Under A Spell: Any Card Named Spelled To


Yet one more for the magic nerds, and to make matters worse, it’s for a subset of a subset of us. Namely for those of us who have taken Simon Aronson’s most famous creation to heart…and mind.

For a long time, I’ve pondered how to spell to any card named in a deck of cards. Any card. And  in almost all cases, to do it completely hands off, with only the spectator handling the cards and doing the spelling.

Well, the pandemic has given me a lot of time to think about it, and I finally wrote up the complete way to do it. I was thinking of asking a couple of dollars for it, but then I thought what the heck, I’ll give it away for free. All I ask is that you send me some feedback on it after you read through it. The method of course assumes you are already a committed Aronsonite.

You can get a copy of the pdf for reading or download by clicking here

2 thoughts on “Under A Spell: Any Card Named Spelled To

  1. Great stuff. Thanks, Jack. It’s almost enough to get me to memorize the Aaronson stack, but I’m afraid my old brain only has enough juice in it to hold on to the stack I created for myself many years ago. I can see you put a LOT of time into working this out, so, again, thanks!

    • Thanks, Chet. My memory is unreliable as well to say the least, but I’ve been using the Aronson stack a long time so it kind of sticks. I doubt I would be able to memorize a new stack, though, at this point. And as I mention in the pdf, I actually am not memorizing the spelling table, but by knowing the general strategies I can come up with the proper particular tactic for a given card pretty much on the fly.

      One fun way to practice is to get your stack set up, and then take a random card from another deck and see if you can spell to it.

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