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REVIEW:  The Memory Arts by Sarah Trustman + David Trustman and Vanishing Inc.

RATING: 10 OUT OF 10!

LINK TO REVIEW:http://straighttalkmagicreviews.com/memoryarts/

FULL REVIEW: 

This is one of the most exciting books I have read in a while.  The Memory Arts by Sarah and David Trustman and Vanishing Inc. will teach you how to easily memorize things in a way that makes it effortless.  It is really amazing. 

 

I have read a few of my friend Harry Lorayne’s books on memory and had a decent idea of what the Memory Arts was all about.  It teaches you a system on how to remember things.  The method is not a secret and I will briefly run through it below in very general terms.

 

The book you get is a 7 and half inches by 7 and a half inches hardcover book with 341 pages.  The pages contain numerous glossy paintings and diagrams that are used in your learning or memorization of either one or two stacks; particularly the Tamariz’s Mnemonica stack of the Aronson stack.  The illustrations and artistry were created by Mr. Trustman.  Although you can and should, I did not use this book to remember the Mnemonica stack because I taught myself the stack the hard way years ago.  I do not recommend the rote memory method as it was painful and not fun.  Learning a stack using the Memory Arts book is neither painful nor tedious and it is in fact very fun.  By the way, you are not limited to learning the order of a deck of cards, you can use the method to remember a shopping list or many other things that you would normally forget.

 

I am going to do what I said I would never do: learn a second stack.  Aronson here we come!

 

So, how hard is this?  Let me put it to you like this.  I went to breakfast with my elementary school child and at the end of the meal the first 26 images were memorized.  Truly amazing!  So you know, you learn 52 totally random images.  These images are, as referenced above, created by David Trustman.  They are fun and creative.  After you easily remember all 52 images, you learn a system of how to remember each card by turning each playing card into an image that then is remembered as part of the original 52 random images.  So, what are the random images?  They could be a Conquistador, a sailboat in the middle of the desert, a smoke exhaling dragon, a tunnel or a Ringmaster teaching a lion.  Weird right?  Yes, but it works!

 

The book is written clearly and easy to follow so learning is a snap.  Now, be forewarned that you need to put in a small amount of work compared to the powers that will be bestowed upon you.  Yes, there is some memorizing things, but the way it is taught makes it simple.

 

Back to my child elementary school child.  After breakfast I went home and read (not showed) the names of the first 26 images to my wife and asked her to recall them.  She couldn’t.  She got the first 4 and then got the order wrong and couldn’t remember.  I think asked her to ask our little one to name the images by number and she ran through all 26 in a row.  My wife was flabbergasted and thought it was a magic trick.  I then handed the book to my wife, taught her the method in 30 second and 2 minutes later she named all images 1 through 10 perfectly. 

 

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is one of the best new books I have read in years.  After reading this book you may feel like you have super powers and can remember anything.  All you have to do is remember to buy it!

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If you REALLY want to remember anything quickly, easily, you can learn how SO MUCH BETTER AND FASTER from "his friend Harry Lorayne's books..." (Ha!)

   Sorry, I gotta' tell it like it is - and at my age, I will. Repeat: If you REALLY want to learn to remember anything, including cards, quickly, easily, etc., you can go all the way back to my very first book on the subject - 1956 (which has been ripped off literally hundreds of times) - or to THE MEMORY BOOK, AGELESS MEMORY, and others (which have been ripped off hundreds of times!).

    What rip-offs are - are, well, rip-offs. Reviews as above do not help, they HURT. Sorry, but I think that as "The Yoda of Memory Training...World's Foremost Memory-Training Specialist" (Time Magazine) I have the right to state that rip-offs do not help.

    No, don't tell me about the hundreds-of-years old books on the subject. I know all about them, believe me - better than most. (Go to memoryimprovement.org - if YOU want to learn more about it.)

     I started an entire new era on MEMORY TRAINING. If you want to go to the rip-offs - hey, your call. But I do have to try to help. Be careful - remember not to pay attention to non-helpful reviews.

   

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I can’t make out why this review is "unhelpful". It’s enthusiastic and perhaps a bit over the top, but that’s all.

It draws attention to a book that I probably wouldn’t have noticed and in general that’s not a bad thing. Over the years I’ve had my attention drawn to many a book, item, music album, whatever, that otherwise would have passed me by. Sometimes a check on the item in question makes me think the thing is worth considering and then maybe worth buying.

Usually it doesn’t.

And in this case it doesn’t. I won’t be buying this book because it’s not an area I’m overly interested in.

Regarding its merits, that’s for purchasers to decide.

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   You obviously don't know the "area" so your opinions really have no value so far as the observations I made. The fact, as you state, that you don't know the area at all, and then say that that review my have "drawn" you to that book - is exactly what I'm talking about. Being "drawn" to that rip-off when my books (that have sold millions - been on the NY Times bestsellers list for over a year - and so on) are there - would have HURT you, not helped you. Doubt if I've made myself clear.
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Mister Lorayne

Apart from saying that "I can’t make out why this review is "unhelpful," I made no comment whatsoever on your post. And that’s hardly a comment, merely a passing reference. This renders your statement that "your opinions really have no value so far as the observations I made" redundant. I made none.

Neither did I say that I was drawn to the book. I said reviews of this nature drew my attention to things–in this case a book.

I did not at any point state that I "don’t know the area at all". However, to confirm your assumptions, in general terms, that is true. Other than being born with the natural capacity to remember (some) things and having managed to do so all my life (thus far) I am largely unfamiliar with the "area" of memory training. Unlike yourself.

What I did say is that "I won’t be buying this book because it’s not an area I’m overly interested in". Not the same thing at all. And I will say again that I am grateful for reviews on any subject that draw my attention to items and subjects that otherwise would have passed me by. Quite often reviews prompt me to look at other items. Sometimes connected, often not. Surely a useful feature. Links provided by forum members serve the same purpose.

I have also found your own comments useful. And clear. That is to say, I think I understand what you’re saying. And that includes your comment: "doubt if I’ve made myself clear". Though why you chose to pass such a patronising remark, I can’t make out.

As far as I’m concerned, no information is ever useless. If indeed this book (actually one of a series of books it seems) is a ripoff, having had my attention drawn to it, an investigation might reveal other comments supporting your view. In fact, it would be both helpful and useful (to me at least) if you were to post a review of the actual book yourself.

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Having read the Memory Arts review again, I remain firm in my opinion that it is helpful. To me. I agree with my earlier post(!) that it certainly is enthusiastic, although 10 out 10 is a going some isn’t it? Personal opinion, of course, but it’s a big boast. It also reads a bit like a promotional advert. Which I’m sure it’s not. Incidentally, the original review did not mention price, which is: £42-25.

I will also say again that I found it helpful and useful. And so, following the path of discovery that I mentioned in my previous post, I toodled over to Vanishing Inc to have a look. Interesting read. Informative and not at all hurtful

The most amazing thing I learned is that as well as the original book, there are four additions to what seems to be a series. In fact the adverts say as much. These are:

Tamariz Edition £21-25 ebook.

Aronson Edition £21-25 ebook.

Redford Edition £21-25 ebook.

Memorandum Edition £20-00 ebook.

There’s also what seems to be the latest release:

The Memory Arts: Expansion Pack [1]. £4-25 ebook.

Apart from the Expansion Pack, I did not spot any mention of how necessary or essential or otherwise the original book is in relation to these "supplements". For the Expansion pack, it’s not essential, but it is recommended that the original be purchased as a companion piece. I’m wondering how much a really keen student will have to shell out to get the whole series. The Expansion Pack being numbered [1] strongly suggests there’s yet more to come.

If there was anything hurtful, it was the gruesomely annoying and emetically twee videos featuring the Trustmans. Each to their own, as always, but for me they are a positive turnoff. Unfunny, manufactured zaniness.

I don’t need anyone to tell me to steer clear of this. I’ve managed quite well on my own. Uri Geller likes it though………as do Dominic O’Brien and Dr. Lynne Kelly, author of "The Memory Code," which I confess I’ve never heard of. I might investigate. But I remain unmoved by their endorsements.

Is this a first? A short review/overview of an advert. Probably not.

Cheeky bugger that I am I did download the free sampler. If anybody decides to check the things out, it might be worth downloading the massive Magic In Mind. It’s been mentioned on MF before, but it’s worth a reminder. 

 

https://www.vanishingincmagic.co.uk/magic/magic-books/the-memory-arts-book

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    Fine. Of course it's a Vanishing Inc. advert. I love the recommendations - by other rip-offs of mine!!  If you want recommendations/testimonials - mine would be a mile long here. There are a few at harrylorayne.com. Anyway, I've received quite a few calls about this - and of course, what many "scream" at me is - "Harry, you're only calling attention to a hurtful product. Let people who have NO IDEA of the subject rant on."  Okay. They're right, of course. 

    One thing I do want to make clear - forget the "rip-off" idea. If the rip-off helped people, I'd have to say "okay." But most, like this one, DOES NOT.  People will think that what is "taught" there is the only way --- without checking my books (which have sold about 20 million copies so far). What a loss, how HURTFUL it is, for them.

   I've also been told that nowhere is my name mentioned - I'm not about to check. But I'm reminded of a letter that was sent to the NY Times when a similar sort-of ripoff came up. It said, in part, "Talking about memory training without mentioning Harry Lorayne is like talking about  the theory of relativity without mentioning Albert Einstein." (Obviously deliberate omissions.)

     If you'd like to see a list of the top corporations of the world that taught my memory techniques in their training sessions - there are about 75 listed on page 186 of my memoir, BEFORE I FORGET - like NASA Headquarters, Phelps Dodge, Exxon, Hughes Helicopters, General Motors --- and on and on.

     So, careful folks - either pay attention to - according to Time Magazine - The Yoda of Memory Training and The World's Foremost Memory Training Specialist - to the person whose techniques are used by people like Alan Alda, Mel Brooks. Former mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Police Comm. Ray Kelly, the late Anne Bancroft, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dick Cavett, and on and on, to someone who has appeared on every major TV show (and radio show) all over the world, many times, been written about in just about every well-known (and not well known) magazine, or to someone who readily admits "It's not an area I'm overly interested in" and "I am largely unfamiliar with the area of memory training."

    So, I'll listen to all that have called/screamed at my stupidity of calling attention to something that attention should not be called to...enough!

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In my opinion, the very best way to remember the Aronson Stack is the way Simon Aronson did- Harry Lorayne.
I will reserve judgement until I have the facts, but, if this magic related memory book does indeed omit Mr. Lorayne's name, then that is really all I'd need to know about the book and its author(s).
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         I do realize, and must mention it, that so far as Vanishing Inc. is concerned, what the heck, of course, it's business - obviously they want to sell stuff - good, bad or indifferent. Seriously, that I understand, of course. What's in it for others - that I don't know (or much care).
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Interestingly much of the material in the book under discussion was previously published by the authors in what appear to be self-produced, mass market paperback form. Both volumes are currently available on Amazon and doubtless elsewhere. Here's a link to the first volume - the second is listed on the page. 

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   And mine are available at harryloraynemagic.com. Or, for the MEMORY POWER COURSE go to harrylorayne.com.
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I'm guessing its called "The Memory Arts" because of the original artwork for memory pegs like the "38 Moonies" shown in the first post.
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My first post on this thread began with the words: "I can’t make out why….."

That got me into trouble quite quickly. But I am a persistent little devil when the mood takes, so here I am again.

I can’t make out why the actual review of "Memory Arts" has, by and large, been consigned to obscurity, whilst my inoffensive comments regarding the usefulness of the links (links in general) accompanying the review are being pilloried. Usefulness, incidentally, confirmed by the ensuing discussion here.

I have made no comment regarding the book or its contents. Nor will I. I have made a critical comment about the video featuring the authors, which I would not have seen, without the reference provided by the review. The video is hideous. Actually videos, because there’s more than one.

But I say again, I have made no comment regarding the quality or otherwise of the book. No comment about whether the authors are qualified to write such a book. I don’t know. Beyond reference to some of the "discoveries" I made when visiting the Vanishing Inc page, I have made no comment regarding any books.

And still banging the same drum, my comments have been quoted completely out of context, in isolation––as if they were part of the review. They are not and yet here we are. Or rather here I am. Under fire. And for what purpose? To what end?

Well, the purpose seems to be a springboard for a roll-call of endorsements of other works. All well and good and why not. But making them at my expense and using me as a whipping boy in the process, is  unnecessary, unseemly, unbecoming and unworthy. It does no one any favours.

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In my opinion, the very best way to remember the Aronson Stack is the way Simon Aronson did- Harry Lorayne.
I will reserve judgement until I have the facts, but, if this magic related memory book does indeed omit Mr. Lorayne's name, then that is really all I'd need to know about the book and its author(s).

I agree, but I don’t know whether it does or not. I haven’t seen the book, either. I said as much in a review six years ago, to the month in fact. The review concerned the book, "Sleights Of Mind," by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde. I’ve given myself permission to quote from the review and here it comes:

"And still with omissions, our heroes spend a few pages on the subject of memory and cite various references here and there. But somehow they omit Harry Lorayne. A memory expert and a magician. Is this is a conscious decision? If so, why? If it’s not a conscious decision and is simply because they aren’t aware of him, then why aren’t they aware of him?"

This book was discussed on The Magician's Forum a couple of years ago. I made much the same point there as here.

Interested parties may wish to check this out, or refresh their memory here; it might be useful: 

 

http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/the-book-sleights-of-mind-8007901?highlight=sleights+mind 

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    Fine. Of course it's a Vanishing Inc. advert. I love the recommendations - by other rip-offs of mine!!  If you want recommendations/testimonials - mine would be a mile long here. There are a few at harrylorayne.com. Anyway, I've received quite a few calls about this - and of course, what many "scream" at me is - "Harry, you're only calling attention to a hurtful product. Let people who have NO IDEA of the subject rant on."  Okay. They're right, of course. 

    One thing I do want to make clear - forget the "rip-off" idea. If the rip-off helped people, I'd have to say "okay." But most, like this one, DOES NOT.  People will think that what is "taught" there is the only way --- without checking my books (which have sold about 20 million copies so far). What a loss, how HURTFUL it is, for them.

   I've also been told that nowhere is my name mentioned - I'm not about to check. But I'm reminded of a letter that was sent to the NY Times when a similar sort-of ripoff came up. It said, in part, "Talking about memory training without mentioning Harry Lorayne is like talking about  the theory of relativity without mentioning Albert Einstein." (Obviously deliberate omissions.)

     If you'd like to see a list of the top corporations of the world that taught my memory techniques in their training sessions - there are about 75 listed on page 186 of my memoir, BEFORE I FORGET - like NASA Headquarters, Phelps Dodge, Exxon, Hughes Helicopters, General Motors --- and on and on.

     So, careful folks - either pay attention to - according to Time Magazine - The Yoda of Memory Training and The World's Foremost Memory Training Specialist - to the person whose techniques are used by people like Alan Alda, Mel Brooks. Former mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Police Comm. Ray Kelly, the late Anne Bancroft, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dick Cavett, and on and on, to someone who has appeared on every major TV show (and radio show) all over the world, many times, been written about in just about every well-known (and not well known) magazine, or to someone who readily admits "It's not an area I'm overly interested in" and "I am largely unfamiliar with the area of memory training."

    So, I'll listen to all that have called/screamed at my stupidity of calling attention to something that attention should not be called to...enough!

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    Can only reply/repeat as above.  Saves time for me (and you) and can't think of better way to say it without really insulting people, which I don't want to do. So, will just do as above whenever necessary - though it sure would be  good, save time, etc., if it wasn't necessary. But, what can I say? I breathlessly await.
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Interesting, thanks for the review stuartrp.
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Okay. This thread started out as a review. No biggie. Take it, leave it, like, or love it, the product is available and Stuart posted a cogent review. Thanks for that and all that jazz with a hey and a ho the wind and the rain.

Harry. No one on this forum disputes your expertise or reputation on the subject at hand. No one in this thread has impugned or questioned your bona fides. You are among friends, supporters, fans, and admirers here. We get it. Many (most?) agree with you.  

Blathermist, your points are, as always, well made and, I think, well taken. You are always a welcome voice here and your opinions always seem to add to discussions. Thanks for that.

Now, may we please and thank you very much let this thread stand as originally intended? A product review for reasoned consideration of forum members? Caveat emptor and all hail capitalism - The thinking person will likely opt for one of Harry's books on the subject. Those acting on emotion and impulse may go for the reviewed product. And who knows, they may well get their money's worth. Hell, I hope so. Different strokes, don't you know...

Thanks!
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Interesting, thanks for the review stuartrp.


Seconding this. Thanks for the review, stuartp.
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Thanks Anthony. Always the voice of reason.

(Well almost!!) [smile][smile][wink]

I remain proud and unbowed. But will desist from my protestations of innocence. Here, at least.

I will continue my rollicking adventures elsewhere.

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