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the methods work and you get some insight into how people like Derren Brown and Paul Daniels do amazing memory feats ...
on 11 July 2015
Tony Buzan goes through the methods and techniques to improve one's memory for almost everything. It is entertaining, the methods work and you get some insight into how people like Derren Brown and Paul Daniels do amazing memory feats on stage although, I hasten to add, that no mention of them is made in the book - I am just assuming that their systems are similar. I should imagine that it would take a lot of effort to successfully employ the methods he writes about, but learning is never that easy, and it does not alter the fact that his methods do work. My main complaint is that much of this book is a repeat of a previous publication, "Use Your Memory" (revised addition 1989) with the addition of an extra part expanding upon the "Major system". If it was another revised addition to that book, I would have no cause for complaint - but it is not. It claims to be a completely new publication. If it is your only purchase of one of his memory books, then it is well worth the cash. However, as I have three of his books, and two of them are virtually the same, I am not risking spending several pounds on another.