Better Your Memory Playing Card Games

Did you know, any one, with a determination and will to learn can memorize the Deck of Cards (52 cards) in 43 seconds? Before I tell you more about this, let me say that through time, there have been several techniques developed to help enhance one's memory. While there are several ways to do this, the first question is; do you want to better your memory? If so, then you need the determination to alter your lifestyle. For your brain to be active and to retain information, age does not matter, but keeping the brain healthy does. And, so to keep it healthy, improving your lifestyle becomes necessary.

Now, changing your lifestyle is not difficult, if you have a moderate and controlled life. What I mean is, if you drink too much alcoholic beverages, then you would need to control it to a moderate level. If you consume prohibited drugs, then you would need to stop, as these cause damage to the brain as you age. The effects of these vices are mostly seen as you grow older and will cause health risks which negatively impacts you to remember things.

It is also important to engage in activities such as exercises to keep a good supply of oxygen to your brain, the other most important thing is to get enough rest and sleep and be consistent with the sleep.

Understanding Memory at a Deeper Level

In recent years, the studies about memory has become part of cognitive neuroscience. The brain works is simple yet magnificent. It starts when the brain receives information and registers into your memory. After it has received and processed what came in, it stores the encoded information. When you need to use any of the information that has been absorbed by the brain, it will recall and retrieve the information that you can utilize on the spot.

If you do not take good care of your brain, possible disorders can develop. Amnesia can occur as an outcome of an accident. It will vary on the impact of the scene and health of your brain when the accident happened. Alzheimer's disease affects not only memory but the ability to recognize. This is sometimes experienced by older people. There is also an organic brain disease such as Korsakoff's syndrome that gravely affects memory.

Card Games to Help You Improve Memory

There are things you can do while you exercise your brain in order to improve your memory. Engaging in activities that require your brain to react in a certain way helps it stay healthy. Learning to play a few card games can help you achieve this goal. Memorizing the deck of card is a skill you can learn and with practice develop over time.

A good sample of this is when you aim to improve your concentration. You may want to try card games like Pairs. You must be alert to retain the location of the pairs of the cards that you are holding. There are online versions of the game if you want to start learning and applying various techniques as you play it more often. Research other types of card games that can help better your memory. Involve your family or friends to play with you or opt to play the games online.

And if you really want to learn how to improve your memory, or double your memory in 14 days, you may want to consider Memory Professor.

So, now if anyone is still interested to learn how to remember a deck of cards in 43 seconds, here you go, learn the Bicycleshop Lite Trick.


Let me now introduce you to Ed Cooke’s BicycleShop Lite, which will help you do two things: memorize the cards and memorize the order of the cards.

Step One: Learning the Cards

First, you convert 52 cards into 52 celebrities.

The mind ignores the mundane and remembers the unusual, whether people (e.g., Lady Gaga) or a sudden motion in the under- brush. The more unusual, the more the brain forms a bookmark for recall. To make recalling 52 celebrities easier, each suit corresponds to a personality type and each card (jack, 10, ace, etc.) corresponds to a profession (or category). This means that when you look at a given card you’ll have two cues to help you remember the celeb-rity.

The Suits (think: personalities):

Diamonds — rich people Hearts — people you love Clubs — tough or crazy people Spades — amusing or absurd people

The Cards (think: professions):

All even numbers are female and all odd numbers are male, and they’re paired up. You can just remember that, for instance, 9s are powerful men, and the 10s are therefore powerful women. The 5s are controversial males, so 6s are controversial females, etc. Mnemonic suggestions are included below each “profession” to facilitate the association, but you can create your own. Skim this list once, read Ed’s notes following the list, and then read them over again.

King — Male half of celeb couple Queen — Female half of celeb couple Celeb couples are the royalty of the present. Each suit will have its own celeb couple. Contrasting celeb couples — John and Yoko, David Bowie and Iman — can help the pairs stick. Jack — Religious figures Jacks are bachelors; religious figures were bachelors.

10 Famously powerful women 9 Famously powerful men Highest numbers, highest-powered people

8 Famous female physiques 7 Famous male physiques Hourglass or busty or hunky or ripped — the bodies of your dreams.

6 Controversial females 5 Controversial males Think of “five” and “effing”; “six” sounds like “sex.”

4 Female movie stars 3 Male movie stars Think of all those trilogies out there.

2 Sportswomen Ace Sportsmen Ace is a term associated with excellence in sports; think of “two” as “deuce” in tennis.

Ed explains how this is all put together:

Having chosen 13 professions/categories and four personalities — just 17 things to learn — you can use your existent knowledge and opinions to fill out a 52-card matrix. The ace of diamonds, on my scheme, is a sports- man (ace) who got rich (diamonds) — OK, Mi-chael Jordan. The jack of spades on my scheme would be a religious figure who’s amusing — the Dalai Lama has a good sense of humor. The six of spades, a humorously controver-sial woman — Lady Gaga, no question. Using this method, it should take less than an hour to fill the matrix out and come to be able to slowly recall the people who now correspond to the 52 cards. Once you have your cast of card-people, go through shuffled decks and practice translating the cards to their images until it’s automatic. This might take another hour to begin to master.

The next step is to put them in order.

Step Two: Memorizing the Order of a Shuffled Deck

You will now peg 52 cards to locations along a familiar route. It could be a path through your house, the journey from your front door to a favorite pub — whatever you like. Some memory competitors use their childhood homes: Scott Hagwood, who won the U.S. Memory Championship from 2001-2004, uses rooms from luxury homes he finds in Architectural Digest, 10 locations per room. If you choose that approach, you can men-tally position yourself at the entrance to each room and move as follows: at your feet, closest left corner, then clockwise to left wall, then far left corner, opposite wall, far right corner, right wall, closest right corner, then two spots on the ceiling. Choosing 52 locations should take no more than 30 minutes, and then you can start placing your celebrities (cards) at each point. Keep it simple for now, using a longer path if multiple points per room cause overload. Ed starts at his bed:

For me, a pack beginning with the jack of spades would mean the Dalai Lama standing at the first point on my route — my bed. At the second point, my wardrobe, I’d deposit the im-age corresponding to the second card, perhaps it will be Michael Jordan — the ace of dia-monds. Continue all the way through the pack, taking your time and lots of care to imagine each person vividly in their position. Once you get to the end of the route, retrace it in your imag-ination and you will hopefully encounter all the people in the sequence that you imagined them. You will probably need to go through two or three times the first time you attempt it.

And just like that, bingo: you’ve memorized your first deck of cards!