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SM41
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Hi,

How many objects you use for the Amazing Memory test?

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As many as you want. Usually do about 20, but you can do 50 or more, but it will be a longer show.

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As Greg said,

I've always seen around 20...it's the magic number.

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I can't remember
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I'd agree that about 20 is the right amount; it's enough to make for an impressive display without the routine being too lengthy.
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I seem to be able to get away with 30
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20 seems to be a good number.

As fascinating as such displays of mental dexterity may be, you might also look into teaching your audience how to recite the alphabet backwards, (Banachek’s PS2), or something similar along those lines. People tend to enjoy learning a little something they can take home and impress their family and friends with.

Who knows, they may just remember you for a lot longer too.

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I agree - 20 objects but you can layer the info remembered to create more impact and allow opportunities for more audience interaction - eg

Performer: Object number 12 ....sir?
Audience member: A paperweight
Performer: Do you have a particular paperweight in mind - can you describe it?
Audience member: It's clear glass with a thistle embedded in it
Performer: Was it a gift?
Audience member: Yes, my daughter brought it back from Scotland a few years ago
Performer: OK - your daughter's Highland Paperweight is object number 15

Now you have several details you can recall - as long as you manage this so that the routine sustains its pace, I have found this approach to be very effective. Hope that is useful Smile
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LOL...I mean object number 12!!!! So busy offering my idea that I missed the continuity error!
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On 2008-04-05 11:34, Hoff Man wrote:
As fascinating as such displays of mental dexterity may be, you might also look into teaching your audience how to recite the alphabet backwards, (Banachek’s PS2), or something similar along those lines. People tend to enjoy learning a little something they can take home and impress their family and friends with.


Good idea, Hoff Man.

Here’s a link to a web page that shows a mnemonic for reciting the alphabet backwards.

Or what about teaching the audience how to memorise pi? For example, one can memorise pi to six decimal places simply by remembering the following phrase:

How I wish I could calculate pi.

In this mnemonic, the number of letters in each word represents the corresponding digits in pi (3.141592). A bit of a surf via your preferred search engine will reveal numerous mnemonics based on the same principle that give pi to various numbers of decimal places. My favourite is:

Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling
In mystic force, and magic spelling
Celestial sprites elucidate
All my own striving can't relate
Or locate they who can cogitate
And so finally terminate.
Finis.
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I think 26 is the right number - I have a presentational bit that I think makes this 26 work and feel like you are moving toward a clear and suspenseful finish which was something I feel the routine lacked.

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