1 enjoy demonstrations that allow audience members to test their mental abilities. Psychological forces are one common way menralists can reach out to everyone And when done well, psychological forces create an experience that's fun. interesting, and amazing. These forces often cause more audience members to believe that they may possess some untapped mental abilities.
This demonstration takes more time than most standard psychological forces. But people actually learn a new mental ability they can show their friends the next day. This is free advertising. In fact, the mnemonic I use could be printed on the back of your business card and given to each person in the audience.
The purpose of teaching people to say the alphabet backward is to lei people experience that they have more mental ability than they realize. Once people experience success for themselves, they arc more likely to believe the other claims 1 make during my act.
As I teach people how to say the alphabet backward, I always trv to make it lun. When audience members sue-cced, I applaud. When people fail, I tell them they were very close. 1 sometimes give om small gilts.
1 present this demonstration to show off the audience's ability to learn, not to show off my abilities. I'm just their guide.
I have also used this demonstration when lured as a speaker or trainer to reinforce the concept that learning the secrets or shortcuts discovered by others can improve one's effectiveness, it is a very effective, memorable way to begin a talk on almost any topic.
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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.