The performer displays an elegant pillbox and opens it. Inside this container a folded slip of paper can be clearly seen. The box is closed again and handed to someone. The performer then deals twelve cards face up on the table, each bearing a sign of the zodiac. He asks the person with the box to set it on her personal astrological sign.
Smiling, the performer takes up the pillbox, opens it and dumps out the slip. When the spectator unfolds it, she discovers that the slip contains a brief astrological characterization of her sign! By the way, the slip also has the mentalist's name, address and telephone number on it.
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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.