Hi. Before I start I would like to give you a short background about me. I started practicing memory techniques approximately 5 months ago when I started reading a book from Dominic O’ Brien called “How to develop a brilliant memory”. I adopted the techniques and philosophy of this book and I came to point where memorization of a deck of cards came to place. I took very slow steps, I started memorizing 10 cards for the first time and I started increment one card per day. After 1 and half month I finished the whole deck of cards and at the current point, my personal best is 27 minutes. Before you say anything I know it’s very slow. But let me tell you the method that I used for memorizing a deck of cards. First of all, I have a journey consisting of 52 steps. Each card represents a person with an action. I want to mention that I try to associate more than one sense per person/loci. For example, if the person is Tiger Woods, I would imagine him holding a golf club and the sound of the club when hitting the ball. So in this case, I combine vision and hearing. This kind of thinking brings me more stability and precision but at the cost of speed. In addition, I would like to say that when I try to memorize a deck of cards, I do chunking. But this I mean, that I try to memorize the first 10 of cards, then I review them, then I memorize the next 10 cards, review them and so on. I can understand that this also cuts speed.
My main goal is to be able to memorize a deck of cards in less than 15 minutes. Any ideas and suggestions are appreciatable.
Note: When I recall the deck of cards, I always recall them and backwards. In the end, I review the deck 3 times.