I’m curious as to how many older members we have. When I say ‘older’, I mean, say 60+ - though as I fall into that category myself, I really just mean not as young as some of our younger members.
I came across memory systems quite late on – aged almost 50 – and used them mainly for magic tricks that relied on memorising cards etc. (One trick I still do today involves having had to memorise and recall almost 400 words in a dictionary; I practise that every 2-3 months and, so far, I still know them all!)
It was only in the last couple of years that I discovered ‘Art of Memory’, and then, after an enthusiastic start, ‘life’ got in the way for various reasons and I dropped off the radar.
Recently, I’ve taken it up again and would like to improve as much as I can because I genuinely enjoy memory work. (My big problem is that, apart from work, I have a lot of other interests/distractions, so often it’s a case of trying to find the time.)
My current ‘achievements’ aren’t brilliant – but, at 64, I’m not unhappy with them and hope to get better.
Cards are 17 in 60 seconds (3 days ago);
Words are 18 in 60 seconds (also 3 days ago);
Numbers are 22 in 60 seconds (today); and
Images are 22 in 60 seconds (2 years ago – though I did manage 21 yesterday).
My worst discipline is ‘Names’ (12 in 60 seconds in January of this year) (though, recently, I’ve been struggling to get past 6!)
Overall, I have a 3300 rating and am currently 231 out of 1513 registered members - so it would appear that I’m not yet entirely past it, though how far I am from my ‘ceiling’ is another matter.
I’ve put my name down for the new season of the Memory League because I thought it would help me improve if I had something to focus on. (And help overcome my natural laziness!)
Anyhow, back to my opening line – are there many of us ‘oldies’ here? (Or, heaven forbid, is it just me?)
I really wanted anyone who joins who is younger than me – but perhaps worries they might be too old, to know that hopefully you’re not! I certainly don’t regard myself as ‘past it’. I think the big difficulty is that, as you get older, your reaction times are not as fast. You can still memorise a huge amount – but doing so in a limited time (eg the 60 seconds barrier) is slightly more of a problem. (But the challenge is fun!)
What a long post. I think it’s time for me to shut up. (And maybe try to improve my ‘Names’ discipline!)
All the best,