Can you develop a photographic memory?
Robert Houdin, a great French conjurer, trained his visual memory to perform this outrageous mind-stunt:
He’d pass by a shopping window, taking a quick look at the presented contents, then to people’s amazement, recalled every single item displayed… in complete detail… and entirely from memory.
Similar mind-stunts are known from individuals who could remember people’s appearances in minute detail.
Another extraordinary “mega mind” is the artist Kim Jung Gi, a Korean artist who can project most incredibly detailed drawings, right from his internal eye onto the canvas in front of him. In an interview, he said, as a kid he trained himself replaying cartoons in his head after watching them on TV.
You’ve heard of several other phenomenal people like that, I assume. Of people with a “mysterious” photographic memory.
Now, you probably ask yourself: with the right exercises, …
“Is it possible to develop a photographic memory – a visual memory like that?”
Or do you have to be lucky enough to be born with that kind of ability?
I believe you can train mind and enhance your visual memory to the point where you’ll be able take “visual snapshots” of anything you want, like people’s faces, architecture, fashion, texts, etc.
The only drawback is that you need to dedicate a serious amount of time in exercising your perception an your visual memory. Like I stated in my other post on how to learn visualization from scratch, your mind works like a muscle. (If you’re able to visualize already you know that you can “photograph” your environment and reproduce it on you mind’s screen.)
But now, let’s take it to the next level. I invite you to join me on this challenge to develop this skill of taking mental snapshots even further.
Here are the exercises that will train your visual memory. If you practice these daily for at least 20 minutes you will quickly realize that your true mind power hasn’t reached its limits yet.
Photographic Memory Exercise 01:
Create a Visual Memory Road-map
With this exercise you will map out your neighborhood, creating a detailed mental representation of all nearby houses.
Next time you leave your house take a good look at your neighbor’s house. Observe its color and its general shape. Start with the big shapes and the general appearance of the building of your choice.
Keep on walking (before they call the cops on you) and when you arrive someplace where you can sit down, close your eyes and try recalling as much as you can. Now create a list of all the details you observed. The more details you can remember the better.
On the following day, repeat the process. Guess what will happen? You’re right: you will develop an amazing visual representation of your chosen building. Once you’re happy with the level of detail you can recall of the house, then proceed to the next one. Soon you’ll be able to navigate through your neighborhood entirely in your mind.
Depending on how much time you invest with this, you’ll get fantastic results very quickly.
Photographic Memory Exercise 02:
Mentally Photograph Random Items
(aka Kim’s Game)
I read that you have to practice this kind exercises if you join some special forces in the U.S. This perception exercise will increase your ability to observe so that you’re able to capture people and objects in your environment – after a quick glance – and recall a high level of detail at will.
You may practice this with a friend; let him display several random objects to you on a tray. Then, after 10-15 seconds, he covers all these items with a cloth. Now try to recall as many objects as possible including their details like color, size, shape, …
The more you practice, the more objects you will be able to recall and describe.
What if you want to practice your perception alone? Check this out: I’ve been using this cool site that displays to you a set of random items.
Load a fresh set of items and observe them for a moment (without reading the names below). Then close your eyes and try recalling (visually) all the items in your mind.
It gets more fun the better you get at it.
Of course, you can practice this with people or, like Houdin did, with the contents shopping windows.
If you feel stuck at making any progress, start taking notes. Write down everything you can remember. Describe every wrinkle, spot, color, shape, …
I think I don’t need to mention how useful this ability can be to you.
Photographic Memory Exercise 03:
Visual Memory Photo-Chain
First, go to Flickriver.com. You’ll see a stream of Flickr-images and here’s what we do:
Observe the first photograph, close your eyes and recall as many details as possible.
Next, proceed to the second image absorbing as much as you can, and recalling all its details with your eyes closed.
Now, in your mind, bring back the first image and then imagine scrolling down to the second image. Again, try to recollect them vividly.
Go to the 3rd image and repeat the whole procedure starting from the first image. With a little bit of practice you will easily remember a long sequence of photos in order. Forwards and backwards.
If you challenge your mind with these simple exercises and practice this for 14 days and you will gain a dramatic difference in your visual memory power.
Try this for yourself, impress yourself and realize you can bring your visual memory to a new level. And, if you put in enough time, maybe you’ll be able to pride yourself having a photographic memory.
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