All in the mind for memory master

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TEO Kim Foo’s presence when playing card games with his friends is not so welcomed these days, and it’s not because he’s a bad sport.

The accomplished memory athlete is so skilled that he is able to memorise a deck of cards or more within a short time, and is also able to remember what cards his friends are playing with.

“It’s an advantage for me, but a disadvantage for them!” said the 35-year-old, who had to memorise a minimum of 10 decks of shuffled cards within an hour as part of the qualification to achieve the International Master of Memory title.

Teo is one of the judges in the upcoming Mind Competitions, which will be held on July 25 at the Utar Sungai Long Campus in Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang.

The one-day event is organised by the Malaysia Mental Literacy Movement (MMLM), together with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.

“The competition offers cash prizes totalling RM57,000, including a Best School Prize for the school whose students achieve the highest scores,” said MMLM chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

Also present at a press conference on the event were MMLM committee members Tan Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Prof Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Dr Milton Lum and Ong Whee Tiong, as well as competition judges West Wong and Paul Chan.

The Mind Competitions features three competitions — memory, mind mapping and mental calculation.

The Memory Competition will test participants’ memory in four categories — random words, random numbers, dates and events, and random letters of the alphabet.

The competition is open to members of the public, irrespective of age. Registration deadline is July 16.

The entrance fee is RM10, though that is waived for students, senior citizens and children aged under six.

For details and registration, visit

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