Introduction to the Memorized Deck
The Memorized Deck, in our opinion here at The Daily Magician, is the most powerful tool in all of magic.
A tool that will allow you to perform legendary routines faster than you can say “MEMORIZED” okay… Maybe not as fast as that, but certainly faster than you can say:
(Don’t worry I had to google the spelling of that word… Props to anyone that can spell that off the top of their heads)
But before we can get into all the yummy stuff! We have to understand the basics of what a stacked deck ACTUALLY is.
What is a stacked deck?
For the purposes of this article, from this point forwards I will use the phrase: “Memorized deck” and “Stacked Deck” interchangeably.
A memorized deck is a deck in which the position of each of the 52 cards (from 1 to 52) has been committed to memory.
The two benefits to this are as follows:
If someone names any number from 1-52 you know will know instantly what card lies in that position…
…and if someone names a card you know exactly at what number it lies in the deck.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
But dig into it just a little and you’ll start to realize how many possibilities this opens up.
In fact, the overview above is perhaps a little too basic.
What the stacked deck REALLY is is a deck in which every single card acts as a ‘key card.’
I won’t get deep into ‘key cards’ here, but any experienced card handler should instantly recognise the power of this.
(This distinction is not unique to me. I was first introduced to this concept while reading Juan Tamariz’s incredible Mnemonica.)
Nearly EVERY effect in card magic can instantly be made stronger with the addition of a memorized deck.
I believe that’s an undeniable fact. Using a memorized deck won’t ‘detract’ from your effects, it can only add to them.
With that in mind, the question is not “should I add the memorized deck to my arsenal?” but rather “why isn’t it already in there, and what needs to change to make that happen?”
How do I get started?
Okay so you’re interested in the concept but you want some sort of shortcut?
How can YOU memorize a deck without spending months hammering the information into your brain?
It’s actually pretty easy.
You can watch the video below or read the transcript to found out how to begin your journey! (NOTE: The transcript was auto-generated so it’s not perfect)
Want to learn more?
Unknown Speaker 0:00
Well hello, and welcome to Part One in this long-awaited project and the memorized deck. So glad to finally be bringing this to your screens. You’re about to watch video one, which is very exciting when it’s all about how the memory stick of the world, the most powerful tool in magic used by the world’s best magicians. Now you can start unlocking, unlocking those principles, tactics, techniques, tricks, strategies, and all that. all that goodness today, starting today, and you’ll also find out why the memories deck saved me from feeling like a complete fraud within magic. So a lot of good stuff lined up for you. Let’s play the first video.
Unknown Speaker 0:38
Welcome everybody to this longest project. So good to finally be live finally be doing this.
Unknown Speaker 0:45
Clarify quick. who we are because of the podcast. Everyone is asking which voice is which? So this voice is Jacobs voice or web or Benji is that voices is Benji
Unknown Speaker 1:00
this voice has been news. Yeah.
Unknown Speaker 1:03
Yeah, that helps so much.
Unknown Speaker 1:06
Unknown Speaker 1:09
Anyway, got a little bit of a pre face before we get started.
Unknown Speaker 1:14
If you’re watching this, just sit down, turn off your phone, stop checking Facebook, turn off your email, whatever it is you do and just sit down and just do us a favor giving us your full attention for 10 minutes, 20 minutes or so. Because we’re about to share with you something that might just change your magic forever. So think it’s worth it. Okay.
Unknown Speaker 1:34
All right. Now, let’s get into the content of today’s video, which is the skyscraper method.
Unknown Speaker 1:43
And more specifically,
Unknown Speaker 1:46
how to perform the most powerful effects in magic, about spending four years chained to the car table through our seven day skyscraper challenge. Which I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me.
Unknown Speaker 1:58
For sure, I don’t know, I’m not particularly a fan of being chained to a table
Unknown Speaker 2:04
called magical otherwise. Yeah, exactly. It’s just not my taste. Mm hmm.
Unknown Speaker 2:10
Alright, so the way we’re gonna do this, and the way we’re gonna achieve that is, you know, spoilers for a memorized deck. But I’m going to assume that most of you knew that already. Because we’ve talked about that, before we put out a survey where we told you, it’s gonna be about memorize deck. And there’s a lot of interest in that. So I know a lot of people are very interested in what we have to say about the memory stick. But before we fully dive into it, let me just say,
Unknown Speaker 2:37
a lot of you, this might not be your first time dipping into their minds deck. And so you might have tried before, but had varying levels of levels of success. So if you failed at memorizing it, or you managed to memorize it, but you didn’t really know what to do next. Don’t worry, none of that it’s your fault. And there’s a lot of information out there, a lot of it’s okay, a lot of it’s not again, a lot of it’s just plain wrong, especially when it comes down to the memorizing the deck itself. And the good info is just kind of spread out, you have to hunt it down. It’s badly presented. It’s confusing. And there is good stuff out there. But it’s buried among other stuff in its little bit of information overload at time, so don’t worry.
Unknown Speaker 3:18
We’ve done the hard work and you have it together everything you need to know done that job for you. But yet, don’t worry, if you’ve
Unknown Speaker 3:26
not managed to sort of hit the memories back the way you wanted to in the past, not your fault. We’ll explain exactly why as we go on. Yeah, and I think definitely, for me, that was my biggest problem. Like when Benji came to me and explained this course and everything we’d be doing. I was like, really, like, we’re gonna memorize a whole deck like, but Benji was like really like confident. I mean, with this little kind of hand is usually a little smirk that he has on when I know something’s gonna work out. So it was really cool to go through and do the course because even for me, like magic aside, just the fact that my brain was like, more powerful than I thought it was, it was a really cool experience. Because I mean, I basically managed to memorize the deck and I didn’t even know it happened. So I think really just come need like the right person to explain how the memorization that memorizing a deck works. And if I can do it, you guys can do it, trust me.
Unknown Speaker 4:18
Hmm, definitely. And the other important part of all of this is that what we’re going to show you with the memories deck memorized and get some of the effects from do that how powerful those effects are. You know, some magicians will tell you that you can start working with this stuff until you’ve already sunk decades into the regular quote unquote, card magic. And it’s sort of this thing you have to put your time in before you’re allowed to do this fun stuff memorized deck. And I’m here to tell you that that’s that’s wrong. Um, and you know, some of them might just be the fact that you can unlock effects that are stronger than what they’ve managed to do with fraction of the work, which almost sounds too good to be true. But fortunately for me, and Jacob and everyone who uses them, I get that
Unknown Speaker 5:00
Really is the case.
Unknown Speaker 5:02
Yeah. And obviously, it’s not easy. But there is work that goes into it. But it’s, it’s the beautiful thing about it is that you put the work in once. And it pays off time and time again for years years to come. So rather than constantly this sort of
Unknown Speaker 5:18
grind of constant practice improvement and learning, you get stuck in this rut is this one thing, we have to sort of put a little bit of work in ones up front? really not a lot, though. And then you unlock this, this whole new system, which is pretty amazing. Yeah. And like I was saying, I think that, like, if you tried to memorize a deck in the past before, and you failed, it’s not your fault.
Unknown Speaker 5:41
We’re like, I don’t know, we don’t want to be horrible. But the people just it like anything, there’s people that have good intentions, or are just teaching with kind of like flawed instruments. And so I think what was really interesting to me is the fact that
Unknown Speaker 5:56
I don’t know when you, obviously, like your immediate thought is like, Well, okay, I have to basically spend eight hours sitting in my room memorizing 52 cards, and doing it over and over again for like, the space of four weeks, and then maybe I’ll have a deck memorized. But honestly, it’s like so much simpler than that. And I think that’s really like the beauty of like, the like the skyscraper method is like, it’s like simplicity, like, it’s not easy, but it is simple.
Unknown Speaker 6:24
Mm hmm. A good way of putting it.
Unknown Speaker 6:27
Yeah, and it’s not easy, but it can be fast, as well as another round. So anyway, that’s what we’re here for. We’re gonna help you unlock these powerful effects. And fast, as we said, using my sort of original skyscraper method, and we’re going to show you how.
Unknown Speaker 6:41
And by the way, it’s not just about memorizing a deck, that is only the beginning. That’s almost the prerequisite so you can enjoy the rest of the stuff. But let me just say that my goal with these videos, and the entire skyscraper method is to help two types of people. You know, those of you who are beginners, you’re going to discover what the memories that can do for you. Spoiler, it’s pretty amazing how you can achieve these powerful effects and how to approach memories in the deck itself. But for those of you who are a little bit more advanced, you’ll also discover some new ideas and concepts that I can guarantee you haven’t seen before. Plus, where you can discover even more, including effects that really, nobody’s seen before, because I haven’t shared them before. So it’s a there’s gonna be a lot of fun stuff coming.
Unknown Speaker 7:25
But my number one goal over the next few days is to get you to believe that the memorize deck is the key to unlocking the most powerful effects in magic. And we’re going to show you our original frameworks that will make it like Jacob said, not easy, but simple for you to achieve that result.
Unknown Speaker 7:43
Don’t miss anything, I think? I think that’s mostly I think that’s, I think that’s good. Yeah, I think it’s just tied storytime.
Unknown Speaker 7:51
Unknown Speaker 7:54
Unknown Speaker 7:58
before we get too deep into this, let me just tell you a little bit about myself who I am. Some of you may know, some of you may not, don’t worry, I’ll try and keep it fairly short. I know you’re not here to listen to my life story. But
Unknown Speaker 8:10
you know, over the past few years, I’ve had an amazing chance to work with some of the best magicians in the world, including some of my personal heroes,
Unknown Speaker 8:18
and beyond to help other magicians are mock, and level up their magic by helping run a whole community and magic club in itself
Unknown Speaker 8:26
over at CC, but, you know, it wasn’t always that way.
Unknown Speaker 8:32
And even when it wasn’t that way, it wasn’t quite what it seemed. So if we kind of go back a little bit before that. I’ve been doing magic for, you know, about over 10 years now.
Unknown Speaker 8:45
And like I said, most of that time, I was just, you know, enjoying magic like everybody else in the last few years, started the dealer magician and I managed to sort of catch the attention of some magicians that I’ve always looked up to, and started working with them and doing stuff that I’d really never imagined myself doing. But despite all of that,
Unknown Speaker 9:03
it all sounds pretty good on the surface. And it was it wasn’t to an extent, but there was definitely something missing the whole time, which was my
Unknown Speaker 9:11
my relationship with magic. And there’s something missing from my own magic. And, you know, I never really said this, but I kind of felt like a fraud, you know, because
Unknown Speaker 9:21
I was okay, you know, I’d been doing it long enough that I knew a thing or two. But I was nowhere near like, good, you know, like, which, you know, might maybe it’s harsh, but I was working with some of the best people in the world. So you really do compare yourself to them. And you think wow, I don’t I don’t have that kind of skill, you know, how not to fall into that trap. And that Yeah.
Unknown Speaker 9:45
Did Yeah, definitely comparison and like, and so I don’t really take you away from what’s important, I guess. Yeah, yeah.
Unknown Speaker 9:53
Yeah. And so anyway, I felt like a little bit of an imposter and it sort of had an effect on my magic because I was
Unknown Speaker 10:00
Just doing this stuff, whereas, like,
Unknown Speaker 10:02
outside of my work life, you know, personally, people I knew, they always knew me as like the magic guy, you know, he does magic. He’s pretty good. And so everywhere I go, people will be asking me, how can you do some magic? Can you do this? Can you do that? But inside of me, I always felt like I was some kind of imposter. Because like, if these people really knew, they’d know that I’m not actually that good. You know, like, I have a few skills, but I’m nowhere near these guys. You know? Yeah, these guys at the top, you know, and that’s a good point that you bring up that because I remember even we would go to family gatherings, or we’d go out together. And you’d always shy away from saying, like, I helped magic company always say I was in like, digital marketing or like, whatever, like I send emails or whatever. So it’s interesting that you say that, because it kind of like, connects those dots in my mind.
Unknown Speaker 10:46
Yeah, I mean, the, once you bring up the the M word, as has been the norm, I hit the magic. As soon as you say magic, it’s like, Alright, show me a trick, you know? And when you feel like a little bit of fraud, it’s kind of a scary thing. Sure. Like, what if these people find out and which is kind of crazy when you think about it, because it’s, it’s not really like that. But inside, you kind of feel like a, it’s just a weird feeling. And when you know, your magic, it’s like, it’s not the best just goes on the best. And you’re just buying other people’s gimmicks kind of rely on other people to do the heavy lifting. But stuff that if you don’t have it with you, it’s like, it’s like a crutch. No, you take that away, and you’re not going to be able to perform in the same way,
Unknown Speaker 11:25
especially when your skills aren’t the best in the world. And it’s demoralizing as well, when you realize that. Because obviously, we both pretty busy, we have a lot of stuff going on, it’s like, I don’t think I have the time. Or maybe I do at the time, but I don’t have the desire to sit down for 40 years and practice with 10 hours a day. If you do, that’s fine. You’re a better musician than me. But I personally, that’s not what I want to do, I want to have time. So I can
Unknown Speaker 11:48
spend my time working on other stuff that I enjoy or performing and not spending all my time practicing and all this other stuff. And so I was caught in this difficult place where it was like, I know my skills on the best. And I know I’m not going to go down the road of 40 years of 10 hour a day practice sessions. But I also don’t want to keep relying on other people’s gimmicks and buying their stuff. Because what if I don’t have that, you know, what do I have for myself. And I might have stayed in that place. And it was a pretty rough place in terms of why I was my relationship with magic. Even though on the surface, I was working with these great magicians and having a lot of fun in that sense.
Unknown Speaker 12:24
But deep down, I just didn’t feel that connection to magic, and I’d fallen out of love with it.
Unknown Speaker 12:28
And then you’ll be grateful to hear this story does have a happy ending.
Unknown Speaker 12:33
One day one day changed everything. So
Unknown Speaker 12:37
one of the people you may have heard this story before but not quite like this. I’m
Unknown Speaker 12:42
one of the people I was lucky enough to work quite extensively, extensively with is a magician named Aaron Fisher, who’s I mean, you already know if you’re watching this, your own Fisher is is a is one of the best in the world and what he does. And you know, he’s one of these guys where you see him work. And you’re like, wow, it’s it’s intimidating, how good he is. But anyway, I forgot to the States, actually to meet with Jacob over here. But while I was there, I haven’t been kind of in close enough proximity that
Unknown Speaker 13:12
hopped on the train, and went to visit Aaron.
Unknown Speaker 13:18
And I wasn’t planning on doing a whole lot of magic, but I mean, I guess that was inevitable. And then so pull up the card started doing a bit of magic. And,
Unknown Speaker 13:27
Unknown Speaker 13:28
honestly, I find it so hard to put into words, how badly fooled I was.
Unknown Speaker 13:35
And it’s like, you know, I’d been doing magic for like 10 years, and I’d fought I thought I knew what I was talking about. And I thought I’d work these people and like I knew more or less most of the stuff you know, which is definitely a good thing thing. I was definitely wrong, but at the time it felt that way. And the stuff he showed me
Unknown Speaker 13:52
absolutely blew my mind to a level I’ve never ever, ever felt before.
Unknown Speaker 14:02
And it was really the closest I’ve ever felt in my life to thinking maybe magic really is real. You know, that’s how strong this stuff was. It’s so so powerful that I as a very one maybe not very, but as an experienced magician, I had no idea what was going on. I was personally gobsmacked until I was like, wow, that’s how I feel. I can’t even imagine how, you know, regular audience people might feel
Unknown Speaker 14:25
Unknown Speaker 14:27
part of me was like, Wow, this is amazing. But then another part of me was like, Well, I guess it’s just down you know, I won’t be able to do that stuff.
Unknown Speaker 14:34
But then you know, here’s the kicker is that at the end of it all or one point and says to me he says and this is almost like
Unknown Speaker 14:42
you know when this this kind of idea and mythology where you climb to the top of the mountain and there’s this spiritual guru sat at the top of the mountain and you climb all the way to see them and they just give you like this one piece of advice. That’s what you have to go off.
Unknown Speaker 14:55
After all this stuff blowing my mind so much.
Unknown Speaker 14:58
Aaron says me
Unknown Speaker 15:00
And I’m paraphrasing here. There’s a few more words than this. But he says he basically says, gone study the memorize deck. It gives me a few pointers, but that’s more or less it is gone and studied the memorize deck.
Unknown Speaker 15:11
That’s also Okay. Well, it’s interesting, huh? I remember as well, just laying down you came back. Like, like, just just to support like Benji’s claim, like, he was like, Mind blown, he came back with like, his little goodie bag, like, full of free decks that he got from gunja community. And like, he was actually just raving about this, like, performance that, and Fisher dumping him out was completely impossible. So it was a cool moment.
Unknown Speaker 15:39
Yeah, and if you know me, um, I, maybe it’s because I’m British, I don’t know, I don’t tend to react that well to magic. Not a bad way. Like I enjoyed watching it, but stuff. I don’t have that visceral kind of physical reaction you see, some people have when I see magic, most of the time.
Unknown Speaker 15:57
And even when Aaron had done stuff to me in the past, like over zoom, or, you know, long distance, and he was always frustrated that I was like, yeah, that’s pretty cool. It’s cool. It’s nice. But then,
Unknown Speaker 16:08
when I was there in person seeing this stuff, using my mouse deck, when it when he got used on me, I was literally squealing like a pig. I don’t know if that’s quite the right analogy. But that’s more true than not true. You know?
Unknown Speaker 16:23
I was I was just gone, you know, and I literally barely could barely even control myself. That’s how strong I was right?
Unknown Speaker 16:31
And anyway, yes. So he tells me goes to the the memory stack, which begins this whole journey of
Unknown Speaker 16:37
me sort of relearning magic and relearning my approach to it, and discovering a whole new kind of methodology of magic, which over time came together to become the skyscraper method.
Unknown Speaker 16:50
And what’s so beautiful about this skyscraper method in the memorize deck in particular, is that, you know,
Unknown Speaker 16:59
a very large extent of it is not reliant on advanced sleight of hand, almost all of it, there’s not a large amount of land involved, even some of the best stuff with memories that require no sleight of hand whatsoever. And it’s also requires no gimmicks, no, you don’t need to buy special decks prepared decks, these can be done with regular decks of cards.
Unknown Speaker 17:17
And like I said earlier, the one piece of work because you might be listening to this and thinking, well, there must be some kind of trade off, right, because you get all this stuff, the most powerful effects in magic. And you don’t have to buy expensive gimmick, you don’t have to spend four years studying sleight of hand, what gives, where’s the trade off. And the amazing news is, there really isn’t any, the only one I can point to is the fact that you will need to memorize a deck. But as we’re going to explain that, Ron, that’s really not as hard as it sounds, it’s actually quite easy. And so once you put that work in once, and I say work, you know, once you put that work in memorizing the deck, once, you’re going to be getting repaired for your whole life with these amazing, amazing effects.
Unknown Speaker 17:57
And it’s cool, because we’re gonna really jump into some of the principles that blew me away when we started doing these things, and one of them is called the square circle.
Unknown Speaker 18:10
Because, like, I didn’t want to get into that much, because just like saying that you really want to Yeah, we’re gonna have to, but basically, it’s the way of its different ways of performing in order to kind of unlock the most powerful effects. And the one I’m really excited about. The second one we’re gonna jump into with you guys, which I’m going to talk about a lot is called the Babylon secret. And it kind of sounds kind of mysterious, but that was one that I was talking about that I was raving about how I didn’t even think I could memorize a deck and then in the second bedroom kind of turned around on me, and I’ve memorized the whole deck and I hadn’t even noticed. So I think it’s really like hands down the easiest and smartest way to approach memorizing deck. And I think that’s gonna be really exciting for you guys to hear about. Mm hmm.
Unknown Speaker 18:51
Yeah, I mean, we’re gonna talk about
Unknown Speaker 18:53
the esteemed Greece in the hinges principle,
Unknown Speaker 18:58
which is how you avoid what a great performer Eric mead calls the most dangerous part of memory stick work. And we’ll get into that later. But the beautiful thing to keep in mind as we go through all this stuff is that 90% 99% almost all of the principles we’re gonna be talking about and all of the
Unknown Speaker 19:16
underpinnings of what makes the memorized, expert powerful,
Unknown Speaker 19:20
can be practiced anywhere in the world, you know, you don’t need to have a deck of cards on hand to be doing this stuff. Because memorize deck, it’s almost purely mental, you know, you know, for every card, the position of the card, very position your card. It’s just this mental thing where if you have it in your mind, you can work on it, wherever you are, you know, Simon Aronson, a great sort of
Unknown Speaker 19:42
brilliant pioneer of the memory stack would say that he would practice stack his memorized deck stack while brushing his teeth in the morning. And it really is that simple, you know, wherever you are in the world, whatever you’re doing, as long as you’re awake, you know.
Unknown Speaker 19:54
As long as you can think you can practice your memories that can not only practice, you can improve and you can come up with new ideas.
Unknown Speaker 20:00
And that’s what I love about it is it’s so accessible, there’s no real barrier to it.
Unknown Speaker 20:05
Which is why you won’t need to spend the next four years changing content because this can be done anyway, you know, I think the most amazing example I can give that is one time I was at a theme park. And I was waiting in the line to get on the roller coaster. And I just had this idea for an effect using a memory deck. And I was like, Oh, that’s a good idea. I need to write that down. But obviously, because I’m about to go on a roller coaster, I don’t have anything to write down on. So instead, I just keep on like repeating in my mind, and then I get on the roller coaster. And as we’re doing these like Loop The Loops, I’m not only just repeating in my mind is sort of exploring new things like, well, that’s just I could do that as well. And like this one here. And it was just amazing. I was like, wow, you know, that doesn’t tell you how, how useful this memorize deck stuff is then I don’t know what there’s.
Unknown Speaker 20:50
Unknown Speaker 20:53
Unknown Speaker 20:56
how are we doing for time? Yeah. Okay, I think that’s pretty good. Today, you’re gonna
Unknown Speaker 21:02
give me a little teaser, a little teaser of what’s coming. Some of the ideas about why the memory stick is still powerful ideas of practicing anywhere, all this mental stuff and working smart rather than working hard, which is really the core of it with a memory stack. So we’re going to get deep into the individual ideas that we talked about the square circle, Babylon seek Great question, the hinges, all of that stuff is coming very soon.
Unknown Speaker 21:26
If you just
Unknown Speaker 21:29
watch out for an email that have come in a couple of days, where we’re gonna give you the link to the next video in this series, until then, feel free to re watch this one as many times as you like, yeah, and, you know, please share it and share it with your friends as well. Because we really want I want to be part of this because this is this is it, you know, like, this is exclusive, this is an exciting opportunity. And there’s gonna be a lot of free content coming in the next three days. So we’re just so excited. Please share it with everyone you know, and keep refreshing the inbox because we’re going to keep you really up to date over the next few days.
Unknown Speaker 21:58
Oh, definitely. It’s, it’s gonna be amazing. So we’ll be back in a couple of days with the square circle which I think you’re gonna love this and the bubble and secret and of course screws and hinges later down the line. So until then, enjoy, enjoy me watching this and we will see you then.
There truly is no better way to perform magic with a quality premium we expect from professionals than using the stacked deck, if you were to only perfect one corner of magic- I would advise it be stacked deck work.
So please, don’t miss out, follow this link:
That’s all on the memorized deck for today folks.