11 The Major System

The Major System is the ultimate Memory System. It has been used and continually improved upon for more than 300 years, since the middle of the seventeenth century, when it was introduced by Stanislaus Mink von Wennsshein. Von Wennsshein's basic construction was modified in the early eighteenth century by Dr Richard Grey, an Englishman. The Major System was devised to enable the master memorisers of the time to break the bonds of the previously excellent but more limited systems. These master...

Telephone Number Test

The following is a list often people and their telephone numbers. Study the list for not more than two minutes and attempt to remember all the phone numbers, then turn to page 25 and answer the appropriate questions. 787-5953 640-7336 691-0262 242-9111 725-8397 781-3702 869-9521 644-1616 457-8910 354-6350 Your health-food shop Your tennis partner Your local weather bureau Your local newsagent Your local florist Your local garage Your local theatre Your local discotheque Your local community...

Number Shape and Number Rhyme Memory Test

On page 60 are three columns of twenty numbers the first in standard order the second in reverse order the third in random order. Complete each list, filling in, next to the number, the appropriate item from the list you have just memorised, covering the lists with your hand or with paper as you complete them and start on the next. When you have finished, calculate your score out of a possible 60 points. You will almost certainly have made an improvement over your performance in the original...

4 The Secret Principles Underlying a Superpower Memory

The Greeks so worshipped memory that they made a goddess out of her - Mnemosyne. It was her name from which was derived the current word mnemonics, used to describe memory techniques such as those you are about to learn. In Greek and Roman times, senators would learn these techniques in order to impress other politicians and the public with their phenomenal powers of learning and memory. Using these simple but sophisticated methods, the Romans were able to remember, without fault, thousands of...

6 The Number Shape System

In chapter 5 you learned the right-brained Link System, in which you applied all the Basic Memory Principles with the exception of number and order. We now move on to the first of the Peg Memory Systems. A Peg Memory System differs from the Link System in that it uses a special list of Key Memory Images that never change and to which everything that you wish to remember can be linked and associated. A Peg System can be thought of much like a wardrobe containing a certain definite number of...