Mnemonics - References
The following list includes a number of books, in order of author, that contain references to
Mnemonics. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, but it is representative of the range of
literature that is available on this fascinating subject:
- Baker, Al (1949) Mental Magic. Carl W. Jones
- This book contains an appendix entitled "Mnemonics As Applied To Conjuring: Adrian Plate's
Mnemonc System" which is reprinted in full from "Magician's Tricks" by Hatton & Plate.
- Berglas, D. & Playfair, G. L. (1988) A Question Of
Memory. London: Jonathan Cape Limited
- This book is entirely devoted to memory and mnemonic systems and draws
extensively upon David’s extensive knowledge of this subject. Of particular
interest are the examples taken from one of his memory training seminars,
where the difference between "good" associations and "bad" associations is
- Buzan, A. (1971) Speed Memory. London: Sphere Books
- This book contains numerous mnemonic systems, including the peg system.
- Carlisle, S. (1979) Dynamic Mentalism. Bideford,
Devon: The Supreme Magic Company
- This book, by one of the most well-known magicians in the field of
mentalism, contains a lecture demonstration based upon Magic Squares,
as well as a chapter on memory. It is only available to bona fide
- Carroll, Don (1983) Feats Of Memory. Bideford, Devon: The Supreme Magic Company
- Corinda, A. (1968) 13 Steps To Mentalism. New York, New York:
- This is another classic book on mentalism, only available to bona fide magicians, which has
one lesson (Step 3, largely written by David Berglas) devoted to 5 x 5 Magic Squares, mnemonics
and mental systems. For further information, the reader is referred to "Mental Prodigies" by
- Furst, B. (1977) You Can Remember. Marple,
Cheshire: Memory & Concentration Studies
- This is a twelve-part memory training course, which provides full details of all of the main
mnemonic techniques. In addition, Session 10 is devoted to memorising playing cards.
- Gardner, M. The Scientific American Book Of Mathematical Puzzles And Diversions.
Simon & Schuster
- Chapter 11 of this book is about memorising numbers.
- Hancock, J. (1995) Jonathan Hancock’s Mindpower
System. London: Hodder & Stoughton
- This is a relatively new book on memory training techniques by the 1994 World Memory
- Harbin, R. (1968) Instant Memory. London: Corgi Mini-Books
(Transworld Publishers Limited)
- This small, pocket sized book was my first introduction to mnemonics. Whilst not a
particularly deep book as far as they go, it does contain the basic techniques required for
memorising lists of objects using both the link and peg methods.
- James, George W. (1884) Stoke's System Of Memory. James
- Joseph, E. Memory Of The Mind. Bideford, Devon:
The Supreme Magic Company
- This book contains both routines and systems for mental effects and, more importantly,
memorising a pack of playing cards.
- Kaye, Marvin (1975) The Handbook Of Mental Magic. Stein and Day
- Chapter 14 is entitled "Super Memory and Rapid Calculation", which includes both mnemonics
and a 5 x 5 Magic Square.
- Lamb, Geoffrey. (1972) Mental Magic Tricks. T. Nelson
- This book might be useful for teaching mnemonics to children.
- Larrowe, Marcus Dwight (aka Professor Antoine Loisette) (1896) Assimilative Memory.
Funk and Wagnalls
- Larrowe, Marcus Dwight (aka Professor Antoine Loisette) (1886) Physiological Memory.
- Lorayne, H. (1968) Harry Lorayne's Memory Isometrics Course.
- This is a programmed version of the next book listed.
- Lorayne, H. (1957) How To Develop A Super-Power Memory. F. Fell
- This is one of the classic books on memory training.
- Lorayne, H. (1975) Remembering People. Warner
- Lorayne, H. (1976) The Harry Lorayne Memory Game. Reiss Games
- One of the best tools to help your train your memory.
- Lorayne, H. & Lucas, J. (1976) The Memory Book.
London: W. H. Allen & Company Limited
- This book is, as its title suggests, entirely about mnemonic systems. Harry Lorayne is, of
course, one of the best known practitioners of the mnemonic art. The book tells you all you
need to know about memorising anything, including playing cards.
- Markoff, David & Carcel, Denise (1979) Total Recall. Charter, Grosset and Dunlap
- This is a very similar system to Harry Lorayne's "How To Develop A Super-Power Memory".
- Meyer, O. (1961) The Amazing Magic Square & Master
Memory Demonstration. Cheyenne, Wyoming: Orville Meyer
- This relatively short booklet contains one of the best routines to be based on Magic
Squares, although it may be hard to find nowadays, especially as it is only available to bona
fide magicians. It also details the memory system used.
- Mirsky, N. (1994) The Unforgettable Memory Book.
London: Penguin Books (BBC Books)
- This book on mnemonics is the one that accompanies the BBC series,
presented by Greg Proops.
- O’Brien, D. (1993) How To Develop A Perfect Memory.
London: Pavilion Books Limited
- This book is entirely devoted to mnemonic systems, including memorising an entire pack of
playing cards. However, the systems used by Dominic O'Brien, who has won the World Memory
Championship several times, are mainly different to those used by Harry Lorayne: some are old
and some are Dominic's own, new, personal ideas. (The old system is that first used by the
ancient Greek and Roman orators. They used a method which associated ideas to known places or
routes with which they were familiar. This has given rise to the now popular phrase "in the
- Read, Ralph W. (1934) The Calostro Mind Reading Act. Calostro Publications
- This is for a two-person act, but the mnemonics are interesting.
- Rightmire, Richard (1972) The Master Mentalist. Micky Hades Enterprises
- Young, Morris N. (1961) Bibliography Of Memory. Chilton Co.
- Zufall, Bernard (1940) Zufall's Memory Trix. Zufall
- This is a series of six booklets, covering Magazine Memorising, Mental File Index, Calendar
Memorising, Memorising A Deck Of Playing Cards, Memorising Numbers and Memorising Facts &
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