Stack Watch by Peter Turner
What time is it?
What position is the 5 of clubs in mnemonica?
One quick glance at your watch during performance can tell you both pieces of information.
THE STACK WATCH is the world's first anti-memory wearable for stack work in card magic.
A covert, must-wear device for deciphering a stacked deck... Without you having to ever know stack.
Dynamically tracking the ever-changing position of every card in a mixed deck.
There's a reason millions of gym memberships go to waste and diets always start 'NEXT' Monday.
People are busy and the lowest task on their priority list gets kicked to the curb.
Mnemonica is without a doubt, one of the strongest, most incredible tools in magic. There's a reason Blaine's TV and private performances contain a lot of mem-deck stuff... but it's damn hard to learn.
You always tell yourself you will, but you won't.
The good news with THE STACK WATCH is that it puts Mnemonica back on the table... Like a giant calorie-free sundae for magic.
You don't need to try to learn it, because the watch is there for you, exactly when you need it. It's instant, requires no work, no memory songs, no concentration and no testing.
Everything you can do with mnemonica has just been made simple, because you don't have to learn it.
Don't say I will. Say I don't need to.
If magic were a video game, THE STACK WATCH would be a cheat code to unlock a level 9000 Wizard with unparalleled powers.
The bezel silently surf's around the dial and is completely bidirectional.
This ability to move in a fluid motion can help you track the decks order, even if it's cut.
Something, up until now, only the most skilled memory-workers could master.
This allows you to achieve STACKED DECK mastery. Everything taught in Tamariz' Mnemonica or Pit Hartling's incredible book 'In Order To Amaze' is now possible to perform with the STACK WATCH.
Twist & track every card in every position of the deck. If the spectator names position 16 and the 5 of clubs, you just twist the dial to that position. Now it shows that you need to cut the 8 of hearts to the face of the deck to ensure the ACAAN is bang on.
Quality over Quantity
This isn't a gimmick. The word gimmick suggests it's cheap, disposable and into minute 14 of it's 15 minutes of fame.
The stack watch is a utility timepiece. A tactical decoder that just happens to be hidden on a high-quality watch. No expense spared.
The black steel band secures a Japanese movement timepiece powered by a quartz ultra SL68 movement.
No software updates and no pairing.
Stack Watch's dial is coated with a luminous absorption material to ensure the key markers are with you 24/7.
It can go as long as you can - and beyond.
Every idea is like a rock. Every product is a polished jewel.
The jewel was ALWAYS there, under the rough exterior, but it needed exposing. That refining within this industry is where classics are born.
In mid-2019, Peter Turner approached the Ellusionist team at a Penthouse party in Las Vegas. He had the idea of putting a stack crib on a watch face. Instead of numbers, it was playing cards.
52 minutes, washed away by the more important information. The deck.
He'd had the idea for years, but has never released a device to the industry before... and didn't know where to start.
He didn't know STACK, he'd never even tried to learn it, but this new idea would make his efforts obsolete anyway. It just needed to be realized.
Fast forward 14 days and 6 hours later and a DHL delivery driver knocked his door with the very first STACK prototype.
The numbers weren't perfect, the band wasn't tailored, but it was PROOF. Proof that it DOES work.
Later that day, Geraint Clarke joined Pete on a catch-up Skype call and said "Why don't you put the cards on a silent, bidirectional bezel. Like a divers watch."
That one refinement would allow magicians to re-track the order of a mixed (cut multiple times) stacked deck, with nothing but a twist. Something that looks natural and can be done right under the spectators nose.
The STACK WATCH was born.
In the following months, the Team has received, worn, used and broken tens of prototypes in their pursuit of perfection.
Now, customers can be safe in the knowledge that this wasn't a one and done product. We've produced something for us that we can also sell. Not something to sell, that we'll never use.
Order your STACK WATCH TODAY
SummaryAMAZING CONCEPT. But not sure I will be able to use it because you need to have pretty good sight, specially performing in low light environments.
SummaryI am really interested in learning the mnemonica stack and the tricks you can do with it but my memory is not great, perhaps due to my age! This watch has helped me out massively! Its a good quality watch and the routines you get with it are amazing and Peter Turner even teaches you some forces which have been brilliant to perform! The only downside is the bezel which does move too quickly but lots of people have mentioned that and its a very minor defect. I will be using this watch more now!
WilliamAs another reviewer said I'm a little split on this watch, because the watch is a terrific idea but very poor execution.
I hate to be the realist here, but for everyone claiming to be a watch guy, either we got two different watches or you don't know what you are looking at. To be fair the one I received was not scratched and they had wrapped most of it in a plastic sheeting to protect the finish. However, the finish is thin lacquer which is going to rub off if you try everyday use. The bezel is fairly loose, spinning with extremely little resistance to hold it's setting, and had play when lifting it slightly away from the face. Ultimately I would worry how much more play would be introduced with use. The case casting is okay, but has roughly finished edges. The watchband as other have alluded to, is garbage; the steel band has a thinly applied finish. The links split while I was trying to resize the watch and every pin I pulled was bent at least slightly. While the watch states it's waterproof, if you're too rough on it and expose it to salt water I suspect it will show surface rust. The Japanese quartz ultra Sl68 movements are probably a mostly chinese part, possibly at best assembled in Japan. In simple terms, as a watch only it's poorly made.
In terms of a Mnemonica Decoder though, it does what it says it will and is a pretty valuable tool. If you take what I paid $50 dollars, say $10-15 dollar watch and $35-40 dollar trick, well you still get what you pay for; because of this I gave it four stars.
Ultimately I would have preferred a nicer watch which I realize would raise the price point. This one isn't suited for wearing everyday, at best you could wear it to perform. Hopefully in the future there might be more options.
SummaryThis is a very good product, I was scared about this because other reviews said that the watch came scratched or that the dial turns to easy but I have had a problem with mine, the only problem I did run into was the resizing, I have very small wrists and I wish you could remove more from the band but you can only pop out 4 and even with removing all the links the watch still fits pretty lose so I have to wear it over my sleeve. other than that I would say this is a good tool to use for mnemonica and would highly recommend it.
AdrianAlright! Another “Magic Watch” is here. I have owned, RETURNED, and SOLD many if not ALL of the magic watches on the market. I have owned and seen smoke watches, watches that predict the time, and all of the other stuff. I also am a watch aficionado, so I fashion myself to know a little bit about timepieces.
Mainly, I am always on the lookout for that ONE tool. The good news is Ellusionist got a lot of things right here. The thing has to be a WATCH FIRST, and a GIMMICK SECOND. The stack watch succeeds here, which is very nice. I got two at the pre-order discount, so I consider myself lucky to save a couple bucks on these very nice pieces.
The watch is high quality. This is something that you could wear every day, and you wouldn’t be embarrassed. This is important because it is rare that you can wear and use magic items as everyday items. You CAN and be confident with this bad boy. This is a HUGE win in my opinion.
More importantly this watch it wouldn’t stand out as something that isn’t ORDINARY. This is exactly what you are looking for in a diabolical device like this. It blends in very nicely. I cannot stress the importance of this enough.
Taking a deeper dive here on the quality… The watch is heavy, the mineral glass crystal is THICK (which is very nice, and rare in magic gimmick watched), the watch has a stainless-steel back, the stem can be pulled out without fear. They put some thought into the construction, and I am sure there was some back and forth with the manufacturer. It appears the movement is solid and keeps time well so far.
The packaging and instructions are really nice and professional. This is very much appreciated.
It is always nice to have the stack on your wrist. There is now NO excuse whatsoever for you to not use your downtime into learning the stack if you so desire and using this powerful tool for advanced miracles as listed in the performance instructions.
The band is a little wobbly. I am lucky in that I am a bigger man, and like to wear my watches a bit loose. There was no adjustment necessary out of the box.
I bought two watches and will be returning one asking for an exchange because the band was stuck and it took a set of pliers to take it off nearly slicing my hand. I am glad I ordered two. The other one was fine.
I will consider going to a watch shop and getting a rubber band for one of these things and keep the other watch which I will be asking Ellusionist for an exchange with the original OEM band for more formal occasions.
The rotating bevel would have been nicer in my opinion if it clicked or had a bit more friction for it to stay in place. I am certain that they didn’t want it to make any noise or talk during performance. So, I understand the decision that needed to be made. Regardless, it is too loose and needs to have more friction. Both watches I got were like this.
As previously mentioned, I am a big guy. I am concerned as to what will happen when I inevitably slam this thing on a door-frame and scratch the bevel portion of the gimmick. If it rubs or smear part of the crib, the thing is DONE. It will be regulated to a junk drawer. Only time will tell here. This pun is intended.
I live in Florida. Will my sweat and grease smear the crib off after a few months? Who knows. I hope this doesn’t happen. If it does, the item goes down to one or two stars. Only time will tell here.
On that note I feel the crib could have had larger, bigger, clearer letters. After all, this is what we bought this for. I have the gift of youth, and good vision. Many may not.
I desire to have the creators to include a few watch effects that are not “stack related” into the instructions. It would be cool if some bonus regular watch effects be included with this thing so that it could have multiple varied effects that deviate from just “the stack.” It is not “UGLY” but, with something as nice as this should come with two or three bonus mentalist watch routines that are unrelated to just “the stack.” It isn’t necessary but it would be a nice touch.
So far with some reservations, I am being cautiously optimistic and giving this 4 stars due to the aforementioned reasons.
MarkMy watch arrived today (July 9, 2020). The band was protected by a layer of durable plastic wrap during shipping. No scratches whatsoever. The crystal was also protected with a layer of plastic.
Unfortunately, like others have mentioned, the BEZEL IS FAR TOO EASY TO MOVE. It's not like it spins but there's very little friction. I'll have to size the band and see how it goes with the watch on my wrist but, just carrying the watch in my hand moved the bezel.
In dim lighting, the minute markers and card markings are a bit difficult to read. In bright light, no problem. But if I was performing in a bar or restaurant with dim lighting, I'd be concerned about seeing the markings clearly and quickly.
I'm happy with my purchase EXCEPT for the all-too-easy-to-move bezel. I wish Turner had added a detent/lock on the bezel for the triangle/arrow at the 12 o'clock position. That way there wouldn't be any concern about the bezel having moved when performing with the stack in starting order (false shuffles and cuts).
SummaryI LOVE this watch! Love the look and feel of it! Everything was well explained! I did give this 4 stars because my bezel does not line up like it should but other than that I'm happy!
GaryMy first review didn’t go through but I think it’s important that this watch is very good and will be using it. For me the quality isn’t good the strap came scratch all over, the strap also feels and sounds very tinny when worn and the bezel/dial turn to easily and moves on its own. I’ve now changed the strap. In all a very good watch brilliant idea but would of rather spent £100 + knowing the quality would be better 3 stars overall but 5 stars for the idea of the stack watch
GaryFirst of all great idea but unfortunately the quality of the watch is terrible, mine arrived scratched along the strap, the strap sounds like tin and jingles around even with a pink out. I’ve now ditched the strap and bought a quality one. Again brilliant idea and I love the watch just really bad quality.
FilipSomehow my first review did not go through.
So well. I am a bit picky with things and how my first impression feels like.
Well my watch came scratched on the body of the watch where the band is attached to the watch and the band it self is scratched a bit too on the side. My problem is that when some one says it is a good quality watch I would expect quality check before it has been shipped.
The bezel to my feeling moves too easily. Just by wearing the watch and do my errands it moves so when I want to perform I need to make sure that the crown is where it should be.
Then what I miss on the teaching videos is closer look on the watch and how to set it up. I somehow did not catch the part how do you count the part where it says Chrono. when I adjust the watch and the card is prior Chrono how do I count? I totally know that you did us a favour and shipped us the watch sooner and had to make the teaching videos real fast. But, to actually really show us how to adjust the bezel and how to count after Chrono would help. Sure I can figure it out somehow...
BUT... never the less I'm not disappointed with the purchase. I will use the watch as it feels nice on the wrist.
Guys, I do not want to discourage from buying/ It is a great tool and it is worth the money.
As I said. When I receive something that has been scratched then I tend to put stars down...
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