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Never forget a name or a number again! Dominic O'Brien is legendary for winning the World Memory Championship eight times and outwitting the casinos of Las Vegas to win a fortune at blackjack. Here, for the first time, he reveals his secrets for memory mastery. Follow his brain-boosting techniques and turn your mind into a super-powered computer that will recall PIN number Never forget a name or a number again! Dominic O'Brien is legendary for winning the World Memory Championship eight times and outwitting the casinos of Las Vegas to win a fortune at blackjack. Here, for the first time, he reveals his secrets for memory mastery. Follow his brain-boosting techniques and turn your mind into a super-powered computer that will recall PIN numbers with ease, remember directions, and help bring you success in business, leisure, and relationships.


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Never forget a name or a number again! Dominic O'Brien is legendary for winning the World Memory Championship eight times and outwitting the casinos of Las Vegas to win a fortune at blackjack. Here, for the first time, he reveals his secrets for memory mastery. Follow his brain-boosting techniques and turn your mind into a super-powered computer that will recall PIN number Never forget a name or a number again! Dominic O'Brien is legendary for winning the World Memory Championship eight times and outwitting the casinos of Las Vegas to win a fortune at blackjack. Here, for the first time, he reveals his secrets for memory mastery. Follow his brain-boosting techniques and turn your mind into a super-powered computer that will recall PIN numbers with ease, remember directions, and help bring you success in business, leisure, and relationships.

30 review for You Can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-Changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    A great book to dip into for various techniques that really work. Don't expect to be able to complete these exercises overnight though, some take a lot of work! A great book to dip into for various techniques that really work. Don't expect to be able to complete these exercises overnight though, some take a lot of work!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Williams

    The book: You Can Have An Amazing Memory The author: Dominic O'Brien, eight time World Memory Champion. The subject: This expert on memory shares his secrets with exercises for the reader to practise and develop their memories. Why I chose it: My study mentor loaned it to me to help with my memory before exams. The rating: Four out of five stars What I thought of it: I feel like I have a terrible memory, or at least a memory that doesn't work how I'd like it to. That random thing that happened ten ye The book: You Can Have An Amazing Memory The author: Dominic O'Brien, eight time World Memory Champion. The subject: This expert on memory shares his secrets with exercises for the reader to practise and develop their memories. Why I chose it: My study mentor loaned it to me to help with my memory before exams. The rating: Four out of five stars What I thought of it: I feel like I have a terrible memory, or at least a memory that doesn't work how I'd like it to. That random thing that happened ten years ago? Crystal clear. That really important thing I need to do or, say, that entire module of work? Uh... I've resorted to diligently writing to-do lists, which in itself helps me remember things, but also ensures I have a record of everything I need to do so, in theory, nothing should get neglected. I wish I didn't have to do that though. I was resigned to my fate – a side-effect, I suspect (with my tin foil hat at a jaunty angle), of both depression and anti-depressant use – until I borrowed this book. This book confirmed what I've found in the past: creativity is the key to memorising things. O'Brien takes us through various techniques, including the path method and his own Dominic method, which utilise a lot of association and coming up with interesting imagery that's far more likely to stick than a dry list of things. I liked how he portrayed it as a trial and error discovery through recounting his development, from child who "would never amount to anything" to champion memoriser. I also enjoyed his exposition of the neuroscience behind the techniques. At the end he put forward the case for memorising things; rather than it being pointless as many would suggest, he points out that we exercise our bodies for fun, so why not exercise our minds for fun too? Of course, this review would be useless without a mention of how this book has helped improve my memory. Well, comparing how I was at the start of the book and the end, there was a clear improvement – at the start I struggled on the exercises, but by the end I sailed through them. I am putting the techniques to use in my real life too. I would recommend it to anyone who thinks they have a poor memory. It may just be that, like me, you just don't know the best way to utilise it (and/or are being self-deprecating). Even if you don't have a poor memory, I'm sure you can make yours better and have fun in the process with this book. Just one more thing: Another memory resource that I've been using recommends the website Memrise. It's not much use to me at the moment because I need to work on remembering stuff for my exams, which doesn't lend itself to how Memrise works, but I gave it a little go and it seemed good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nola Redd

    Unlike the previous memory book I read and reviewed, this one was well written and entertaining. In ways, the information it supplied can be found by anyone who has googled the subject. However, what I most enjoyed was the way the narrator broke things down to really give the reader insight into what was going on inside his mind, which is the dominant reason I'm reading several memory books at the moment; I want to see the action at work. The author walks through a number of standard memory metho Unlike the previous memory book I read and reviewed, this one was well written and entertaining. In ways, the information it supplied can be found by anyone who has googled the subject. However, what I most enjoyed was the way the narrator broke things down to really give the reader insight into what was going on inside his mind, which is the dominant reason I'm reading several memory books at the moment; I want to see the action at work. The author walks through a number of standard memory methods, from peg lists to journeys to memory palaces. He does so by taking us through his adventures investigating memory techniques, which, in a pre-internet era, he developed through trial and error. In addition, he also builds off research into brain activity which he participated in, going so far as to purchase his own EEG machine and to utilize biofeedback to learn to adjust his brain waves. Neither are necessary to basic memorization techniques - the author states that 'manual techniques' are effective - but it was interesting to read. Finally, the author offers a response to the oft-asked question, what's the point of memorizing playing cards and strings of numbers? He argues that such activities exercise the brain, improving both memory and imagination. What point is there in 11 men kicking a ball across a field while 11 other men try to stop them? No point but exercise and enjoyment - so why shouldn't we do the same for our brain.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Night

    3.5* Expected a lot more than it provided.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Fascinating techniques to improve memorization of lists and numbers using the journey method. By connecting novel information to familiar, you can trick the brain into storing new information. Essentially you get the brain's hemisphere's to work together. Great information about how the brain activates as is works and how to stimulate neuroplasticity in your own brain. Fascinating techniques to improve memorization of lists and numbers using the journey method. By connecting novel information to familiar, you can trick the brain into storing new information. Essentially you get the brain's hemisphere's to work together. Great information about how the brain activates as is works and how to stimulate neuroplasticity in your own brain.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nathik

    Having read a number of Memory books I must admit that most of it are either tedious or not effective. Many Mnemonist don't share all their techniques in their books. People, like myself, who are looking to improve memory overnight might find it frustrating(trust me its not possible) . Dominic O'Brien, eight times World Memory Champion, shares some of his best memory techniques in this book. I personally find it to be informative and easily the best memory book available. But again there is no s Having read a number of Memory books I must admit that most of it are either tedious or not effective. Many Mnemonist don't share all their techniques in their books. People, like myself, who are looking to improve memory overnight might find it frustrating(trust me its not possible) . Dominic O'Brien, eight times World Memory Champion, shares some of his best memory techniques in this book. I personally find it to be informative and easily the best memory book available. But again there is no short cuts for obtaining a sharp memory. It will definitely take time since we are trained to think in a certain way from a early age; its not easy adapt a new tool of learning overnight. We all can have an amazing memory provided we work on it. Happy Learning!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sumit Bhatt

    ***INCREDIBLE*** The review ended above, this book changed my way to memorize things, Dominic O'Brien himself is 8 times world memory champion and covers some exceptional exercises in this book, if done regularly than one truly enhance the capacity of the brain. ***INCREDIBLE*** The review ended above, this book changed my way to memorize things, Dominic O'Brien himself is 8 times world memory champion and covers some exceptional exercises in this book, if done regularly than one truly enhance the capacity of the brain.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kamal Elhoseny

    As I was hesitated about reading the book .. I was never interested -not a little bit- in books with titles like "know yourself better" , "secrets of success" " how to become a millionaire" , but this one is an exception ; the author is someone who really knows what he is talking about describing his personal experience . So I am dying to read every letter he wrote . It's just like that :D . About my rating , for me it deserves more than 5-with a range out of 5 too- but since it's the highest on As I was hesitated about reading the book .. I was never interested -not a little bit- in books with titles like "know yourself better" , "secrets of success" " how to become a millionaire" , but this one is an exception ; the author is someone who really knows what he is talking about describing his personal experience . So I am dying to read every letter he wrote . It's just like that :D . About my rating , for me it deserves more than 5-with a range out of 5 too- but since it's the highest one here so it totally deserves it .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed

    Fantastic book, well written and more entertaining compared to another magnificent book (use your memory by Tony Buzan). These kind of book will introduce you to new concept that will change you forever. If you are willing to stick with the instruction and implement these technique immediately; you'll end up with big gains. Fantastic book, well written and more entertaining compared to another magnificent book (use your memory by Tony Buzan). These kind of book will introduce you to new concept that will change you forever. If you are willing to stick with the instruction and implement these technique immediately; you'll end up with big gains.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    I've always been interested in psychology and how the brain functions with certain data, especially languages. Memory is a fascinating subject but weirdly I've never really investigated 'how it works'. Mine is ok and I was able to rely on it when I needed it. It is not infallible however and I did wonder how certain people seem able to achieve amazing feats. A little while ago, I heard about 'memory palaces', in Sherlock and in The Mentalist, which spurred me on to find out exactly what that is. I've always been interested in psychology and how the brain functions with certain data, especially languages. Memory is a fascinating subject but weirdly I've never really investigated 'how it works'. Mine is ok and I was able to rely on it when I needed it. It is not infallible however and I did wonder how certain people seem able to achieve amazing feats. A little while ago, I heard about 'memory palaces', in Sherlock and in The Mentalist, which spurred me on to find out exactly what that is. Queue searching the web for reference books on the subject. Dominic O'Brien has written a few and this one seemed a good place to start. And it was. The author charts his journey into training his brain and finding out what techniques work, in a time before the easy access to internet resources, as well as his experience with the World Memory Championships and how they are held. He also offers various exercises for the reader to use. And this is key! For instance, how many words, in order, would you remember if you only have 3 minutes to study. The norm is 6-10 but using association and visualisation, I was able to retain 18 the first time I tried, and this was without writing them down (I usually have to write to retain). Not only were they in order, but I could go backwards too! Numbers, especially for long sequences, is harder to attain and requires work, but once you've done the leg work, it becomes easier and stronger. I'm still working at devising my pairs. So, a pretty good introduction to training one's memory that is entertaining to read, combining anecdotal facts with beginners hands on training. I feel however that I've just scratched the surface and want more, especially on managing several palaces/journeys and 'coding' the various kinds of data.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dan Hanly

    The techniques taught in this book really work! However, its one flaw is that the techniques seem to have limited impact outside of memorizing decks of cards or 100 digits of pi. The whole time I'm reading the book, wading through legitimate techniques, carefully navigating between the instances of pure braggadocio, I'm thinking "Yeah that's great and all, but when the hell will I need to memorise a deck of cards in a random order." In fact, you have to wait until right at the end of the book for The techniques taught in this book really work! However, its one flaw is that the techniques seem to have limited impact outside of memorizing decks of cards or 100 digits of pi. The whole time I'm reading the book, wading through legitimate techniques, carefully navigating between the instances of pure braggadocio, I'm thinking "Yeah that's great and all, but when the hell will I need to memorise a deck of cards in a random order." In fact, you have to wait until right at the end of the book for him to finally say "Now I taught you this multitude of techniques, here's how you can memorise a speech, or assist with studying." For this book to have been 4 or 5 stars for me, he would need to relate each technique to a real world memory problem, and then sum up at the end. Example - here's the journey technique and how you could use it in your daily life. Technique -> Real world use. Cause -> effect. It would have been perfect. At the moment, the book is Technique A -> B -> C -> A story about how amazing my memory is -> Brief anecdote about one of my *ahem* many, Guinness world records -> D -> E -> Some technical information about why the brain works this way -> finally, here's a brief chapter on memorising speeches. The relational bit, the reason I'm reading this book is reserved for the last chapter, and because of that, it's a bit of a frustrating read, despite the fact that the techniques really do work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Clark

    YOU CAN HAVE AN AMAZING MEMORY Learn life-changing techniques and tips from the memory maestro Dominic O'Brien Dominic has a truly amazing memory, not surprising that he was the World Memory Champion eight times. In this book, he tells how he developed his technique, through experimenting and trial and error. But many of us are not that interested in how his technique came about, or how he had to develop new tricks; we just want to know how to use our memory to assist us in our everyday lives. The YOU CAN HAVE AN AMAZING MEMORY Learn life-changing techniques and tips from the memory maestro Dominic O'Brien Dominic has a truly amazing memory, not surprising that he was the World Memory Champion eight times. In this book, he tells how he developed his technique, through experimenting and trial and error. But many of us are not that interested in how his technique came about, or how he had to develop new tricks; we just want to know how to use our memory to assist us in our everyday lives. The same thing applies to his techniques for memorising 50 packs of playing cards. For most of us, it is not what we are going to use his methods for. On the other hand, most of the techniques can be used in various situations. I did skip some chapters, such as the one about memorising ink-blot shapes, or a page of 0's and 1's in random order. An impressive party trick, but it is only really useful if you are in a world memory championship. He does give useful tips on how to memorise numbers, names, people, all of that is good. That's where the book is valuable. It could have been more valuable if it had focused on the areas that students, adults, ordinary people need for the lives. I just found out that he has written some other books, with titles suggesting they might be more practical.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Willam Harper

    A must read book if you have a poor memory and dont know anything about memory techniques This is my first memory book.I think this book is really great.It explains the memory technique.Then author explains how he uses the technique and there are exercises at the end of each chapters for you to practise the techniques.This was the kind of book I wanted.Also the author of the book also invented the dominic Memory technique for numbers and 10 times world memory champion.This book will tell you why A must read book if you have a poor memory and dont know anything about memory techniques This is my first memory book.I think this book is really great.It explains the memory technique.Then author explains how he uses the technique and there are exercises at the end of each chapters for you to practise the techniques.This was the kind of book I wanted.Also the author of the book also invented the dominic Memory technique for numbers and 10 times world memory champion.This book will tell you why you should strive to have an amazing memory in the beginning chapters and quickly moves on to various memory techniques and practise exercises at end of each technique. Book is interesting to read and is not boring Sometimes it feels great to directly learn from the legends themselves through their books

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nile

    This book is just the right size for what it is. O'Brien gets to the point and is very succinct in explaining his "origin story" so to speak as well as the techniques he's developed. The techniques themselves are handy but I think limited in scope (although I've only been practicing a week so I might be missing something). For example they're really useful if you need to remember a long list of items or if you want to remember someone's name (something that's been the bane of my existence) but n This book is just the right size for what it is. O'Brien gets to the point and is very succinct in explaining his "origin story" so to speak as well as the techniques he's developed. The techniques themselves are handy but I think limited in scope (although I've only been practicing a week so I might be missing something). For example they're really useful if you need to remember a long list of items or if you want to remember someone's name (something that's been the bane of my existence) but not great if you need to remember what took place during a meeting or conversation. That being said, this book is a safe bet because even if it turns out his techniques aren't for you, the book is so short and concise that you'll only have lost a few hours of your time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sergey Dudko

    The following framework is key for memory: come up with image, come up with place, glue image to place The journey system is the most efficient memorization technique Use all senses to build associations: vision, smell taste, touch, hearing Put yourself in the center of the story to memorize better To memorize people's names: use first association, use physical features, chunk long names, use memory palace to remember a group of people Repeat items 5 times to remember them: in a few minutes, next day The following framework is key for memory: come up with image, come up with place, glue image to place The journey system is the most efficient memorization technique Use all senses to build associations: vision, smell taste, touch, hearing Put yourself in the center of the story to memorize better To memorize people's names: use first association, use physical features, chunk long names, use memory palace to remember a group of people Repeat items 5 times to remember them: in a few minutes, next day, next week, next month, in 3 months Use mind maps to remember speeches Memory doesn't deteriorate because of age Avoid alcohol altogether

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fritz

    Like most self-help / productivity books this could have been boiled to a simple blog post. There is too much autobiographical details about a guy I simply do not care about; I simply wanted some practical information. That comes, at the end of the book, just when I was about to give it up because bored out of my tits. Skim read it until the last couple of chapters, or find a better book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Ha

    A very informative book - contains lots of interesting techniques for improving memory and educational tidbits on why improving your memory can help you in many aspects of your life. Would be nice if the author elaborated more on memory techniques other than his own though. That said, still a great book - I'll be revisiting and practicing using the exercises provided. A very informative book - contains lots of interesting techniques for improving memory and educational tidbits on why improving your memory can help you in many aspects of your life. Would be nice if the author elaborated more on memory techniques other than his own though. That said, still a great book - I'll be revisiting and practicing using the exercises provided.

  18. 4 out of 5

    After Coffee with Jess

    very useful techniques and practices

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shahzad Ahmed

    I watched summary of this book. In this book three principles to remember anything in memory: 1. Imagination, 2. Association, and 3. Location.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paulina Grunwald

    I really enjoyed this book. It contains many memorizing strategies and exercises. Definatelly 5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karolina

    Not exactly what I was looking for, but certainly a nice step to practice my memory.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dragan Ivanov

    Fantastic book Lot of effective methods for improving memory , easy and fun to read and learn , i can remember deck of cards for 5 min only one week training

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jovany Agathe

    keep update

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dara

    Awesome tips! Wish I had read this while I was in high school.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Nguyen

    The book presents concrete methods to memorize things. It's so fascinating and inspiring. The book presents concrete methods to memorize things. It's so fascinating and inspiring.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Asli

    I think Dominic O'Brien's books are better than Tony Buzan's book. He gives some useful tips for memory training. I started to use in my daily life. If you are interested in memory techniques, you may read it. I think Dominic O'Brien's books are better than Tony Buzan's book. He gives some useful tips for memory training. I started to use in my daily life. If you are interested in memory techniques, you may read it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marios

    ​I got this book out of curiosity (how is it even possible for someone to memorise such vast amount of information??) but what I came away with was an interesting technique for...relaxation and happiness! Long story short, if you want to remember a string of unconnected data (numbers, words etc.) one way to do it is to associate each of them to a mental image and have your brain imagine a "movie" connecting each of those images. Due to the fact that visualization and spatial memory are way strong ​I got this book out of curiosity (how is it even possible for someone to memorise such vast amount of information??) but what I came away with was an interesting technique for...relaxation and happiness! Long story short, if you want to remember a string of unconnected data (numbers, words etc.) one way to do it is to associate each of them to a mental image and have your brain imagine a "movie" connecting each of those images. Due to the fact that visualization and spatial memory are way stronger than the short term memory, you can later replay that movie and decode it back to the original elements. The biggest problem for memorisation therefore is how to train your imagination to make fast connections and to associate irrelevant images into a somehow coherent mental movie. In order to show how imaginative thinking works, the author suggested looking in memories; one should start from a past event and follow the mind's associations as it leads to new ones. Practicing that, what amazed me was just how fascinating and creative the human mind really is, how it can jump from one event to another when one thought no connection was possible. The memory path turns out to be totally random most of the times. What I tried though was whenever I came upon a positive memory I tried to stop and mentally explore it. I forced myself to concentrate on it, try to relive it, and whenever I sensed my attention drifting away I tried to slowly explore the time/place around it (to avoid following a new random path). By closing my eyes and focusing for few minutes I could relieve the same tranquillity of a particular summer noon dozing by the beach, the tiredness but exhilaration of school team victories, the lightness of some days of childhood, the bittersweet nostalgia of roads or places I thought forgotten, the the the... The thing is, the more I concentrated on the memory the longer those evoked feelings stayed, influencing my mood for the rest of the day. It is an interesting way to wake up or prepare for sleep. Whether used for relaxation or just for fun this experiment is worth trying! Returning to the book, although the promise of a better memory was tempting, I must say I didn't put any effort into the exercises (at the end of most chapters) as I enjoyed more the creative/imaginative preliminary parts than the more boring and brain-taxing step of recollection. All in all I cannot say it is an eye-opening book, I suppose most of the techniques are known to people interested in memory enhancement. But an eye-closing one? Definitely: D

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lotte

    Dnf at 50% - maybe I'll finish this one day Dnf at 50% - maybe I'll finish this one day

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tomislav

    I came about to reading this book for its very attractive promise of improved memory capabilities. I seriously dislike this kind of pompous click bait book titles, but since its one of the better rated memory books, I gave it a shot. I can tell you right now Dominic O’Brien in this book delivers exactly what the title suggests. Author takes us on his life journey from a low esteem dyslectic child, to an 8 times World Memory Champion, writer, teacher, radio and TV personality. In the book O’Brien l I came about to reading this book for its very attractive promise of improved memory capabilities. I seriously dislike this kind of pompous click bait book titles, but since its one of the better rated memory books, I gave it a shot. I can tell you right now Dominic O’Brien in this book delivers exactly what the title suggests. Author takes us on his life journey from a low esteem dyslectic child, to an 8 times World Memory Champion, writer, teacher, radio and TV personality. In the book O’Brien lays down all the techniques he developed during his lifetime, all the things that got him to 8 world champion titles and lot of common everyday things that improved greatly with his memory. What I liked especially about this book is how the author is literary taking us inside his head after presenting each technique to demonstrate firsthand how the processes of visual and emotional associations engrave the data in his memory. If you’re still having doubts I can tell you that I did tried using the techniques described in the book, and let me tell you, I felt quite euphoric when I managed to remember 20 random words after only 30 minutes of laying down my memory journey and inserting the words. This is an amazing read that I was immediately able to apply in real life, and I have every intention rereading it in the future and using it to improve my memorization and cognitive abilities in general.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Does O'Brien deserve the profits from this book? Sure. He went from dyslexia to one of the best memories in the world. Should you read it? Probably not. This suffers from the same malady as a lot of books by experts: they landed the book deal because they're experts in their fields, not because they're expert writers. At a mere 200 pages, it feels heavily padded. If you've never read a book on memory before, the techniques within will seem like novel information, but they're mostly a rehash of me Does O'Brien deserve the profits from this book? Sure. He went from dyslexia to one of the best memories in the world. Should you read it? Probably not. This suffers from the same malady as a lot of books by experts: they landed the book deal because they're experts in their fields, not because they're expert writers. At a mere 200 pages, it feels heavily padded. If you've never read a book on memory before, the techniques within will seem like novel information, but they're mostly a rehash of memory techniques that have been appearing in books since Harry Lorayne put them out in the 1950s. And here those techniques are stripped down and filtered through the voice of your genius uncle who can't answer a question without wandering off into "that reminds me of when I was four and this [45 minutes of loosely related memoir] happened." If you're interested in the man behind the techniques, maybe that's interesting to you. If you're looking for what the title promises, there are less meandering, more informative titles in the genre

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