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Memory & Mnemonics

With the right system you can learn to memorize and remember long lists of names, phone numbers or any other set of data you need to recall quickly and remember for a long time. These mnemonic systems are not just wonderful to help you in your daily lives, but are great techniques to perform unbelievable mental feats. A mnemonic system is great if you want to memorize a card stack (see Stacks: Memorized & Algorithmic), or a prompter list. The name that has dominated this field over many years is Dominic O'Brien.
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Sarah Ella Phant (formerly Trustman)
mNumbers: As Easy As Pi by Sarah Ella Phant (formerly Trustman)

mNumbers: Easy as Pi is the latest comprehensive work by world-renowned mnemonist Sarah Ella Phant. In this remarkable ebook, you'll learn two sure-fire methods to memorize numbers. It's an astounding feat that's so much easier than you may suspect.

"Sarah Ella Phant is the most entertaining Mnemonist the world has ever seen. This download gives you insight into how she became the leading performer in memory arts. Best of all, it's so easy, anyone can memorize pi ... it's what you do with it that sets you apart from all the others." - Dan Harlan

"With Sarah Ella Phant's guidance, you will not only...

2021 / 3 / 20
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Sarah Ella Phant (formerly Trustman)
The Amazingest Memory Test by Sarah Ella Phant (formerly Trustman)
"Sarah Trustman is more interesting than Netflix." - Dan Harlan

"Though I have only known Sarah Trustman for a few months, I have spent each week meeting with her along with a team of other creative performers, three times a week, for as long as three hours per session, ever since we met. Sarah has 'heart.' As a performer, teacher, or speaker, she is an excellent communicator - fearless, clever, quirky, and thoughtful, as well as truly committed to her own creative-self. It is now no surprise to me that she can amazingly bring those same gifts to the pages of this work that you now hold." - Alain...

2021 / 2 / 7
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Grant Stuart & Chris Wasshuber
Perpetual Calendar on a Sticker by Grant Stuart & Chris Wasshuber

Quickly find the weekday to any date between 1500 and 2299.

You will receive a perpetual Gregorian calendar, covering the years from 1500 - 2299, which is printed on one self-adhesive label of size 2.25" x 4" (54 mm x 100 mm). Below the calendar table are the instructions in three lines of text. If you do not need the instructions simply cut them off.

The sticker fits nicely on a case for a deck of playing cards, with the instruction portion bent over the lower edge. (See the photo.) Thus, the calendar fits without the instructions on the back of a poker-size playing card. The calendar...

2019 / 9 / 2
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Bob Cassidy
Mind Games by Bob Cassidy
  • A Brief Biography
  • The Instant Memorization of Objects, Lists and Playing Cards
  • Learning to Link
  • The Peg System
  • Playing Cards
  • How to Know Which Cards Have Been Played

1st edition 2000, 12 pages.

2018 / 1 / 14
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L. De Bevere
Mnemodexterity by L. De Bevere

Use lexicon or any 26 alphabet cards to present an astonishing display of mentalism and memory.

Effect: The mentalist thoroughly shuffles a set of 26 letter cards (the complete alphabet). One unidentified card is removed from the deck. Then three members of the audience divide the rest of the pack among themselves, shuffle their hands and call out in turn the letters they are holding.

Now,

  1. the performer correctly names the single card originally removed from the pack.
  2. he recites the sequence of the cards held by each of the helpers.
  3. the deck having been reassembled, he tells from...
2017 / 12 / 26
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Robert A. Nelson
Calvert's Magic Memory by Robert A. Nelson

Here is famous stage magician John Calvert's own, easy to do, Magic Memory System for memorizing from 20 to 40 words or objects.

Presented as a stage or platform demonstration, you are able to memorize and recall the words as rapidly as called by the audience.

From 20 to 40 numbers are shown on a wipe-erase whiteboard (or blackboard). Each spectator designates a number and a word. Note that the objects need not be called in sequence. When the board is filled, the performer - with the board out of his sight - repeats the words forwards and backwards. The mental marvel is also able to recall the word...

2017 / 10 / 31
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Charles Gauci
Hypno-Dream and The Power Within Programs by Charles Gauci

The Hypno-Dream Program

For over fifty-eight years Charles Gauci has applied the principles contained in this program to help him achieve tremendous world wide success both as a hypnotist and a mentalist. He explains:

  • Why Positive Thinking fails 95% of the time when applied.
  • The Law of Reversed Effort. Why the harder we try the less we succeed.
  • Why, when the Will Power and the Belief System are in conflict the Belief System always wins.
It includes a download MP3 audio file (download from your digital shelf) which will re-program your subconscious mind. The audio file is specifically...
2017 / 8 / 10
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Dr. Bruno Furst & Lotte Furst
Memory: a home study course in memory and concentration by Dr. Bruno Furst & Lotte Furst

This was one of the first comprehensive courses to develop ones memory. It is an excellent course and includes study questions to check your progress and comprehension of the system. Particularly interesting for magicians is an entire session on memorizing playing cards.

  • Session 1: Prelude to Memory Power
  • Session 2: Secrets of Remembering
  • Session 3: Number Exercises
  • Session 4: Recalling Facts and Fiction
  • Session 5: Remember that Face and Name
  • Session 6: Building Memory Chains
  • Session 7: Numbers Forever
  • Session 8: Be a Dynamo on Details
  • Session 9: Classification, Imagination
  • Session...
2017 / 6 / 10
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Robert A. Nelson
Super Mentality by Robert A. Nelson

Now you, too, can present an impromptu demonstration of super power memory. Do it any time, any place. A terrific publicity stunt!

From ten to 100 articles are called out by spectators and memorized by the performer, in their proper sequence. The performer can call out the items in sequence, forward, then backward. The performer gives the number of any item in the list. If a number is called out, the performer can also call out the item at that position. Five (or more) dollar bills are submitted, spectators calling aloud the serial numbers. The performer immediately memorizes the numbers,...

2017 / 4 / 28
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Eddie Joseph
Memory of the Mind by Eddie Joseph

Key codes, card systems, and mnemotechnic marvels.

  • Introduction
  • Mnemotechnic Marvels
  • No. 1 - The Numbered Cards
  • No. 2 - The Cloak-Room Attendant
  • No. 3 - Seeing Through The Bag
  • No. 4 - Objects In The Dark
  • No. 5 - Locating The Page
  • No. 6 - Double Dealing
  • Identifying The Personality
  • Key Codes
    • My Card System
    • How To Prepare For A Series Of Astounding Tricks Through "My System"
    • Formula To Find Out Where Any Particular Card Lies In The Pack
    • The Card Fiend
  • Memory System

1st edition 1952, 23 pages.

2017 / 3 / 5
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Simon Caine
Eidetic by Simon Caine

Eidetic is a collection of four easy to perform yet hard-hitting, commercial routines that will leave your audiences utterly convinced that you have a super human memory skills that you can even share with them!

LOCI Revisited // Originally released as a stand-alone manuscript, LOCI is as close to the real thing as it gets. A deck is openly shuffled by the audience and committed to memory by the performer. First, you spot a card moved in the deck by a participant, and can even put it back in the right place. Then, you are able to recall the random order of any random suit. Finally, an audience...

2016 / 7 / 25
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Devin Knight
I've Got Your Number by Devin Knight
"This is another powerful idea from Devin. Now, it is unusual and not something you would be doing in a show. But, if you want to make an impact with a client, or future client, then this is something you can learn and put in your personal arsenal. I'm sure many workers will want to add it into their memory banks of things they can use to look like memory experts." - Greg Arce

"As a veteran performer of over 17 years as the house mentalist at Magic Island in Houston, TX, I had been using the old Paul Linder version sparingly because of the possibility of repeating the same number for two...

2015 / 10 / 20
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Devin Knight
Learn to Recite and Write the Alphabet Upside Down and in Reverse by Devin Knight

Professor Backwards made a name for himself doing these feats on all the talk shows including Ed Sullivan in 50s to 70s. You can do many of the same things and learn how to do them in less than one day. This is due to the special techniques and easy to learn mnemonics I have developed. No more forced memory. The techniques in this PDF will teach you how to do these feats in less than one day. Looks difficult to do, but is easy if you use my secret techniques. This is NOT the old Russian warrior technique, but something much easier and faster to learn. Magicians have been doing these feats since...

2015 / 10 / 5
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S. W. Reilly
Brain Control by S. W. Reilly

Being a mental expert brings you prestige, today more than ever. You will be able to memorize and deliver back fast, and with ease and poise, lists of objects, names, numbers, cities, states, lists of every kind. This kind of mental phenomena is marveled at by the world, but it's just a case of knowing the secret. This ebook teaches you quickly.

  • Preface
  • Visualization
  • Memory
  • Permanent Code Words
  • List In Story Form
  • Remembering New Words
  • How To Forget
  • Practice Makes Perfect
  • Exercise
  • Number Code
  • Recalling Numbers
  • Remembering Telephone Numbers
  • Miscellaneous Numbers
  • Remembering Birthdays ...
2015 / 9 / 4
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Chris Wasshuber
Two Person Code For One Person by Chris Wasshuber

This is a system to easily remember one or two cards, say two key cards, and not forget them during the performance of your routine. It is not an associative memory system.

Some card routines, particularly the recently published ones in Sunken Treasury by Nick Conticello require one to remember two key cards. In the heat of performing such an effect these can be forgotten, rendering the trick a failure. This system allows you to easily keep track of one or two or more cards that you want to remember.

There is very little to learn for this system. Reading this manuscript should be enough to put this system to work....

2015 / 2 / 19
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George Marchese
Super Memory List: print and perform 1 by George Marchese

("Print and Perform" is a new magic series that will enable you to easily build yourself beautiful tricks just printing them.)

EFFECT:

You, the memory-man, demonstrate to really have a super memory. You show to the audience a sheet of paper containing a list of 50 six-digit numbers. You declare that you have committed to memory the full list. The six digit numbers are identified by ciphers from 1 to 50. The identifying ciphers are scrambled to make it more difficult memorizing the associated six digit number. Three or more spectators, in turn, choose and announce one identifying figure...

2013 / 4 / 16
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Scott Cram
Day One by Scott Cram

The classic "Day For Any Date" feat has been updated!

Day One is a new approach to appearing as a human calendar. You ask for the year and month of the spectator's birthday, and instantly create that month's calendar for them on the back of your business card.

Day One is designed to be simple to learn, as well as quick and impressive to perform.

The role of math and mnemonics has been greatly simplified and minimized, and you don't need any previous experience with other mnemonic systems. Entire centuries are covered with less than a third of the mnemonics required by other approaches....

2012 / 1 / 15
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Luke Jermay
The Amazing Memory Test by Luke Jermay

From the introduction:

In ‘Step Three – Mental Systems’ of the seminal work Thirteen Steps To Mentalism written by the legendary Corinda, he clearly states the value he placed upon memory systems:

To the mentalist, Memory Systems are indispensable; they are part of his equipment and the means whereby he can be called upon to perform at any time – and give an impressive demonstration. They are the best type of equipment you can have, as there is nothing to carry and no apparatus to prepare. The skill lies in the training of the mind, in conditioning the mind to operate to maximum...

2010 / 4 / 13
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Robert H. Nutt
How To Remember Names and Faces: How to Develop a Good Memory by Robert H. Nutt

This classic work on memory, first published in 1943, is really two books in one!

The first part, The Mental Filing System, will teach you how to keep up to 100 things straight in your memory. This is taught in a clear, easy-to-understand manner, using many real-world examples of both the benefits of using the system, as well as the dangers of an untrained memory.

The author taught many of his memory courses in person, and this provides both value and a good knowledge of the questions you're likely to have.

The second part, How To Remember Names and Faces, deals in detail with the problem...

2010 / 3 / 6
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Stefan Olschewski
The Count's Count by Stefan Olschewski

Do you have the perfect brain? Now you do!

Just take out a deck of cards and a pen. Let them shuffle the cards. Then have them call out random digits and proceed to write them on the backs of the cards until you have marked about 30 or 40 cards (or even the whole deck). Fan the cards in front of you for only 5-10 seconds to remember the sequence. Hand the cards to the spectator who called out the final number. You are ready to go:

At lightning speed, and blindfolded, you run through the numbers on the backs of the cards in the exact order they have been called out! Each time you are right,...

2009 / 12 / 5
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David Malek
The Instant Memory System by David Malek

Starting from the latest brain research and the latest insights of how our mind functions, combining those with years of professional experience and understanding of people, David Malek has distilled a recipe to memorization that is both simple to learn and effective to use.

Obviously David Malek has anchored his method in techniques known for a long time, but with his keen insight and understanding of the human mind, David has fashioned a truly practical method for those who think such memory systems are either way too hard to learn or not effective.

Developing memory fitness is a skill...

2009 / 6 / 4
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Chris Wasshuber
Knight's Tour: With Free Choice of Start and End by Chris Wasshuber
"I will sum up your Knight's Tour routine as follows, IT IS BRILLIANT!" - David Burmeister
In the late 1980s I developed a method for the Knight's Tour which allows a spectator a truly free choice for the starting square and ending square of opposite color (same color start and end is mathematically impossible).

This manuscript describes in detail this method. The method attempts to minimize memorization and teaches you a system to derive a proper complete tour on the spot. The method is so flexible that you can find several different tours for one pair of start and end points. Of course,...

2009 / 2 / 2
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Timothy Hyde
Magazine Memory: The Secret Notebooks of Mr. Hyde Volume 2 by Timothy Hyde

The Magazine Memory effect is a highly entertaining, high energy, astounding feat of mental prowess that audiences love. It has been a feature effect for many high profile performers, yet little has been written about the effect until now.

Timothy Hyde has used the routine to close his show for many years. Performing on luxury cruise ships, corporate events and at theatre shows around the world he has explored the routine in great depth.

In the classic form of the effect, pages from a current issue magazine or newspaper are distributed into the audience. Audience members randomly call...

2009 / 2 / 2
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Orville Wayne Meyer
The Amazing Magic Square and Master Memory Demonstration by Orville Wayne Meyer

Orville Meyer, probably most famous for developing the bullet catch for Ted Annemann, demonstrates here his skill to routine amazing effects.

The stunt of forming a sixteen cell magic square that will add up to a number suggested by a spectator is a spectacular mathematical feat. Memorizing and repeating a list of objects named by members of the audience is an interesting and impressive mental demonstration. When you combine the formation of the sixteen cell magic square with the memorized list of objects, you really have something!

But we do not stop there! In this version, the double-barreled feat...

2008 / 12 / 23
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Jack Dutton
20-20 Memory by Jack Dutton

If you perform any type of Giant memory routine (or intend to add one to your repertoire) 20-20 Memory is the software to help you polish your performance. In the past it has been difficult to effectively practice memory routines under realistic conditions; Jack developed this software to overcome that problem. 20-20 Memory becomes your audience. The software selects a number of random items, offers you a specific amount of time in which to memorize them, and then allows you to test yourself as many times as you wish. You are in control of the number of items used and can also adjust the pace...

2008 / 9 / 11
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Pete Wilton
The I.M.P. System by Pete Wilton

A system to make remembering numbers as easy as one two buckle your shoe. Learn this system and remember numbers with ease.

After several years struggling to learn the memory systems from other sources Pete developed the I.M.P Memory System. Other systems require complicated rules to be learned before you can remember numbers. With the I.M.P Memory System you will begin recalling numbers of any length much sooner than with other systems.

Turn the boring abstract into a vibrant image easily with the I.M.P Memory System!

1st edition 2008; 30 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. Other Systems to Remember...
2008 / 3 / 24
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Bob Cassidy
Mind Explosions by Bob Cassidy

Mind Explosions is about closers, the routines which will leave your audience laughing, crying, awestruck, applauding, or sleeping. The two routines, "The Number of the Beast", and "Checkmate" begin as traditional, albeit very impressive, demonstrations of lightning calculation and memory. Both end with an unexpected synchronistic twist that leaves audiences stunned.

If you have ever performed the super memory effect or "The Knight's Tour", you already know that they are classic effects that are effective before any intelligent audience. In Mind Explosions you will learn a method of performing...

2008 / 1 / 24
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Scott Cram
Perpetual Calendar for your iPod/iPhone/PDA/cell-phone by Scott Cram

If you've learned the classic Day of the Week For Any Date feat, as taught in sources such as the Roth Memory Course, The Magic of Memory, Train Your Brain and Entertain and Zufall's Memory Trix, you already know how useful a perpetual calendar can be for verification of the date. Now, you can have a compact perpetual calendar as close as your iPod, iPhone, PDA or cell phone that easily allows you to access any date in any year from 1800 through 2199!

"But wait," I can hear you say, "Don't iPods, iPhones, PDAs and most cell phones already have built-in calendars?" Yes, they do. However, most of these calendars are intended for appointments, and only handle recent dates...

2007 / 9 / 6
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Thomas Harrington
The Magic of Memory by Thomas Harrington

A number of effects in magic, and in life, succeed because one person is doing something mentally that other people assume is beyond human capacity. This ebook explores one such phenomenon--memory for numbers, items and events. Over the course of several thousand years a procession of mnemonics pioneers have successively augmented human power to deal with numbers by evolving a collection of clever ways to think more effectively about them. These methods, largely unknown to the general population, have the potential for greatly expanding human mental capacity. For instance, the average human’s...

2007 / 3 / 11
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Scott Cram
Train Your Brain and Entertain by Scott Cram

Would you like a better edge in school or at work? A better memory can give you that edge! Imagine having facts, dates and details handy without notes, or worrying about double-checking your facts. This is very handy for tests, and can increase your value in the eyes of your boss.

Think you don't have time to learn the techniques? With the mobile version of Train Your Brain and Entertain, you practice anywhere you have your smartphone with you.

You'll learn these skills:

  • Memorizing lists in order
  • Memorizing difficult, abstract words
  • Memorizing numbers of any length
  • Memorizing lists...
2006 / 10 / 14
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Bernard Zufall
Zufall's Memory Trix by Bernard Zufall

Back in 1940, a performer named Bernard Zufall ("The Mental Magician") put out a series of six booklets titled, Zufall's Memory Trix. These six booklets are here combined into one ebook. They cover memorizing feats such as calender memorizing, memorizing a deck of cards, the knight tour, memorizing facts and figures, a.s.o.

  1. Magazine Memorizing
  2. Mental File Index
  3. Calendar Memorizing
  4. Memorizing A Deck of Playing Cards
  5. Memorizing Numbers
  6. Memorizing Facts and Figures
2005 / 9 / 5
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David M. Roth
Roth Memory Course by David M. Roth

This is a wonderful course in seven lessons to improve your memory. It covers all fundamentals and shows how to apply these mnemotechnic tools to remember for example names, faces, spelling and numbers. It also gives applications for magic tricks. You will learn how to memorize a shuffled deck of 52 cards or how to remember the knight tour on the chess board. It is likely that Roth was a magician himself, since he mentions his friend Henry Hatton from Magicians' Tricks fame. Dai Vernon learned from this course and mentions it on the Revelations video tapes.

Written in 1918 and as good as any book on 'how to improve your memory'...

2005 / 9 / 5
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Dominic O'Brien
How to Develop a Perfect Memory by Dominic O'Brien

Dominic O'Brien is the eight times winner of the The World Memory Championships and has a number of entries in the Guinness Book of Records including the memorisation of 54 packs of shuffled cards after just a single-sighting of each card. How does he do it? What is his system and how can it help YOU remember names, faces, telephone numbers, pass exams, learn languages, win at Trivial Pursuit and clean up at the Blackjack table? How to Develop a Perfect Memory will show you in simple language and easy stages.

We have an exclusive on this ebook from Dominic O'Brien. The book is long out of...

2005 / 9 / 5
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George Parker Bidder
On Mental Calculation by George Parker Bidder

George Parker Bidder is one of history's greatest mental calculators. In the early 19th century he toured Britain as a 'calculating boy'. The amazing demonstrations he gave caught the attention of eminent scholars who offered to fund his education. Bidder went on to become one of the leading engineers of his time. His position as vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers afforded him the opportunity to speak openly about his views on mental calculation in a lecture to fellow members of the institution. That lecture, given in 1856, is the subject of this document. In it, Bidder describes...

2005 / 9 / 5
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E. W. Scripture
Arithmetical Prodigies by E. W. Scripture

Arithmetical Prodigies by E.W. Scripture is a remarkable paper about remarkable people. Published in 1891, it gives the first comprehensive account of those individuals who have displayed an astonishing capacity for mental calculation. The numerous and fascinating biographies alone make this work a 'must read' for anyone with a taste for the curious and sensational. The paper can also lay claim to being one of the first works of popular psychology. Its style - essentially that of a treatise that reads like a novel - has been replicated right through to the present day. In short, Scripture's...

2005 / 9 / 5
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