I memorized a deck this morning. The time piece failed so I don’t know how long it took me, but I estimate 70 to 80 seconds, possibly the 60 second range. For me, this is really fast. My score was 31 good cards which is about 5 better than I usually do at this speed. But please, listen to me as I go over my correction:
- 3 of hearts, yea, got it no problem
- it must have been the spades 0-10, unsure. If it was the spade then it more possibly was the 8 then the other cards, I think. Got it!
- must have been a club, 0-10, feel sure but not 100%, I have a strong intuition it could be the 8. Got it.
- dent de rat, I definitely remember saying that to myself, 4 of diamond, easy, got it
- big blank. Nothing seems to be it. Perhaps a diamond again to go with the last card? This guess feels like, ‘well, it is the best hunch I can come with’, so what card? I look at my images for diamonds and nothing stands out. Then I think, which is the worst image that I would be the most likely to miss if it were that one? That makes me zero in on the Incisive tooth, ace of diamond. Got it.
- Equally blank. Nothing seems to be it. I start thinking it’s the 6 of heart but I sense I’m just imagining it. Then I think it may have been a spade, but none of the images there seem right. Then the 3 of spade seems to be associated wrongly with the next set of images. I decide to go with that. Got it!
- after some search, the 9 of heart rings a bell. I am not quite sure because I remember working on that image recently, and that might be what makes me think it is. I consider the 6 of heart but, then decide to try my first hunch, got it.
- 6 of spade, it came quickly although I was a bit afraid it might be the 4 of spade. Got it.
- right away, I saw the club wall 0-9 and the word Rommel rang in my ears. 5 of club, got it.
- 2 of Spade. Didn’t quite see the right image there but I knew when encoding that I had made a common mistake and remembered that too, so no sweat there, got it.
- Nothing here. I kind of finished all the other “sure” cards and came back. 6 of heart seemed possible but It could be just my imagination. I guessed the 10 of spade knowing it was a darn poor guess. Wrong card, it was the 6 of Heart.
- nothing appears at first. The 6 of spade remains and it looks like “il l’a mange” king kong eats woman, could be it. The other possibilities don’t give me quite that feeling. Got it.
- Jimmy Carter, I had just seen him on FB recently building a home. 7 of clubs, got it.
- sugar bag, zoomed on it right away, got it. 4 of clubs
- Clip, cleptomane, yes, easy 9 of Diamond
- no clue, I thought I remembered castle 5 of Spade and I had, but castle is in the 17 loci, not the 7th. It was the 10 of spade. Wrong
- no idea what so ever. I guessed 3 of diamond knowing it was a poor guess. It was the Jack of clubs. Wrong
- Friar, a Portuguese priest. 4 of spades.The special sound of that word made it really easy to recall. Got it promptly.
- no clue at first. 6 of Diamonds? 3 of diamonds? King of heart? Certainly not king of heart. Maybe a club? I guessed 9 of club thinking that maybe it is a card from that wall that I had missed. No, it was the 6 of Diamond. Wrong.
- I should have had that one as I vaguely remembered hearing “pas pesant” but then hallucinated that it was the paint, ace of hearts. Wrong.
It seems like the faster I memorize, the better I must become at guessing during recall, while memorizing seems like I am always doing the same thing there. I suspect I am getting better at guessing not at remembering. Maybe the 2 are related. Have others experienced the same thing?
I do want to add here that this is a picture of the less l. method at work at the recall stage with pre-posted images. So other mnemonics may not experience quite the same thing as they recall their cards.