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How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week: 52 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Memory Skills Paperback – December 31, 2006


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird (December 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844831884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844831883
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dominic O'Brien is renowned for his phenomenal feats of memory and for outwitting the casinos of Las Vegas at blackjack. He has won the World Memory Championship eight times, holds a host of world records and was named Brain of the Year in 1994 and Grandmaster of Memory by the Brain Trust of Great Britain. He is President of the World Memory Sports Council. His books include Learn to Remember and How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Radek on October 20, 2009
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I am an avid reader and I'm constantly looking for ways to improve my retention of what I have read. I have no doubt that Mr. O'Brien is a master of what he does. However, it doesn't translate well into the written word.

As of this writing, I have covered about half of this book. There are numerous exercises to "prove" to you that the technique works, but after doing one set and going on to the next, it is easy to forget the first.

Mr. O'Brien uses several different techniques to train/improve the memory. Most of them are all classics that can be found in several other sources.

There is no real consistency throughout the book. Different situations require that the reader use a different techique. Since no one works in all situations, you have to master all of them. This takes up a lot of time.

One saving grace is that by using these techniques, the reader has to really concentrate on what is being read. Just by increasing one's awareness and focus while reading, will increase retention.

It is a good read. Hardly practical or efficient.

I would like to find some technique that can be applied to a wider variety of situations. This way, there would be less to remember initially, less time invested, and greater comprehension. Maybe I'm looking for too much.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Browne on September 15, 2012
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I have read the book over and over again and found it to be the best foundation for memory that I have come across. I always thought Harry Lorayne was the best thing since sliced bread but this takes me to the next stage of memory training. Don't close your mind to the methods in this book, they really work. so, give it a try. As they say you learn something on a daily basis.Therefore, you have 365 days to do so.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frank N. Wright Jr. on September 11, 2009
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If you learn as I do (by "association") this book is a great help in
learning rote memory assignments, like lists of things or people.
The systems the author explains are easy to use. Not everyone has
a photographic memory, this little book offers first rate solutions
for the rest of us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nick B. on September 29, 2013
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A mnemonics book by a world memory champion Dominic O' Brien. He explains his specific techniques for a variety of subjects.

What I like most about his book is he breaks it in related sections based on the skill set of the individual reading. Someone who has no experience can begin learning the basics and continue through to cover much more advanced techniques in later sections.

I would recommend this book to anyone with slight to a serious interest in mnemonics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen's man on March 24, 2013
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The methods explained by Dominic O'Brien do work but it does take quite a bit of work. One of the toughest parts for me was finding 100 famous people whose initials corresponded with the numbers 00 through 99. He gives examples and there are lists online, but there were still some combinations of letters/initials that gave me trouble. Overall, it's one of the best if not "the best" books I've seen for memory training.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Bardwell on May 7, 2013
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I read this and listened to the Quantum Memory program by the same author. It was a very engaging and enlightening experience and I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to improve their memory.

It was nice because there are 52 chapters so you can read at your own pace, yet you can easily read the whole book in 1 day if desired.

Memorize on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pond-jumper on June 14, 2014
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This little gem is packed with all sorts of tricks to make short-term memory a snap. And let's face it, short-term is mostly what we use. After we've bought the groceries, how much longer do we need to remember that shopping list? This is not to say you can't stretch some memorized facts to a much longer term, like to the end of the school year for that final exam, or retaining seldom-seen people's names for as long as you work for that big company.

The book is a fresh take, with new ideas, on the older memory books sold by Harry Lorayne (who built upon a history of two thousand years of memory techniques). At the heart of it, though, you're still using your imagination and wild, absurd, comical images to relate a fact you need to memorize to a place, an event, a number, or something called "memory of loci" (such as rooms in your house, etc.). Kudos to Dominic for bringing the latter back after the Middle Ages suppressed it.

Dominic adds some fresh ideas to the established ways, or reintroduces methods that Harry and those before him didn't mention. An example of the former: How I Wish I Could Enumerate Pi Easily (3.1415926, the number of letters in each word). Or the latter, as an extended acronym: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain (ROYGBIV, colors in the rainbow). For the music majors among us, Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle (learn some music theory if you don't understand that).

One place where the book is seriously in error is section 44, Binary Numbers. Dominic does the obvious, turning triplets into base 10 numbers. Unfortunately, he apparently has never written a computer program, nor even just a small script. His numbers are SERIOUSLY WRONG. If you don't know binary, don't worry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Brown on June 10, 2014
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These memory techniques are really difficult to use properly. Some of the techniques are interesting, but cumbersome and there are better ways to achieve the same effect. Not totally worthless, there are a few gems, but I won't spoil them here. Get this book as cheap as you can get or not at all.

If you are looking for excellent books on memory, I would suggest "Super Memory, Super Student," or "The Memory Book" by Harry Lorrayne. If you'd like some killer audio books on memory, I would suggest "Memory in a Month" by Ron White (not to be confused with the blue collar comedy guy.)
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