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Nova Scotia student declared International Master of Memory

Evan Xie of Kings-Edgehill had to complete three difficult memory tests, including memorizing a card deck order

Evan Xie


Evan Xie

To many people, the idea of memorizing 1,000 digits in under an hour seems impossible.

But one Nova Scotia student has done just that and more, making history as Canada’s first International Master of Memory during the 24th annual World Memory Championship a few weeks ago in December.

“It’s a phenomenal accomplishment,” said Chris Strickey, director of admissions at King’s-Edgehill School in Windsor where Grade 10 student Evan Xie attends.

Strickey said Xie has become one of only 160 people in the world to receive the distinction, in a competition where about 300 people compete every year with most being university age or older.

To receive the award, a person must complete three feats at the competition: memorize a minimum of 1,000 digits in random sequence in one hour, memorize a minimum of 12 decks of randomly shuffled cards in one hour, and memorize one card deck in less than two minutes.

Xie went beyond the minimum as he memorized 1,180 digits in one hour and a single deck of poker cards in 32.275 seconds, which is not far from the world record, a release said.

“It was an honor to represent King’s-Edgehill School and to become the first International Master of Memory in the province and country,” Xie said in the release.

The Prince and Princess of Poland presented Xie with his award at the championship in Chengdu, China.

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