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.

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
Top of the stack
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