The only gimmick used is an Ostin Billet Switching Clip. This is a Bulldog clip with a rubber band attached to it, with a folded slip of paper attached to the rubber band. The slip can be placed in the clip and shown from all angles, but when you open the jaws of the clip the billet is snatched from sight. Load the clip with a folded yellow receipt from a receipt book, and clip it on the top of a long gift bag. The bag I use is one used to hold a bottle of wine to present to your host or hostess.

From the receipt pad remove a second receipt and write in big letters, A lovely rose for a lovely lady. At the bottom of the receipt write Total but leave the total blank for now.

Now, fold the slip into fourths, and then one more time, making sure the blank total field is accessible (See Figure One). This is placed under the clip of a felt-tip pen until ready for use. Place this along with a 3" x 5" notepad in your right jacket pocket and you're ready to begin.

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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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