Memory Pack by Andi Bell

This post is an overview of Andi Bell’s Memory Pack, published in 2000.

I bought the Memory Pack because I saw some videos of Andi Bell and wanted to learn more about his techniques. Here are the videos:

The Memory Pack is out of print but I found a copy online. It consists of a 72 page book, some memory cards, a memory game, and a small beanbag.

The Contents

Photo of Andi Bell's Memory Pack

The memory book has some interesting tips in it. It explains a two digit system for memorizing numbers that isn’t based on phonetics, but on different kinds of associations. For example, the number 06 is a die with six faces, 33 is an LP record, and 88 is a piano because pianos have 88 keys.

Most of my system for memorizing two digit numbers is phonetic, but I borrowed Andi Bell’s image for number 88 because I like having an image of a piano in my memory system and it fits well.

There are two sets of cards included: 100 cards for numbers between 00 and 99, and another set of cards for names and faces. Since I already have my own images, I didn’t use the number cards. I’ll probably use the names and faces cards for practice at some point.

One seemingly obvious, but very useful, tip that I got from the Memory Pack was that “whenever you try to retain to be recalled later, pay attention to detail all the time.” Some of the examples were also useful.

The Mnemonic Beanbag

The beanbag is a great idea. The idea of the beanbag is that people notice things that are out of place. To use the beanbag you think of something you have to do in the future, and then throw the beanbag across the room where you will stumble across it later. When you see the beanbag out of place, you will remember the thing that you have to do. Another example of the technique is thinking of something you have to do the next day while laying in bed about to fall asleep. You could throw a pen across the room, and when you saw the pen in the morning out of place it would remind you of that task when you woke up next morning.

Memorizing History

I like Andi Bell’s example on memorizing history where a locus is assigned to each decade and mnemonic images for historic events are added to them. Example:

  • Locus 1: 1000 – 1009 C.E.
  • Locus 2: 1010 – 1019 C.E.
  • Locus 3: 1020 – 1029 C.E.

One could keep adding multiple images to each locus to store multiple events for each decade.

Finding It Online

The Memory Pack is available online for under $20 USD. The pack doesn’t cover memorizing playing cards or alternate number systems like the person-action-object (PAO) system so I wouldn’t use it as the only source of information, but I think it would appeal to an enthusiastic beginner who wants to see multiple ways of doing things. I’m glad I bought it and I enjoyed reading it.

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    • Hi Josh. Can you explain more in details about memorizing history by Andi Bell?

    • Unfortunately, I let someone borrow the book and they ran off with it. πŸ™

      I don’t think that he went into much more detail than what I mentioned above. You would create 10 loci for each century and then place important events in each locus…

    • JOSH SAID: Unfortunately, I let someone borrow the book and they ran off with it. πŸ™

      I don’t think that he went into much more detail than what I mentioned above. You would create 10 loci for each century and then place important events in each locus…

      GARY’s RESPONSE: Josh, I also have Andi Bell’s MEMORY BOOK (71 pages) and your recall is right concerning his take on History Dates.

      He also has a system for remembering CHESS MOVES. Pretty impressive.

    • Hey Josh,

      As it happens, I have an extra copy of Andi Bell’s book. If you’d like me to mail it to you, let me know.

    • Thanks for the offer. I sent you a message… πŸ™‚

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    • @ Josh Cohen

      Do you remember the 100 image used for number ? thx

      is it based on shape
      1-pen
      2-cygne….

    • I don’t remember them, but I still have the cards that came with it.

      00 — looks like a hula hoop
      01 — a stick
      02 — bicycle (two wheels)
      03 — a comb
      04 — car (four wheels)
      05 — starfish (five arms)
      09 — cat (nine lives)
      52 — deck of cards
      69 — astronaut (1969 moon landing)
      Etc.

    • I’ve created a wiki page to list all of the images. I don’t know all of the associations, but if anyone would like to help fill in the missing info, the page is here:
      http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Mnemonic_Association_System_for_Numbers

      (click the “edit” links to make changes)

    • Yea…if someone out there has his complete association list and the associations that explain it, thad be great.
      thx

    • The complete list of mnemonic images for 00-99 can now be found here:
      http://artofmemory.com/wiki/Mnemonic_Association_System_for_Numbers

    • Hi,

      I just found the memory pack i bought ages ago but i misplaced the book (I was just searching online to find a pdf when google sent me here)

      I have the cards, beanbag, little cutouts with circles on etc but no clue on how to play with them πŸ™‚ can anyone give me a summary on how to use them if not too much hassle?

      thanks,

      David.

    • it’s impressive how he set up a system for remembering chess move?

    • 00 — hula hoop
      01 — stick or tall tree or a Magic wand
      02 — bicycle
      03 — 3-legged Stool, Tripod for camera
      04 — car, four tires
      05 — starfish or glove
      06 — 6-shooter pistol
      07 — A Boomerang
      08 — octopus
      09 — a cat — nine lives
      10 — soccer player (Pele wears 10)
      11 — goalposts (soccer/football)
      12 — the sun (12 noon)
      13 — a pen drawing the letter B (looks like 13)
      14 — Valentine ring
      15 — Paycheck
      16 — A lollipop as in sweet sixteen
      17 — a leaf – this came from St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) but is a leaf instead of a shamrock
      18 –Voting boot
      19 — a beer (at the 19th hole)
      20 — A pack of cigarette
      21 — a canon (21 gun salute) or Black Jack
      22 — two birds — looks like 2 ducklings
      23 — Psa;m 23 in the Bible. Just picture a Bible.
      24 — A big grand father clock
      25 — Christmas present because of December 25 or a QUARTER
      26 — aLPHABET BOOK HAS 26 LETTERS
      27 — a goblin
      28 — an owl — “tu-whit” sounds like “twenty eight”
      29 — a frog — 29 days in a leap year
      30 — Fist of Fury (Forty with the T silent)
      31 — To be on one’s 31 in French means to be dressed to the nines(Tuxedo)
      32 — Denture
      33 — Age of Christ. the LAMB of God
      34 — The penitent THIEF next to him on the cross
      35 — US presidents have to be at least 35 years old
      36 — Twixt candy bar sounds like thiry six
      37 — Eiffel Tower
      38 — Arc de Triomphe in Paris by proximity
      39 — a doorstep from “The 39 Steps” by John Buchan
      40 — Forty, Fory Fist of Fury
      41 — Flip the bird. 4 fingers folded and the midle raised as one
      42 — 42nd Street in Manhatan is Times square. Figure a big watch that is square
      43 — a baseball bat (World Series: 4 matches to 3)
      44 — a sheet of music (4/4 meter). Two people square dancing
      45 — a can of Colt 45, a can of beer
      46 — a tennis ball (from a tennis score)
      47 — Four door van
      48 — a cello — 4 string on a 8-shaped body
      49 — a American football — SF 49ers
      50 — Half of a dollar bill
      51 — Tight jeans. Try to Fit in one
      52 — a deck of cards
      53 — a joker (53rd card)
      54 — a rocket (countdown: 5…4…)
      55 — Swastika
      56 — a Rubik’s cube which has 56 squares
      57 — Sputnik — the year that Sputnik went into space
      58 — Could have had a V-8. V is 5
      59 — a ticket
      60 — a stop watch (60 seconds, 60 minutes)
      61 — a wall (Berlin wall 1961)
      62 — a pair of socks, Socks x 2
      63 — a chess pawn
      64 — a chessboard, because there are 64 squares on the board
      65 — Chinese checker
      66 –Moon Honey moon means sex til six in the AM
      67 — God (6 days to make the world, 7th day resting)
      68 — a guitar 6 cords and the 8 shape of thr body
      69 — Ying yang medal
      70 — hockey stick and puck
      71 — an iron. The handle is a seven the body profiles as 1
      72 — a bag of golf clubs (72 holes in a golf competition)
      73 — a refrigerator (absolute zero is -273 degrees)
      74 — a paper airplane (from 747)
      75 — a percent symbol (“75%” is common) A pie chart
      76 — a trombone
      77 — a team of horses (the heads look like 77)
      78 — Records came in 78, then 45 and 33
      79 — a key (7 is the key, 9 is the keyhole)
      80 — a pregnant woman. Breasts are 8 belly is zero
      81 — the space shuttle. 1981 was the year of first launch.
      82 — an atom (“These are 8 outer electrons and 2 inner ones. Atomizer spray bottle
      83 — T3 as in Tylenol 3. So figure a pill
      84 — a book (Orwell’s 1984)
      85 — a microphone (Live Aid concerts 1985)
      86 — to 86 something is to kick it tothe curb or get rid of it
      87 — an Accordion
      88 — a piano, because a piano has 88 keys
      89 — a brick (from the Berlin Wall 1989)
      90 — Square ruler
      91 –Sitting in a bar at Night(nine), alone(one)
      92 –Christopher Columbus 1492 discovered the new world
      93 — a globe (Earth is 3rd of 9 planets)
      94 — Sun by proximity
      95 — a briefcase (working 9 to 5)
      96 — a discus (first Olympics 1896) or a frisbee
      97 — a CD
      98 — a window
      99 — Cloud 99 for some. Cloud 9.
      I have the book. Too many images I could not explain. yOU MIGHT GET SOME IDEA FROM THIS.

    • 08 is octopus or Hour glass. Use Bing instead of google to get new pictures

    • 10 is a handshake

    • Joel Alexandre

      J Alexandre revision as of 7-21-2015
      00 β€” hula hoop
      01 β€” Magic wand
      02 β€” bicycle
      03 β€” 3-legged Stool, Tripod for camera
      04 β€” car, four tires
      05 β€” starfish or glove
      06 β€” 6-shooter pistol
      07 β€” A Boomerang
      08 β€” Hourglass
      09 β€” a cat β€” nine lives
      10 β€” Prayer hands = 10 fingers
      11 β€” goalposts (soccer/football)
      12 β€” Dozen eggs box
      13 β€” a witch
      14 β€” Valentine ring
      15 β€” Paycheck
      16 β€” A lollipop ( sweet sixteen)
      17 β€” a leaf/shamrock from St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th)
      18 –-Voting booth
      19 β€” Nighties(nightgown)
      20 β€” A pack of cigarette
      21 β€” Black Jack
      22 β€” looks like 2 ducklings
      23 β€” Psalm 23 in the Bible. Just picture a Bible.
      24 β€” A big grand father clock or Big Ben
      25 β€” a QUARTER
      26 β€” Alphabet card has 26 letters
      27 β€” a glock 27
      28 β€” an owl β€” β€œtu-whit” sounds like β€œtwenty eight”
      29 β€” a frog β€” 29 days in a leap year
      30 β€” thirty–>Thiry—>Fist of Fury (Forty with the T silent)Picture a fist
      31 β€” To be on one’s 31 in French means to be dressed to the nines(Tuxedo)
      32 β€” Denture
      33 β€” Age of Christ. the LAMB of God
      34 β€” The penitent THIEF next to him on the cross
      35 β€” US presidents have to be at least 35 years old
      36 β€” Twixt candy bar sounds like thiry six
      37 β€” Eiffel Tower
      38 β€” Arc de Triomphe in Paris by proximity
      39 β€” a doorstep from β€œThe 39 Steps” by John Buchan
      40 β€” Forty, (Fory) Fist of Fury Picture a Fist
      41 β€” Flip the bird. 4 fingers folded and the midle raised as one
      42 β€” 42nd Street in Manhatan is Times square. Figure a big suare watch or an IPOD watch
      43 β€” a baseball bat (World Series: 4 matches to 3)
      44 β€” a sheet of music (4/4 meter). Two people square dancing
      45 β€” a can of Colt 45, a can of beer
      46 β€” a tennis ball (from a tennis score)
      47 β€” Four door van
      48 β€” a cello β€” 4 string on a 8-shaped body
      49 β€” a American football β€” SF 49ers
      50 β€” Half of a dollar bill
      51 β€” Tight jeans. Try to Fit in one
      52 β€” a deck of cards
      53 β€” a joker (53rd card)
      54 β€” a rocket (countdown: 5…4…3…..2….1…..0)
      55 β€” Swastika
      56 β€” a Rubik’s cube which has 56 squares
      57 β€” Sputnik β€” the year that Sputnik went into space
      58 β€” Could have had a V-8. V is 5
      59 β€” Fifty nine … Feline…..Cougard
      60 β€” a stop watch (60 seconds, 60 minutes)
      61 β€” Kack sex with one
      62 β€” Socks x 2= a pair of socks
      63 β€” a chess pawn
      64 β€” a chessboard, because there are 64 squares on the board
      65 β€” Chinese checker
      66 –- sis sis in french use rainbow
      67 β€” God (6 days to make the world, 7th day resting)
      68 β€” a guitar 6 cords and the 8 shape of thr body
      69 β€” Ying yang medal
      70 β€” hockey stick and puck
      71 β€” an iron. The handle is a seven the body profiles as 1
      72 β€” a bag of golf clubs (72 holes in a golf competition)
      73 β€” a refrigerator (absolute zero is -273 degrees)
      74 β€” Seventy four sounds like Semaphore
      75 β€” A pie chart
      76 β€” a trombone
      77 β€” a team of horses (the heads look like 77)
      78 β€” LP Records came in 78, then 45 and 33 rpm
      79 β€” a key (7 is the key, 9 is the keyhole)
      80 β€” a pregnant woman. Breasts are 8 belly is zero
      81 β€” the space shuttle. 1981 was the year of first launch.
      82 β€” an atom (β€œ 8 outer electrons and 2 inner ones. Atomizer spray bottle
      83 β€” T3 as in Tylenol 3. So figure a pill
      84 β€”
      85 β€” a microphone (Live Aid concerts 1985)
      86 β€” to 86 something is to kick it to the curb or get rid of it
      87 β€” an Accordion
      88 β€” a piano, because a piano has 88 keys
      89 β€” a brick (from the Berlin Wall 1989)
      90 β€” Square ruler
      91 –Sitting in a bar at Night(nine), alone(one)
      92 –Christopher Columbus 1492 discovered the new world
      93 β€” a globe (Earth is 3rd of 9 planets)
      94 β€”
      95 β€” a briefcase (working 9 to 5)
      96 β€”
      97 β€”
      98 β€” a window
      99 β€” Cloud 99 for some. Cloud 9.
      I have the book. Too many images I could not explain

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