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• ok I'm going to go ahead

• and start this workshop is called more memory tricks and i know some of

• you were here

• last week at the regular memory tricks

• if you weren't

• you'll be able to catch on to this i think very quickly anyway but i have so

• many memory tricks that it's hard to

• uh...

• cover them all in one workshop so we're going for two uh... these are the four

• things that i'm a going to talk to you about today this one is really quick and then

• we're going to spend a lot of time on these next couple

• uh... last week for those who were here one thing that you should remember

• is that um...i taught a couple of math tricks at the beginning of the workshop

• and that was not designed to teach math

• it was designed to just show you the power of tricks in knowing shortcut

• ways to do things

• and so uh... i'm gonna show you one more math trick and now as just a little

• warm up

• this is nothing you need to write down or anything but again it's to show you

• something about again the power of tricks

• so if i ask you

• to do a problem

• like that

• nine divided by point two five

• what you would need to do in order to solve that would be

• to do this

• and then this and then you have to move the decimal point over and just do the

• whole thing

• if you know the basics of how to do it it's not that hard it just takes a

• little while to kind of process through

• but if you know the trick you can do it in about one second

• without having to do any of this and that is

• whenever you have a math problem where you have a number divided by point two

• five

• that's the exact same as multiplying it by four

• which is a lot easier than the other

• so here's your math question for the day what's nine times four

• thirty-six ok and if you had done

• all of this

• and all that and done it... you would have come up with the same answer it would have

• just taken you are a lot longer

• and so six divided by point two five would be

• twenty-four right six times four

• and the fact that you can do that once you learn this in about one second

• doesn't mean that you're any smarter then you were when you came in here in

• math it just means that you know the shortcut again the trick

• and so with the goal of last week's workshop and this week

• is to show you some applications of how you can use tricks to make your memory

• absorb more and do better on tests as a result

• and that's what these three are going to be all about okay

• so whether you follow that completely or not doesn't particularly matter for our

• purposes today but

• what i wanted to do first

• in terms of uh... actual teaching

• has to do with mental pictures and uh... quick uh... recap for those who were not

• here last week just so that you have an idea of what we're doing

• i explained last week that one of the best memory tricks you can have

• is learning how to close your eyes and getting a picture of something in a

• certain way and then it

• sticks

• that kind of glues into your brain and you remember it

• all of us have imagination all of us can close our eyes and see things

• but two of the qualities of a good mental picture that i gave last time

• that you need to be aware of

• for what we're about to do right now is that if the pictures are really

• stupid and bizarre

• you remember them better and so everything i'm about to do with you is

• gonna seem to be pretty stupid

• and that usually sounds bad but in this case it's going to be good i'll show you

• the other one

• is that you very often have to involve play on words which means

• rhyming words other words that sound similar to be able to see things in

• picture form and again i'm gonna show you specifically how to do this now

• now if you are very tired today

• i'm extremely nervous about what's going to happen in the next couple of minutes

• because i'm gonna ask you several times

• and get a picture of something that i'm describing and i want you to do that i

• don't want you to sit there and kind of

• stare at me i want you to close your eyes

• but then when i'm done you need to open them

• and so if you're really tired i don't hear snoring anywhere in the room so

• hopefully we'll be ok with this

• what i'm gonna teach you is going to actually require no note-taking

• whatsoever so usually i like people to

• write down some things that i teach that they find helpful but for the next

• five minutes or so

• i don't want you to write

• anything down

• it kinda defeats the purpose of this

• i'm gonna teach you something that i'm going to test you on at the end of the

• workshop

• and i think if you do this the right way you're going to be shocked at how easy

• it is for you to memorize what i'm about to show you without writing it down

• without doing anything like that at all so

• again i want you to just uh... follow my direction and when i have you close your

• eyes

• i want you to close your eyes

• and the big thing remember is i don't want you to try

• to close your eyes and listen and remember what i'm saying

• because you won't

• i want you to see the pictures that i'm describing and if you see them clearly

• you're gonna remember them later okay so here is the strange little teaching

• here

• i'm gonna teach you twelve names of

• streets that are all in the long beach area you'll probably recognize most of

• these streets

• three of them are in group a

• three in b three in c and three in d

• when i give you a test at the end of the workshop what i'm going to expect you to

• do is when i give you the name of a street

• i expect you to know which group it's in

• and a lot of times when you have many things to learn it's easy to get 'em mixed

• up and in the wrong groups but if you do this right

• you're gonna be perfect at the end and sort of surprised again at how well this

• worked

• so here's the first uh... picture ok we're gonna end up with several pictures

• here

• we're going to use

• this sound alike word hay

• okay everybody i think knows what

• hay looks like whether it's

• a big bale of hay or like loose hay or straw that's a picture i want you to get

• and i have a little visual aide here

• just to kind of make this a little bit even easier for you

• the first street in group a

• is

• this one

• which is

• market ok so this is the first part of the first scene again just follow me with

• this even if it seems weird

• you'll find in the end it works i want you to close your eyes

• and i want you to get a picture of

• the market the supermarket and you're walking down the aisle with your cart

• shopping

• but everywhere you look on the left and the right

• on the floor in front of you there's hay

• stickin' off the shelves

• bales of hay in front of you you have to even swerve your cart around

• so i want you to really see that again don't just listen to the words but try

• to get that picture in your mind

• okay now you can open your eyes

• i'm gonna show you something cuz otherwise you wouldn't get this

• as you're going down the aisle

• all these people are there

• nothing unusual about that except they're not shopping their standing

• there kind of blocking your way and every person you're looking at

• has something in front of their face you can't really see their face at all

• and what they have what they're doing is they're reading magazines

• while they're standing there in the market

• go ahead and close your eyes and this is where i want your imagination to work

• i want you to imagine all these people in front of you

• standing there reading magazines and i want you to even read

• the cover of the magazine in other words

• what magazine is it that they're reading really be specific about it 'cuz that

• helps

• so kinda get that picture in your mind

• okay and then you can open your eyes and

• what street is that supposed to help you remember well this is one of these

• weird tricks that actually works it may sound a little bit odd it's for

• this one magnolia

• what does that have to do with what i just described

• well just this part

• the mag as in magazine

• if i ask you to close your eyes and get a picture of a magnolia tree

• could you do that

• uh... maybe a few of you but i have no idea what that looks like so i can't

• really get a picture of it but a magazine

• that i know right so we stick with things that we know

• okay and then go ahead and close your eyes one more time for this weird picture

• you get very angry with all these people in front of you when you finally say

• could you move out of the way i have to go through and shop and i want you to

• imagine every person

• who has those magazines in front of them lowering the magazine and looking at you

• and now you can see 'em but in place of their eyes

• picture big red

• cherries

• right in place of their eyeballs and imagine as you look at each person what

• it would look like to see

• cherries

• stuck there

• okay and then you can open your eyes and that street if you can't figure out we're

• in trouble

• that's a simple one right so this one is easy some were a little bit harder

• okay now that picture that weird little picture with the hay in the market

• is supposed to connect all those together and we'll see how that goes

• later the second category we're going to use the letter or the uh... the

• insect the bee everybody knows what a bee looks like but don't picture a bee that

• looks like this picture

• one that's the same size you are

• that would get your attention in a hurry with the big stinger so a five or six

• foot bee

• coming after you

• ok the first street in group b

• is this one

• and that is park

• okay so here is a new

• strange picture i want you to get go ahead and close your eyes and hopefully

• you're not falling asleep on me at this

• close your eyes and imagine yourself standing in the park

• in the playground area where the swings and the slides are

• and everywhere you walk in the park there's this giant bee that is

• trying to buzz by and sting you

• got to get that image in your mind

• you look around the park

• and there is

• nobody there you're all alone except for the bee

• and you decide

• i haven't gone down the slide

• since i was a kid and nobody's here to look at me

• so i'm gonna try it again and so imagine yourself climbing up the ladder

• to the top of the slide

• but you're in for a shock when you get to the top of the slide you

• see a man sitting up there

• you didn't see him before but there he is

• he's dressed in red

• bright red

• he has a big white beard

• and he has big black belt

• ok who are we talking about

• yeah santa claus well

• what street is that

• okay this is another one of those partial ones that still works ok and so

• if you weren't sure who i was talking about go ahead and close your eyes back

• up and again imagine santa

• up on top of the slide and then you can keep your eyes closed for the last

• little part of this and that is

• he sits up there and you're waiting and he doesn't go down see you shove him down

• the slide

• and now it's your turn

• and i want you to imagine sitting at the top of the slide

• even if it's been a long time since you've done this and as you drop down

• feel

• what it feels like in your stomach and all of that as you drop but also

• as you're going down the slide i want you to imagine on the left and right

• side of the slide are beautiful pink roses

• that are lining the slide you can kind of feel them as you're sliding down

• so see that in the picture

• kind of connected in your brain

• okay then you can open your eyes

• and that one

• which would again be an easier one is

• this is rose

• okay quick review so far where is all the hay

• in the market