, 2017 11:38AM)
I wonder how similar Siamese stacking is to my Parallel stack. I"m excited for Woody's book! With my stack its possible to transfer into the Parallell arrangement quickly from the standard stack sequence.

It's looking like a wonderful release!
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (May 18, 2017 08:32PM)
[quote]On May 18, 2017, marc_carrion wrote:
Hi Steve, I wouldn't say that the half stack is a game changer, that was published in Mnemonica, and it predates Tamariz. Woody's half stack is different, because of the thought that it went into which cards should be in that first half. And then he reveals the Siamese stack, I think that worth the price of the book (and more). But let's not reveal here what that means :) let people get the book or miss it :D

I got the memory arts book too at the same time, and I have to say I'm less than impressed... yes, it works to memorize the stack, but it's not half as effective than rote memory. The techniques in Mnemonica are still my favorite. That's how I learned Tamariz's stack and it's still in my head with direct association... with memory arts, it takes me several steps to recollect a card, yes, I can remember them, but I have to do several steps in my head, and the whole 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 for different locations is not working for me [/quote]

Marc thank you for your info, I agree totally and actually Tamariz already explore the half stack in Mnemonica as well. It is just Woody further developed this feature and made Memorandum even more user friendly when the lower half can be shuffled by spectators while maintain many effects still available on half stack. More importantly I can really sense Woody already stressed the fact he will constantly refer to Mnemonica throughtout the book on footnotes, which made me consider these two books should be study along together.

You can see how deep my admiration and respect on Spanish School by by avatar actually.
Message: Posted by: tincture (May 20, 2017 12:31AM)
[quote]On May 18, 2017, Patrick Redford wrote:
I wonder how similar Siamese stacking is to my Parallel stack. I"m excited for Woody's book! With my stack its possible to transfer into the Parallell arrangement quickly from the standard stack sequence.

It's looking like a wonderful release! [/quote]

Patrick, your stack is really fantastic and I'm enjoying it much. Woody's stack is a bit poker deal heavy for my liking as that just doesn't excite me. I know your stack also has a bunch of poker deals built in and following the facebook group you set up the new holdem deals that were posted look interesting but dealing demonstrations arent for me.

The Siamese stack is not anything like your parallel stack as it requires a second deck of cards.

Thanks for releasing your work with your stack!
Message: Posted by: Doctor D (May 20, 2017 10:49AM)
My local magic shop has both Memorandum and TOOO in stock. That's the good news.

I have tried several times to memorise Tamariz' stack, either losing it halfway or altogether. Since I am not a professional, I don't have the luxury of regularly working with a stack to keep it locked in.

As such, both Memorandum and TOOO appeal to me, either for the half-stack ideas or the point of being able to setup the stack without having it memorised.
I am leaning towards the latter, but I would love some feedback from those with similar experiences.
Message: Posted by: tincture (May 22, 2017 04:13PM)
I don't have Woody's stack but in terms of memory it's possible to do much without memorizing it! I found Redford's stack easy to memorize as there are features built in that let the order be memorized by only knowing ten cards in the stack. From those ten positions its possible to work out where everything else is if hard memory fails. He specifically suggests you don't do this but I found this really appealing.
Message: Posted by: tincture (May 22, 2017 05:57PM)
I meant to say "I don't have Woody's stack memorized!" Don't get old!
Message: Posted by: Doctor D (May 22, 2017 11:08PM)
Thanks, Tincture.

Since my last post, Redford's book has gone out of stock at my local shop, so fate may have decided for me. At least which book will be first. ;-)

I was watching Murphy's live Q&A with Woody yesterday, and I loved the insights into his way of learning a stack and teaching others to do so. Admittedly, I've only ever tried hardcore rote memory, so that may very well be the reason nothing stuck with me.
Message: Posted by: nkwmagic (May 23, 2017 04:57AM)
I'm only two chapters into the book but I am loving it so far. And there are a few points of observation:

1. Many people's major concern (when deciding whether or not to buy this book) seems to be whether the tricks therein are stack dependent. To me this is a non-issue. Having read the beginning chapters, even if the tricks require you to use Woody's stack, and even if you don't intend to learn the new stack, there is just so much knowledge, experience and insight about memorized deck in general. There is a good dose of material and insight to enhance what you are doing with whatever memorized deck you are already using. Moreover, there are some interesting features specific to this stack (e.g. first 15 cards, 10 card poker, poker demonstrations, etc)

2. As Steven Leung mentioned in a couple of posts above, this book feels like an 'extension' to the Mnemonica book. It supplements some of the history and background of development, which is valuable to anyone who wish to study stack work. I love that book so I naturally love this one also.

3. Personally I am not afraid of memorizing another stacked deck, especially given how Woody helps you remember his stack in his book. I have not committed myself full time to remembering the stack yet, but just upon reading parts of the book, I already start to remember some of the cards and their associated positions. For those who have also read this book, you may understand what I mean. You simply cannot forget some of the cards and their respective positions!

Hoping I have more time soon to go on with my reading!
Message: Posted by: rmorrell (May 23, 2017 09:00AM)
[quote]On Aug 24, 2014, Pasteboard Alchemist wrote:
Fantastic news. I am buying the Spanish version the moment it is available--I can't imagine waiting even a few months for the English! I'm a bit disappointed that he's changed his stack (based on the fact that it clearly shows 9S as the 52nd card now, along with the "sobre las modifierciones en el orden" part, which would indicate some significant changes) as I've been using his in tandem with the Tamariz stack since his long-out-of-print release of "Cosas Mías" (which this new book appears to pull from greatly as their table of contents read very similar--to the point that I think this new book could be considered a revised/extended version of Cosas Mías.)

I will admit to being secretly disappointed at seeing Carta de Seguridad potentially being released in English. While I've altered my presentation of it over the years, it has always served as a fantastic effect for lay people and--perhaps even more satisfying--absolutely blown the mind of other Tamariz stack workers once they realize the resulting situation (usually resulting in them begging me to do it again/give more information on the effect/etc... which I've rarely conceded to). It's great that this and other concepts originally taught in Cosas Mías (such as mnemónica siamesa, etc...) are potentially coming to English, though. Perhaps now I'll finally have someone to share work on the principles/effects with!
[/quote]

Just to pick up something that PA mentioned back in 2014, have you received your English translation yet PA? Reason I ask is I assume the change in stack, to try and remain fairly cryptic, is what Woody mentions about the black suits? As a long time user of Mnemonica I am just evaluating if it is worth me, if I was to start memorising Woody's stack (or at least half-stack) to memorise with the original setting, so then when transitioning too and from using Security Card or Faro's etc. I can keep Mnemonica as the original, and Memorandum as the old version if that makes sense!

This does pose some problems or advantages (depends on how you look at it!) of its own for anyone looking to do this, especially what happens with the first 8 cards!

Anyway just some random thoughts from a Mnemonica user as I start working my way through the book, I am so used to shuffling into that faro-4 configuration anyway for Mnemonica that the ability to get to either Mnemonica or Memorandum from that point is very enticing!
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (May 23, 2017 04:10PM)
I did indeed get the English version of Memorandum, Rich. Preordered it the second I was able to. The additions are wonderful, and there's excellent new thinking in there that will take a long time to unpack fully. But, you bring up the question I've been wrestling with: is it worth it to me to switch to the new version? As a hardcore Mnemonica user, the new "situation" when going from Woody's stack to Mnemonica gives me pause.

Chances are that, given the fact I know how to get into his old stack, know the modifications to prep it for Carta de Seguridad, and have the aforementioned trick down cold to get into Mnemonica... when the situation calls for using Woody's stack, I'll likely just use the old one.
Message: Posted by: Woody Aragon (May 23, 2017 04:42PM)
Helloooo,

Thank you everybody for your support to Memorandum. I though that a book about memorized deck, and explaining an specific stack, it would have enough sales but not as massive as I found. I just knew we sold more than 1000 copies in 15 days!

Yesterday I did a live Q&A with Luke Dancy. If you have doubts about the book you can look for the video in youtube.

I don't want to spoil too much. But, for Rick and PA: second paragrah if page 352 ;) There I explain I use in fact the "old" order and the reasons. I think it's ok for people that use mnemonica and don't want to "cut threads", to use it in that way. But I changed it cause I honesyly think the "official" version is the best for 99% of magicians. Everything is explained in the book and probably you know the reasons now ;)

A hug from Spain!


Woody
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (May 23, 2017 07:06PM)
[quote]Yesterday I did a live Q&A with Luke Dancy. If you have doubts about the book you can look for the video in youtube.
[/quote]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qAs3_HLSj4
Message: Posted by: marc_carrion (May 23, 2017 07:11PM)
Hello Woody!! that is amazing, 1000 copies in 15 days!!! I'm one of the lucky buyers and I'll be in NC this November for the workshop at Trics :D I hope to be able to assimilate at least 10% of the book by then :D it has soooooo much content!!! I'm glad that you broke it into two parts :)

Marc
Message: Posted by: nkwmagic (May 23, 2017 09:38PM)
Any idea when the second part will be coming out?
Message: Posted by: philipsw (Aug 1, 2017 11:34AM)
I really enjoyed reading Memorandum - I'm becoming a bit of a mem deck junky at the moment having just spent some time with the Marksman deck too. The thinking behind this stack is extraordinary and there are some great routines. But as others have mentioned, it is the siamese stack concept which (for me) was particularly stimulating. I've done a much more detailed review here: http://www.bicycle-cards.co.uk/2017/07/27/woody-aragon-memorandum-review/
Message: Posted by: sychou (Sep 24, 2017 11:45PM)
Does Aragon explain how to set up his memorized deck from new deck order?
I bought the book,english version,but I can't find the method to setup his stack from NDO.
Or maybe I just missed it,could someone please point out for me?thanks so much.
BTW,I think both aragon and redford stack are stunning and so clever!
Message: Posted by: philipsw (Sep 25, 2017 02:20AM)
Yes he does. P131ff in Memorandum.
Message: Posted by: sychou (Sep 25, 2017 01:55PM)
Philipsw,Thanks a lot,I read the method in the book and tried myself.
Message: Posted by: philipsw (Sep 25, 2017 03:02PM)
My pleasure! I have that sort of memory :-) (Not that I actually remembered the page number - but I knew roughly where it was!!!)
Message: Posted by: sychou (Sep 25, 2017 09:22PM)
Well,than you can perfrom memorized book!LOL