Since the days when 1 first encountered sound reading by accident, I have made a careful study of the Art and the following facts will help you to do it the easiest way with the best results:—

(a) Have the writing done with chalk on a blackboard.

(b) As with Pencil Reading and Lip Reading, confine the subject.

(c) Have the designs drawn very big.

(d) Stick to using designs which make different noises when being written.

(e) Keep within a sensible hearing distance of the blackboard (or slate).

(d) Confine your attempts to reading certain designs and numbers only.

The Designs to Use

When you Sound Read, you listen for three things. First you listen for curves which make a different sound from straight lines. Second you listen for straight lines which make a different sound from curves and last you listen for "breaks" or pauses in the writing (i.e. in order to draw the number 4, most people start by drawing an "L" then remove the chalk and come back again to cross it downwards to complete the figure; you get the break in between the two stages). On a piece of paper draw the following designs:— A circle, a cross, a triangle, a square and a star. Observe that the following analysis is correct. The circle is composed of one line, more often than not drawn in one continuous movement. The cross is composed of two lines which makes it necessary to make a break when drawing. (It can be drawn without the break but only by going over the same line twice which is not done). The triangle is composed of three straight lines—which may be drawn in continuation or with two breaks. You will however get audible pauses at each corner. The square has four straight lines—drawn continuously or with three breaks; sometimes the square is drawn with two breaks effected by drawing two letter "LY\ The star is recognised by the time it takes to be drawn, which is more than the others and by the considerable amount of drawing involved.

Now if you care to get out a slate and a piece of chalk and have a friend draw any of these designs whilst you turn your back and listen, you will find that without any practice—you will score a good 75% correct. With practice you can get 99% correct.

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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