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Derren brown

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION *Please read first*
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Hello, I'm Borgesio, and I'll be introducing you to magician and mentalist Derren Brown's own version of the “Major System.
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* What is the Major System? It's a trick to memorizing numbers, dates, more Things than simply 1 and 2...
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* What is the Major System? It's a trick to memorizing numbers, dates, more Things than simply 1 and 2...
  5. 5. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* … and at least one list of fish.
  6. 6. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* That's a lot to take in, and I'm sure you're still wondering just what it is you're going to be learning.
  7. 7. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* After all, you may probably end up spending about three or four hours of your life mastering this so-called system.
  8. 8. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* In actuality.... learning it should only take you about 15 minutes. Seriously. = ?
  9. 9. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Ok, let's not get ahead of ourselves here! Some fame may last 15 minutes, but real learning is a lifetime. So you'll have to put a little more effort than that in.
  10. 10. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Besides you want to be a master at this, right?
  11. 11. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* There's a BIG difference between knowing how a magician does a trick and being able to do it yourself.
  12. 12. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* So let's take a look at some real world dilemmas, some solvable problems just short of ending hunger, disease and war.
  13. 13. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Like...
  14. 14. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Have you ever forgotten where you parked you car ?
  15. 15. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Or what you friend's address was?
  16. 16. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Or what page you were supposed to continue reading on for that homework assignment?
  17. 17. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Maybe you're just really bad with dates.
  18. 18. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Especially history.
  19. 19. INTRODUCTION *Please read first*
  20. 20. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* Sure, you could write it all down. But you don't always do that, do you? More often that not, you forget.
  21. 21. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* And for those of you studying, you can't bet on every test being “open book” can you? (If you can, maybe you should consider a better school)
  22. 22. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* What page was that answer on again?
  23. 23. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* But this is a way for you to remember – not only numbers:
  24. 24. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* But by association, names, faces, places and a host of other things your newly expanded mind will be capable of holding.
  25. 25. INTRODUCTION *Please read first* So what's the secret? Well, as far as the Major system goes, it's simply a matter of replacing numbers* with letters. The word “numbers” itself is 23640.
  26. 26. More accurately... you are replacing them with consonant SOUNDS.
  27. 27. Like these ----------> 0 = s/z 1 = l 2 = n 3 = m 4 = r <-------- 5 = f/v 6 = b/p 7 = t 8 = sh/ch/j
  28. 28. And 9 = g (hard g sound as in "good")
  29. 29. Again... 0 = s/z 1 = L 2 = n 3 = m 4 = r 5 = f/v 6 = b/p 7 = t 8 = sh/ch/j 9 = g
  30. 30. Again... 0 = s/z 1 = L 2 = n 3 = m 4 = r 5 = f/v 6 = b/p 7 = t 8 = sh/ch/j 9 = g Don't think about it too hard! There'll be plenty of time to learn it later!
  31. 31. From this you can make many words by adding any vowel you like. For instance, "1" can be the words "low" "lie" or "ale."
  32. 32. From this you can make many words by adding any vowel you like. For instance, "1" can be the words "low" "lie" or "ale." ← he could be cursing at you and you don't even know it!
  33. 33. This is why none of the primary numerals (0-9) are replaced with vowels.* *Yes, w can be a vowel.
  34. 34. The MOST important factor in a good number system is creating vivid imagery. Of the three words for "1," which can you most easily conjure up in your imagination in an instant?
  35. 35. A) low C) ALE B)lie
  36. 36. A) low C) ALE B)lie Go ahead. Choose one.
  37. 37. A) low C) ALE B)lie Go ahead. Choose one. Remember only one answer is correct.
  38. 38. A) low C) ALE :) (could it be this one? Nah... could it?) B)lie Go ahead. Choose one. Remember - only one (*cough*1*cough*l*cough*ale) answer is correct. Don't worry. This is only a basic intelligence test.
  39. 39. Say... did you guess ale?
  40. 40. No? Well, too bad because that was the answer.
  41. 41. With the Major System nouns usually work best.
  42. 42. With the Major System nouns usually work best. Like a nice cold pale ale.
  43. 43. If you have trouble picturing it, well, that's why the gods created Memrise.
  44. 44. (With the Major System nouns usually work best.)
  45. 45. With the Major System nouns usually work best.
  46. 46. With the Major System nouns usually work best.
  47. 47. With the Major System nouns usually work best.
  48. 48. That's all for now. Time for a little refreshment!
  49. 49. That's all for now. Time for a little refreshment refresher!
  50. 50. As in quiz. See you in a bit!
  51. 51. ...
  52. 52. * I'll bet some of you (curious rabble) are still wondering why Derren Brown, famed conjuror, mentalist and intriguing charlatan, chose THESE sounds to represent numbers. Well, that would be telling. If you really want to know the magician's secret (and many more!), you can pick up a copy of his book "Tricks of the Mind" online (yes, even if you live in the States like I do. I got it dirt cheap, too, like pocket change cheap, from the UK version of a certain really, really big online book/everything store that you're probably familiar with). Alternately you could just think about it for a minute and it would probably make sense. I'm sure Derren approves of both methods. Especially since he doesn't make a dime off the sale of used books.
  53. 53. Still here? Oh, all right. I'll give you the 8. The “gh” in eight is silent, so it might as well have a sound. The soft g and its cousins are good enough and versatile enough. Now get on with it!

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