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Senor Fabuloso
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Copied from an email I got today.

1. Imagine your childhood home. Think of your childhood home or a place you’ve lived for a long time — essentially, a place where you know every inch like the back of your hand.Ideally, this should be a place you can picture very clearly, where you have vivid memories of spending time.

2. Create a path. Imagine walking through the place you chose. Start at the front door and visualize a path going through each room, including bathrooms, closets and hallways.As you’re imagining your path through the house, make sure to catalogue every nook, cranny and piece of furniture. Then end your path at the front door where you began.

3. Picture what you want to remember. Envision the information you want to remember — whether it’s a person, place, story, number, object or sequence of events.

4. Simplify things. Take each component or important detail of the story, object, event or person that you want to remember and place it in your home somewhere along the path you created — like on a table, chair, shelf or wall.

5. Make it stand out. Let’s say you are trying to remember a long string of numbers or a complicated story someone has shared with you. The more ridiculous you make something, the more likely you are to remember it. In other words, add an unusual element to the thing you are trying to remember such as an odd color or unique texture.

6. Walk your path again. After you’ve placed each thing you want to remember along the path inside your home, start at the front door and travel the path again, stopping at each spot where you placed an item you want to remember. By placing what you want to remember in a specific location inside the home, you will embed them in your memory the same way your home is. Even though many of us probably can’t remember what we ate for breakfast, the truth is, photographic memory is a skill everyone can learn and use.

The more you practice this technique, the easier it will be. So, put your mind to it and give it a try.

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This is a common method used by people in memorization contests. The concept of the "mind palace" was popularized by the BBC show "Sherlock".
This is a solid technique to quickly memorize a sizable amount of information.
I'm curious, is this something you might want to incorporate into an act? Or just a skill you want to develop?
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This technique can be used in a lot of ways. One is to quickly memorize a lot of items in order. Another is actually as a way to memorize a card stack. Once the memory palace is in place, you can supposedly just take a trip through it, putting the cards in order with each item in your little journey, as long as you have enough landmarks, that is.

One of the 13 steps of Corinda has some very interesting looking memory routines, but I confess I have not put in the training to do any of them.

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Steve Young has a great routine using “photograpic memory”.
http://www.thoughtillusions.com/pict-ionage.html
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This is NOT photographic memory training. The use of that phrase in this case is just marketing BS.
Senor Fabuloso
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On Jan 5, 2018, Tom Cutts wrote:
This is NOT photographic memory training. The use of that phrase in this case is just marketing BS.


I'm not sure what he is marketing but whatever it is I'm not buying.
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Unfortunately you can't train photographic memory. That's something you're born with. But again, it's a legitimate memorization technique you posted about initially.
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As Tom noted, this is not training And as Thomas said you can't train "photographic" (called eidetic memory by psychologists). (What Sheldon on the big theory has).

The technique in question is called the "loci" (plural of locus) method. It's a couple thousand years old.
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Just learn any memory system and, at times, you'll feel like you have a photographic memory. When I do a magazine memory demonstration it actually feels like I do have a photographic memory. It still amazes me when someone calls out a page number and I instantly see all the details from that particular page.

Learn any good memory system and you'll have a great "power" at your disposal.

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On Jan 6, 2018, Greg Arce wrote:
Just learn any memory system and, at times, you'll feel like you have a photographic memory. When I do a magazine memory demonstration it actually feels like I do have a photographic memory. It still amazes me when someone calls out a page number and I instantly see all the details from that particular page.

Learn any good memory system and you'll have a great "power" at your disposal.

Greg


I couldn't agree more. I do a memorized magazine act as well, Greg, and it never fails to astonish and entertain an audience. One of the few times as a mentalist when we are actually doing what we claim to be doing. I even use this demo as part of an enhanced memory workshop I do for corporate clients, and teach my mneumonic and techniques to their staff. They always love it and are amazed at their own ability to recall things once they put it to use. Regardless of what it is called, actually picturing images I create in my mind works beautifully for me so I stick with it. And it seems to work for the people I'm teaching also.
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And if accounts are to be believed, you don't actually want a 100% perfect eidetic/photographic memory. Those who have had it typically become hermits as they grow older, because everything reminds them of something else in the past.
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This technique is known as "Loci method" or "Mind Palace" and is very very old (Ciceron).
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