You've probably heard the old saying that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. One of the most famous "camels" in television is Harlan Ellison's script for "The City on the Edge of Forever," which is generally considered to be the best episode of the original Star Trek series. For the first time in an unlimited edition trade paperback you can read Ellison's original teleplay, and you can read his side of the story of how his thoroughbred got turned into a ship of the desert. This book is a fascinating read, and I'm sorry that the original script wasn't the one which was finally aired. I should warn you though: if you are a diehard Gene Roddenberry fan, or if frank language offends you, give this book a pass. Ellison pulls no punches.
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Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.