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!! Tony Buzan-Speed Memory

!! Tony Buzan-Speed Memory

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Give a long number such as 95862190377 to someone to
remember and he will try: to repeat it as you present it to him,
eventually getting bogged down in his own repetition; to
subdivide it into two-or-three number groups, eventually
losing the order and content of these; to work out mathematical
relations between the numbers as you present them, inevitably
getting confused; or to 'picture' the number as it is presented,
the photograph in his mirid always becoming blurred!
If you think back to the initial test in which you were asked
to perform a feat like this, you will probably recall your own
approach.

Remembering long numbers is really quite simple if you
apply the Major System. Instead of using this system as a
word system to remember objects, it is possible to use the
basic words of the system itself to recall the numbers from
which they are made.
Let us take the number at the top of the page. It is com-
posed of: 95—ball
86—fish
21—net
90—base
37—mac
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:

b-9
1-5

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f—8
sh—6
n—2

t—1

b-9
s—o
m—3
c—7
k-7
95862190377!

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
m—3

s—0

l 5

v—8
r—4
851429730584!
A further system for remembering numbers such as this,
especially if you have not committed the major system entirely

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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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