Mentalist, Michael Abrahamson, is best known as one of South Africa’s foremost sports broadcasters. He is a qualified Actuary, a lover of Mathematics and Statistics, and one of South Africa’s top Mentalist and Memory Experts.

Abrahamson has presented hundreds of Memory and Study Skills Courses to various people from all walks of life, and to further prove the capacity of his memory, he has decided to break the PI Challenge Record on official PI day, which is the 14th of March 2019.

The Pi Challenge was created for people like Abrahamson; people with a penchant for numbers and more importantly those who are up for the challenge to join the ranks of the best memorisers in the world.

The number PI or π or 22/7 is a mathematical constant. Originally defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, it now has various equivalent definitions and appears in many formulas in all areas of mathematics and physics.

Abrahamson will complete the first 1 500 digits of Pi in under 5 minutes at a rate of 5 digits per second (more than double the current South African record for speed). The world record holder (although memorising over 70000 digits), has a time of just over 1 digit per second. This challenge would therefore be the fastest ever attempt at more than 1000 digits of Pi as per their official records.

“I’ve always loved memory challenges but this one will be a super-human effort. Most people cannot even speak at the rate that I’m going to attempt. Over five digits per second for five minutes without a single mistake is extremely challenging under pressure, but I’m hopeful that I can rise to this challenge.” Says Abrahamson

This is an unique attempt and Abrahamson will beat Marno Hermann who is ranked at no 124, who memorized 1200 digits in 10 minutes 15 seconds. He is currently the highest ranking South African.

Abrahamson will cover 300 digits more in less than half the time, blindfolded.

All record attempts must be verified and sent to the appropriate organising body via video or other format.
For more details on the challenge, you can visit the official Pi website at

Follow the progress on the various platforms:
Facebook: @Powerbrain
Twitter: @TheMentalistRSA
Instagram: michael.abrahamson


The next Memory Courses are on Saturday, 2 March 2019 and on Saturday, 23 March 2019 from 8:00am to 4:30pm at Boston City Campus and Business College, Bedfordview (101 Van Buuren Avenue, in premises of Virgin Active).

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