I have had a few messages asking for more practical examples of MMPs, so thought I would share some responses (apologies if I ramble!) and other information on this separate thread.
Anyway, to recap on some of the MMP key points:
I have found that I can easily imagine a location with around five loci (see below) and with a little help from a location that I already know (even if only slightly) I can get that up to 10 loci or more.
In terms of locations that I already know (or can easily picture) that could support 5 or 10 loci, there are literally thousands already in my memory. See later.
The question is, how can you utilise all of these mini-locations?
Answer: organise them using the MMP method, by having a base set of locations, whose only purpose is to provide a link (or hyperlink!) to these mini-locations.
Let us assume you have already created a 100 loci journey/palace, around your house. For ease of use, although this is not at all essential I am going to assume that you have 10 areas, each with 10 loci. So this might be front entrance/garden, dining room, kitchen, living room, back garden, 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.
The plan is to use these 100 loci purely to link to new mini locations, thus easily multiplying your 100 loci into 500 or 1,000 loci, depending on how carefully you want to select your mini locations.
Front Garden has 10 loci. I quite like to have a theme for my mini-locations, but again, because you are linking to them from your base loci, this is not essential.
- Pick 10 of your friends and link each one to a locus in your front garden.
- The mini-locations will be your friend’s house or anywhere that you personally relate to that friend.
- I think if you have been to any friend’s house, you can very easily and quickly work at least 10 loci out of it!
- Done! Suddenly you have 100 loci instead of 10.
If you are popular, do another 10 friends! By the way, if you have 100 friends on Facebook, as some do, the location for each friend could be any memorable photo that they have posted and then suddenly you have your 500 - 1,000 location MMP straight away…
But still, let us select another method here. Do you have some movies you have watched numerous times (ideally). What you now need are 10 scenes from that movie. This is easy, because you should find that you can remember 10-20 scenes without any prompting from a movie you love (hint: think of the story from the perspective of what happens to each major character), but if you need help, then go to imdb and read a detailed synopsis. That will remind you enough for sure. Pick 10 scenes where you can imagine yourself walking around, interacting a little with what is there. Quickly pull together a 10 step journey in each location.
Final step is to simply put a link at each of the 10 base loci in your garden to that particular scene.
So, suddenly you have another 100 loci.
10 locations here too. Where will you link? What about 10 areas/rooms at your school or workplace - or perhaps you need 4 areas from your school, 2 from your university, 2 from your first job and 2 from your second job, or whatever.
Create a 10 stage journey in each and link from your kitchen loci to each journey.
How about linking to your 10 favorite female celebrities and the most memorable scene you can think of involving that celebrity?
(Example: Sharon Stone: who can forget the leg crossing scene from Basic Instinct? With no refresh of the clip or movie, I might do this from memory for my 10 step mini-journey:
- In front of SS
- On left of SS
- Behind SS
- On right of SS
- Hovering above SS
- Next to main inquisitor in the audience (overweight sweaty guy)
- Next to Michael Douglas
- Next to Douglas’ cop friend
- At the door of the interrogation room
- In the corridor outside the interrogation room.
Easy. Can you picture it?)
I think you may be getting the hang of it, but finally for now, how about this? Do you by any chance have 100 Dominic System characters? Or 100 people from the beginning of a PAO system.
Now normally I don’t recommend using DS characters as pegs, because I prefer to keep them for numbers, but if you need a big palace fast…
Link your 100 DS characters to the 100 loci in your house.
Now simply have a memorable location for each character. As it happens Sharon Stone is my 66, but why couldn’t you do this for each of your DS characters?
Your DS characters should generally be memorable enough to get at least one decent 10-loci mini location from each, but even if not, take Adolf Hitler who is my 18. I have no great knowledge about him, but with very little effort I could imagine him next to a tank or delivering one of his speeches, perhaps from a balcony, or planning his strategy in a war room with his generals. No problem getting 10 loci there a la the Sharon Stone method above if need be. [Tip: Add a jeep to the tank and you are pretty much there!]
So, now your DS system of 100 characters, has quickly turned into (potentially) a memory palace with 1,000 loci!
I really hope this helps and let me know what you think.