Rick, use your new .skill wisely. Sometimes it $ scary to know what people are thinking.
People who have seen me do these demonstrations o ften ask. "Chuck, can von predict the future'" Or. "Could Dunninger predict the future?" I don 't know what. Dunninger would say today. Hut in the hook I received on my tenth birthday, Dunninger's Amazing Menial Secrets. Dunninger said predicting the future was very difficult, hut sometimes possible under the right conditions. One of the reasons Dunninger was world famous was his ability to make several predictions that turned out to he accurate.
However, I haven '/ learned how to consistently predict the Jut ure. If I could consistently predict the future, I would be living in Las Vegas', playing golf each day, and belting on sporting events to make a living, hi fad. if someone ever claims they can consistently predict your future, he-very, ve/y careful. These people, arc normally more interested in your money than your future.
But 1 ha\e discovered that I do hove the ability (o forecast what's likely to happen.
in fact. Fve discovered dial, if you study a topic long enough, it 's not thai difficult to make accurate forecasts. My cousin studied meteorolog)' for six years, and now he forecasts the weather for a living. Another friend of mine has a degree in economics fmm Harvard, and he makes a living forecasting business trends.
Well, for the past thirty years. I've been studying human behavior. And I car, often use what I ve learned over : he past thirty wars about human behavior to forecast whai will happen during my act. Lets see how close I came today. Again, i'rn not always correct.
At the star,' of my time with you, before I did anything, i gave someone an envelope to hold.
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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.