Mind Memory


In the shadow world of spying, having a good memory is extremely important. A spy cannot always take notes. If their cover is blown and they are caught in enemy territory, any notes or documents can be held against them. In addition, spies live undercover and must memorize their cover details (their name, place of birth, date of birth, and other important details that fleshes out their alias). Therefore, memorizing mission details, cover details, and important intelligence is critical to their success and often, survival. This activity is based on a game described in the novel, Kim by Rudyard Kipling, in which the hero, Kim, plays the game during his training as a spy. You will sometimes see this activity referred to as “Kim’s Game.”

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International Spy Museum