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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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   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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    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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    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...

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Interesting, thanks for the review stuartrp.


Seconding this. Thanks for the review, stuartp.
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