Interview with a Memory Expert: Livan Grijalva

I’ve been hoping to chat with some of the world’s best memory gurus, so let’s kick things off with Livan Grijalva, a friend and a fierce memory athlete! Livan burst onto the American memory scene in 2014, placing 4th at his first-ever USA Memory Championship. After a now infamous clerical error wrongly excluded him from the 2015 finals, he stayed strong to secure the 4th best American finish at the US Memory Open and an overall victory at the Canadian MC. The 31-year-old Queens resident specializes in digits and cards, with personal bests of 300 digits in 5 minutes and a deck of cards in 36 seconds. I got in touch with Livan to talk memory, magic, and his advice for aspiring memory athletes. Hope you enjoy.

"The advice I would give someone just starting out in memory sports is, have fun and don't get discouraged. I would also say that if you can find someone who knows more than you, who is willing to guide you, it is an invaluable resource. When I was starting out, I had no one to guide me and I encountered so many dead ends and even though navigating those situations has made me better, it has taken me longer to arrive at where I am. To be able to learn from the mistakes of others is ideal."
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