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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books (26 Aug 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857931068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857931068
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fox Mulder on 27 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
Okay i read this book over 10 years ago and i was impressed at Dominic's methods. I still remember the list of 10 items which he gave at the beginning of the book to test your initial memory. I have quite a lot of Dominics books and CD series and can truly say that his methods work.
I memorized the 100 names for the Dominic system and on my first test at memorizing a deck of playing cards i got 48 out of 52 correct.

To key to this system is practice and a lot of patience. If you put in the time and effort it really does pay off. Thank you Dominic for sharing your talents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By graham_525 on 14 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is superb. That's all there is to say. I learned the technique for memorising a pack of cards in two days. These methods really work. They require some initial effort but once you have the work done the methods get easier and easier to use.
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By ATHINA on 3 Nov 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
not what i was expecting.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A memory improvement book 17 May 1999
By Peter Amabile - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dominic O'Brien developed his own system which uses (famous) people linked with numerals from 0-99. Foe example, he uses the digit 00 - as Olive Oyle, popeyes girlfriend. It is clever as it is different from the phonetic system which Buzan, Lorrayne and the like developed. He then links them together using the Loci system; a different location with a different person etc. If you a familiar with the phonetic system i.e 1 = t,d; 2 = n etc why change? Every memory improvement book uses word association and imagery and this book is no exception. Both need to be developed and practiced. It doesn't take one or two lessons to learn to play the piano, so why should memory improvement be any different?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dominic's best work ..... 15 Dec 2005
By A. De - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Here's the contents of the book:

2)How to remember lists

3)What's in a name?

3)How to remember numbers

5)The mental diary

6)The mental in-tray

7)Memory and job interviews

8)How to remember speeches

9)How to remember directions

10)Learning the twentieth century calender

11)How to recall 'lost chapters' of your life

12)How to learn languages

13)How to remember geographical facts

14)How to remember history

15)Popular mnemonics

16)How to memorize a pack of cards

17)How to win(always) at Trivial Pursuit

18)Memory and sport

19)How memory can improve your golf swing

20)How memory can improve your chess game

21)More on cards-how to memorize thirty-five decks

22)Number crunching

23)Remembering binary numbers

24)How to win at blackjack

25)How to beat quiz machines

26)Memory and the Greeks

27)Famous Memory men

This is the first and fullest exposition of the DOMINIC Memory system."How to Develop a Perfect Memory" ia one of the more informative and certainly the most enjoyable memory book I have ever come across.This book would be of most interest to participants in memory competitions and conjurors who incorporate memory routines into their act.Dominic's other great work "How to Pass Exams" is,as its name suggests, more geared towards academic applications

The e-book,($39.99)is definitely value for money;an actual second hand copy($149-$645.94???!!!) probably isn't .

Luckily for me..hehe...I found a copy in my local library.Even better value!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A technique that really works 19 Nov 2007
By Fox Mulder - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I read this book back in the late 90's when a friend loaned it to me, i was impressed but i never had the patience to try and memorise the 100 characters and there actions who's initials go with the numbers.

Over 10 years later i started purchasing Dominic O'Briens books and was hooked. I have learnt all 100 names and the first time i tested memorising a deck of cards I got about 47 out of the pack correct.
This is just one of the techniques in the book, but it 100% works if you put in the time to learn it. You also have to go over the things you memorise just like you would if you was studying for an exam. I used to know all the 50 US states and there capitals using his methods but because i never kept it up i forgot them all after a few months.

I have most of Dominics books but i agree with the other poster, i think it's outrageous that this is selling for $200 some places. I think they need to re-publish this. I must say if you cannot afford this book, order Dominic's CD series Quantum Memory Power. All the techniqes which are in this book Dominic explains in great detail in his CD series. I would much prefer the CD series than pay $200 for this.

I have to say a personal thankyou to Dominic if he ever reads this stuff.
Your books are a real inspiration, if only i knew this technique when i was at school.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you want to improve your memory, read this book. 29 Aug 1998
By - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Simply put, if you want to improve your memory, I recommend that you read this book. It contains simple methods that you can use straight away and which I find work. It also contains methods for memory improvement which require some once-off preparation to help remember numbers. Once this is done, however, its just about invaluable.
I use the methods in this book with increasing regularity after reading it about 3 months ago. I can remember long lists of items e.g. shopping lists. I am beginning to build up my mental telephone directory. I have even learned the entire 20th century calendar which does have some practical uses as well as being a party trick.
This book is easy to read, enjoyable, and if you actually do what is suggested, will painlessly improve your ability to memorize details. What more can I say?
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Learn from the master! 30 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dominic o'brien teaches how to memorise lists, languages, numbers, names, general facts and lots of other things. He explains how his simple methods transformed him from an absent minded dyslexic to the world memory champion.One of his feats include memorising 35 packs of cards in 35 seconds! much practice is needed to really use his techniques in every day life. however i managed to memorize all the american states and their capitals in one hour and all the american presidents and their period of office in 30 minutes. i did this without much practice. this book will improve your memory and concentration if practice the techniques he teaches.
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