I am an actor in New York interested in getting into Mnemonics. I just finished a run of Hamlet and read Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein during rehearsals and was blown away. I memorized the complete text of Hamlet by rote which was both arduous and time consuming so I thought the various palace/loci techniques might prove more effective.
Though I am sure the palace/loci techniques (excuse me if this is improper jargon) would be faster than learning by rote, I have some concerns about utilizing the text in practice. It is my understanding that when recalling memorized material it requires one’s complete attention, which as an actor is quite unhelpful. Lines memorized by rote are useful because they become 2nd nature, requiring no attention to recall.
If I were to memorize lines using a palace could I recall those lines without it requiring my full attention?
If not, would loci memorization prove a more effective bridge to complete memorization than rote?
Also, if I were to hear a quote or excerpt from a piece of text I memorized would I be able to associate and recall that excerpt’s placement in the whole? For example, if I were to memorize a large list of people and their professions, if someone were to mention a listed name could I immediately recall their profession?
Would really appreciate your help!