David Thomas had a very abusive childhood at the hands of his alcoholic mother and physically abusive aged stepfather. At the age of 16, he got involved in crime committing multiple burglaries. He attempted suicide twice, was expelled from school and received a juvenile criminal conviction.
At the age of 20, he became an operational firefighter but struggled with the promotion exams. Aged 27, he bought a book on memory improvement. Inside 8 months, he went to the 1996 World Memory Championships and came 4th. He also became an International Grandmaster of Memory, one of only three people in the world to achieve the criteria at the time. He has since gone on to develop one of the most powerful memories in history. He became a World Memory Championships medallist, broke a Guinness memory record for reciting Pi to 22,500 digits, broke multiple US memory records, became US Memory Champion and holds a memory world record for memorising and reciting 100 individually shuffled packs of playing cards.
He left the Fire Service in 1999 to become a professional speaker and is in high demand worldwide. He speaks over 100 times a year and has spoken in 23 countries to date.
The Academy of Chief Executives have awarded him Speaker Hall of Fame. He is one of only 6 people in the world to achieve this, their highest honour.
He has appeared over 500 times in the media including The Wall Street Journal, The Times newspaper, BBC World Service and even going on one of the biggest TV shows in history, The Oprah Winfrey Show.
He is a published author, his life story being turned into a Sunday Times #1 bestselling book. Along with his other two books, he has had a worldwide readership of more than 1 million people.