Podcast: TTT 020 : Becoming a World Memory Champion with Jonas von Essen

TTT 020 : Becoming a World Memory Champion with Jonas von Essen

0:34:45 mins

05 April 2016

Jonas von Essen from Sweden first became the World Memory Champion in 2013 and retained his title the following year. In his 2013 victory, he scored the most points ever recorded in the World Memory Championships. One of the stages of the championship required Jonas to recall the order of more than 24 decks of cards in one hour and memorize 3,841 binary digits in 30 minutes. Jonas first became interested in memory techniques after stumbling across a book entitled “Anyone can get an amazing memory,”  The book helped him master a number of techniques, such as the “Memory Palace” developed more than 2,500 years ago. As well as participating in memory contests and television shows all around the world Jonas is also studying to become a Secondary School History and Maths Teacher. In many interviews, Jonas has claimed that he is no genius and that the techniques he learnt can be learnt by anyone.

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