New Speed Memory World Records by Ramón Campayo

New speed memory world records by Ramón Campayo at the Torneo Internacional de Memoria Rápida:

  • 1 second decimal digits: 20
  • 1 second binary digits: 48
  • 4 second binary digits: 96





Dan 19 Sep 2021

How is this possible if Campayo doesn't have eidetic memory? And why doesn't he compete in the standard memory competitions? I picked up his book earlier this year and read through parts of it. But when his descriptions of his major system were not consistent, and I assumed the translation was bad, and I gave up on it. The part on speed-reading was interesting but I am always skeptical of these claims.


Josh 19 Sep 2021

I downloaded their software and tried it. When memorizing the numbers, I believe they are spaced apart according to whatever system you use. So if your system chunks numbers in threes, you could space it like this:

020 614 092 322 856 123 567

If you can convert them to images quickly, it should be possible to memorize a lot. If binary numbers are chunked in 10s, that is only 4.8 images. It sounds extremely difficult to do in one second, but not impossible.

I have a theory about phonetic systems which I'll save for another blog post, but basically, it's very easy to memorize familiar words. A person can memorize this 34 character sequence in less than a second:


With a strict phonetic system that is made up of artificial one-syllable words, reading a line of numbers should be similar to reading a line of words in English. The sequence of digits, "020 614 092 322 856 123 567," then becomes 7 one-syllable words -- or seven bits of information that can be memorized without even having to place them in loci. You could repeat them a few times to put them in long-term memory, just like a phone number.

This is how my system is supposed to work, but it isn't finished yet, so it's just theoretical at the moment...


Simon 19 Sep 2021

Always interesting to read of Ramon.

I tried his software, too. His record for 4 s decimals seems to be 29,5.

30 is definitely possible. My best after a few tries was 26, I think.

We had some great fun at There you can try 50 digits and 100 digits speed runs.

At the moment, the records are 7.77s for 50 and 25.19 s for 100. While the 7.77 s is a very good time, the 25.19 s should be quite easily improvable to under 20 s. Alas, 50 is more fun, because you don't need to invest that many locations.




Josh 19 Sep 2021

Do you place the the images in locations in the fast events, like 4 second numbers? I'm curious whether it can be done without locations...


nikkolai 19 Sep 2021

damn thats fast how can i achieve that?


Solomon 19 Sep 2021

That is so fast. How could one person do that. I have read a lot of Mr. Lorayne books about memory but I can't find this speed to memorize. Please advice. i want to get invoilved in this memory competition.


Dai Griffiths

Dai Griffiths 19 Sep 2021

Where do you live Solomon ?

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