Handling

The bag looks normal from any angle, as long as the audience doesn't look too closely. While you gather up questions and drop them into the bag, open up a few of them and shove them under the window. I suggest you do this while walking behind someone as you move from one side of the room to the other. Remember, you only need two or three to get you started; you'll load some more during the presentation.

Place the bag, with a few questions staring you in the face, on the table in front of you. If you like, you may don a blindfold to enhance the impossibility of the effect. Reach into the bag and remove a folded billet. Hold it in the air, making it obvious that you're not trying to read it. Concentrate for a moment and call out the name from one of your loaded billets. Divine the secret question, and answer it to the best of your ability. I'll not go into presentational details here, as I've covered this topic thoroughly in The Complete Fortune-Teller and The Even Completer Fortune-Teller.

As you reach into the bag and stir the billets around a bit, you can load a few more into he window, covering the ones you've already read. Doing this on the fly takes a little practice, so be sure you rehearse this a bit before trying it on a live audience.

In an average show you should probably do no more than six to ten questions anyway.

If you wish to extend the act a bit, it's easy to incorporate a one-ahead method. Simply open a few of the billets after you answer the question as though to verify, to yourself, what was written. Don't do this too often, though, because a lot of people know the one-ahead method. You can also throw in a few dramatically phrased sensational answers to imaginary questions. End the show by calling out the names of three or four people and answering their questions without handling any billets. How? Just load up the window with a few slips and call them out without removing billets.

I hope you like this method. Be sure to hide the bag after your show!

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

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.

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