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Scott Cram
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Does anybody here have Dominic O'Brien's DOMINIC system? It seems very effective, so I've decided to start learning it.

My current plan is to use the phonetic alphabet (1=T,D 2=N 3=M, etc.) rather than Dominic's alphabet (1=A, 2=B, 6=S, etc.), just because the phonetic alphabet is so ingrained in my skull.

For those not familiar with the system, here's some articles about it:
The DOMINIC System

Using the DOMINIC System with playing cards

About Dominic O'Brien

An interview with Dominic O'Brien

Another good system I've been workin on is theSelf-enhancing Master Memory Matrix. This one gives you 10,000 different mental places to put things! I've always thought that, if I was very careful, I could use this to break the world Pi memorization record (currently at 42,165 digits). Not only that, but it would let me know Pi in and out of order!
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What a cool site.

I remember watching Dominic in Vegas trying to cheat at cards by memorising the decks.

It was quite cool.
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Scott,

I am learning the Dominic System now. It is terrific. An improvement over the Master system. The toughest part about the Dominic system is creating the 90 name pairs. That's where choosing the initial number-letter correlation has the most significance. I had to revise my initial set a few times to get letter pairs that I could find names for. I am still stuck for and NE and an NS! It takes some real effort and research to make this list, but I believe that the effort builds a foundation for a very strong system.

Here are two sources I have found useful in name hunting. In boca al lupo!

Leontine


Famous People
http://www.50states.com/bio/

Who's Who
http://www.whoswho-online.com/
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I been using the biography section of imdb.com.

Let's see...for NS (96 in your system, 20 in mine) how about Neil Simon? Neil Sedaka? Natalie Schafer ("Lovey" from Gilligan's Island)?

For NE, there's Nelson Eddy, Noel Edmonds, and Nicole Eggert. As we're going for visual and memorable, might I suggest Nicole Eggert?

Here's my list (I'm still working on most of the props & actions):

(Listings are: Character :: Action :: Prop)

00= SS = Steven Spielberg :: ::
01= SD = Sammy Davis, Jr :: Kissing Archie Bunker :: Glass Eye
02= SN = Sam Neill :: :: Dinosaur Claw
03= SM = Steve Martin :: ::
04= SR = Siegfried & Roy :: :: White Tiger
05= SL = Stan Laurel :: ::
06= SJ = Steve Jobs :: ::
07= SK = Stephen King :: ::
08= SF = Sigmund Freud :: ::
09= SB = Scott Bakula :: ::
10= TS = Tom Smothers :: Yo-yo-ing :: Cello
11= TT = Tiny Tim :: Singing "Tip-toe through the Tulips" falsetto :: Ukelele
12= TN = Don Knotts :: ::
13= DM = Dean Martin :: ::
14= TR = Tony Robbins :: ::
15= TL = Tina Louise :: ::
16= TJ = Tommy Lee Jones :: ::
17= DC = David Copperfield :: Flying :: Statue of Liberty
18= DV = Dick Van Dyke :: ::
19= TB = Tom Bosley :: ::
20= NS = Natalie Schafer :: ::
21= ND = Neil Diamond :: ::
22= NN = Nichelle Nichols :: ::
23= NM = Nancy McKeon :: ::
24= NR = Norman Rockwell :: ::
25= NL = Nathan Lane :: ::
26= NJ = Norman Schwarzkopf :: ::
27= NK = Nancy Kulp :: ::
28= NF = Norman Fell :: ::
29= NP = Ned Beatty :: ::
30= MS = Marina Sirtis :: ::
31= MT = Mark Twain :: ::
32= MN = Michael Nesmith :: ::
33= MM = Marcel Marceau :: performing "Bip at Sea" :: Whiteface Make-up
34= MR = Martha Raye :: ::
35= ML = Michael Landon :: ::
36= MJ = Melissa Joan-Hart :: ::
37= MC = Michael Crawford :: Rowing through a sewer :: Phantom Mask
38= MF = Michael J. Fox :: ::
39= MP = Milton Berle :: ::
40= RS = Rod Serling :: ::
41= RD = Rodney Dangerfield :: ::
42= RN = Richard Nixon :: ::
43= RM = Rose Marie :: ::
44= RR = Ronald Reagan :: ::
45= RL = Rush Limbaugh :: ::
46= RJ = Ricky Jay :: ::
47= RK = Rudy Coby :: ::
48= RF = Redd Foxx :: ::
49= RB = Ray Bolger :: ::
50= LS = Loretta Swit :: ::
51= LT = Lea Thompson :: ::
52= LN = Leonard Nimoy :: ::
53= LM = Lee Majors :: ::
54= LR = Lionel Richie :: ::
55= LL = Lucy Lawless :: ::
56= LJ = Lon Chaney :: ::
57= LK = Lisa Kudrow :: ::
58= LF = Larry Fine :: ::
59= LB = Lance Burton :: Producing a Dove :: Tuxedo
60= JS = Jerry Seinfeld :: ::
61= JT = John Travolta :: ::
62= JN = Jack Nicholson :: ::
63= JM = Jeff McBride :: Producing playing cards :: Masks
64= JR = Jeri Ryan :: ::
65= GL = George Lucas :: ::
66= JJ = Charlie Chaplin :: ::
67= JK = Johnny Carson :: Swinging Invisible Golf Club ::
68= JF = Jamie Farr :: ::
69= JP = Jim Backus :: ::
70= KS = Carl Sagan :: saying "Billions and Billions" ::
71= KT = Chris Tucker :: ::
72= KN = Kevin Nealon :: ::
73= KM = Gates McFadden :: ::
74= KR = Christopher Reeve :: ::
75= KL = Kelly LeBrock :: ::
76= KJ = Kevin James :: ::
77= KK = Kirk Cameron :: ::
78= KF = Carrie Fisher :: ::
79= KP = Kim Basinger :: ::
80= FS = Frank Sinatra :: ::
81= FT = Vic Tayback :: ::
82= FN = Fred "Curly" Neal :: :: Basketball
83= FM = Fred MacMurray :: :: Pipe
84= FR = Fred Rogers :: ::
85= FL = Frankie Lymon :: Singing "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" :: 1950's Microphone
86= FJ = Victoria Jackson :: ::
87= FK = Phoebe Cates :: ::
88= FF = Farrah Fawcett :: ::
89= FP = Vincent Price :: ::
90= PS = Patrick Stewart :: ::
91= PT = Bob Denver :: ::
92= PN = Bob Newhart :: ::
93= PM = Penny Marshall :: ::
94= PR = Paul Reubens :: ::
95= PL = Bert Lahr :: ::
96= PJ = Billy Joel :: Standing in Burning House :: Piano
97= PK = Bill Cosby :: ::
98= PF = Ben Franklin :: ::
99= PB = Bill Bixby :: ::
Mikael Eriksson
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On 2002-08-04 14:41, Scott Cram wrote:
It seems very effective, so I've decided to start learning it.

My current plan is to use the phonetic alphabet...rather than Dominic's


Hey Scott, how do you mean now... If you do not use his method for remembering numbers, but the phonetic alphabet instead, in what way are you using his method? Smile

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By the way, I have Dominic´s system, and I would like to share my views on it.

Shat I discovered is that for me it worked VERY BADLY. Though I have a fantastic ability to remember faces, it was very hard to remember people in the context of mnemonics. I simply could not do it, so I changed to objects instead, and it works much better. My advice is that if you discover that Dominic´s system does not work for you, change it, or use another system.

This is not criticism from me, concerning his system, but advice. I tried to make his way of remembering numbers work for a very long time, but nothing I tried worked. I have changed Lorayne´s stuff too, when I discovered it did not work for me. I just want to "spare" you from continue using something that does not work as good as you would like to, IF that is the case.

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Scott,

Thanks for sharing your list of names.
I worked on a such a list a few months ago and appreciate the work it takes to compile.

There is a discussion of the dominic system on the collected wisdom of magicktalk website:

http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~alain/mag......nic.html

Grant
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And what would be the association (action) for Paul Reubens?... Smile

Seriously, I tend to abound in Mikael's direction - do what works for you.

I think that the real power of the Dominic system is the emphasis on the Loci idea - the key lies in finding the "scale", which works for you. That is still something I am working on
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Scott Cram
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Quote:
Hey Scott, how do you mean now... If you do not use his method for remembering numbers, but the phonetic alphabet instead, in what way are you using his method? Smile

Mikael


I'm employing the idea of remembering things by using characters, actions and props associated with each number. When it comes to what letter is associated to which number, I'm just using the classic phonetic alphabet, just because it's so ingrained in me. Plus, I figure there's less chance of confusion when using just one alphabet.

I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. Who knows? I might have the same experience. I'm hoping it will work for me. As we all know, our exact methods of memory are very personal, aren't they?

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Scott,

Thanks for sharing your list of names.
I worked on a such a list a few months ago and appreciate the work it takes to compile.

There is a discussion of the dominic system on the collected wisdom of magicktalk website:

http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~alain/mag......nic.html

Grant

Thanks for the link! That's great reading. Feel free to copy any or all of my list for your use, but remember that it's based on the phonetic alphabet, not Dominic's!
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Concerning Dominic´s method, remember that you don´t have to use any letters at all, you can just place people at any number you like. That´s what I did. Since my brother was born in 1972, naturallly he was number 72. Elvis Presley became famous in 1956, so he was number 56, and so on.

Mikael
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