[Abandoned] The simplest peg list for cards? - Memorizing a deck of cards

Small or big your list is, still, to train you must. Because it is not the size of the bag that holds your tricks that matter, it is how well, prepared and intelligently you use them, the tricks. :smiley_cat:

For beginners: (ignore non noobs)

The mnemonics in use are the memory peg system and the method of loci. 1. With the memory peg system we assign a mnemonic image to each card, typically ranging in 52 images to 52^(2), in this case will have only 18 images, the reason for this post is to put in to question if it is worth or not to make this kind of lists at all. 2. The method of loci, when reading a deck to memorize a card, you will place a peg mnemonic image accordingly in at least 52 locations within a mental location.

For more information on how to memorize a deck of cards feel free to check the wiki and the free book: Card Memorization Techniques - Memory Techniques Wiki

The list:

This strategy consists in taking the least amount of pegs and a reduction of the number of loci to be used.

Card # Person
A Olivia Ainali
2 Sandra Bullock
3 Oona Chaplin
4 Sarah Rafferty
5 Sophia Lillis
6 Scarlet Johansson
7 Selena Gomez
8 Salma Hayek
9 Luca Hollestelle
10 Amanda Schull
J Amy Adams
Q Zendaya
K Anya Chalotra

Suit name >> Transitive action
Spades (S) >> Stab with sword
Diamonds (D) >> Crowns
Hearts (H) >> Kiss
Clubs © >> Tie with rope

Suit name Feature
S >> Horned
D >> Winged
H >> Holding Bow
C >> Holding flowers

You will memorize two cards at a time making this a 2-card system. How will you do it? The first card will be a person performing an action. The second card will be a person that will receive the action, but this person must have a feature. Example mnemonics: 1.) 3S9H -> Oona Chaplin stabbing Luca Hollestelle who is holding a bow. 2.) QDKC -> Zendaya crowns Anya Chalotra who is holding flowers.

How to memorize a deck of cards with this system:

  1. Create a mental place (memory palace) with 26 spots.
  2. Pick two cards from the deck.
  3. Create a mnemonic combination of the pegs: the first card with a giver action and the second card with receiver feature.
  4. Place the mnemonic combination along the place in order at each spot. Review as soon as possible, but review.
  5. You’re done.

You can always reduce this system removing the receiver part and simply make of every giver action a normal action and still you could memorize in 2-card image: set a rule of connection between the compound mnemonic images. P(name)-A(suit) + rule + PA. A good rule could be chains on Ps necks, tied by rope, both impaled…

This can be improved by carefully considering the giver’s actions and the receivers features. Experimenting I realized that even a feature was unnecessary. Instead of feature, have an effect. In my case the effect is where the giver’s action is to happen on the receivers body:

SuitTransitive action
Spades (S) — >> sword attack (espada=sword in Spanish)
Diamonds (D) — >> Place a crown (with diamonds)
Hearts (H) — >> Kiss (obvious?)
Clubs © — >> Whip attack (I like Catwoman)

S — >> Chest
D — >> Arms
H — >> Head
C — >> Legs

Now the mnemonic of two cards are visualized like this:
“See the giver’s face followed with giver’s action (1st card), then see the effect on receiver’s body and see their face. (2nd card).”

Give it a try, object, ridicule. Expect my results after thorough training.


Abandoned as no real difference is achieved from a PAO/PA 52 images per lists system.

Furthermore, training the memory palaces navigation and the mnemonic images memorization of pegged images is more important for speed memorization and short and long term.

Alternative to arquitectural buildings.

Use a set of people bodies from specific photos with specific costumes as locations and objects as the card images.