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Magicmike1949
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I used to have a program which was a quiz for how many letters each playing card is spelled with. I seem to have inadvertently deleted it from my computer. Can anyone help me with where to download this program? It was similar in nature to the Aronson quiz on Simon's website. A card randomly pops up, and you are given a choice of if it spells with 10, 11, 12 13, 14, or 15 letters. It cycles through the deck. You can regulate the time, etc. May've been from Nick Pudar, but I'm not sure. Any help would be apprecitated.
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Mike,

In his "Flash Speller", Simon Aronson teaches a very easy way of instantly knowing how many letters are used to spell any card's name. Simon teaches a very easy concept to understand and, IMHO, once you read and understand this concept, there is no need to be continually practicing the computer exercise you are looking for. (With Flash Speller, its sort of like learning to ride a bike; once you learn, you never forget.)

Flash Speller is in his "Try the Impossible" book. Also in that book is his "Undo-Influence Principle" and work incorporating that principle with his Aronson Stack (memorized deck stack). A great great book to own.

(I have since purchased Simon's other three books (i.e., "The Aronson Approach", "Simply Simon" and "Bound to Please") and find them all equally valuable. But, for the Flash Spleller, you'll need his "Try the Impossible" book).

Hope that helps.

Mike
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Turk is absolutely right. I can vouch for Aronson's Flash Speller. I use it all the time. The rules are simple and easy to remember. It comes in handy when jazzing with the mem deck too.
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You can find the spelling program on Nick Pudar's site: stackview.com

Go to his "Musings" section and in the archives you will find the SpellTest software. It is free to download.

I still think using Aronson's Flash Speller is all you need.
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I'm familiar with Simon's Flash Speller. That's what I use. The program helps test you on it. I think Stax's second post has my answer. Many thanks.
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Glad to help! When I want to practice I just shuffle the deck and turn the cards over one at a time. Like flash cards. Sometimes I just go through the stack mentally and after every card I also practice its spell value. It is low tech but it keeps my mind quick.
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On 2008-09-02 20:09, stax wrote:
Glad to help! When I want to practice I just shuffle the deck and turn the cards over one at a time. Like flash cards. Sometimes I just go through the stack mentally and after every card I also practice its spell value. It is low tech but it keeps my mind quick.


Stax,

That's a great learning method and is exactly how I learned Flash Speller. Come to think of it, I think that Simon Aronson recommended that route and even predicted that a person would easily learn the methododology after only one or a few run-throughs with the deck.

Flash Speller is such a potent weapon; I inwardly giggle everytime I use it.
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Here's a simple and straightforward effect using Simon's Flash Speller. And, practicing it will allow you to practice the Flash Speller as well.

When I practice this, I use two decks. In performance you will just use one deck set up in AS, and a spectator will name any card. I use the second shuffled deck and just turn over a card in that deck to get a random target card.

So, let's say you have been given the Three of Clubs. With Flash Speller, you know that it spells with 12 letters. (You'll have to look this up in Try the Impossible... it's not fair for me to give it away here.) You also know that it's the 40th card. You subtract 12 from 40 and that tells you that the 28th card (7C) must be on the bottom of the deck to spell the 3C. There are many ways to achieve that. In my case, I use the Haymow Shuffle to mix(?) the cards and get to where I need to be. I have an article on that in the mem-deck section of my web site: http://www.loomismagic.com Click on Article 6 and you'll find my detailed description of my use of the Hay Mow to move around withing the Aronson Stack.

Briefly, if I am in "home" Aronson position I would make an estimated cut to about the 15th position. In squaring up the cards, I do an all-around glimpse and the go right into the haymow. If I saw that I did have the 15th card on the bottom, I would go right into my version of the Haymow, and it's child's play to sight count 13 cards as I go. (In my mind, as I sight count, I would say 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28. Again I square and glimpse and if I see the 7C I know I'm at the right place. I now spell T-H-R-E-E-O-F-C-L-U-B-S transferring a card from top to bottom for each letter, and turn up the card on the final S. It will be their named card, the 3C.

This is a nice little spelling effect you can do while jazzing with any named card. If you run through all 52 cards in the second deck, you'll get lots of practice on the Flash Speller and also this nice quickie effect.

Dennis Loomis
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Dennis, thanks for the info. I've visited your site and I've got to say their is some good stuff on it, and it's free! Nick Pudar's site is also worth visiting.

Thanks for your unselfish contributions.
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