Bound to Please

Book by Simon Aronson
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Bound to Please

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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.

More info on Bound to Please:

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


Customer reviews for Bound to Please



So happy that this came back in reprint. I am a very big Aranson fan. A lot of the tricks in the book require Aranson stack but there are a number that does not require a stack. Aransons tricks always has a charm to them. I like the matt paper and the production values are pretty good. This book is a must have for Aronson fans. Get this you won't regret it.



First and foremost, I'd like to say that some techniques are gold. The book It's well-organized and filled with practical tips and tricks that will help you to take your card magic to the next level and amaze your audiences. The book is also filled with original and creative ideas that will inspire any magician to come up with their own material. A must-have for any serious card magician.



The memorized deck has always terrified me. Well, it still does, but this book has so much to offer above and beyond the memorized deck. This collects a number of things and they are all worth the sticker here. Aronson is a master, and the effects taught here are mind-blowing.



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.



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 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.


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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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    • Kevin asks: Is this hardcover?

      • 1. Jim answers: 100% of the ones that I have seen are hardcover. I don't think a softcover version is even printed.
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    • Ron asks: The routine 'Red Sea Passover' requires some gimmicks. Are they available?

      • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The gimmicks aren't available at this time.
    • Ricki asks: Are the stack effects in this book specific to the Aronson stack or can they be preformed with a different stack?

      • 1. Jim answers: Some require it, while others do not.
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