Introduction to memorizing the Mnemonica stack
Listen, when it comes to memorizing Mnemonica, there is A LOT out there! But… They’re not going to help you in any way shape or form. Why? Because none of them use the Babylon secret…
The Babylon secret will change the way you see memorized deck work forever, and right here, in the glorious public space which we call the internet, I’m going to give it to you for FREE!
Stick around until the end and you’ll find out how, or if you’re eager to get going straight away follow this link: https://thedailymagician.com/video-one-lpd
But before I tell you that story, I have to tell you this story…
I didn’t sign up for this.
That was the only thought racing through my mind as their cheers echoed in my ears.
“Benji! Benji! Benji!”
Each syllable was a dull thunderclap, physically pushing me deeper and deeper into my own mind.
They didn’t realize, of course—they thought I loved this sort of thing, and I couldn’t blame them for it.
It wasn’t their fault they didn’t know what a fraud I was.
“Benji! Benji! Benji!”
What could I do?
Nothing. I was trapped. There was only one thing for it—I had to perform.
“Benji!” Benji! Benji!”
Play it safe, I told myself.
To tell the truth, I barely remember what happened next. All I remember was the sudden and crushing disappointment when I realized…
Man, that kind of thing sucked.
What are you meant to do when you’re known as ‘the magic kid’, but you hate performing?
Well, that used to be my life. I hated that label.
Truth is, I really did feel like a fraud. I knew my card handling skills were average at best. I didn’t have anything original.
I was bitter, frustrated, and resigned to using other people’s overpriced gimmicks to act like I had skills I didn’t.
Frankly, I’d had enough.
I was up against a wall. There was so much going on. I had exams, work, a job…a life!
So I put the cards down.
After all, if I really wanted to be the best—I would need to put all of those things to one side and sink years of effort and countless hours of practice in.
There was no other way.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Fast forward a few years to now.
Nowadays, I love performing. I can’t get enough of it!
I don’t get the same overwhelming nerves when someone asks me to show them something.
So what happened?
I discovered the Skyscraper Methodology and more importantly for what I’ll be talking about today: The Babylon Secret.
How to memorize the ‘darn’ thing
This one thing is the biggest ‘barrier’ I see magicians struggle with when approaching the memorized deck and the Mnemonica stack.
But let me tell you a secret:
It’s ridiculously EASY, when you know what you’re doing.
In fact, using the ‘Babylon Secret’ you’re about to unlock, you can learn ANY stack in under 20 minutes.
That’s why I always find it amusing when I see quotes like these on some of the big magic retailers:
“Many performers have never used a memorized deck as it is considered difficult to learn.”
I think it’s ridiculous that it’s such a commonly accepted ‘fact’ that a memorized deck is hard to learn. It’s not.
It’s only hard if you try to ‘brute force’ the cards into your mind. But if not, it’s remarkably simple when you follow the system.
I personally learned my first stack with the Stack Trainer app which is a great way to ‘drill’ your stack, but NOT a great way to learn it.
(It took a number of weeks to learn the stack.)
The first time I applied the method below to a stack, I was blown away.
It took me 16 minutes and 29 seconds.
Let’s talk about how it works, and how it differs from the other ‘memory systems’ out there.
The ‘others’ and why you should avoid them
Don’t get me wrong. Some of the other methods CAN work for certain people. But they each have distinct disadvantages.
For example, one of the most popular ‘stack trainers’ is a Penguin Magic release featuring Rick Lax and glowing reviews.
I purchased this stack trainer while prepping this course, and I was rather ‘let down.’
This method undoubtedly works. In fact, it’s VERY similar to the one we’re about to use.
The downside is, this video will only teach you ONE stack—Mnemonica.
YES, I know that’s why you’re here, but why not create a system that will memorize any stack you like and Mnemonica in one swift motion?
In contrast, the Babylon Secret will work for any stack you throw at it—and takes the same amount of ‘upfront’ time to learn.
Think of it as the difference between giving someone a fish, and teaching them how to fish.
One of the other more popular stack memory systems is ‘The Memory Arts’ by the Trustmans. Again, this method is very well thought out and has the benefit that it will work for more than one stack—but it requires MORE memorization than the method I’ll show you.
(26 locations vs 17 for ours…but you’ll understand what we mean by that later.)
With that said, let’s move into the Babylon Secret.
An Ancient ‘Made-up’ Story
The analogy below was inspired by a story in a book by author and entrepreneur MJ Demarco.
There’s a rich man living in Babylon that wants a pyramid built for him.
(before you correct me on whether this is actually accurate or not…historical accuracy was thrown to the wind in the construction of this story 😉 )
Two men, Neb and Jeb, offer to build the pyramid.
The rich man from Babylon tells the men that whoever finishes first will receive a huge fortune. Whoever finishes second will receive nothing.
Neb sees the piles of gold and can’t wait to get started. He immediately starts lugging huge bricks around, building the first layer of his pyramid.
Oddly enough, the Jeb simply strolls home.
Neb, laughing at his opponent’s laziness, keeps on heaving bricks around. But they’re heavy, and it takes him a long time to get each one in place.
After a month, he finally finishes the first layer.
When he looks over to the plot of land assigned to his competitor, he laughs in scorn. There’s nothing there!
Neb keeps on grinding away at the pyramid, but now that he’s on the second level it’s harder for him to place the bricks.
But he keeps after it, and after another couple of months, the second layer is finished.
As ever, Jeb is notably absent.
Finally, 6 long months in, Neb finishes the third layer.
One day, while he’s lugging bricks for the fourth layer, he hears something all of a sudden.
He turns around to see Jeb turn up at the seat of a strange contraption with lots of moving parts and odd mechanisms.
As he watches, the contraption rolls over to the brickyard, picks up a brick like it’s nothing, and lays it perfectly in place.
After a couple more bricks have been finished by the machine, Neb starts to see where this is going. He furiously starts lifting more bricks and trying to brute force them into place—but to no avail.
Jeb finishes his first layer within that same day!
Within a couple of weeks, he finishes the entire pyramid while Neb is left still toiling on the 4th layer.
Well, Jeb retires happily with his newfound fortune.
This story is the perfect metaphor for what I’m about to show you.
In the context of our Skyscraper, the difference is between trying to build the Empire State by shoving each brick into place, rather than simply hiring a construction crew to do all the work for you.
It’s all about realising that you shouldn’t be trying to achieve this through sheer ‘brute force’ alone, and instead simply implementing the system I give you.
Sure, you can technically ‘start’ sooner if you just start trying to remember stuff, but you’ll quickly get stuck and slow down. Whereas if you don’t even THINK about memorizing the cards and just learn the system instead, you’ll be able to memorize the entire deck in no time at all.
And better yet, you can use this system to memorize ANY deck you’d like!
Which is why it frustrates me so much when I see magicians say:
“I’d love to perform with the memorized deck…but it’s too hard!”
The truth is, memorizing a deck is easy.
I’ll tell you what IS hard:
The second deal
The side steal
I’m willing to bet that any ONE of those alone requires at least 10x more work than memorizing a deck of cards…but I don’t see many magicians shy away from that
(excluding yours truly 😉 )
This is why I find it so funny that it seems to be such a commonly accepted ‘fact’ in the magic community that mem deck work is hard.
To me, the irony is quite exquisite. So many magicians will think nothing of practicing for 5 hours a day for 10 years to be able to perform a perfect bottom deal…but they shy away from spending a couple of hours memorizing a deck!
Going Deeper- Our Video Training
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