What we're about

The San Francisco Bay Memory Club (founded 2010) meets to discuss and train in memory techniques as practiced on Art Of Memory (http://artofmemory.com/). Meetups take place throughout Bay Area, including Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. Beginners are welcome!

Please read the information below to be sure that this is the group that you're looking for.

About the Techniques

The techniques we discuss and practice are useful for studying in school, learning languages, memorizing poetry, and for competing in memory competitions (http://artofmemory.com/competitions) (including Memory League (https://memoryleague.com/)). Here is a list of some of the techniques:

Method of loci (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Method_of_Loci) (a.k.a., memory palaces)

Mnemonic peg systems (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Mnemonic_Peg_System)

Major System (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Major_System)

Dominic System (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Dominic_System)

Person-action-object system (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Person-Action-Object_(PAO)_System)

Names and faces (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Memorizing_Names_and_Faces)

Poetry memorization (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Memorizing_Poetry)

Language learning (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Memory_Town_System_for_Languages)

Speed memory (http://blog.artofmemory.com/ramon-campayo-memorizing-binary-1333.html)

Card memorization (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Card_Memorization_Techniques)

Binary digit memorization (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Binary_Number_Memorization_Systems)

And much more...

Please join our 17,000+ member online community at ArtOfMemory.com (http://artofmemory.com/) and browse our forum (http://artofmemory.com/forum) and wiki (http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Main_Page) to get an idea about what kinds of memory techniques we do.

Reading List

If you are new to memory techniques, we recommend starting with any of these books:

Quantum Memory Power by Dominic O'Brien

You Can Have an Amazing Memory by Dominic O’Brien

How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week by Dominic O’Brien

In addition, you might like these books about the history and culture of memory techniques:

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

The Memory Code by Lynne Kelly

The Art of Memory by Frances Yates

If you have questions, please send me an email (http://blog.artofmemory.com/contact). We also have a FAQs page (http://artofmemory.com/faqs) on the website.

Hope to meet you soon!

--Josh Cohen

Upcoming events (2)

How to Memorize Lists (for School or Business)
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In this meetup we'll go over techniques for memorizing long lists with a practical application of the memory palace technique. If you haven't already memorized the names of all 44 US Presidents in order forwards and backwards, we'll try to accomplish that by the end of this meetup. If you already know all the US Presidents, I'll also bring a list of the Kings and Queens of England to memorize while you learn the technique.

If you have created a mnemonic system for numbers already, you can try to memorize the dates too. If you haven't finished your system for numbers yet, and you want to memorize the dates as well, send me an email with questions anytime before the meetup, and I could help you finish your mnemonic system for numbers.

This technique is very useful for memorizing schoolwork or business information. I use it every time I go shopping. Here are some examples of other things that this technique can be applied to:

Memorizing a history timeline Memorizing geologic time periods Memorizing recipes Memorizing a list of names Memorizing a to-do list Memorizing logical fallacies Basically, anytime you need to memorize facts that are in order, this technique is a great way to do it.

Date and location to be announced. --Josh

How to Memorize Numbers (San Francisco)
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In this meetup, I'll explain several systems for memorizing numbers (http://blog.mnemotechnics.org/an-introduction-to-mnemonic-number-systems-4782.html). Then we'll take an hour or two to work on our mnemonic systems together.

The goal will be to help people finish their number memorization systems (e.g., Dominic System, Major System, PAO System).

No experience necessary. If you've never used a number memorization system, we'll help you get started. If you've already started your mnemonic system, we'll help you finish it.

This number system will help prepare you for our memory competition in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The time, date, and location will be announced soon.

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