7 key

In order to remember this almost impossible number all that we now have to do is to link the key words which relate to sub-sections of that number.

The image-chain here could be of a large ball bouncing off the head of a fish which has just broken out of a net and fallen to the base level of the pier where it struck a man wearing a mac who was bending over to pick up his key.

Recalling these words and transforming them to numbers we get:


There is no need, of course, to remember these large numbers by taking groups of two. It is just as easy, and sometimes more easy, to consider groups of three. Let us try this with the number 851429730584. It is composed of:

851—fault 429—rainbow 730—cameos 584—lever

In order to remember this number, which is slightly longer than the previous number, it is once again a matter of linking our key words.

We could imagine a force which caused a break or fault in rainbow coloured cameos which are so heavy they needed a lever to move them.

Recalling these words and transforming them we get:

f—8 1-5 t—1 r—4 n—2 b-9 c—7 mi—3 s—0 l 5

A further system for remembering numbers such as this, especially if you have not committed the major system entirely to memory, is to make up four-consonant words from the number you have to remember. Let us try this with a 16 digit number: 1582907191447620. From the digits we get 1582— telephone, 9071—basket, 9144—botherer, 7620—cushions. Our image chain can be of a telephone being thrown into a basket where an annoying person (a botherer!) has also been thrown with some cushions. Recalling the number should by now be a familiar process to you.

To check on the amazing difference this method of number memorisation makes, go back to the original test-chapter and see how easy those initial numbers were!

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