Hello all!


#1

I first read Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas’ book over 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I was too preoccupied with life events to make my study and utilization of the many techniques a priority. I did not master, buta did use, the Major system for remembering long-ish numbers (like my credit card). About 5 months ago I renewed my study and have made Memory my new hobby!

I’ve been watching many YouTube presentations and read several books. I would have to say that the resource person who has most recently influenced me in matters of Memory is Anthony Metivier. Over the summer I have made a lot of progress:

  1. Memorized 52 separate objects for each of the cards in a playing deck.
  2. Memorized the 45 US Presidents, and the year they took office, using a Memory Palace.
  3. Memorized the 20 countries and years of the World Soccer Cup winners, after watching Nelson Dellis YouTube.
  4. Memorized a PAO associated with a Memory Palace . . . but I need to figure out how I can best use this tool.
  5. Started two sets of A-Z Memory Palaces . . . one for German Vocabulary and one for Spanish learning.
  6. Recite the abc’s backwards
  7. Memorized the US Preamble to the Constitution
  8. Experimented with memorizing news events as I watch them to better discuss them later.
  9. Memorized half of Lorca’s poem, in Spanish, “Cancion Otonal”
  10. Memorized a trip through the U.S. from the Maine Coast to Hawaii, and then attached the capitals of each state. This is in an order that makes geographical location a priority—not an alphabetical list.
  11. This has all led to a related diversion . . . I’ve kind of branched off into spending more time reading and listening to Spanish and German in context, than in memorization.
  12. Made a list of many topics that I’d like to memorize . . .

I am here to learn more, practice, and master techniques. I am a 69 year old retired R.N. and First Grade teacher. My dear aunt, the Jeopardy star of our family, spent her last decade in sad decline with Alzheimer’s. I’d like to prevent/slow down any familial tendency that lies within my own biology. It would be cool if I could pass some of these techniques on to my grandchildren.


Recall the alphabet backwards
(Silvio B.) #2

Welcome :smiley:


(Josh Cohen) #3

Welcome! :slight_smile:

Using a journey for that is an interesting idea. I’m going to try it later today.

I wonder if the alphabet could be easily memorized by using itself as a peg list:

|-----+---+-------------------|
| a   | z | alligator - zebra |
| b   | y | bear - yak        |
| c   | x | cow - x-ray fish  |
| d   | w | duck - walrus     |
| ... | . | ...               |
|-----+---+-------------------|

(Silvio B.) #4

I made a journey for the alphabet, too. I just used 26 locations and put the NATO-Alphabet there (Alpha = Wolf, Bravo = Fiat Bravo, Charlie = Charlie Brown, etc.). It’s quite useful in case I ever forget what image I used for which letter.


#5

Let me know how that goes. I accomplished this quickly after viewing a YouTube . . . basically just grouping 3-4 letters at a time
But, if your idea works . . . then you could also more easily and flexibly recite them backwards, skipping every 1 or 2, etc. as an exercise. I haven’t done that yet . . . just thought about it :blush:


(Silvio B.) #6

Do you mean with a journey or with @josh’s idea of a peg-list?

With a journey you can easily do that. You can walk through it from front to back or the other way around. All you need is a journey with 26 locations and you put an image there that reminds you of the letter. It can be the NATO-alphabet as I did it or you could use animals or anything you like (Alligator, Bison, Chameleon … Zebra).


(James P.) #7

Noodleworm,
Welcome to the Art of Memory community. Glad to have you here.

James


#8

Yes you are right. Skipping by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s or whatever would be quite easy if you used either the animal pegs or the journey/palace methods. I suppose I haven’t tried the skipping because I did not use either method . . . I just visualized letters in groupings of 3 or 4 letters that are backwards zyx wvu tsrq pon mlk jihg fed cba.
I could easily accomplish this by assigning each letter to a loci. To night I drew my dining room with 26 stations associated with the animal abc list. Tomorrow I’ll work on taking the 26 station journey frontwards and backwards a few times. I’m a little creeped out by having a snake and vulture, etc. in my dining room! I probably should have picked an outdoor journey!


(Ray) #9

Welcome!