The 'trick' rarely fails to impress anyone who doesn't know how it's done. I featured it because it was a useful aid to improving auditory memory and is great fun, too. It is included in this blog as part of my 'psychology' strand.
You need one person from your audience to be ready with pencil and paper. Here's how it works.
1 Your opening gambit: I'm going to ask you to make a list of ten common objects. After
you have told me the objects just once, I shall be able to remember them straight
away, in any order, from their number alone.
2 The set-up: On paper, the chosen person writes the numbers one to ten in a column,
and beside each they write the name of a common object. Typically they might
choose things like pen, chair, cat. Then you recite the numbers one at a time, and
after each number the person tells you the object. At this point, people don't believe
you can do it.
|by Esme Vos|
learn the basic code of associations. This is:
one-bun two-shoe three-tree four-door five-hive (beehive)
six-sticks seven-heaven eight-gate nine-line (washing line) ten-hen.
As the objects are named, you make a visual association in your mind, preferably a
nonsensical and action-based link. For example,
1 Table - one-bun, visualise a table which is rocky because one of the legs is
resting on a squashed currant bun.
2 Wheelbarrow - two-shoe, a wheelbarrow trundling along filled with shoes.
4 Pig - four-door, opening a door and a herd of pigs rushing out towards you.
5 Spoon - five-hive, lifting the lid of the hive and scooping out the honey with
And so on until all ten have been (rapidly) memorised.
visual picture should prompt you straight away. Easy!
This is a very quick process once you get the hang of it. The associations may not last longer than the rest of the day, but that won't matter. As the old Ellison's joke catalogues used to promise, 'Amaze your friends with this very simple trick'!