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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-xl7_hdWZo

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19 comments

  • 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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