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The really good trick "Coluria" is Trick number 25 in Charles T. Jordan 1919 Thirty Card Mysteries.
This trick has a spectator cut the deck a few times then 6 spectators take consecutive cards from a 32 card deck and the spectators tell what color (red or black ie: hearts diamonds vs clubs spades) their card is and the magician then names their cards.
This is based on the following 32 card wrapping de Bruijn (note that Nicolaas de Bruijn was one year old at that time so the name "de Bruijn" for this wrapping bracelet code did not exist!):
00000010000110001110011110111111

But I really want to talk about how we can easily use another old great "de Bruijn" trick named "Suitability" and how to do it with our mem decks (I think this may be a new discovery? please advise me on this).

This trick has a spectator cut the 52 card deck a few times then 3 spectators take consecutive cards from the cut deck and the spectators tell what suit their card is and the magician then names their cards.

This was a trick in L.W. Card Mysteries published in 1928 by William Larsen and T. Page Wright.
This is also a wrapping de Bruijn type of trick way before its time. It is a 52 card full deck no repeats. It does NOT use the two possible binary digits of "1"s and "0"s instead it uses four possible quadrinary digits (my made up word) in its wrapping bracelet code where each 3 consecutive card suits are unique:
1231423241342132141432333222111444331122441133442234
Instead of 1,2,3,4 substitute S,H,C,D.

I'm sure it took Larsen and Wright a great deal of effort to come up with that sequence! But you will not need that sequence since two days ago I discovered that a full 52 card Aronson (or Osterlind BCS) deck can do this trick as is! with one slight modification: you must have the spectator(s) select 4 cards instead of 3 cards as in the original "Suitability" trick (and you need a different cheat sheet).

Larsen and Wright specify the use of their unique hidden cheat sheet to match the three suit sequence to their specially arranged deck and thus know the 3 cards. They could have 3 or 4 or 5 cards taken since only the first 3 cards' suits are needed to match to the cheat sheet.

If you are an Aronson user then all you need is my sorted Aronson "Suitability" cheat sheet below to quickly find the 4 letter code and thus know the first card (you know the other 3 cards since you have the deck memorized).

If you are an Osterlind BCS user then all you need is my sorted Osterlind BCS "Suitability" cheat sheet below to quickly find the 4 letter code and thus know the first card (you know the other 3 cards since you have the deck memorized). Note that Osterlind BCS using 4 cards has one duplicate pattern: CSHC
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Oster Cshc=8c dup
Oster Cshc=Ac dup
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By pure chance these two cards (eight of clubs, ace of clubs) when pronounced with a slight slur sound the same so you should be able to equivoque (fudge) then know the other 3 cards (only necessary if they picked and name CSHC as the pattern. Note 1 chance in 26 performances that this bad thing will happen with the Osterlind BCS deck, zero chance with Aronson).

This trick does NOT work with the Tamariz deck because of too many duplicate patterns (I think because the Tamariz deck is created by doing some perfect faros there are some repeating suit patterns).

Aronson "Suitability" SORTED Cheat Sheet
Aron Ccds=Qc
Aron Cchs=Kc
Aron Cdcs=6c
Aron Cdsc=2c
Aron Cdsh=10c
Aron Chcd=Jc
Aron Chcs=4c
Aron Chhd=7c
Aron Chss=5c
Aron Csdc=9c
Aron Csds=8c
Aron Cshd=Ac
Aron Cshs=3c
Aron Dccd=6d
Aron Dchc=10d
Aron Dchh=5d
Aron Dcsd=7d
Aron Dcsh=8d
Aron Ddch=4d
Aron Ddcs=Kd
Aron Dddc=2d
Aron Dhhd=3d
Aron Dhsd=Qd
Aron Dscc=9d
Aron Dshh=Jd
Aron Dssd=Ad
Aron Hcdc=3h
Aron Hcds=Jh
Aron Hcsd=8h
Aron Hcsh=6h
Aron Hdch=Qh
Aron Hddc=Kh
Aron Hddd=5h
Aron Hhcs=10h
Aron Hhdc=7h
Aron Hhdd=4h
Aron Hsdh=Ah
Aron Hssc=9h
Aron Hssh=2h
Aron Scch=Js
Aron Schc=6s
Aron Sdcc=Qs
Aron Sdhh=8s
Aron Sdhs=5s
Aron Sdss=3s
Aron Shcd=As
Aron Shdd=10s
Aron Shhc=4s
Aron Shss=2s
Aron Ssch=Ks
Aron Ssdh=7s
Aron Sshc=9s
End of Aronson "Suitability" sorted cheat sheet.


Start of Osterlind BCS "Suitability" SORTED cheat sheet:
Oster Cchh=6c
Oster Cchs=Kc
Oster Ccsh=Qc
Oster Cddc=Jc
Oster Cdhc=5c
Oster Cdsh=10c
Oster Cdss=4c
Oster Chdd=9c
Oster Chhs=2c
Oster Chss=3c
Oster Csdc=7c
-----------------
Oster Cshc=8c dup
Oster Cshc=Ac dup
-----------------
Oster Dchd=9d
Oster Dcsd=8d
Oster Dcsh=2d
Oster Ddcs=Qd
Oster Ddhh=5d
Oster Ddsd=6d
Oster Dhcc=7d
Oster Dhcd=Kd
Oster Dhhd=Ad
Oster Dsdc=3d
Oster Dshc=4d
Oster Dshs=10d
Oster Dsss=Jd
Oster Hcch=Qh
Oster Hccs=5h
Oster Hcdd=Jh
Oster Hcds=4h
Oster Hddh=8h
Oster Hdds=2h
Oster Hdsh=Ah
Oster Hhdd=Kh
Oster Hhds=6h
Oster Hhsc=7h
Oster Hscc=10h
Oster Hscd=3h
Oster Hssc=9h
Oster Scch=9s
Oster Scdh=2s
Oster Scds=8s
Oster Sdch=4s
Oster Sdcs=10s
Oster Sdhc=3s
Oster Shcc=Qs
Oster Shcd=5s
Oster Shhd=6s
Oster Shsc=Js
Oster Sscd=7s
Oster Ssdh=As
Oster Sssd=Ks
End of Osterlind BCS "Suitability" sorted cheat sheet.

Please print off the appropriate cheat sheet above and give this trick a try. It is really good if presented right!

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The word for base four is quaternary.
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Thanks!
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