I'm smiling to the audience but the heel of my foot has crushed on to his toes, my fingernails have dug deeply into his hand and under my breath to him, on the side, I've used the worst of barrack room language and that has sobered them up—believe me that is definite!!

(Corinda) Well Fogel, I've asked you a good score or more questions and think that's enough for the time being. However, you might have a couple of important things to add—what do you say?

(Fogel) To round off this interview—because Mentalism is really a very big subject and is well worth discussing, 1 enjoyed this interview very much. But to finish it off, the thing that comes to my mind right now is, let's imagine a situation that has happened to me—one that can be dire. In mental magic a great deal depends on getting information—we agree on that? Now imagine that everything has gone wror.g,your gimmicks have failed you and you haven't got a clue as to what the fellow has in mind; can you imagine anything more disasterous for a Mentalist?

Well my last point will deal with that—and again my answer is based on experience. The first thing is be brave; it might sound simple or seem easy to read, but believe me you have to be brave and do this. Say "I don't know". Admit it! This took me a long time to realise and on occasion I've had everything fail and I've tried to get out of it somehow. You know the old saying in Magic, "if a trick fails you show them something to distract their attention"—well naturally I have tried that approach because I know my magic, but I don't think it scores in Mentalism. The great thing is that you can admit in three small words "I don't know" and although you have failed—if done properly you will get applause. This is not given because the audience are entirely sympathetic—but more so because you are genuine and sincere. So take it from me—this is a wonderful tip, small as it might sitm—have the courage to admit you are wrong if ever you are in trouble—but then, 1 hope you never will be.

Corinda Well thank you Fogel for your opinions and impressions. I'm pretty sure that much of what you have said will be useful to my readers and although some of the things you say are subject to argument, I don't think there's much doubt that at any time, anywhere, you can practise what you preach.

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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