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Unleash the hidden power of your mind

It’s there in all of us. A mental resource we don’t think much about. Memory. And now there’s a way to master its power. . . . 

Through Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas’s simple, fail-safe memory system, you can become more effective, more imaginative, and more powerful at work, at school, in sports, and at play.

• Read with speed and greater understanding.
• File phone numbers, data, figures, and appointments right in your head.
• Send those birthday and anniversary cards on time.
• Learn foreign words and phrases with ease.
• Shine in the classroom and shorten study hours.
• Dominate social situations: Remember and use important personal details.

Begin today. The change in your life will be unforgettable

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hidden power of your mind through Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas''s simple, fail-safe memory system, and you can become more effective, more imaginative, and more powerful, at work, at school, in sports and play. Discover how easy it is to: file phone numbers, data, figures, and appointments right in your head; learn foreign words and phrases with ease; read with speed--and greater understanding; shine in the classroom--and shorten study hours; dominate social situations, and more.


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Unleash the hidden power of your mind through Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas''s simple, fail-safe memory system, and you can become more effective, more imaginative, and more powerful, at work, at school, in sports and play. Discover how easy it is to: file phone numbers, data, figures, and appointments right in your head; learn foreign words and phrases with ease; read with speed--and greater understanding; shine in the classroom--and shorten study hours; dominate social situations, and more.

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Harry Lorayne is the world''s foremost memory training specialist and the author of ten bestselling books, including The Memory Book, coauthored with Jerry Lucas.

Jerry Lucas is the author, with Harry Lorayne, of the bestseller The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play.

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1     SOME HISTORY OF THE ART
 
Memory systems date back to antiquity. In the ancient world, a trained memory was of vital importance. There were no handy note-taking devices, and it was memory techniques and systems that enabled bards and storytellers to remember their stories, poems, and songs.
 
Early Greek and Roman orators delivered lengthy speeches with unfailing accuracy because they learned the speeches, thought for thought, by applying memory systems.
 
What they did, basically, was associate each thought of a speech to a part of their own homes. These were called “loci,” or “places.” The opening thought of a speech would, perhaps, be associated to the front door, the second thought to the foyer, the third to a piece of furniture in the foyer, and so on. When the orator wanted to remember his speech, thought for thought, he actually took a mental tour through his own home. Thinking of the front door reminded him of the first thought of his speech. The second “place,” the foyer, reminded him of the next thought; and so on to the end of the speech. It is from this “place” or “loci” memory technique that we get the time-worn phrase “in the first place.”
 
Although Simonides (circa 500 B.C.) is known as the father of the art of trained memory, scraps of parchment dating back a thousand years or so before Simonides state that memory techniques were an essential part of the orator’s equipment.
 
Cicero wrote that the memories of the lawyers and orators of his time were aided by systems and training and in De oratore he described how he himself applied memory systems.
 
It’s important to realize that oratory was an important career during those early days. “We should never have realized how great is the power [of a trained memory],” wrote the philosopher Quintilian, “nor how divine it is, but for the fact that it is memory which has brought oratory to its present position of glory.”
 
The ancients also knew that memory training could help the thinking process itself. From a fragment dated about 400 B.C. we learn that “A great and beautiful invention is memory, always useful both for learning and for life.” And Aristotle, after praising memory systems, said that “these habits too will make a man readier in reasoning.”
 
If Simonides was the inventor of the art of trained memory, and Cicero its greatest early teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas was to become its patron saint, instrumental in making the art of trained memory a devotional and ethical art.
 
During the Middle Ages, monks and philosophers were virtually the only people who knew about and applied trained-memory techniques. The systems, whose use was mostly limited to religion, were basic to some religions. For example, memory systems were used to memorize Virtues and Vices, and some priests and philosophers taught that memory systems showed “how to reach Heaven and avoid Hell.”
 
In 1491, Peter of Ravenna wrote The Phoenix, which became the best known of all early memory-training books and brought the art of trained memory out into the lay world. During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, many other books were written on the subject.
 
King Francis I of France used memory systems, as did England’s Henry III. Shakespeare is held to have used trained-memory systems—his Globe Theater was called the “memory theater.” Philosophers of the seventeenth century taught memory systems (Francis Bacon has one in his book The Advancement of Learning), and some scholars insist that Leibniz invented calculus while searching for a memory system that would aid in memorizing numbers.
 
So you see, there’s nothing really new about trained-memory techniques. Unfortunately, the techniques fell into disuse for centuries. Some people who did practice them were actually regarded as witches. It’s true that memory systems remained in use as a source of entertainment for others—in our own century, vaudeville players used memory systems to perform “mental tricks” onstage—but they were seldom if ever used for practical purposes or serious learning. Here and there someone would try to bring the systems to the fore again, but without success.
 
In a book titled Memory, William Stokes, a philosopher and memory teacher of the 1800’s, summarizes the degree of public interest in the art of trained memory:
 
It is true … that notwithstanding the records of the past and the achievements, triumphs, and trophies of the present, the “educated,” the intelligent masses—the world—know not and seem not to care to know its wondrous worth. The adoption of the science by a few paltry thousands cannot be regarded as anything when we consider the countless myriads peopling the earth—when we realize the fact that it is as essential to the proper exercise and full development of our intellectual existence as proper breathing is to our physical well-being; in spite of all that has been said and done, we may say comparatively—almost absolutely—that the art is a thing unknown!
 
There can be little doubt that before long, it will be generally recognized as an established science; and posterity will look back, and regard … this plea on behalf of memory … as an indication of the intellectual darkness of this age of boasted enlightenment.…
 
Let us hope that the day will come when it shall be considered as great a disgrace not to use memory systems as it is at present not to read!
 
Stokes’s book was published in 1888. Nearly a century later, it is our pleasure to bring the art of trained memory back into the foreground—not only by teaching memory systems, but by bringing them to a level that the ancient (and not-so-ancient) thinkers would never have conceived as being within the realm of possibility.
 

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K. Irwin
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A guide to gaining a Super Power
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2017
It is truly amazing how simply and quickly this book teaches you to perform magic-seeming memory feats. After only reading two chapters I could receit all fifty states of the US both forward and BACKWARD in forward or reverse alphabetic order (probably took me 15 to 20... See more
It is truly amazing how simply and quickly this book teaches you to perform magic-seeming memory feats. After only reading two chapters I could receit all fifty states of the US both forward and BACKWARD in forward or reverse alphabetic order (probably took me 15 to 20 minutes to memorize). Trust me, if I had attempted something like that before it would have taken me hours to memorize. My only regret is I did not read this book when I was in High School. For the record, I am now 61, you really can teach an old dog new tricks.
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Kenn Caesius
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An informal yet comprehensive guide to memory improvement
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2016
There is something incredible to be said about a book that has been continuously published a little over 40 years. When I borrowed the e-book version from the local library, I really was not expecting much because of its age but after reading the last page, I think you... See more
There is something incredible to be said about a book that has been continuously published a little over 40 years. When I borrowed the e-book version from the local library, I really was not expecting much because of its age but after reading the last page, I think you might agree with me that its perhaps the most informal yet informative guide about improving memory.

The Memory book is co-authored mnemonics guide written by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas, both of whom have made a living by demonstrations of their prodigious memories - perhaps moreso Harry Lorayne - who was an irregular guest during the Johnny Carson era of the The Tonight Show . Initially published in 1974, the authors both converse and elaborate in an informal tone on both the history and techniques of not just improving memory but also distinct methods on particular matters as simple as remembering shopping lists to sports plays. Starting with a simple elaboration about the well-known image linking method of remembering lists, the authors build on it with homonyms and codes that can be applied to almost anything that needs to be learned.

I really enjoyed this book in several ways. The light and conversational tone forgoes the drier explanations about psychology with simple and effective details that will have you remembering things faster than you thought. While most of us have resigned ourselves to the brute force approach of repetition in remembering anything, those seeking alternative methods will be very interested in applying the techniques that the authors elaborate. In my case, the chapter on learning a second language has been an incredible guide to remembering vocabulary, moreso when it is something as alien as the Japanese language .

There is one passage that really stuck to me – In chapter 2 they were quick to declare that “virtually all learning is based on memory” and that while some educators might take offense to having their lessons simply “memorized”, the authors countered with an anecdote about the three steps of basic learning: 1) the search for information, 2) remembering the information, and 3) applying the information. By concentrating on the second step, everything else you want to know will coalesce around and finally you will be actually learning. While I seriously doubt the methods and exercises will turn you into stage act on par with Harry Lorayne, being able to remember names, faces, and the associated phone would be an impressive feat in this age of the omniscient contact lists.
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Great memory tips
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018
I actually read a sample of this book on Amazon before I ordered it. Part of the beginning of the book was about memorizing a list. I did the exercise and memorized the list and now two weeks later I can still recall that list! I was so excited to get the book. It may be... See more
I actually read a sample of this book on Amazon before I ordered it. Part of the beginning of the book was about memorizing a list. I did the exercise and memorized the list and now two weeks later I can still recall that list! I was so excited to get the book. It may be old but that does not mean it is not relevant. Quick service. Book as described. 👍
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Donna
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Different Ways to Improve Your Memory
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2019
This book outlines and then teaches you different ways to improve your memory. It is a wonderful way to learn how to improve on what you hear every day, peoples names, where they work, what they do, etc. There are several different ways to learn these skills and the book... See more
This book outlines and then teaches you different ways to improve your memory. It is a wonderful way to learn how to improve on what you hear every day, peoples names, where they work, what they do, etc. There are several different ways to learn these skills and the book goes into many of them.

It is not a book that you tackle in a few hours this book takes many days to reinforce what you have learned and has some testing like ways to make sure that you have learned the skill taught in that section. It is definitely setup for people who are serious about learning. This is not a fly by the seat of your pants type book.

If you want to make a serious effort into improving your memory and learning tricks to help you then this book is for you.
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Joseph Oliver
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A Classic On Memory
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2016
If you are interested in memory improvement, this book is foundational and possibly the only memory book you will need. Harry lays the basics for mnemonics, pegs, and other basic aspects of memorization techniques. Reread value is incredibly high, as this book is intended... See more
If you are interested in memory improvement, this book is foundational and possibly the only memory book you will need. Harry lays the basics for mnemonics, pegs, and other basic aspects of memorization techniques. Reread value is incredibly high, as this book is intended for memory mastery. It has a conversational aspect which makes it easy to read.
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Memorization tactics you wished you knew earlier in life.
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2019
100% recommend this book. It immediately help me with certain memorization tactics. Easy read, and it can be interactive. For example, I would not proceed to the next chapter until I mastered the techniques within each section. Try memorizing the states alphabetically... See more
100% recommend this book. It immediately help me with certain memorization tactics. Easy read, and it can be interactive. For example, I would not proceed to the next chapter until I mastered the techniques within each section. Try memorizing the states alphabetically then recite them in reverse. You will immediately be able to make associations to words and will stick in your mind for days. You can use similar techniques with numbers, algorithms, different languages, etc. Wish I knew about this book 35 years ago.
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Bradley Bevers
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A Great Primer On Memory
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2012
I read Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything about a year ago and purchased this book, among many others, to start learning memory techniques. I started with this book because it seemed simpler and more accessible than... See more
I read Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything about a year ago and purchased this book, among many others, to start learning memory techniques. I started with this book because it seemed simpler and more accessible than the other I picked up, and I was not disappointed.

It''s a great book and will introduce you to a variety of memory techniques quickly. Some of the more interesting things you will learn how to do:

* Memorize lists of ten items or less instantly, for as long as you like. Simple, easy to implement.
* Names and faces memory. Memorize a roomful of names and faces. Extremely easy to do.
* Memorize 50 digit number with the Major system. Some ideas for how this is useful - license number, credit card number, important dates, etc.
* The link system for memorizing lists of any link, frontwards and backwards.
* The loci system - very brief overview, but you can pick up enough to learn it.
* The peg system - built on the Major system, this will allow you to memorize lists frontwards, backwards, and by number. ex. Presidents in order and who the 17th President was
* Memorize a deck of cards
* Many applications, from public speaking to sports to party tricks

Not the last book on memory I will read, but a good place to start for anyone. You will learn enough very quickly, and there is much more to study and build on should you want to. Highly Recommended. Other books on memory I would recommend:

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Your Memory : How It Works and How to Improve It

Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters
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Milt
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You will find this wonderful book filled with lots of great tips on improving your memory.
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2018
I read this book when it was published in 1974. I have used the coaching tips almost daily for the past 44 years. I reordered it from Amazon and it has been a wonderful re-read. I learned so much more. It is a really wonderful book about how to improve your memory..
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Could prove VERY useful.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2018
This book describes a memory system which is so useful that you honestly wonder why we aren''t all taught it soon after the alphabet and number pairs! It would help a lot with History GCSE for starters! Despite Google, we still do actually need to remember stuff, and not...See more
This book describes a memory system which is so useful that you honestly wonder why we aren''t all taught it soon after the alphabet and number pairs! It would help a lot with History GCSE for starters! Despite Google, we still do actually need to remember stuff, and not only for exams and pub quizzes, but also for making those links between stored bits of information that is part and parcel of being creative. I did wonder if the system was going to turn me into a certifiable crazy person at times: the things going on in one''s head often do not bear repeating, but it really does help you store and save and reproduce far more information than one otherwise would normally manage.
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M. King
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Does the job wonderfully
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2020
For reasons known only to myself I wanted to memorise the order of a shuffled deck of cards. About an hour after reading the requisite chapters it was job done. Works perfectly and explained in a way a numpty like me can understand. Well worth the money.See more
For reasons known only to myself I wanted to memorise the order of a shuffled deck of cards. About an hour after reading the requisite chapters it was job done. Works perfectly and explained in a way a numpty like me can understand. Well worth the money.
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B. Bishop
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An invaluable guide to memorising.. . anything
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 24, 2018
I had a copy of this book in paperback many years ago and have used its techniques to memorise some obsure and hard to remember facts for as long as I can remember. I deceided to buy the Kindle version and revisit some of its tips and tricks. This is one of those books that...See more
I had a copy of this book in paperback many years ago and have used its techniques to memorise some obsure and hard to remember facts for as long as I can remember. I deceided to buy the Kindle version and revisit some of its tips and tricks. This is one of those books that everyone should read.
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Thomas J.
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Fantastic guide to improving memory. Well worth a read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2016
A classic book on memory improvement. Thoroughly recommended. Has improved my memory from being so bad that it made me a liability at work to being one of my strongest assets. Would be a solid 5 stars if it wasn''t for the font size. Rather small dense text makes for...See more
A classic book on memory improvement. Thoroughly recommended. Has improved my memory from being so bad that it made me a liability at work to being one of my strongest assets. Would be a solid 5 stars if it wasn''t for the font size. Rather small dense text makes for difficult reading if your eyes aren''t what they used to be. The content itself however, is wonderful.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2020
This is a second print from 1974 and has what appears to be original signatures by both Harry Lorrayne and Jerry Lucas, being that I''m a big basketball and Knicks fan that was an extra bonus. I got this book because it was an original pressing and I didn''t want the...See more
This is a second print from 1974 and has what appears to be original signatures by both Harry Lorrayne and Jerry Lucas, being that I''m a big basketball and Knicks fan that was an extra bonus. I got this book because it was an original pressing and I didn''t want the revisions or edits that come with today''s culture so was happy to get this book in such great condition as well so very pleased with the purchase. As for the contents, I''m just now reading it so will hopefully have another review where I can give proper feedback on the book itself. For now just pleased to have received this book.
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