Simon Aronson’s stack was the only game in town, so to speak, for many years. There was always talk of Juan’s stack, but until this book was released, it was never readily available. It made an enormous splash in the marketplace, and there has been a huge surge in popularity with memorized deck work, based on the contents of this book.
Juan Tamariz, arguably the finest magician in the world, explains in great detail his own stack, how to memorize it, and many tricks with it.
I don’t use Tamariz stack, and I’m quite happy I memorized Aronson stack. But as you’ll soon discover, memorized deck magic is not usually stack dependent (meaning you can use ANY memorized stack for most of the tricks in Mnemonica and Simon’s books).
Which stack should you learn? That depends. The main feature of the Aronson stack is that it has many useful, built-in features that outweigh the built-in features of the Tamariz stack. The advantage of Mnemonica stack is that you can get into it (and out of it) with new deck order. This makes a colossal finish, or allows you to get into the stack when you open a fresh pack.
You shouldn’t make this decision without reading both Bound to Please and Mnemonica. BOTH are modern classics, and BOTH contain magic you will use, no matter which stack you choose.
Tamariz teaches you how to memorize the stack-forever—in as little as three hours. Our friends have given mixed reports on whether this has worked for them, but it is still definitely worth the effort. At worst, you'll be able to learn the stack with a month's work.
Whether you're new to memorized deck work, or whether you already know a memorized stack, we think you'll enjoy Tamariz's great work.