The Journey Method Explained by Memory Master Dominic O'Brien : Smart Memory Power

The Journey Method Explained

I wanted to share this clever little video with you as it explains The Journey Method (also known as Loci or The Memory Palace) rather well.

It also features one of my favourite memory masters (also referred to as mnemonists), Dominic O’Brien.

Sadly, the audio isn’t brilliant as the video creators haven’t used a lapel microphone on Dominic. It gets a little better once he enters the house.

The Journey Method Explained

Did you stay tuned right to the end?

If not, move the slider at the bottom of the video to near the end, as you’ll be able to follow along with an interactive part of the video. Dominic will test what you’ve remembered from the journey around the house.

How many can you remember? Did you remember them in order?

If you can do this simple exercise successfully, you’re ready to learn more and use this technique to remember all kinds of things, not just holiday memories. It can also be used in conjunction with other techniques.

One impressive example of this is learning how to memorize a deck of cards. You can do this by combining The Dominic System (created by Dominic O’Brien) and the Journey Method (created in Greece over 2,000 years ago!).

As Dominic says, it’s:

A very powerful but simple technique.

…Choose a typical journey around your house. Various stages. Choose objects that evoke the strongest… memories and fuse the two together. Imagine each object at the various locations along the journey. That’s it.

And that really is all there is to it. You can remember speeches this way, or even use it to keep personal memories like holidays or birthdays.

So, choose something to remember (it’s easier if you start with a list of items), then place them on a journey around your house. Start easy with no more than 10, then build up from there to test your brain power.

So, what can you remember using the Journey Method? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter using the buttons on the left or below.

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  1. Dai Griffiths says:

    Great site James. 🙂

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