Dominic O’Brien once memorised 54 decks of cards after just a single sighting of each card – that’s 2,808 cards. It gained him a place in the Guinness Book of Records. His extraordinary memory has gone on to see him crowned World Memory Champion a record breaking eight times. He is feared by the gambling world and is barred from UK casinos and blacklisted in Las Vegas.
As a child life was rather different. Dominic struggled with reading at school as he suffered from both dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. One day he was watching a TV show called Record Breakers. British mnemonist Creighton Carvello was memorising a shuffled deck of cards. Dominic thought if he can memorise the order of a pack of cards, maybe I can too. Well, he did, after a while, and it got him interested in memory training and personal development. He wanted to learn how to memorise long lists and memorise long numbers, and he worked at it steadily till he developed his own ‘memory tricks’ and techniques to improve memory.
Dominic co-founded the World Memory Championships in 2008 with Raymond Keene OBE and inventor of Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan. He has written 13 books including his latest You Can Have an Amazing Memory (The Comprehensive Memory Tool-Kit). Dominic is a Grandmaster of Memory and a member of the Advisory Board with the Buzan Group.