Joshua Foer can remember anything, including the first 100 digits of Pi. In a video uploaded to YouTube by Wired, the former winner of the USA National Memory Championship explains how he -and you- can memorize anything using a technique called the Major System, which converts numbers into words and images.
Quite a few people enjoy a good memory, especially if it’s trained, but very few know about the existence of the Major System and the way it works. Firstly devised by French mathematician Pierre Hérigone, then developed by Stanislaus Mink Von Wennsshein and later by other users, it is a mnemonic technique used to help memorize numbers. The system works on the principle that images can be remembered more easily than numbers.
Through this system, Foer set a new record in the Speed Cards event after memorizing a deck of 52 cards in 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Watch the video below to learn more about how he did it.
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