Introduction: Develop a Photographic Memory

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Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us. - Oscar Wilde
A photographic memory can be a very useful thing. You can use it to memorize cue cards for speeches, grocery lists, and phone numbers. Some of the national champions of memorizing can memorize 32 decks of cards, how the decks themselves are in a pattern and how the cards are organized, in an hour. Maybe you don't want to do these things, you just want to have a better memory than 99% of the world. This instructable will show the two methods used to develop this amazing talent. 

Step 1: Method 1

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This first method is used by national champions of memorization around the world. This method is longer though. If you want to get really good it will take up to a year, but you can miss days occasionally, whereas the next method takes a month and if you miss a day it will set you back one week. To complete this method, grab a deck of cards, I used Uno, draw the top three cards and try to memorize them. 

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Place the three memorized randomly into the deck. Spread out the deck.

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Pick out your three cards. Put them in the order they where in earlier. Do this everyday with three cards for a week. Next week, do five. Then 10, 15, 20, 25, etc...

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Do this until you have the ability to memorize a whole deck. Grab a box of dominos

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Make a pattern with 10 dominos. Memorize it. Every week add 10. When can do a whole box of dominos, do 2. So on, so on....
This method is extremely effective, if not very fast.

Step 6: Method 2

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This method is used by the military to help operatives learn faces and names quickly. To be successful, you must not miss a day. If you miss a day, you have to do it for another week. This technique ingrains pictures into you brain.


Small bright light
Windowless room
Paragraph of literature
Piece of paper with a box in it the size of a paragraph 

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Go to your dark room and set up the light. Turn on the light. Set up your paragraph so the paper with the hole covers up everything but the one paragraph. Look at the paragraph for five minutes. Turn off the light while you are staring at the page. You will have a flash of light where you will distantly see the page.

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Repeat this process everyday for a month or until you completely recall the paragraph and read it from memory. Then, if you do this once with anything else it will be memorized. This method uses the light to ingrain the visual into your brain. I would recommend watching this video


Ole-Wan (author)2017-10-12

Do these just give you a better memory, or an actual photographic memory.

LenaB15 (author)2016-09-18

For those who are confused about method one, it is about improving your memory. It is just like memorizing how to spell words and the such. It also improves your reading speed and how fast you learn. It is a method we use to teach the kids in the daycare I work at. As for method 2, you know when you look into a light then blink and you see little shapes floating in your sight? It is the same thing. The light reflects off the white paper but not the dark ink. So when the light is turned off, the light reflected on the paper stays for a few seconds and that being the only light, it sticks in you line of vision like when you blink while looking in to a light. Sorry for the lengthy explanation and thank you if you read it all.

SugarC2 (author)LenaB152017-02-04

have you tried method 2? For method 2, after you do the excersice for a month and can remember the whole paragraph, for everything else after that do u need to use light to remember it or can u just remember everything without light?

ruandevos (author)2016-10-18

Method 2 really works for me. after i month I'm like Mike Ross from suits

SugarC2 (author)ruandevos2017-02-04

After you finish doing the excersice for one month, do u have to use a light to be able to remember everything else or can you just read it once and be able to remember it without the light and also can u tell me the step to step of how you did it

EduardoM180 (author)ruandevos2016-11-21

Does it actually work in the way its described? and if so i have a question, do u have to look at the paragraph with the light to be able to read it or can you just have a glance of something in mid-day and be able to memorize it, and if so for how long? thank you very much

Draegonnomixs (author)2017-01-12

Do you have to pick 3 different cards everytime or do you use the same three over and over for a week and then add 2 cards to them??

ChrisK289 (author)2016-11-11

Instructions to second method are unintelligible.

DavidL599 (author)2016-07-29

Does the first method really give you a photographic memory?

Jelharrar (author)2015-05-16

For method one after you memorize the first three cards and then shuffle them, how are you to be sure that when you put them back they are in the correct order? Should you right them down before to make sure your correct?

SliStreamX (author)Jelharrar2016-06-22

Write*. Also, if you are not sure about the actual order/colour/type of card - not good enough. Blue +2, Green 8, Yellow Skip

Ritijain (author)2015-08-28

I don't get the second technique...can you please elaborate?

zhitchcox (author)2015-06-22

How long does this last?

ParisC1 (author)2015-05-26

for method 2 do yo actually develop an eidetic memory or do you have to use that process whenever you want to remember something

DominicB4 (author)2015-05-13

Has method 1 crossed over into 'real life' for you? If I heard the professor explain a certain chemical cascade (one chemical converting or interacting with the next, on down the line) would I be more likely to recall it? Thanks!

kimberly.schott.9 (author)2015-01-06

How long do you keeopthe light on for and how long do you have it off for?

ChrysN (author)2014-04-09

Hmm, I will give this a try. Have you had much success yourself?

gsyme13 (author)ChrysN2014-04-09

Ya. I've been doing the first method for a while, I can almost get a full deck. The second method I do, but, if I do it to often it gives me a headache.

gsyme13 (author)2014-04-09

what do you think?

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