Tony Dottino created the memorable event back in 1997, in part, to teach Americans skills that can help them improve their own retention and recall.
Since then, interest in the event has increased exponentially and now the event is even televised on HD-Net.
This years event takes place March 10 in New York and contestants as young as 12 will be putting their memories to the test through various challenges, such as memorizing 99 faces and names; learning an unpublished poem by heart; and the correct sequence of a shuffled deck of cards.
Dottino says the event has gone a long way to deflecting the negative stereotype that you have to be an idiot savant a la Dustin Hoffmans Rain Man character to possess a remarkable memory.
The winning rememberer walks away with two tickets to the World Memory Championship that takes place in London in late summer.
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