ALL IN THE MIND

 

The human mind is capable of far more than we give it credit. My full time job involves proving that to business people and theatre audiences on an almost daily basis. I combine science, psychology and a smidgen of chicanery to produce what looks like mind reading.

Well, here’s a little secret. Much of what I do utilises memory systems.

Last week I was invited to teach the system to some children. Not for the first time; a BBC series I did entitled “School for Genius” took youngsters and boosted their brain power to help them pass exams.

A further series “Brain Smart” took that even further. Teachers could not believe the extraordinary results.

Kids aged between seven and eleven demonstrated that they could easily memorise lists of 30 random objects – forwards and backwards – within just a few minutes of being taught the system. And they could still recite the list a week later!

I have no better memory than the next person – probably worse. But part of my show involves audience members calling out page numbers from a selected magazine. I can recite the headlines, the photographs, captions, and even the telephone numbers of the adverts. It’s all down to the system.

But it’s not a new system. Around 500 BC Simonedes devised a technique called the Loci System, making it possible to memorise huge amounts of information by mentally placing images that represent the data into imaginary locations.

It really does work like magic. Simply using the brain in a different way boosts the brainpower tenfold.

My question is this: with this system being around for over 2500 years, how come it’s not being taught in schools on a regular basis? Surely something so powerful should be part of the curriculum?

I find it shocking that the education authorities would ignore something like this. Of course, if normal kids start using these techniques then those “clever” students – who soak up information with little effort – are going to get left behind.

So, if the schools are going to ignore such a powerful technique, you can do something about it. If you want to help your kids remember vast amounts of information and easily pass their exams, you can do them a huge favour by carrying out a little research on these impressive memory systems.

You’ll be astonished to discover just how powerful their little brains are.

Drew McAdam

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