Ramón Campayo Memorizing 44 Binary Digits in 1 Second

Here is a video of Ramón Campayo memorizing 44 binary digits in 1 second:

I think the layout of his numbers is interesting. Why are they chunked in both 3s and 4s, and, during recall, why does he write the right column first and then move to the far left column?

Ramon Campayo memorization

Chunked binary digits

The speed memory software is available here (click on Descarga at the bottom of the left sidebar).

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  • Sorry for not posting it before. With my iPad it is hard to get the URL for YouTube app videos. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDgcLRioytE

  • Thanks… very interesting video.

  • So I’ve asked Ramon about the positioning of the numbers, and the reason for it is because its easier for the eye to “read” across all the digits if you put them all together like that, rather than in a single line or something. If you try the speed software, you’ll see what I mean. In one second, you may not even be able to “read” across all the digits, so you’ll find your self re-organizing the position of digits.

    As for why some columns are 4 digits and some are 3, he’s tried to explain it to me but I think something gets lost in translation. But what is clear is that he uses a number system at some point in the attempt. I believe he “looks” at the first two 3 digit columns (those are memorized by just looking at them, the next two 4-digit rows are translated into images. The last column is just “said” in mind at the last fraction of a second. Which is why he rights it down first so he doesn’t forget it.

    It’s still amazing to me that he can do it all in 1 second. Back in September I trained for a few weeks because I was keen on going to the championship, and it was really fucking hard. It has a lot to do with speed reading skills as well. You need to be able to read quick and create associations as fast as you see the number.

    Crazy stuff.

  • I believe he “looks” at the first two 3 digit columns (those are memorized by just looking at them, the next two 4-digit rows are translated into images. The last column is just “said” in mind at the last fraction of a second. Which is why he rights it down first so he doesn’t forget it.

    Amazing to be able to do that in 1 second. I wonder how much practice it requires.

  • Did he write tha mail in english or spanish? Im from Spain, maybe i could translate it better for all of us.

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