Effect 10 Tarot Reading

You produce a pack of Tarot Cards and invite your volunteer to shuffle them thoroughly. After shuffling them, you take the pack and deal six cards face down on the table, discarding the remainder of the pack. As each card is turned to reveal its symbol, you make startling revelations about your volunteer that convince them you can see into their mind and personality. Tarot Reading relies on a technique known as cold reading. It's a technique used by clairvoyants, psychics and mentalists to make...

Basic Hypnotic Induction

This basic hypnotic induction follows a classic form, is easy to perform and therefore great for beginners. Here are the elements of this type of induction The statement at the start of the induction is the basic element of a linguistic technique called pacing and leading. Pacing is the practice of meeting the subject's own experience. By commenting upon this, the hypnotist can use it to lead them into hypnotic trance. At the start of this particular induction, the subject's eyes are elevated...

Effect 14 Pseudo Hypnosis

You invite a man and a woman to participate in this experiment. Position the man and woman standing facing each other and instruct the man to lift the woman by placing his hands under her armpits. He will successfully lift her. You then wave a hand in front of the man's face and suggest to him that the next time he tries to lift her, he will find it more difficult. The man tries to lift her again and sure enough, this time he struggles to lift her. This effect looks like hypnosis but actually...