Have you ever wanted to learn a card stack? Well if so, this post is for you!
HERE we will discuss what a card stack is, the different types of card stacks and their uses, and how to learn a card stack along with our top 3 card stacks.
So let’s begin!
P.S…below you will find a link to our wildly successful and DESPERATELY sought-out app called ‘Master any Stack’ (an app that not only introduces teaches you the method BUT also makes learning stacks as easy as making baked beans on toast).
What is a Card Stack?
Card stacks are an advanced card magic technique that enables you to perform astonishing magic routines with ease.
We recommend learning a reliable card stack in order to open up a whole new world of magic for you! AND these techniques on how to learn a card stack, are a great way to take your card magic to the ‘next level!’
Something to note as we dive into things is, there are two main types of card stacks.
The first type is sequential meaning the stack follows a set sequence over and over again.
This can also be referred to as ‘cyclic’ for the same reason; the stack follows a cycle. Sequential card stacks are generally easier to learn.
A few examples of this are the Si Stebbins (a numeric progression) and Eight Kings (a rhyming mnemonic progression). The purpose of a sequential stack is providing an effective compromise between the ease of determining the next – and previous – cards in the stack while at the same time having the stack appear to be a random assortment of cards.
The second type is a memorized stack.
A memorized stack or otherwise known as a memorized deck is one in which you simply know the position of every card and the numerical name of the card at any location. These decks are more randomized and they don’t really follow a set pattern or ‘cycle’. However, memorized decks enable you to perform a larger quantity of tricks than sequential stacks.
Ok so now that we have learned a little more about card stacks, you may be asking what is the best card stack?
Well… for the answer we have decided to review our top 3 choices
- Mnemonica Stack
- Si Stebbins Stack
- Aronson Stack
The Best Card Stacks: Our Top 3…
1. Mnemonica Stack
The Mnemonica Stack is one of the most famous stacks in all of card magic. It was invented by the legendary Spanish magician Juan Tamariz. While it’s not particularly easy to learn, the Mnemonica Stack has many benefits that allow you to perform a wide variety of routines, many designed by Tamariz himself.
So why learn the Mnemonica Stack?
The Mnemonica Stack is great for learning the location of every card in the deck. This means that you will know the EXACT location of any card that is named and placed back and shuffled a certain way. You can know where a card is without even having it be seen or glimpsed. AND you can know how far down a card is in a deck for tricks such as ACAAN.
2. Si Stebbens Stack
Second, we have the Si Sebbens Stack. This stack is undoubtedly one of the most popular card stacks and for a good reason. The Si Stebbins Stack was originally created by magician Si Stebbins and is a classic sequential stack.
The stack follows the popular ‘CHaSeD’ order (Clubs, Hearts, Spades, Diamonds).
One thing to note about the Si Sebbens Stack is that in order to use this stack practically, it will take some ‘mental maths’ which can be a deal-breaker for some magicians (the last thing some of us want to do under pressure is performed math right?!) BUT learning this stack can be very beneficial overall!
The Si Stebbins Stack is very reliable and is used quite heavily by professional magicians around the world.
3. Aronson Stack
Last but not least we have the Aronson Stack. This particular card stack is not cyclic so it may take a little bit longer to learn but we wouldn’t mention it if it wasn’t worth the time. The benefit of learning the Aronson Stack is that the result is worth every bit of effort you put into it.
The Aronson Stack was created by Simon Aronson. He has devised HUNDREDS of powerful effects that can only be performed by using this exact stack! On the surface, this stack may look like a regular shuffled deck since there are no patterns that a spectator could spot and that is what makes this stack worthwhile!
If you would like more information on the Aronson Stack feel free to CLICK HERE (LINK TO BLOG POST: https://thedailymagician.com/the-aronson-stack#5 )
So we’ve talked about the different stacks, now let’s get into a few recommendations on how to get started on the learning process.
Here are a few book recommendations to get you started!
Our Book Recommendations:
First is the book Mnemonica by Juan Tamariz. This phenomenal book reveals concepts and routines that you wouldn’t have realised existed using the Mnemonica stack.
This book is one of the best-selling magic books of all time! Many magicians recognize its brilliant combination of practical training and mind-blowing routines.
CLICK HERE for more information!
- BOUND TO PLEASE
If you are looking for something less Mnemonica Stack and more Aronson Stack, we highly recommend the book Bound to Please written by the man himself, Simon Aronson. And what is a better way to learn?
Aronson’s book is a perfect introduction to working with stacked decks. It contains incredible memorized deck effects and ideas, although the actual pure memorization method it uses isn’t one we recommend.
CLICK HERE for more information on Simon Aronson’s, Bound to Please!
- THE MEMORY ARTS
The last book we’d recommend checking out is the book, The Memory Arts by Sarah and David Trustman. This book is a tried and tested method that many magicians have had success with.
This book presents a new and exciting way to learn complex stacks in record time!
CLICK HERE for more information on The Memory Arts!
~ BONUS TRAINING ~
While we have talked about many wonderful books here is one that we HIGHLY recommend for working with card stacks (or otherwise known as memorized decks.)
This book is called the Memorized Deck Starter Pack. This course will show you an elegant method to memorize as many decks as you want, by doing the same amount of work (OR LESS) than required by other memory methods.
If you are interested in this training, CLICK HERE for more information!!
P.S. If this offer is no longer available then head over to home page and join our email list. You’ll start getting daily emails from us. But keep a close eye out…Every now and then we throw in offers for our exclusive memorised deck training and only the very patient and scrupulous magicians will gain access to it, and fly miles ahead of the competition into the small circle of the elite…
Seize the day…
If you want to keep learning about the memorised deck than here’s all our best posts…
- How to Memorize the Mnemonica Stack: DON’T Do Anything Until You Read This
- What is the BEST stacked deck? My top 4 picks in 2023
- The Aronson Stack: EVERYTHING You Need To Know In 2023
- Master Any Stack
- How to Learn a Card Stack
- A Whole Stack Of Training
- How to Memorize the Mnemonica Stack: DON’T Do Anything Until You Read This
- 100 Books Every Magician Should Read Before They Die
- Cheat Codes to Magic?
- The Memorized Deck: All You Need to Know
The Best Memorised Deck Trainer
Many Magicians are aware that ‘The Stack’ is the MOST Powerful Tool in Card Magic!
But far fewer can stomach the time to truly master it…
Introducing: ‘Master any Stack’ the ultimate app trainer for learning stack that makes it as easy and fun as playing a game…we Promise it’s not your fault if you’ve tried learning stack before and have given up or never reached mastery…you just needed this!
Some will argue, but pretty much all top magicians agree that a ‘Stack’ is the most powerful tool in all of card magic.
There’s only one problem though…
Stack is notoriously hard to master and resources are few and far between.
So we got ambitious, what if we could create an app?
The app would need to be a lot of things, but most of all, it would need to do everything below.
- Within 1 hour you’re able to go through the stack from start to finish with relative ease (we showed how to do this LIVE using the ‘Babylon secret’).
- Practicing stack everyday is as easy as opening your email!
- You can learn any stack you want, with relative ease (no more silly questions about “which stack!?”)
- You have a tool that allows you to practice stack your way (complete customisation!)
- Stack mastery is not a chore – but a leisurely process that you hardly notice is happening!
- You have an easy application for studying your existing stack and making sure it’s always up to scratch! (the stack is a tool that must be properly maintained or it becomes dull very quickly…)
This all sounds a little to good to be true right?
Not this time!
Just look at the reviews flooding in…