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Dominic O'Brien

Regulars to the Accelerated Learning area of Project HappyChild will be familiar with Dominic O'Brien because I have reviewed a number of his books. I want to talk about him here because at the age of 43 he has become World Memory Champion for an incredible 7th time. I have been watching Dominic for a number of years now and it was he who inspired me to compete in my first World Championships back in 1997. Many people who see what Dominic can do often assume that he is endowed with some great mental ability that is either genetic or a freak of nature. Fortunately for the rest of us neither is the case. Dominic has trained his memory to the extent that he can memorise 52 packs of cards shuffled together and see each card only once and do numerous other memory feats that simply astound audiences.

Does he come from an academic background? Well no, in fact he was an average student at school and decided to drop out of college before he could complete that part of his education. Indeed many people are surprised to hear that Dominic is dyslexic. Dominic's success has really come down to a dogged determination to succeed in his field. Captivated by seeing Creighton Carvello memorise a pack of cards on TV, Dominic devised his own system to do the same thing. Pretty soon he was memorising both single and multiple packs of cards very quickly. World Memory Championship success came soon after and in the 10 years of the competition, he has won it 7 times. His success in competitions is not only due to his dedication and training required to achieve the high standards required of the champion but also his deep desire to win. He keeps getting better with age and is convinced that he can still be champion when he is 95! His performance does serve as an inspiration to those who do compete against him but it is also encouraging to those people who believe they have a bad memory. Age, dyslexia, education are not barriers to improving your ability to learn and as Dominic says, if he can do it, so can you.

Editor's Note: See Michael Tipper's feature article, "An Interview with Dominic O'Brien", May 2002.

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