2 Memory Card Tricks

memory card trick

Here are 2 amazing memory tricks you can perform on stage, at parties or for friends. All you need is a deck of cards. The technique can also be used to win card games.

The method is based on the Peg System. If you are not familiar please take some time to learn it then come back to this post.

Card Pegs

Each playing card has a peg which is a word which represents the card. For cards Ace to 10 the peg is a word which begins with the card suit and ends with a consonant sound which represents a number in the phonetic alphabet. eg. 2 of Clubs begins with the letter C for clubs and ends with the N sound which represents 2. You could use cone, coin, can, etc, we’ve used can. For Jacks, the suit is used eg. club, heart etc. For Kings and Queens the peg word is a word which begins with the suit letter and rhymes with the card itself eg. Queen of Diamonds – dream. See the table below for a complete list of pegs.

ClubsHeartsSpadesDiamonds
AC - catAH - hatAS - suitAD - date
2C - can2H - hen2S - sun2D - dune
3C - comb3H - hem3S - sum3D - dam
4C - core4H - hare4S - sore4D - door
5C - coal5H - hail5S - sail5D - doll
6C - cash6H - hash6S - sash6D - dash
7C - cock7H - hog7S - sock7D - dock
8C - cuff8H - hoot8S - safe8D - dive
9C - cap9H - hub9S - soap9D - deb
10C - case10H - hose10S - suds10D - dose
JC - clubJH - heartJS - spadeJD - diamond
QC - creamQH - queenQS - steamQD - dream
KC - kingKH - hingeKS - singKD - drink

Memorize Pegs

For each peg choose a clear and distinctive image in your mind. Make sure none of the images are the same as any image you have for numbers 1-52 as there are 52 cards in the deck as you need to peg them to the card images and don’t want any confusion. Now take some time to learn them.

Trick 1: Memorize a deck of cards in order

Get someone to read the cards out or show them to you. To memorize them in order peg the card image to the number image. Try and make the resulting image as unusual or strange as possible so it sticks in your mind. eg. if the first card is the 5 of Spades you should peg 5 of Spades (Sail) to the number 1 (Tie). For instance imagine a boat that instead of a sail has a giant tie!

If the second card is the 8 of Diamonds peg the image for 8 of Diamonds (dive) to the image for the number 2 (Noah). You could imagine Noah diving into a swimming pool.

To do this have the number peg word in your mind before the card is called. As soon as the card is called make the association in your mind. When you have memorized the deck you can recall them in order of have someone call a number and you can tell them the card in that position.

Trick 2: Identify missing cards

Another trick is to have someone remove a card or cards from the deck and you can identify the missing card/s. To do this when the card is read out picture the image in your mind then spoil it. For example if the 4 of Hearts is called picture a hare with no ears. If its the King of Diamonds imagine a spilled drink. Just picture the image for a second and that should be enough.

Once all the cards have been called out run through the whole deck in your mind and the images which are not spoilt are the missing numbers. Go through the suits in the same order each time and with practice you will be able to do it quickly.

Good luck learning these amazing tricks and if you win big in Vegas card counting don’t forget where you got the idea 😉

Credit: Harry Lorayne

It’s Like Having A Superpower

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Here is a technique to explode the power of your memory. You will not believe how simple it is. Learn and apply it you won’t believe the results. Use this technique to memorise routines, anecdotes, jokes and to perform amazing feats of memory.

So what’s the technique? It involves using Key Words. A Key Word is a single word or phrase which sums up a thought. Look at the method for remembering a speech below and all will become clear.

The Key Word technique is used with the Link System and the Peg System. If you are not familiar with those techniques read up on them here > Link System : Peg System

Great, you’re now familiar with the Link and Peg System, let’s dive in!

How to Remember a Speech

  • Write out the speech in full.
  • Run through the speech a few times to get the gist of it.
  • Get a piece of paper and write down Key Words for each thought in the speech. A Key Word can be a single word or a short phrase. There should be a word or phrase in each sentence or paragraph which brings to mind the whole thought. That is the Key Word you need to write down.
  • Write down the full list of Key Words, one for each thought.
  • If you want to and its possible use the list of Key Words when giving the speech.
  • If you need to recall the speech from memory you need to memorise the Key Words using the link system. Using the link system you visually link together the Key Words, the first with the second, the second with the third etc.

At first you may need a number of words for each thought. Use as many as you need, once you gain confidence with the technique you will only need one keyword for each thought. Focus on the thoughts and the words will take care of themselves.

If you need to remember the speech word for word use the same technique. However you will need to go over the speech and Key Words more times.

Remember Scripts, Jokes, Stories and Anecdotes

The same system of linking Key Words can be used for remembering scripts. In this case
it is usually necessary to memorize them word for word. You will have to go over them more often, but the Key Word idea will make it much easier for you.

You can also apply the technique for jokes, stories and anecdotes. Just take one word from the story, a word from the punch line is usually best, that will bring the entire joke to mind. When you get your Key Words, you can either link them to each other to remember all the stories in sequence, or use the Peg System to remember them by number.

Amazing Feat Of Memory

You can also use the Key Word technique to perform feats of memory for an audience. A great trick to perform is memorising a magazine. To do this you will need to combine the Key Word technique with the Peg System.

  • Memorise what’s on each page go through the magasine before the show. To do this get a Key Word from each page then associate it to the peg for the page number.
  • Give out copies of a magazine to the audience and ask them to call out page numbers. You can tell them what’s on each page, for instance if its an article about a footballers wife you would say that, if its an advert for bingo you would say that.

True Memory

These techniques are systems for assisting true memory. As you use the systems you’ll find your true memory getting stronger. The best example of this is in memorising a magazine. To make the associations in the first place, you must really see and observe the picture on the page. Because of this, when any page number is called, the peg word for that number acts as an aid so you can almost reproduce the entire page in your mind’s eye. You will know on what part of the page the picture is located. Prove this to yourself – give it a try!

I hope you found this article useful. If you haven’t already don’t forget to subscribe to the free mentalism course. Best wishes.

Credit: Super Power Memory, Harry Lorrayne

What Are You Not Seeing?

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“What one has never properly realized, one cannot properly be said to remember either.” Eustace H. Miles

Most people go around in a daydream like state not really paying attention to what’s going on around them. You don’t have to be like that. Here are 4 exercises to improve your powers of observation today.

Exercise 1: Remember Items in a Room

  • If you are in a familiar room right now take a piece of paper, and without looking around, list everything in the room. Write down everything you can think of, describe the entire room in detail. List every piece of furniture, electricals, pictures, decorations.
  • Now, look around the room and check your list. Notice all the things you did not put down on your list, or never really observed, although you see them all the time.
  • Now take a closer look round. Step out of the room and test yourself once more. Your list should now be longer.
  • Try the same thing with other rooms in your home. If you keep practicing, your observation will become keener.

Exercise 2: Remember a Friend’s Face

  • Think of someone you know very well. Picture his or her face and see if you can describe the face on paper. List everything you can remember. Go into detail: list hair and eye colour, complexion, outstanding features, whether or not they wear glasses, what type of glasses, type of nose, ears, eyes, mouth, forehead, approximate height and weight etc.
  • The next time you see this person, check. Note the things you didn’t observe and those you observed incorrectly. Then try it again! You will rapidly improve.

Exercise 3: Remember a Stranger’s Face

  • A good way to practice this is on the bus or train. Choose someone and look at them for a moment, close your eyes and try to mentally describe every detail of this person’s face. Pretend that you are a witness at a criminal investigation, and your description is of utmost importance.
  • Look at the person again and check. You’ll find your observation improving each time you try it.

Exercise 4: The Shop Window

  • One last suggestion: Look at any shop window display and try to observe everything in it.
  • List all the items without looking at the display and go back to check. Note the items you left out and try it again.
  • When you think you’ve become proficient at it, try remembering the prices of the items as well.

Credit: Harry Lorayne, How to Develop A SUPER-POWER MEMORY. To download the ebook go to the books page.

Well done if you got it, the girl in the image has an extra finger :)

Mentalism Effect: Memory Test

Mentalism Memory Test

Mnemonics or memory systems are a key component of mentalism. Here we take a look at a simple memory test which will amaze your audience!

The effect is to have members of the audience call out 15-20 things and for you to recall them in any order. While some people are familiar with memory systems the effect is still impressive and is used by many mentalists. Give it a try with friends, it is relatively easy to learn and you may be pleasantly surprised :)

There are several memory systems you can use to accomplish this mentalism effect. In this article we look at 1 tried and tested method which should serve you well.

Step 1

  • Memorise a key for numbers 1-20
  • The key for each number is an object which you associate in your mind with a number
  • The object should have some relevance to the number. One way of doing this is through rhyming

Example Memory Key

1 – Sun, 2 – Shoe, 3 – Sea, 4 – Saw, 5 – Hive, 6 – Sticks, 7 – Heaven, 8 – Gate, 9 – Mine, 10 – Pen, 11 – Devon, 12 – Shelf, 13 – Skirting, 14 – Flooring, 15 – Lifting, 16 – Pixie, 17 – Tin of Beans, 18 – Painting, 19 – Lightning, 20 – Horn of Plenty (Ice Cream)

Step 2

Each object on the list should be made into a vivid image in the mind’s eye. The object should also be performing an action, which should be consistent each time you visualise the object.

For instance: (1.) The sun could have a face which is smiling brightly or could be emitting heat rays, (2.) Something could be being placed into the shoe, (3.) The sea could be lapping at the shore.

Performance

1. Get a member of the audience to write a list of numbers 1-20 on a sheet of paper or blackboard. This person is to record objects as they are called out. The sheet is faced towards the audience so they can see it but you can’t.

2. Ask someone in the audience to call out an object for No. 1.

3. As soon as you hear what the object is, immediately associate it with the relevant object from the key. The object should interact with the object from the key and the image should be unusual. For example if a mobile phone is suggested the image could be the sun laughing at an old 1980s style mobile phone.

4. As soon as you have created a vivid image immediately forget it and move on to the next number and do the same again until you have done all 20.

5. Once all 20 items have been called out invite members of the audience to call out numbers between 1 and 20 at random and recall them using your key.

Notes:

  • Invite the audience to give detailed objects, this can add humour
  • The quicker you can memorise and recall the objects the more impressive the effect is
  • Though we have chosen 20 objects for the sake of a performance the number can be much higher, you just need to extend the key

 

Magic And Mentalism Festival King’s Arms Salford

Eggs Sausage Peas (ESP)

I arrived at the King’s Arms to be welcomed by a silver faced man organising the Ghost tour!

It was a 1 hr show based on the Egg Sausage Peas show which is 2 hrs.

I have checked the web for Jonathan Royle and some of the comments on forums are less than complimentary but I hadn’t checked before and this hadn’t coloured my view of the show.

I thought the show was great. The audience was not that large but was attentive and enthusiastic.

The Show

Got started with some comedy warm up tricks eg. ‘can you guess what word I am going to predict?’ No – pulls out card with No on. A lady picked a celebrity which was Simon Cowell and Jonathan Royle pulls out 3 cards with pictures of babies on then picture of Simon Cowell, which was an impressive prediction.

A guy was asked up on stage for a card prediction. A deck of cards tied by an elastic band were thrown out and 3 members of the audience including me looked at a card each. I had 10 of clubs.

Jonathan chose 1 card to write down and the audience member rang a friend who chose the other 2.

Jonathan wrote 3 numbers on a card and read them out then asked us each to sit down individually if our card had been read out. One by one we all sat down.

5 stars: 5 members of the audience were chosen to get up on stage and they had to choose masks with celebrity faces on. The faces were then matched up with favourite colours but in the reveal we saw the trick had gone wrong.

Next was a trick on the power of positive thinking. Quite a big guy was selected to sit on a chair and the other 4 members of the audience tried to lift him with 2 fingers put together. They tried with signs around their necks on which was written at first negative emotions then positive emotions, and with the positive signs the man was lifted off his chair.

This was followed by a trick where one of the audience selects a number 1-6, a spike is placed on that number under a cup and a dice is rolled to decide which cups were to be smashed using only bare hands. After one of the earlier tricks had gone wrong this one was a bit nerve wracking!

There were a few more tricks which went well including predicting a cartoon character from a book and predicting a date written on the bottom of a tray.

Luca Volpe

The Show

  • A member of the audience had to choose between 2 cards, one with a 50 euro note in. The one with no money in was chosen
  • The assistant guessed the amount of money I had in my pockets
  • He predicted who had drawn which picture out of 4 volunteers
  • He revealed some writing and numbers on a scroll at the end of the show which matched a newspaper cutting a lady made on stage

 

Mentalist Profile: Derren Brown

Derren Brown is the best mentalist of his generation.

He is constantly advancing his skills, innovating with his performances and calling out fake psychics and other frauds too.

Seeing Derren Brown perform it can be hard not to believe he possesses psychic abilities.

This guy knows what is going on in your mind, often because he has created the thoughts himself!

Early Career and TV

Brown started out at university as a hypnotist then started learning and performing close up magic in the cafe’s of Bristol.

Developing his skills over the next 7 years in Bristol Brown hit television in 1999 with 3 specials which later became the ground breaking series Mind Control. >>Derren Brown – Inside Your Mind [DVD]

Derren Brown Trick of The Mind 1 [DVD] [2004] followed on from Mind Control and the 3 series were very much a natural progression.

Trick or Treat (2007 – 2008) surprised applicants with Derren appearing out of the blue to give people a trick or treat. He hypnotised one guy and dropped him of in Marrakesh and dropped one girl, tied up, in a sack into a lake!

In The Events (2009) Brown stuck people watching at home to their seats using sublimnal messaging and bet £5,000 of a viewers money on the spin of a roulette wheel, and lost :(

Also on TV we had Derren Brown Investigates (2010) and The Experiments in 2011. In one episode of In The Experiments Derren got someone to ‘assassinate’ Stephen Fry and in another got someone to admit to a murder they didn’t commit.

TV Specials: Russian Roulette, Seance, Messiah, The Gathering, The Heist, The System, Hero at 30,000 ft, Miracles for Sale.

Live Shows

Watch some of Derren’s live shows and see his masterful control of the audience. 2011-12 he is touring Svengali.

Some of his other live shows include: Derren Brown Live (2003-04), Something Wicked This Way Comes (2005-06), Mind Reader – An Evening of Wonders (2007-08), Enigma (2009-10)

Skills

Derren Brown uses “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship”

He is a master reader of people’s body language, he uses NLP to put thoughts in peoples minds, he uses lots of psychological tricks like perception without awareness and his memory techniques are something to behold!

He is a master of conjuring and hypnosis and teaches some of his tricks in his books.

Derren Brown emphasises the importance of showmanship and involving the audience.