"Funnily enough when I was 12 or 13, and trying to answer as many general knowledge questions as I could while I watched Mastermind, my grandmother predicted that one day I’d go on the show and win it"
Exclusive Interview With David Clark - Part 1 »
Interview by Jamie Miller
"I'm no quiz genius!" insists the 20-year quiz veteran modestly at the start of our interview. In the world of quizzing, there are many who would disagree. David Clark has appeared on 'Come Have A Go If You Think You're Smart Enough', 'Eggheads', 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' to name but a few. And in 2007, David Clark became Mastermind Champion, scoring an impressive 15 in his specialist subject and another 15 in general knowledge. He will appear on the Mastermind Champion of Champions show to be aired later this year.
Though beneath the modesty, David Clark is trying to underscore an important point. To David, part of being able to do well on a show such as Mastermind is as much to do with having a certain 'knack' or 'proclivity' to the way the questions are asked.
That acknowledged, there is no denying that David Clark is a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge! As he explains to us, his early experiences at quizzing at the age of 10(!) left little doubt as to his general knowledge prowess!
When did you first realise your general knowledge was above average?
This is rather embarrassing but I shan’t go in for false modesty here, so I’ll have to admit that I think I realized it from when I was quite young.
We’d always play along with quiz shows on the TV, and try to be the first to shout out the answer before the contestant could. As a kid I couldn’t answer that much of the stuff they asked on University Challenge, or even that many of the General Knowledge questions on Mastermind, but stuff like Winner Takes All and Sale of the Century was pretty easy.
When you’re 10 years old, and you can answer more questions correctly than the majority of adult contestants on shows like these, you realize that maybe you have a good general knowledge.
Funnily enough when I was 12 or 13, and trying to answer as many general knowledge questions as I could while I watched Mastermind, my grandmother predicted that one day I’d go on the show and win it.
A few days after my son was born a friend of the family took me out to wet the baby’s head, and took me to a local quiz. This was my first ever pub quiz, and I played well. So well, in fact, that I was invited to join the club’s quiz team in the local league, and I’ve been playing pub quizzes ever since.
Read page 2 of this interview to find out more about David Clark's flashcard method of learning: Page 2
INTERESTING FACT »
David Clark is a devotee of the flashcard method of learning.