4110

I —4175 1842 3058 7462

J —4112 9434 0941 7212

That's right! You can memorize this list of four hundred digits, easily!! Not only will you know them in order, but also out of sequence! The idea is to give anyone a copy of this list, and have them test you on it. They may ask you to give the numbers across for letter G, or the numbers down, for column 4. They can ask for E7, and you will immediately give them the number 6720. In other words, you prove to them that you have thoroughly memorized the list; and so you have!

My good friend and memory expert, Bernard Zufall, was the first one that I know of, to use this type of stunt. He has been using it for many years with three digit numbers instead of the four digit numbers that appear here. He, of course, utilized his own methods to memorize the list. I will teach you here, the method that I use:—

You must realize by now that it would be almost impossible to accomplish this without the aid of the phonetic alphabet. Certainly, it would be definitely impossible to memorize and retain the numbers without it. As a matter of fact, this feat is so unbelievable to the uninitiated, that you will find some people examining the list to find some mathematical solution. Let them; since this is not based on mathematics at all, they'll be more impressed and confused than ever.

None of the four digit numbers in the list is repeated at any time, each one is used only once. The numbers have not been chosen at random, I've picked each one because it fits into the system. And, here is the system:— If someone were to call E7—here is the way my mind would work. My Key word for E7 must begin with the letter E, and it must have one other consonant sound at the end. That sound (in this particular case) must be the sound that represents #7, which is the k or hard g sound. My Key word for E7 is "egg." Eggs come from chickens—and the phonetic alphabet tells me that "chickens" stands for 6720. If you'll check the list, you will see that 6720 is the correct number!

If B5 were called, I would know that the Key word must begin with the letter B, and the ending consonant sound must be the 1 sound for #5. The Key word for B5 is "bell." A bell rings. Rings—4270! Can you see the simplicity of it? Don't get me wrong—it will take you a bit of time and study to master all the numbers, but the system is easy. Again, may I mention that this is not only a fantastic memory stunt, but a wonderful thinking and memory exercise.

Each time you master one of the stunts in this book, whether you care to present them or not, you are improving your memory, exercising that muscle and sharpening your wits.

Well then, you know that each time a letter and number are called, you must transpose it into a Key word. It doesn't matter if the number is called first, the system is the same. The letter is always at the beginning and the consonant sound that represents the number is at the end of the word. This Key word is correlated to, or associated with another word; and this word gives you the four digit number, according to the phonetic alphabet. If someone were to call, "8C," you would know that the Key word starts with C and ends with the f or v sound. The Key word is "cuff." Cuff is correlated to trouser. Trouser—1404!

The entire list for the one hundred four digit numbers follows here. After you have looked them over, I'll explain some more about the presentation of the feat.

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