Gilbert High School graduate Kaden Taylor has always been obsessed with Sherlock Holmes.
Learning about the fictional private detective has given Taylor the uncanny ability to memorize large amounts of data.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes,” says Taylor, a 22-year-old University of Arizona graduate who now lives in Tucson. “One of my favorite things about the character is supposedly he never consulted his book related to his craft, which was solving crimes.
“He also references what’s called a mental attic. He doesn’t need to clutter his ‘mental attic’ with things like the Earth orbits the sun.”
Taylor is taking that longtime ability to the Fox television show “Superhuman,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Monday, June 12. While memorization is a snap, his short-term memory is spotty.
“My friends have been teasing me forever because I’m constantly forgetting when the show is going to air,” he said.
Taylor will compete against other “ordinary people with extraordinary skills” to win $50,000 and the title of “Superhuman.” Hosted by actor Kal Penn, each episode will feature five contestants who excel in memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight.
“All of the contestants hang out,” he says. “People were showing off for each other, talking about what their talents are like, how it affects lives. It was a really, really fun group of people.”
Taylor, whose mom lives in Queen Creek and father in Chandler, was discovered by “Superhuman” producers through his Holmes-related blog, everydaydeductionist.blogspot.com.
“The idea was to try to make recommendations to readers so they can crack the three big Sherlock Holmes skills of observation, deduction and memory,” he says. “I was found through the blog and they asked if I wanted to compete on a talent show of sorts with my memory.
“I could not believe it at first. It took a couple of conversations before I finally accepted it was the real thing.”
One of his triumphs is memorizing every movie that won best picture Oscars in chronological order.
“It made conversations more exciting with my movie buff relatives,” he says with a laugh.