The Six-Hour Memorized Deck
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What is a Card System?

In The Six-Hour Memorized Deck,
the following card systems are discussed:
  • The New Deck System
  • The Cornelius System
  • The Grouped Value System
  • The Osterlind System
  • The Si Stebbins System
  • The Boudreau System
  • The Eight Kings System
  • The No Memory Card Stack
  • The Stanyon System
  • The Lusthaus System
  • The Joseph System
  • The Memory-Deck
  • The Escee Prearranged Pack
  • The Reymond System
  • The Harding System
  • The Wild System
  • Jack's Pack
  • Richard's Stack
A card system is a combination of a fifty-two card stack and a process. This process can be mathematical or mnemonic. It governs on the one hand the setup of cards in the stack, and on the other hand a way to know the position or the identity (or both) of each of the card in the stack.

Simply said, if arithmetic operations (+, -, X, ÷) are needed to find a card name or its stack-number, then it is a card system.

B-A-N-G
When using a card system, the time it takes to pronounce the letters B, A, N, G, is about the time necessary to translate a named card into its stack-number.
You will find some card systems falsly advertized as memorized decks. Such is the case of so called algorithm-based memorized decks.
Among the oldest card systems, and by far the most well known, is the one popularized by Si Stebbins back in 1908.

Si Stebbins card System
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