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teejay
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Hi All
I am working on memorizing a deck
Everything is going fine.
What I need now is a few easy effects to start with and some powerful ones to work up to.

(I don't mind a few that are easy to do AND powerful to watch LOL)
They must 'appear' to be mentalist ones
I don't want people to say: You've just got a good memory.

Can anybody suggest some effects, books or tapes?

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Scott Cram
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These should get you started:

“Almost Real Mind Reading” - Performer divines multiple randomly-chosen cards, “Theater of the Mind”, Barrie Richardson

“Angel’s Flight” - Three selected cards are divined in increasingly impossible manner by the performer, “Theater of the Mind”, Barrie Richardson

“Any Card at Any Number” - Spectator names a card, and a number from 1-52. The named card is found at the named position, “Theater of the Mind”, Barrie Richardson

“Any Card, Then Any Number” - Any card is named, then any number is named. The deck is dealt down to the number, and the named card found. This is then repeated with the spectator’s roles reversed, “Aronson Approach, The”, Simon Aronson

“Birthday Book, The” - After a spectator names her birthday and selects a card without looking at it, she looks up her birthday and notes which card is written in it - the same card she selected, “Workers 5”, Michael Close

“Birthday Memories” - A memorized deck version of Steve Beam’s “Birthday Card Trick”, “Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, Vol. 4”, Steve Beam (Trick by Simon Aronson)

“Blackjack Demonstration” - A deck is shuffled, and the spectator cuts the deck. The top card is reversed and placed 3/4 of the way down the deck as a limit card. 4 or 5 hands of blackjack are dealt, with the first card face down and the second card face up, and the spectators are asked not to peek at the face down card. Performer then takes each hand, one at a time, and divines whether they should hit and what the rough totals will be, URL: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......start=18 , Richard Osterlind

“Card Calling” - A deck is shuffled, the spectator cuts the deck and removes roughly 10 cards. The spectator mixes the cards and looks them over. The performer turns away and names the cards as the spectator merely thinks of them! For a finish, the performer is able to divine when only two cards are left, asks the spectator to think of one, and the performer names that one, then the other, “Osterlind Breakthrough Card System, The - 20th Anniversary Edition”, Richard Osterlind

“Cards in Pocket” - The deck is shuffled, the spectator cuts the deck as many times as they wish, and takes two cards, without looking at them, and places the cards in their pockets. First, the performer names the cards that are in the pockets. Next, the performer asks the spectator which card they wish to be in which pocket - and the performer is proven to be correct, “Osterlind Breakthrough Card System, The - 20th Anniversary Edition”, Richard Osterlind

“Case of Simple Logic, A” - A spectator’s selected card is quickly and cleanly named, “Desert Brainstorm” - Vol. 2, Larry Becker

“Celebrity Feat, The” - The performer leaves the room, and several spectators decide on any famous person. The performer returns, and asks each spectator to name any three cards. The performer develops a reading based on the named cards, and is able to name the celebrity, “Secret Ways of Al Baker, The” & “Al Baker’s Magical Ways and Means”, Al Baker

“Children’s Yard Sale, The” - The performer shows a box of cards purchased from a kid’s yard sale. A spectator names a card. The performer turns the case over to show a price. The performer counts down to the number given by the price, and the named card is found there, “Wise Guy”, Harry Anderson

“Dissolving the Berglas Problem” - Spectator names a card, and a number from 1-52. The named card is found at the named position, “Linking Ring” - March 1994, Barrie Richardson

“Dealer’s Choice” - A deck is cut into thirds, shuffled by the spectator, and a card is selected and lost, all in a very fair manner. The performer can nonetheless find the selected card, “Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, Vol. 4”, Steve Beam (Trick by Doug Canning)

“Do You Want to Continue?” - A named card is found to be the only card in the same position in two different decks of cards, “Theater of the Mind”, Barrie Richardson

“Everybody’s Lazy” - Two spectators freely select cards, and replace them in the deck. The performer announces the position of the cards, and the spectators count down to find them. This is then repeated with the spectators naming the position of the performer’s selected card, “Simply Simon”, Simon Aronson

“Four Stop Intersection” - Four spectators cut off packets from the deck, remember the bottom card, and shuffle their packets. The performer deals the shuffled deck face-up on the table, and has each spectator think “Stop” when their card is arrived at. All four cards are divined this way, “Card Ideas of Simon Aronson, The”, Simon Aronson

“Hawk, The” - Cards are chosen by two spectators, who then replace them in the deck and shuffle the deck. Performer proceeds to find one card dealing through the deck face-down, and names the other one!, “Max Maven’s VideoMind”, Max Maven

“High Class Location” - Three cards are divined, despite the use of a memorized deck that has been shuffled in previous effects, “Simply Simon”, Simon Aronson

“Histed Heisted” - The performer hands out packets of cards to several people, who are asked to mentally select one of the cards from their packet. Each person then shuffles their packet and returns it to the performer. The performer calls out the cards in shuffled sequence, stopping every so often to read a spectator’s mind. The last person is handed an envelope, and then asked to name their card. The name of the card is predicted in the envelope, “Card Ideas of Simon Aronson, The”, Simon Aronson

“I’ll Go First” - This is the classic “You Do As I Do” effect, with significant subtleties and improvements, “Card Ideas of Simon Aronson, The”, Simon Aronson

“Impossible Count, An” - A deck of cards is shuffled, then cut several times. Two spectators each cut off a portion of the deck and place their portions in their pockets. A third spectator takes the remainder of the deck and places it in their pocket. Merely by touching the cards through the pocket with one finger, the performer can divine how many cards each spectator has, “Secret Ways of Al Baker, The” & “Al Baker’s Magical Ways and Means”, Al Baker

“Invisible Card, The” - An “invisible” card is pulled from a deck, and the spectator is asked to name it. It is shown that the named card is not in the deck. The “invisible” card is then replaced, the deck is spread, showing the named card face-up, “Try The Impossible”, Simon Aronson

“Madness in our Methods” - Explaining the three “factions” of performers, the performer has three cards selected - mentally, physically and mathematically. The cards are then produced in amazing mental, physical and mathematical means, “Simply Simon”, Simon Aronson

“Magician Fooler” - A deck is shuffled and the spectator cuts the deck. The deck is spread and the spectator selects a card. The performer drops the remainder of the cards on the table and walks away. The spectator returns the card to the deck and shuffles the deck to their satisfaction. The performer returns, puts the cards away and writes a prediction on a piece of paper. The spectator is then asked to name their card. When the prediction is opened, the written card is shown to match, “Osterlind Breakthrough Card System, The - 20th Anniversary Edition”, Richard Osterlind

“OutSmart” - Using a phrase mentioned at the top of the routine, the performer spells down the named card, “Ah-Ha!”, David Harkey and Eric Anderson

“Real Simple” - Spectator selects a card. Performer turns away and instantly names it. This is repeated several times, “Osterlind Breakthrough Card System, The - 20th Anniversary Edition”, Richard Osterlind

“Remote Control” - Performer and spectator each shuffle a deck. Performer’s deck is placed in spectator’s pocket. Performer then has spectator peek at a card from the other deck. Performer then mentions a location in the deck in spectator’s pocket, which proves to be the location of the spectator’s chosen card, “Scams & Fantasies With Cards”, Darwin Ortiz

“S-D Plus” - An esoteric 3-phase routine: 1) A packet of cards is cut, shuffled, and the top card remembered, with a second shuffled packet dropped on top of it. The performer removes the selected card. 2) The original packet is shuffled again, a portion is cut off, shuffled again, and the top card is remembered. Another portion of the original deck is shuffled, and dropped on top of this new packet. The performer just as quickly and easily removes the selected card. 3) This is repeated a third time with the removed portion from phase 2, “Card Ideas of Simon Aronson, The”, Simon Aronson

“Self-Centered” - Two cards are selected and replaced in a very fair manner. The selections are then found under impressive conditions, “Simply Simon”, Simon Aronson

“Speed Reader II” - A deck is cut into thirds, and a card is selected and lost, all in a very fair manner. The performer can nonetheless find the selected card, “Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, Vol. 4”, Steve Beam (Trick by Doug Canning)

“Sport of Memorization, The” - A spectator selects a sports card, and then a playing card. The playing card has the signature of the selected player on the back., “MAGIC” - March 2001, Stan Allen (Trick by Joshua Jay)

“Talismanacle, Variation One” - A card is selected and the deck is shuffled afterwards. Performer then uses an amulet to discern the chosen card, “Mind, Myth & Magick”, T. A. Waters

“Test Condition Card Trick” - A deck is shuffled and the spectator cuts the deck. A card is merely thought of by the spectator, who then removes it from the deck while the performer is turned away. The selected card is moved from the face of the deck and placed somewhere in the middle. The deck is then placed back into the card case, and the card case is closed. The performer then asks if it would be amazing if the card could be found under these test conditions. The performer instead simply names the card, “Osterlind Breakthrough Card System, The - 20th Anniversary Edition”, Richard Osterlind

“Topsy Turvy” - Three spectators each cut to a card and shuffle their packets. The packets are then shuffles face-up into face-down. The deck is spread, and the cards are found by muscle reading, “Simply Simon”, Simon Aronson

“Tridex” - Performer divines each of three spectator’s cards in a different way, “Mind, Myth & Magick”, T. A. Waters

“Twice as Hard” - Two spectators each choose a number from 1-52, and then cut to a card. Both cards are replaced, the performer snaps his fingers, and the selected cards are now at the selected numbers., “Try The Impossible”, Simon Aronson

“Two Beginnings” - One spectator names a card, and another pulls one from the deck. They both prove to be the same card, “Try The Impossible”, Simon Aronson

“Two Card ‘No Touch’ Location” - One spectator cuts off a packet, and looks at the bottom card. A second spectator shuffles the packet and looks at the new bottom card. The packet is then dealt into two-face-down piles. After asking which piles each spectator viewed their card, the performer names the selected cards, “Card Ideas of Simon Aronson, The”, Simon Aronson

“Two Wrongs Make It Right” - Two spectators select cards, and the performer proves his ability to give “wrong” predictions. The “wrong” predictions, though turn out to be the key to finding the selected cards, “Simply Simon”, Simon Aronson

“What Were You Thinking” - 3 cards are selected in a random manner by 3 spectators, and the performer divines the 3 cards without ever touching the deck, “MAGIC” - July 1998, Stan Allen (Trick by Tom Frame)

“Zen Master, The” - A three-phase routine in which the performer is able to divine the spectator’s selected card under increasingly impossible conditions, “Scams & Fantasies With Cards”, Darwin Ortiz
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That's a very good list that Scott has put up. You've got some great effects in that list so it's time to start working on them. I am partial to many of Aronson's ideas with memorized packs.
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teejay
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Scott and Greg,
I have M,M & M,
Theater of the Mind,
Ah Ha,
Both Maven and Becker videos.

So I'll dig those effects out and put Osterlind and Aaronson on my shopping list.
Many thanks for the help.
(AND in alphabetical order).
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Thanks Scott for the summaries. I had your previous extensive list, and this list with the summaries really complements it!

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