It’s finally here! The documentary I’ve been lucky to be a part of for the last seven years.
On Netflix, starting June 19th, you’ll be able to watch the film in its entirety.
So what is this film about exactly?
Well, it follows four different memory athletes (me, Yanjaa, Johannes Mallow, and Simon Reinhard) over the course of a few years as we train and compete for mnemonic glory. Along the way, the film dives into what memory means to us and what our personal mnemonic strategies look like.
Personally, I feel like the film will be a great exposition into the world of memory techniques and hopefully it will inspire more people to start training their memories (much like Moonwalking with Einstein did a number of years back) and value their brain health.
Back in 2012, when I went to London to compete in the World Memory Championships, a few camera men came up to me and asked if I wanted to be a part of a documentary film. I said sure (duh!), excited, but always weary that this thing might never see the light of day (as is the case for most projects I get pulled into). They filmed me there, on Everest in 2013, at the USA Memory Championships in 2015, at the Extreme Memory Tournament in 2016, at the Hong Kong Championships in 2017, and the World Memory Championships in Indonesia in 2017. It’s quite a spread over the years, but I think it shows all the work that goes into training for these things.
Another great thing about the film are the animations of all our memory palaces. They are one of the hardest things to visually convey when it comes to memory techniques, but this film does a great job capturing each of our “styles.” The technique may be fundamentally the same, but we all do it differently. That’s very interesting to see.
Anyways, enough about the film. Just watch it and let me know what you think. In the meantime, here’s the trailer. Enjoy!