Think you have a good memory? Try this test and see. I have used this as an actor warm up AND as punishment for unruly “boys and girls.” Most people have it memorized after the first time through, but I have seen it take as long as 3 days.
Have your “pupils” repeat each item back to you in order. For example first it’s ONE hen, then it’s ONE hen, TWO ducks, ONE hen, TWO ducks, THREE squawking geese …and so on.
The Jerry Lewis Memory Test
Three squawking geese
Four limerick oyster
Five corpulent porpoises
Six pairs of Don Alvaso’s tweezers
Seven thousand Macedonians in full battle array
Eight brass monkeys from the ancient, sacred crypts of Egypt
Nine apathetic, sympathetic, diabetic old men on roller skates who show a marked propensity towards procrastination and sloth
Ten lyrical, spherical, diabolical denizens of the deep who ho and fro around the corner and quo, quiver and quay, all at the same time!