The Effect

Basically you have a spectator take a pound coin from their pocket and you explain that you are going to attempt to read their mind / body language / etc and to correctly predict 4 or 5 times in a row which hand they are hiding the coin in.

They are to put their hands behind their back while they put the coin in one of their hands and then bring their hands out and hold them up in front of themselves with their arms outstretched.

The only stipulation is that they must really concentrate on the hand holding the coin when they bring their hands from behind their back.

With some skill and a little good fortune you correctly predict which hand the coin is in every time!

You now explain that you will demonstrate your powers of mind control over them by making them guess incorrectly 5 times in a row which hand you have the coin in, which indeed you do the first 4 times!

Now you explain that you feel a little guilty for making them get the wrong hand each time, so for the 5th guess you will help them to correctly pick the hand holding the coin - and with a little flair, yet more skill, and a smidgeon of good fortune again, you do indeed have them pick the correct hand!

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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