My Card Images

First of all, my BPU (brain processing unit) is much slower than most. But it still works even though I am 69 years young as of July 9, 2012. Besides, I do enjoy memorizing a few decks of cards.

Doing this exercise helps my attention span to increase, my mental focus to zoom in and out better, plus the peripheral vision of my minds eye becomes more aware of the surroundings. This in turn enables me to reuse many pegs and mnemonic devices in other memory locations at the same time because I can see the difference between one place and the other.

Everyone has their own adaptation. Here’s mine:

Face cards:

KC = Jack Nicklaus (obvious)

KD = King Solomon

KH = Me (I love people)

KS = King Saul (throwing a spear)

QC = Annika Sorenstam (great lady golfer)

QD = My daughter

QH = My wife

QS = My granddaughter (gigging something with a spade or gig pole)

JC = Jimmy Carter (former US president)

JD = John Dillinger (famous bank robber with a gun)

JH = John Henry (steel driving man)

JS = John Smith (remember Pocahontas?)

Aces:

AC = AC electrical socket or cord (it shocks!)

AD = ADding machine

AH = AHoy (a sailor shouting)

AS = ASs (I mean a donkey or whatever)

For the Card number and Suit, I use Phonetic numbers:

Card Suits:

CLUB = 1 (t ) The “t” maybe looks like a club.

DIAMOND = 2 (n) The “n” has two legs. The D in diamond could stand for deuce (2) to help you remember.

HEART = 3 (m) The “m” looks like the two curves at the top of the heart.

SPADE = 4 ® If you start at the top of a SPADE and half it right down the middle, the left side resembles the number 4.

Number and Suit… I start with the Card Number, then the SUIT. That’s the way it looks to me on the card):

Phonetic numbers (these are pretty much standard):

1 = t/d

2 = n

3 = m

4 = r

5 = l

6 = j/ch/g(soft)

7 = c(hard)/k

8 = f/v/ph

9 = p/b

0 (for 10) = s/c(soft)/z

CLUBS

2C = 21 = net (n is 2, t is club)

3C = 31 = mat (m is 3, t is club)

4C = 41 = rat (r is 4, t is club)

5C = 51 = lot [abrv. for lottery] (l is 5, t is club)

6C = 61 = jet (j is 6, t is club)

7C = 71 = cat (c is 7, t is club)

8C = 81 = fat (f is 8, t is club)

9C = 91 = bat (b is 9, t is club)

10C = 01 = suit (s is 0/10, t is club)

DIAMONDS

2D = 22 = nun (n is 2, n is diamond)

3D = 32 = moon (m is 3, n is diamond)

4D = 42 = rain (r is 4, n is diamond)

5D = 52 = lion (l is 5, n is diamond)

6D = 62 = chain (j is 6, n is diamond)

7D = 72 = cone [ice cream] (c is 7, n is diamond)

8D = 82 = fan (f is 8, n is diamond)

9D = 92 = bun (b is 9, n is diamond)

10D = 02 = sun (s is 0/10, n is diamond)

HEARTS

2M = 23 = name [autograph] (n is 2, m is heart)

3M = 33 = mummy (m is 3, m is heart)

4M = 43 = ram (r is 4, m is heart)

5M = 53 = lamb (l is 5, m is heart)

6M = 63 = jam (j is 6, m is heart)

7M = 73 = comb (c is 7, m is heart)

8M = 83 = foam (f is 8, m is heart)

9M = 93 = bum (b is 9, m is heart)

10M = 03 = Sam [Sam Walton – started Wal-Mart] (s is 0/10, m is heart)

SPADES

2R = 24 = name [autograph] (n is 2, r is spade)

3R = 34 = mower (m is 3, r is spade)

4R = 44 = rower [row boat] (r is 4, r is spade)

5R = 54 = lure (l is 5, r is spade)

6R = 64 = jar (j is 6, r is spade)

7R = 74 = car (c is 7, r is spade)

8R = 84 = fur [coat] (f is 8, r is spade)

9R = 94 = bear (b is 9, r is spade)

10R = 04 = siren [fire truck] (s is 0/10, r is spade)

One way I hang these cards is by using a Visual Alphabet that I imagined into reality. Each letter looks like an object. Example: The letter “A” with a bit of imagination can look like an oil well or derrick. I can put 8 cards on it… two linked at the top, two on the right, two at the bottom and two on the left. My memory slogan to help me with the order is, “START AT THE TOP AND READ LIKE A CLOCK.”

So, I always begin at the top of each Visual Alphabet Letter and READ LIKE A CLOCK.

I can hang 4 decks of cards on this one Visual Alphabet. All it takes is 7 Visual Alpha Letters for one deck.

Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for all the mistakes I made in this post (laugh). I did it with good intentions.

Thanks for listening.

gary lanier