Speed Cards – World Memory Championship 2012
The final event of the 3-day memory competition
memorize a deck of playing cards as fast as possible.
This attempt ended up being my fastest competition time ever of 40.65 seconds, enough to give me 3rd place in the event and 7th place overall in the whole competition.
Here were the top 10 finishers for the event:
1. Simon Reinhard – 27.21 seconds
2. Li Kam Fung – 40.16 seconds
3. Nelson Dellis – 40.65 seconds
4. Johannes Mallow – 42.19 seconds
5. Ben Pridmore – 42.97 seconds
6. Boris Konrad – 43.41 seconds
7. Mark Anthony Castaneda – 50.86 seconds
8. Erwin Balines – 54.59 seconds
9. Marwin Wallonius – 56.05 seconds
10. Christian Schäfer – 58.22 seconds
For those unaware of the Speed Card rules:
Competitors use self-timers to record how long they look at the cards. In this case, I spent 40.65 seconds looking over the cards, memorizing them. Once I slam my hands on the timer, I can no longer look at the deck. Then, once the memorization period is up (5 minutes max), we are given a fresh deck of cards which we have to put in the same order as the one we have previously memorized (5 minutes to do this). Then, with the help of a judge, each card from both decks is flipped over to see if they match.
Edited by Nelson Dellis
Filmed by Ana Overgaard
Music by Cinematic Orchestra – “Regen”