Increase Your Memory Power

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Dominic O’Brien is renowned for his phenomenal feats of memory and for outwitting the casinos of Las Vegas at the blackjack tables, resulting in a ban. In addition to winning the World Memory Championships eight times, he was named the Brain Trust of Great Britain’s Brain of the Year in 1994 and Grandmaster of Memory in 1995. He has made numerous appearances on TV and radio and holds a host of world records, including one for memorizing 2,385 random binary digits in 30 minutes. In 2005 he was given a lifetime achievement award by the World Memory Championships International in recognition of his work to promote the art of memory all over the world; and in 2010 he became the General Manager of the World Memory Sports Council. By the same author (all published by Duncan Baird Publishers) How to Develop a Brilliant Memory: Week by Week How to Pass Exams Learn to Remember Never Forget: A Name or Face Never Forget: A Number or Date

This edition published in the UK in 2011 by Watkins Publishing, Sixth Floor, Castle House, 75–76 Wells Street, London W1T 3QH Copyright © Watkins Publishing 2011 Text copyright © Dominic O’Brien 2011 Illustrations copyright © Watkins Publishing 2011 Dominic O’Brien has asserted his moral right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work. Mind Maps® is a registered trade mark of Tony Buzan in the UK and USA. For further information visit

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Foreword How to use this book Chapter 1: Your memory, my memory Chapter 2: How it all began Chapter 3: Memory and creativity Chapter 4: The power of association Chapter 5: Dimensions of association Chapter 6: Chains of association Chapter 7: The Link Method Chapter 8: Eureka! My first successful attempt Chapter 9: Devising the Journey Method Chapter 10: Using the Journey Method Chapter 11: Evidence for the Journey Method Chapter 12: Top 5 tips for creating a memory journey bank Chapter 13: Spinning the memory plates Chapter 14: From cards to numbers Chapter 15: The Dominic System Chapter 16: Double pairs and complex images Chapter 17: Becoming card sharp: multiple decks Chapter 18: Getting up to speed Chapter 19: Decoding the brain: From techniques to technology Chapter 20: The first World Memory Championships Chapter 21: Championship practice: Binary digits Chapter 22: Championship practice: Names and faces Chapter 23: Championship practice: Abstract images Chapter 24: The memory champion’s life: Making speeches Chapter 25: The memory champion’s life: How to be a fact factory

Chapter 26: Using the tools: Study and learning Chapter 27: Using the tools: Everyday ways to train your memory Chapter 28: Using the tools: Just for fun Chapter 29: Age equals experience, not forgetfulness! Chapter 30: I’ve done all that, now what can I expect? Chapter 31: Look at what you can do now! Afterword: The champions of the future Index

“The mind is like a trunk: if well-packed, it holds almost every thing; if ill-packed, next to nothing.” Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

As a child I was diagnosed with dyslexia and I was told by my form teacher at school that I would not amount to much in life. In fact, throughout my school days, no one held out much hope for me. Certainly, no one entertained the thought that one day I’d appear in the Guinness World Records book for what others have described as a feat of staggering brain power, or that I’d become World Memory Champion, not just once but eight times over! Here are...
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