Animating The Carps

You must first assign a person to every card between ace and 10 (court cards will come later). Cards are essentially numbers; the easiest way to bring them to life is to translate them into pairs of letters, a technique you have already learnt.

Use the DOMINIC SYSTEM to provide you with the first letter. Taking ace to be 1, you have the letter A; 2 becomes B, 3 becomes C, and so on.

The suit provides you with the second letter. All club cards, for example, are represented by a C. Diamonds are represented by a D, spades by an S, hearts by an H.

The 2 of hearts thus becomes BH, the 5 of clubs becomes EC. Referring back to our list of people in Chapter 4, you know that the 2 of hearts is Benny Hill, (2 = B; hearts = H; BH = Benny Hill) and the 5 of clubs is Eric Clapton (5 = E; clubs = C; EC = Eric Clapton).

Here is a table to show you how to get the letters for cards from ace to 10:

CARD

CLUBS

DIAMONDS

SPADES

HEARTS

1 (ace)

AC

AD

AS

AH

2

BC

BD

BS

BH

3

CC

CD

CS

CH

4

DC

DD

DS

DH

5

EC

ED

ES

EH

6

SC

SD

SS

SH

7

GC

GD

GS

GH

8

HC

HD

HS

HH

9

NC

ND

NS

NH

0 (ten)

oc

OD

OS

OH

Copy this list and write down the corresponding person alongside each card. I am not asking you to think up any new people; you should already have all the characters suggested by the letters listed above.

It is important to remember that the letters are merely stepping stones to get you to your person. After a while, you will find yourself making the leap without using the letters. When I see the 6 of diamonds, I don't see the letters SD; I don't even perceive the card as the 6 of diamonds; I automatically have an image of Sharron Davies, the swimmer, wearing a rubber ring.

When a good pianist sight-reads a piece of music, there is no time to convert the notes into letters, he or she just knows which keys the fingers have to play. Similarly, with typing, talking, reading, driving a car, it becomes automatic with practice.

You must always recall the person's unique action and prop (Sharron Davies is wearing a rubber ring). Charlie Chaplin is flexing a cane; Eddie 'the

Eagle' on a pair of skis; Eric Clapton is playing his guitar. I can't stress enough how important these associated actions are; they help to anchor the person to his or her surroundings (location).

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