It Pays to Remember Long Digit Numbers

The memory is a treasurer to whom we must give funds, if we are to draw the assistance we need.

—Rowe once, during my performance at the Concord Hotel in upstate New York, a "friend" in the audience asked me to memorize the number, 414,233,442,475,059,125. I did, of course, using my systems. The reason I mention this now, is because I had forgotten the little stunt I used as a child. I would boast to my friends of what a marvelous memory I had, and ask one of the boys (a stooge, of course) to call out a long digit number. He would then proceed to call out the subway stops of the New York Sixth Avenue Subway. We all knew these stops, and it would have been quite obvious if he had said, "4," then "14" and then "23," and so on. However, hearing the numbers in groups of three made them unrecognizable to the uninitiated.

In those days the Sixth Ave. express stopped at West 4th Street, then 14th Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, 42nd Street, 47th and 50th Streets, 59th Street, 125th Street, etc. I would simply call off these stops and leave my pals exclaiming over my prodigious memory. This all proves that numbers can be remembered if they are made to represent or mean something to us. I have helped you to do just that

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