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

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  705 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Watkins Publishing
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Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Courtney Williams
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: study-mentoring
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
Nola Redd
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
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.
Kamal Elhoseny
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2016
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. ...more
Marcus Clark
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Shahzad Ahmed
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I watched summary of this book. In this book three principles to remember anything in memory:
1. Imagination, 2. Association, and 3. Location.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not exactly what I was looking for, but certainly a nice step to practice my memory.
Dragan Ivanov
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paulina Grunwald
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It contains many memorizing strategies and exercises. Definatelly 5 stars.
After Coffee with Jess
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
very useful techniques and practices
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked 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.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2017 marked it as could-not-finish
Dnf at 50% - maybe I'll finish this one day
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: braaains
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
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's a short book, that is absolutely perfect if you want to learn the method of loci, or are looking to use fairly well tried and true memory techniques.

The structure of the book is divided into chapters focusing on either building memory skills or aggregating previous skills to improve your memory. There's a good amount of practice tests or quizzes throughout that can help assess your progress and determine if you're ready for additional topics. You build slowly from creating unique
Nick Adams
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dominic O'Brien has written this book in a very fun and engaging style, as he describes his own personal journey from being a distracted child and having a bad memory, to eventually entering (and winning) memorisation competitions.

This book contains strategies on how to memorise names, numbers, faces, dates, speeches and even entire decks of cards! The book also has exercises for you to try out the techniques as they are introduced. It is really important to do this, and I found that many of the
Masum Hasan
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book is full of marvelous mind techniques. O'Brien wonderfully presented his experience at memory championship. You will not memorize anything the same after reading this book. I have been trying to use his memory methods in academic studies since reading this book. Academic things are a bit more complicated than what Dominic discussed in this book, but it still helps.

The one thing I didn't like about the book is O'Brien's bragging about his memory championship. He mentions about his 8 times
Chloë de Winter
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I'm 26, have always loved Math and languages but hated history. I wish I had read this book when I needed to memorize useless dates and facts for the subjects hat didn't interest me (up until the end of high school, that is). But now, having graduated from the university and being on a constant search for new things to learn, this books still comes in handy.
The background story is fairly entertaining, however, if you're just looking to improve your memory - just google the Dominic Method and the
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book to read for everyone especially forgetful person like me. The author had contain and organize easy to follow and understand content which I assure that everyone can bring to daily life instantly. With practical method and good example, I get many idea of how to use this concept to remember many thing. Furthermore,author mention of improvement which challenge me how far I could do with my memory.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great

I've really gotten a lot out of this book and will definitely keep returning to it. These techniques have already improved my memory drastically and I couldn't be more happy with the results. Plus it's cool to impress co-workers with memorizing a whole deck quickly (not as quick as the author but quicker than most) lol
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
one of the books you must read. it is not kinda book you read throw away and forget everything in a week. you learn something through reading it. The author gives you samples to put your memory into practice and you really learn something new: How to remember better and efficiently. I recommend everyone who wants to improve their memories. It is definitely one you should get your hands over..
John Schneider
The Book Is Amazing as Well!

"You Can Have an Amazing Memory" provides its readers with all the memory techniques the will need to have incredible recall. Written in an entertaining and engaging manner, this book has already improved my memory and give me a desire to further better my memory. Anyone looking to have a better memory ought to read this work.
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Dominic O'Brien is a British mnemonist and an author of memory-related books. He is the eight time World Memory Champion.

He began developing his mnemonic techniques in 1987 when he saw Creighton Carvello memorize a pack of 52 playing cards in less than three minutes on the BBC television programme Record Breakers. In order to memorize numbers, O'Brien developed the mnemonic Dominic system, which