Yep, outlawyr, you understand correctly.
Someone else asked that same question plus a few more. See if the following helps:
Submitted by gavino on July 19, 2012 - 2:35am.
Very interesting! Can you give me an example of how you would add eight cards/images to your letter A oil well or derrick?
I am struggling to see how you would differentiate the positioning well enough in the complex image to make recall straightforward.
Re: MY CARD IMAGES
Submitted by garylanier on July 19, 2012 - 10:47am.
Gavino, thanks for your reply.
Well first, let me say that I’ve not kept up with all the marvelous contemporary mnemonic techniques that are yielding such incredible results. So, I don’t regard my Visual Alphabet System as being an absolute must on your wish list (laugh). It’s just something I do that helps my mind stay fit and really helps me in memorizing Bible verses and chapters for long term recall.
I use the Visual Alphabet in a couple of ways:
ONE JOURNEY…All 26 Letters as one journey where each letter is a location. For me, this journey takes place in two intersections in my little town. I can mentally stand in the middle of each intersection and view the letters that surround me and what information each one holds.
INDEPENDENT MINI-JOURNEY (not sure about this term) … This is like the ONE JOURNEY except each letter is its own island. In other words, when I take a mental observation of just one letter, my peripheral vision does not see the intersection with all the other letters, but rather the context of wherever I have placed it. This is very important to me. It allows me to use them over again without having to wait for the previous information to fade away so I can reuse the VISUAL LETTER(s).
Now to your question and struggle…
Gavino’s question: Very interesting! Can you give me an example of how you would add eight
cards/images to your letter A oil well or derrick?
Gary’s answer: I just shuffled a deck of cards (actually did this).
1)The first two cards are, the 10 of Spades (SIREN) & 8 of Clubs (FAT).
At the top of “A” the Oil Well, I see a fire truck (siren really loud) running into a huge FAT lady (maybe from the circus). Remember my memory slogan, START AT THE TOP AND READ LIKE A CLOCK. Sometimes I don’t link them, I just see them next to each other at the top of the oil well.
2)The second two cards are, Queen of Diamonds (my daughter) & 9 of Diamonds (BUN). I see my daughter eating a BUN (maybe a hotdog) at the right side of the Oil Well (letter “A”). This is very clear to me. You can add extras if need be but that takes more time.
If I mentally zoom out I see what’s at the top and right side of the Oil Well. This is an automatic check without having to over review. Sometimes I stay in a zoomed out mode.
3)The third two cards are, Queen of Hearts (my wife) & 3 of Spades (MOWER). I see the QHs pushing a MOWER (3 of SPADES) at the bottom (position/peg 3) of the Oil Well (letter “A”).
4)The fourth two cards are, 9 of Clubs (BAT) & Ace of Diamonds (ADding machine). I see a BAT flying around and attacking an ADding machine (Ace of Diamonds) on the left side of the Oil Well.
I see all four positions as I start at the top and read like a clock.
Gavino: I am struggling to see how you would differentiate the positioning well
enough in the complex image to make recall straightforward.
Gary: I understand your struggle. At best, memorizing is a struggle for me because of my particular battle (ADD). Keeping things simple is a must or I totally lose focus in an instant. I’ve just found that this process, and similar ones, work best for me in my quest to remember.
In addition to the fun in memorizing cards, another goal, as I mentioned earlier, is to be able to retain what I’ve memorized and not wait until it fades away so I can reuse the locations. That’s one thing this system helps me do because I can insert a VISUAL LETTER (INDEPENDENT MINI-JOURNEY) into another environment or location and use its surroundings to differentiate from other places it is used.
My ALPHA CHARACTERS (people in place of letters) are an extension of this system.
Thank, Gavino for your input.
Re: MY CARD IMAGES
Submitted by gavino on July 19, 2012 - 12:43pm.
Many thanks. I really think you have got something genuinely different here to anything I can recall reading in the memory books - and I have read a lot!
I have always used my peg images to interact with other (generally) similar sized images.
The concept of using the peg itself as a giant “roman room” or journey is quite brilliant!
One could do something similar with the Domnic System and have each Dominc person as a giant location - so I envisage locating complex images all around the body of a giant Adolf Hitler for number 18.
And also multiple alphabets of 26 objects each.
AND the concept of zooming in and out, that you only briefly mentioned, has also given me another ‘aha!’ moment. Another nugget.
The most I have ever got from one post, so thanks again.