How to Memorize a Deck of Cards

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This is just a quick overview. For more comprehensive information see the Card Memorization Techniques page.


  • Use a ‘standard’ 52 card deck.
  • Five minutes are allotted for memorization then five minutes are allotted for recall.

See the Card Memorization Events page for competition guidelines.

Goals to aim for

  • Remember 1 suit.
  • Remember 1 pack.
  • Remember 1 pack in under 2 minutes (Memory grand master requirement)


The world record is 21.19 seconds.

You can see the times that some other people have recorded during training on the Card Deck Memorisation Times page