Do people have photographic memories? Well, yes they do seem to have what’s officially called as an eidetic memory. It’s a kind of special superpowers when possessed by someone, can remember almost every single detail of their past lives.
Where people like me wouldn’t even remember how many chapters I’d learned last night. Okay, I can talk little about what I read/learned last night, but coming to the minute details, well sorry, I’m no Nicola Tesla or Theodore Roosevelt.
It takes some special kind of genius to have photographic memories, and that’s probably not me. But these people claimed to have an eidetic memory aka photographic memory.
Top 6 Famous People With Photographic Memory
He’s the one who invented Alternate Current. He’s the memory master behind everything that shines in your house, from a bulb to a gadget and so on.
Tesla is a man with amazing photographic memory, or I’d say, much more that. Talking about his prowess, he never wrote a single detail to remember, it’s all in his mind, that’s where he store for what you usually scribe a note for. Speaker of 8 languages, memorized many books by heart, and super ability to remember precise details of his inventions or whatever he used to work on. When his laboratory burned down in 1985, he rebuilds everything from his memory alone, with no external help at hand!
Actress, producer and author and a person with Hyperthymesia, a person with extremely detailed autobiographical memory. You tell her a day or a specific time of her past, and she’ll spill extreme details of the day or a specific time of her past in question. There are only few genius, who claimed to have one or few characteristics of hyperthymesia. Not just the other night or a week before, ask her about her childhood days, and she’ll surprise you with information and her superpower.
I know you to want to learn to remember every minute details like, no worries, she’s wrote a Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future, for you to read and learn to develop superpowers like her.
This man’s talented. He’s mute when young, was autistic at three, learned to speak properly by 9 and only expressed his interests in nothing other than drawing. With the help of his teacher, he learned to draw detailed graphics at an early age. He’s encyclopedic knowledge of American cars and would surprise you with every detail, where you’d fail to remember even if you’re given enough time to read and learn.
What’s his superpower?
After a single glance at the subject, usually, landmarks and buildings or skyscrapers, could draw a detailed and accurate picture of it. To talk about few of his work, after a single helicopter ride, he produced a detailed drawing of four square miles of London and on a 10m canvas he produced the entire Tokyo city, what’s called his longest ever panoramic memory drawing, after a helicopter ride over the city. Since then he has drawn several entire towns and cities with the super amazing power to remember things with such details.
It’s not easy to raise an autistic child, where Kim Peek was a savant, take it a little further, with what problems and difficulties he’d, he’s known as a mega savant. He possessed superpowers beyond a normal man’s reach.
He’d memorize every detail from the age of 16-20 months, well could you? I bet, not! He’s a speed reader and could go through a book about an hour, could memorize intrinsic details about each page and paragraph, historical dates, sports, names, you name it! And, I think the only person to scan the left page with the left eye and the right with the right eye, that’s the reason why he’s so fast.
His superpowers were beyond imagination, possessed the power to recall the contents of not one, not two, but of at least 12,000 books. He managed a payroll once as a job enlisted to him and was fired because they computerized the payroll, believe it or not, it took two full-time accountants, plus the computer, to replace him.
Sergei Rachmaninoff, widely known finest pianist, a man with really big hands and so is the memory. If you know a thing or two about what pianists had to deal with, you’d realize that how hard it’s to remember piano variations by heart. I think no pianists has ever learned it by heart, except other than Sergei Rachmaninoff.
What once(piano variations or a piece of music) heard or played by Sergei Rachmaninoff, he’d play the same next day, next month or next year with such precision as if he owned it.
Here’s what Alexander Goldenweiser, a Russian composer said about Sergei Rachmaninoff.
“Whatever composition was ever mentioned—piano, orchestral, operatic, or other—by a Classical or contemporary composer, if Rachmaninoff had at any time heard it, and most of all if he liked it, he played it as though it were a work he had studied thoroughly”
America’s former basketball player and what once revered as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA in 1996, has another quality, that’s running his business these days, that’s his powerful mind, his power to remember absolute details. He’s a memory trainer, has written over 30 books on memory training.
Talking about his geniuses’, he’s the power to remember the incredible amount of information, including chapters of the bible, even phone book, where it’s all gritty with names and contact numbers. He co-authored The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play with Harry Lorayne and sold more than 2 million copies and was a bestseller for 50 weeks. He’s not only a memory master, just like Marilu Henner, put his super powers to good use in teaching others unlocking the potential.
Not many people who have a photographic memory all over the world. That’s inspiring, and now I’m going to read one or few books about memory training and would see if I’d recall, what I was doing on the evening of 12th Sunday of 1999. How about you?