Let me preface this with one thing. Over my magic career, I have memorized six or seven decks of cards and have used many memorized deck effects in my working repertoire. The memorization isn't the problem, and finding material for the stacks isn't an issue either. I just don't get what sets Mnemonica or the Aronson stack apart. Most of the magic I find is interchangeable. This includes legendary routines like Shuffle Bored or Mnemonicosis. I can do either with any of the above stacks. Like half of Mnemonica (the book) is full of poker deals, but none of them are all that great (coming from a guy who loves poker deals!) and most of them require you to displace a few cards. Lennart Green has much better dramatic stacks for poker deals. Deal 5 hands with progressively more interesting and powerful hands. Ben Joffre has an impossible stack for Texas Hold'em. The spectator cuts the deck and names 2 or three players. They then deal you the winning hand EVERY SINGLE TIME! Heck, even the Si Stebbins gives better poker deals than Mnemonica. In a four-hand game you can deal a straight flush wherever the spectator cuts, no extra sleight of hand required. I just don't get what makes Mnemonica and the Aronson stacks so desirable. It seems like there are much better stacks out there that look just as mixed and are either easier to memorize or can do things that no other stack can do. Am I missing something when it comes to Aronson and Tamariz?