Bound to Please

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Book by Simon Aronson ($35.00)

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If you decide to buy Simon Aronson's books separately, start with Bound to Please. This book is actually four books combined into one (“bound” to please, get it?). It’s all of Aronson’s early works, including A Stack to Remember, which gives you all the introductory tips and techniques to memorizing a deck, as well as some great yet simple tricks using the memorized deck stack. Most importantly, this is the only place that all the HIDDEN SECRETS Simon built into his stack are explained. There is a reason that cards 48 and 50 are what they are, and there’s a reason the Aces are at 6, 10, 18, and 22. Find out why ONLY HERE.

What’s more, you get “Shuffle-Bored,” an iconic card trick that still garners chatter and acclaim more than 25 years after it was published. This trick takes dozens of pages to explain, yet it’s completely self-working. Like much of Aronson’s material, it will fool you as you learn it!

There’s some sleight of hand, lots of self-working effects, the marketed Ad-Jacent (usually sold separately) is fully explained, and you get the best beginner guide to memorizing a deck. This book also includes “Red See Passover,” arguably the finest two-deck trick ever devised. If you like fooling magicians, this trick alone is worth the price of the book.

If you’re less interested in other tricks or beginning work on memorized deck, , we suggest starting with Simply Simon.

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Simon’s collected early works, compiled in one volume. Contains the complete texts of his first three books, The Card Ideas of Simon Aronson (1978), A Stack to Remember (1979) and Shuffle-bored (1980). Includes Red See Passover, Simon’s Favorite Card Trick, Mis-mate, Simon’s underground treatise on the memorized deck principles (that started the current wave of memorized miracles), an entire chapter on subtle uses of the advertising card, Under Cover Four Play, Ad-Jacent, and the original presentation of the Aronson stack (with three different poker deals, a perfect bridge hand, spelling combinations, a blackjack deal, and more). Shuffle-bored presents Simon’s self-working, totally hands-off card miracle: without any questions, outs, gaffs, ambiguities or moves – and without ever touching the cards – the performer announces exactly how many cards are face up, in a spectator freely shuffled deck! plus additional effects published in Kabbala and Hierophant.

183 pages


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  • Daniel asks: How much use is the mem deck material in Bound to Please if you already use a different stack and don't particularly want to learn another? How much is stack independent?

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Customer reviews for Bound to Please



I am a huge Michael Vincent fan, one of Michaels finest pieces involves the stack described within the pages of this book. The reaction from this..... kicker to the end of any card effect is HUGE! Wonderful thing....wonderful.



Shuffle-bored alone is worth the price of the book. Simon teaches several wars of doing the effect. Bought the mook mainly for this trick. Great read. Simon's thinking on card magic is really interesting. You can also learn the Aronson stock with this book, that will open many possibilities to you (mem deck magic) you will not regret getting this book.



I purchased this because I was interested in learning more about the memorized deck from the man himself. There was plenty here to satisfy my interest even though I don't use an Aronson stack. I didn't expect the rest of the book to be filled with such great effects and detailed explanations. There are a bunch of principles that you can apply to make up your own effects. It's a great deal for what you get.

Bound to Please by Simon Aronson