I am looking for a memory coach to help with a magic trick.
I need to memorize the top 13 cards of a shuffled deck as quickly and reliably as possible for a magic trick. I won’t need more than 13 cards, but they could be any of the 52 cards in a deck.
I do have a bit of experience with memorizing cards. I have used both PAO and a 52-place memory palace before (my fastest time for a full deck was only around 5 minutes).
For the 13 card task I actually practised for a few weeks. I gave each of the 52 cards an object and used 13 memory pegs (since I only ever need the top 13 cards). I decided to not to use PAO since I figured that for 13x52 possible combinations (around 600) I would eventually be able to learn all of them and therefore they would become automatic. For PAO I would always need to use some concentration and a bit of imagination, and that could be a problem under the pressure of magic performance.
However, after several weeks of practice things weren’t getting as fast as I would have liked them. Even after about an hour of practice a day I was only down to about 40 seconds on average. I want it to be more like 15 seconds.
Is this something any of you can help me with? I would want:
- Detailed advice on the best system to go with
- Practice tips
- Occasional follow-up sessions.
I’m looking to pay somewhere around 30-40 dollars per (hour) lesson.
Thanks in advance,