Here is a quick summary of results from four recent memory competitions. Read more
I’m not very happy with my current mnemonic system, so I’ve been experimenting with a couple of alternatives over the past few days. One of the ideas was to redo my Ben System images entirely from scratch using the ideas here and here, along with an idea that Nelson Dellis mentioned. Read more
Johann Abrina wrote a couple of blog posts with predictions for the winners of the 2012 World Memory Championship in London that begins tomorrow. Read more
For many people, one serious obstacle to learning the Ben System is finding images to fit all 2,704 possible combinations. Today I came up with a way to fill in my missing images.
In the Ben System, each pair of cards is combined into an image.
Here is an example pair of cards:
The first consonant is made by combining the two suits. Club-spades is an “n” sound.
Next, the first card value becomes a vowel (5 = “ai”), and the final card value becomes a consonant (Ace = “t”). My phonetic key is here [PDF].
So 5 of clubs and Ace of hearts is “NAIT” or “knight”. Not all combinations are that easy though. Read more
Moonwalking with Einstein is a book by Joshua Foer that looks at the modern revival of the 2,500 year old craft of memory. The book describes the journey of the author as he goes from a journalist who is writing an article about memory competitions, to a mental athlete, obsessed with the sport, who eventually wins the 2006 USA Memory Championship. Read more