Ben Pridmore

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Ben Pridmore
Ben Pridmore in Memoriad World Mental Olympic 2012
Occupation Accountant, World Memory Champion

Ben Pridmore is a champion memory sport competitor and accountant.


Pridmore is the 2009 World Memory Champion, a title he also won in 2004 and 2008.[1] From Derby in the United Kingdom,[2] Pridmore achieved this by winning a 10-discipline competition, the World Memory Championship, which has taken place every year since 1991.

He held the official world record for memorizing the order of a randomly shuffled 52-card deck, and has memorised a pack in a time of 24.68 seconds on television.[3] This record was beaten in 2010 by German memory athlete and lawyer Simon Reinhard. He is ranked number six in the world ranking list for Memory Sports.[4] Pridmore's victory at the 2009 World Championship was his eighth consecutive memory competition win since coming second at the 2007 World Championship.

Besides memory sports he is famous for his mental calculation skills and took part in the Mental Calculation World Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2010.[5] He has also won several medals at the Mind Sports Olympiad including becoming the 2001 World Champion at the ten disciplined mind sport competition the decamentathlon including also chess and reversi.[6]

He also participated Memoriad World Mental Olympics in the year 2012[7] in Antalya and won one gold medal with the title "Memoriad Speed Cards World Memory Champion".

He was prominently featured in the music video for DJ Shadow's single "Scale It Back".[8]


Like most memory experts, he creates a mental story, comprises a sequence of images that he has permanently memorised as representing number groups, playing card pairs etc. Pridmore often creates a story using his old school, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle as the framework for these memory sequences.[9]


  1. ^ Profile at Memory Sports Statistics,, accessed February 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Memory champs meet for UK contest BBC News, accessed August 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Telegraph article,, accessed February 5, 2009.
  4. ^ World Rankings,, accessed February 5, 2009
  5. ^ MCWC results,, accessed July 20, 2010
  6. ^ Mind Sports Olympiad page on the Decamentathlon
  7. ^ RESULTS OF MEMORIAD - 2012)
  8. ^ DJ Shadow "Scale It Back" on Vimeo
  9. ^ Memory Champion's secrets, BBC News, 7 April 2009

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