Simonides and The History of memory training
Hi, my name is Ron White. I’ve been teaching memory seminars for 25 years and although I would love to say that I came up with and developed memory training it has actually been around for 2,500 years. In fact it can be traced back to Greece to a man named Simonides.
As the story goes in 477 B.C. Simonides was in a room full of people where the roof collapsed and killed everyone but Simonides. As they were removing the rocks they came to realize the bodies were crushed so badly that no one was recognizable. In that moment Simonides spoke up and was able to recall where each person was standing in the room. That was when the light bulb went off in Simonides’ head. He had just remembered a room full of data and a room full of knowledge based upon a spot in his brain. The Mind Palace technique was invented. At the end of the day he went back to his house wondering if this could work with anything. Instead of visualizing people in certain locations could he do the same with words, pictures, thoughts or concepts? He sat down to number locations around his house and developed his very own Mind Palace. With doing this Simonides could memorize lists with over 50 concepts simply based on this new technique. He is now known as the father of memory training.
I have personally used this technique many times before. I set a record for the fastest to memorize a deck of cards in the United States, I even used it on TV shows like Nat Geo’s Brain Games to memorize serial numbers on dollar bills, and Fox’s Superhumans to memorize a room full of phone numbers.
This concept is so simply that anyone can use it. Whether to memorize chapters of books or a speech without using notes; to get this free training click the link below: