Unlike so many other guides to memory improvement, this book is not intended as an exhaustive introduction to every memory technique out there. Instead, it is an unveiling of my own journey into the power of memory and of my own discoveries about how the human brain works. I have won the World Memory Championships eight times so far and I’ve been able to do that because, by trial and error, and by careful, faithful perseverance and dedication, I’ve uncovered the specific techniques that have given me a perfect (well, near-perfect!) memory. This book is my way to share those techniques with you in ways that I know work – because these were the ways that worked for me.
In order to get the most out of the book, try to resist dipping in and out of it, reading the chapters by random selection. In the first half of the book, each chapter builds on the discoveries that come before – so, some techniques or details may not make sense if you haven’t read the information in sequence. The second half of the book provides all the various ways you can apply the techniques, either for dedicated practice or in day-to-day life, as well as some tips on how to make sure that your body is healthy as well as your mind – another important aspect of memory training.
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!