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Memory Pack - Master Your Memory
Memory Pack - Master Your Memory is the first product to be produced by Andi Bell, the 1998 World Memory Champion (I tried to beat him but he was just too good for me so I settled for the Silver Medal). Previous World Champions have started with books and so to break that mould, Andi has developed a Memory Pack. Quite often when you buy a product that comes in a substantial box, you are often disappointed with tiny contents and massses of packaging. Happily, Andi's Pack is full of stuff. You get a Memory Book that explains his ideas and methods, a set of name cards, a set of number cards, a"Memory Bean Bag"and a board game with dice and counters. Although Andi's methods follow the essential principles of Imagination and Association, you will find his thinking and some of his techniques very unique.
The Memory Book covers traditional topics you would expect such as Names and Faces, Numbers, General Knowledge, Speeches and Text. However Andi also explores the concept of Time Lines, Networks and a test of your visual memory. I like Andi's Name and Faces Cards. He has designed them so that by combining different names with different faces you get many more combinations than by just having 50 faces each with a single name. Andi teaches you his number system which must be effective as he recently broke a world record by memorising 1820 digits in one hour at the World Memory Championships! He uses his images and associations for the numbers and explains how they were derived. He then uses the number system as part of the board game to help you reinforce it and for you to use it as a tool to see what you have learned. There are really two games in one and both allow you to demonstrate your developing memory skills.
Overall this is a nicely presented pack and if you want to find out how one of the leading memorisers does his stuff and have some fun in the process, then you will find The Memory Pack useful. However, some of Andi's thoughts and techniques are quite advanced and will require quite a bit of mental effort so if you relish a mental challenge have a go.
The Memory Pack by Andi Bell is available from good bookstores, real and virtual in the UK and the US, priced Ł16.99 (see US stockists for $ price). Its ISBN Number is 1-84222-103-5.
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