The 2 Card Shadow System

The idea behind the 2 Card Shadow System is you only have 1352 images to create instead of the usually 2704 images for a 2 card system. The reason for only having 1352 images is you will be using an image to represent two combinations of cards.

For example: The image of scissors would represent both 10♠10♠ and 10♥10♥. We will get to how to tell which card combo the image represents later.

The coding for the system can be the tricky. One thing to keep in mind is all the letters for the coding can be switched to whatever you want. I will be giving what is generally used for the Shadow System. Let’s start with the major system since knowing the major system helps with the Shadow System.

Major System

Major System:
0 = s, z
1 = t, d
2 = n
3 = m
4 = r
5 = l
6 = j, g, sh, ch
7 = k, c
8 = f, v
9 = p, b

Each of those numbers have those specific letters’ sound. The letters’ sound will appear in the order of the number (card combo) for example: 00. An image that would fit is Zeus because you have the S/Z sound as the first sound then as the second sound. The image Snakes wouldn’t work because you have a N sound as the second sound and a K sound as the third sound.

Suit Combo's Coding

Here is the letter coding for the suits of the cards:

Suit Combination Major System Number and Sound
Spade and Spade 0 - S, Z
Heart and Heart 0 - S, Z
Spade and Heart 1 - T, D
Heart and Spade 1 - T, D
Club and Spade 2 - N
Diamond and Heart 2 - N
Spade and Diamond 3 - M
Diamond and Spade 3 - M
Club and Heart 5 - L
Heart and Club 5 - L
Spade and Club 6 - J, SH, CH
Heart and Diamond 6 - J, G, SH, CH
Club and Club 7 - K, C
Diamond and Diamond 7 - K,
Club and Diamond 9 - P, B
Diamond and Club 9 - P, B

Each suit combo is given a number so you know what sound the suit combo has. You might of notice pairs of suit combos have the same letter coding. This is how one image will represent two suit combos.

For example: A♣A♠ and A♦A♥ The number/letter for these suit combos is 2 - N (referring to the table above).

The next step is to get the letter coding for the values of the cards. The coding is very straight forward for the values.

Card Value Coding

Card Value Number from Major System
10 0 - S, Z
Ace 1 - T, D
2 2 - N
3 3 - M
4 4 - R
5 5 - L
6 6 - J, SH, CH
7 7 - K, C
8 8 - F, V
9 9 - P, B

The number cards’ combos have straight forward steps on how to create images.

Number Card and Number Card Combo

Steps Category
1 Number from the Suit Combo
2 Number from Card #1
3 Number from Card #2

Comb #1: 10 of Spade and 6 of Spade.

Number/Letter Category
0 - S, Z The Suit Combination’s Number
0 - S, Z Number from the Suit of Spades
6 - J, G, Sh, Ch Number from the Suit of Heart
3 Digit #: 006 Image: Sausage

With those letter options, you can use the image Sausage to represent 10 of Spade and 6 of Spade since it fits the coding. This section was about have to number cards in the combo. Having a face card first changes the coding a bit.

Face Card and Number Card Combo

Steps Category
1 Number from Card #1
2 Number from the Suit Comb
3 Number from Card #2

When you have a face card as the first card in the combo, you will be moving the suit combo number/letter to the second position instead of the first. The numbers/letters for the face cards as the first card in the combo are:

Jack Face and # Card Combo Jack’s Position Number from Major System
Jack Face Card and Number Card 1st Position 8 - F
Queen Card and # Card Combos Queen’s Position Number from Major System
Queen Face Card and Number Card 1st Position 4 - R
King Face and # Card Combos King’s Position Sound Produced
King Face Card and Number Card 1st Position H

Here are examples of each:

Combo #1: Jack of Diamonds and 3 of Hearts

Number/Letter Category
8 - F, V Number from the Face Card
2- N The Suit Combination’s Number
3- M Number from the Second Card
3 Digit #: 823 Image: Venom

Combo #2: Queen of Clubs and 6 of Spades

Number/Letter Category
4 - R, Z Number from the Face Card
2- N The Suit Combination’s Number
6 - J, G, Sh, Ch Number from the Second Card
3 Digit #: 426 Image: Ring

Combo #3: King of Clubs and 7 of Spades

Number/Letter Category
H Number from the Face Card
2- N The Suit Combination’s Number
7 - K, C Number from the Second Card
3 Digit #: H + 27 Image: Hank

Number Card and Face Card Combo

The last combo you can have is with the face card being the last card in the pairing.

Jack Face and # Card Combo Jack’s Position Number from Major System
Jack Face Card and Number Card 2nd Position 1 - T, D
Queen Card and # Card Combos Queen’s Position Number from Major System
Queen Face Card and Number Card 2nd Position 4 - R
King Face and # Card Combos King’s Position Sound Produced
King Face Card and Number Card 2nd Position Silent

Only for the Jacks and Queens, you add an S to the front of the lettering coding. The following are examples for a face card being in the second position.

Combo #1: 2 of Spades and Jack of Spades

Number/Letter Category
S + 2 Number from Card #1
0 - S, Z Suit Combination’s Number
1 - T, D Number from Card #2
3 Digit #: S + 201 Image: Sunset

Combo #2: 3 of Clubs and Queen of Hearts

Number/Letter Category
S + 3 Number from Card #1
5 - L Suit Combination’s Number
4 - R Number from Card #2
3 Digit #: S + 354 Image: Small Rose

Combo #3: 9 of Spades and King of Diamonds

Number/Letter Category
9 - P, B Number from Card #1
3 - M Suit Combination’s Number
Silent Number from Card #2
3 Digit #: 93 + Silent Image: Beam

These are all the different card combinations you will have with the Shadow System. You know have the coding system so you can start building your own images for the system. The last thing to learn is how to memorize the cards.

How To Memorize With Shadow System

You never know how many cards will be in a single location. It all depends on the color of the cards you get that determine if you stay in the same location or more to the next location. Here are the rules:

  1. If your first card is black or both cards are black in the card combo, you put the image for the card combo in the 1st (current) location.

  2. If you get another first card black or both cards black in the card combo, you place your new image in the 1st (same) location.

  3. If you get a red card first combo (red/black or red/red), you will place this image in the 1st (same) location as the other images, but it will be the last image you have for the 1st (current) location

  4. If you get a black card first combo, you will place the image in the 2nd (next) location. Then you will follow the rules 2 and 3.

  5. If you get a red card first combo, you will only have this image in the 2nd (next) location then move to the next location for the next card combo.

At first these rules might seem hard but here is an example so you can see it.

Location 1
A♠2♠ - Dane
2♠3♠/ Nemo
2♥7♥ Nike (Last image because it is red suit)

Location 2
A♥2♥ Dane (The only image because it is red suit)

Location 3
2♠8♠ Knife
3♥2♥ Men (Last image because it is a red suit)

Since images represent 2 card combos, you will know which card combo an image represents by the location of the image in the palace locations. A♠2♠ and A♥2♥ both are represented by Dane. In location 2, you know the card combo Dane represents is A♥2♥ since it is the only card pair in the location. This means the card combo is red so the version of the image Dane has to be the red card combo.

This system takes a lot of time to create and to practice. As long as you learn the coding set up and the rules for memorizing the card pairs, you should be able to get a hang of it!

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