Hi, my name is Jan Zoń.
I am a 20 years old memory athlete from Poland. I have been interested in memory sport since 2013 and since 2016 I am an active memory athlete. Speed cards was always my favourite discipline and I started learning a basic 1 - card method with 52 images. I have known that some people, especially from Mongolia use PAO system and other top athletes 2 - card system. I was wondering if there is any other method which will allow you to achive the same. In 2018 I have come up with the idea of this new method. I learned it but didn’t believe it made sense to train it. in 2019 I went back to this method and reached 60s. In the spring of 2020 I decided to train it until I manage to go below twenty seconds. Here is the result of my attempt from November 14th :
I had several attempts like this :
So finally how my system works.
As we know every card has its own value like 2, 7, A or K for the king and so on. They also have 4 suits : . If you take 2 cards, the number of possible combinations of suits is 16 for example spades and hearts. For 4 cards it is 16*16 = 256. I created one image for each of the 256 combinations of suits to memorise 4 suits using only one image. I assigned one letter to each combination of two cards so like I mentioned before, and = Z, and = N. I create one image from 2 letters. This means that I have to look at 4 cards at once. I can’t memorise them like 2 + 2 which is a disadvantage.
After I recognised the suits and my image, I look again at the cards but this time I focus only on the values. There are 13 different values from A to K. For 2 cards there are 169 different combinations and again I created one image for each of them. To memorise 4 cards I need two images.
Here is the example :
The suits are : Diamonds, Clubs, Hearts and Spades. Diamonds + Clubs = H, Hearts and Spades = R
H + R = Chór - choir. It makes more sense in polish. Then values are 10 + K = grass, 5 + 6 = book. Final image is : choir is singing from a book laying on the grass.
Now about the recall phase:
- The whole method require 169 + 256 = 425 images. More than PAO (153) but less than two card system (2652 or 1326).
- If I forget something, I don’t need to go through all images in my mind. I go either through 169 or 256 images.
- If I remember the suits but forgot the values I can figure it out easly for example : last 4 cards remain and I remember that it was hearts hearts clubs and spades. There are two options for first image but only one for second image.
I still strugle with recall. Sometimes I run out of time with all suits in correct positions but with mixed up values in some locations. This method is deffinitely better in long cards event where you have much more time for thinking and going through your system in mind.
I proved that there is a method between PAO and 2 - card system.
I’m not sure if I was the first person who came up with this idea but I’m pretty sure that nobody else went that far to memorise a full deck of cards in 19s. If anybody of you want to learn this, I would be very happy. If you have any questions or doesn’t understand something, let me know. Thank you everyone for reading this. Memory sports is a new sport discipline and I’m happy to be the one who invented something new like a method for cards.