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:
- Memorized 52 separate objects for each of the cards in a playing deck.
- Memorized the 45 US Presidents, and the year they took office, using a Memory Palace.
- Memorized the 20 countries and years of the World Soccer Cup winners, after watching Nelson Dellis YouTube.
- Memorized a PAO associated with a Memory Palace . . . but I need to figure out how I can best use this tool.
- Started two sets of A-Z Memory Palaces . . . one for German Vocabulary and one for Spanish learning.
- Recite the abc’s backwards
- Memorized the US Preamble to the Constitution
- Experimented with memorizing news events as I watch them to better discuss them later.
- Memorized half of Lorca’s poem, in Spanish, “Cancion Otonal”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.