Developing Psychic Powers
You begin the same way, with the patter I recounted in Paroptic Psychometry I, after having invited two spectators on stage to help you. Have them check out the blindfold, then put on your tape and the blindfold. This time, you dispense with the blackboard. After your introduction, send one of your helpers into the audience to collect two objects. Have him place the objects on the table after they've been gathered.
Effect A deck of cards is borrowed and then handed out to be shuffled. While this is happening, the performer explains that each and every person alive has distinctive vibrations,, eminating from their bodies, and that these 'vibs may be detected by someone who is well versed and practiced in the art of Psychometry. In an attempt to demonstrate the point, the performer asks a spectator to choose any card, from any part of the deck. They are to look at the card and then hold it between their palms for a few seconds, in order to charge the card with their vibs. II desirable, a short Psychometry reading is done as the performer
As mentioned earlier, many performers have a misapprehension of what psychometry is and therefore when they present the effect they tend to trivialize it. If all you're going to do is discover which object belongs to which person, you may as well do some more straightforward divination, e.g., Corinda'sMottfi Box4, my Cashseer or Handbook described further on in this book5, or any of the many other Who-Has-What effects or even Agostin's 20-CardMemorya. As divination effects they are much more appealing and much less trouble than even the briefest of psycbometry routines. The difference, of course, is that if you are doing psychometry properly the focus of it is not on the divination aspect but on what you 'read' from the object. You do not simply describe
Annemann's Pseudo-Psychometry 1 (2) The crystal should be placed on its stand on a table, or it may rest on a black velvet cushion, but in either case, it should be partially surrounded by a black silk or similar wrap or scfeen, so adjusted as to cut off any undesirable reflection. Before beginning to experiment, remember that most frequently nothing will be seen on the first occasion, and possibly not for several sittings though some sitters, if strongly gifted with psychic powers in a state of unconsciousness, and sometimes conscious degree of unfoldment, may be fortunate enough to obtain good results at the first trial. If, therefore, nothing is seen during the first few attempts, do not despair or become impatient, or imagine that you will never see anything. There is a royal road to crystal vision, but it is open only to the combined password of Calmness, Patience, and Perseverance. If at the first attempt to ride a bicycle, failure ensues, the only way to learn is to pay...
I get plenty of correspondence from people who are absolutely positive that psychic ability exists, and roughly as much again from people who are absolutely positive that psychic ability is moonshine. This debate has been going on forever, never goes anywhere, and never will. It is inherently sterile, not to say tedious. In the unlikely event that anyone wants my opinion, based on over twenty years dabbling in the subject, I would say that in purely rational terms there is currently no good reason to believe in psychic ability. I believe that in every case of an individual claiming to have psychic ability, the psychic hypothesis is neither necessary nor sufficient. However, the other answer I often give is that 'psychic powers are as real as you want them to be', which I think is true. To a person who wants to believe in psychic power, or any other chimera, the 'evidence' is whatever supports the belief, and anything else is deemed irrelevant.
I frequently use this presentation on smaller platforms, and at trade show appearances in a company's booth. As a standalone presentation, it's quick and enormously effective. It also takes the effect away from a Seeing with the Fingertips or Sightless Vision presentation, which I've never liked. In those types of routines, I feel the method is too close to the effect. I separate the method from effect by putting distance between them, giving the mixed interpretation of both Psychometry and mind reading.
As each envelope is handed to him, the performer successfully describes and finds the owner, or describes and merely locates the owner of the property. The patter is about psychometry. Mediums of this type are supposed to have the ability to see and locate people by touching some personal belonging. In this case, instead of revealing information about a dear one, the performer is able, through the same power, to describe and locate the owners of the property he handles.
As each envelope is handed him, the performer succes-fully describes-describes and finds-or merely locates the owner of the property.The patter is about psychometry. Mediums of this type have ability to 'see' and locate people by touching some personal belonging. In this case, instead of revealing information about a 'dear one', the performer is able,through the same power,to describe and locate the owners of the property he handles.
In performing psychometry, the use of key questions and feedback skills mentioned previously are most useful. By focusing upon the object, attention is diverted from the person. Armed with the realization that the most common source of stress today is in the area of relationships, and the second involves work related concerns, and third is financial, you are prepared to follow a number of different directions. You may divine characteristics of the owner of the item, of questions they may have. or experiences that have been significant in their life. that leads into the reasons for the reading. Depending upon the setting and reason, directions will vary. If the psychometry is part of an effect, then perhaps identification of the owner is the goal. Here, knowing the owner of the object permits additional comments about how the person might dress, color preferences, and sex and age. Such specific information is very impressive, and sells strongly. Doing psychometry as an end in itself...
This is an interesting debate, but it has nothing to do with this book. I am exclusively concerned with whether someone giving a reading is using genuine psychic powers or cold reading. I hope that by reading this book you will have enough information to decide this for yourself.
Do these kinds of magic tricks involve psychic ability No. Stooges and confederates Not usually, unless the performer is a poor exponent of his craft. So how are they done Well, you will not find the answers here. After all, if you take away the secrets, you take away the magic, and that is not a fun thing to do.
17) Two last points on Navel Cold Reading and these are that a) whether you are a believer in genuine intuition and Psychic powers or not - please do trust your intuition. The method of seeing a blank TV screen in your mind and allowing images to pop onto it as mentioned earlier in this manual is not only a good piece of explanatory patter - BUT IT ALSO WORKS OK so you might think I'm bonkers, but if I had a pound for every time I've been on TV and suddenly said the first thing that came into my head of a very detailed and specific nature with 100 CORRECT & SUCCESSFUL RESULTS - then I'd be rich
Effect Only one envelope and sheet of note paper is in use at any time, and the effect is presented as a combination of psychometry and automatic writing. The sitter (who doesn't sit in this test) is handed a sheet of note paper and a letter envelope. He writes a question about something concerning himself personally, folds the paper several times, and seals it securely in the envelope. Taking the envelope and pencil in his otherwise empty hands, the medium feels it, stares into space, grunts, foams at the mouth, and otherwise becomes very psychic. He asks the sitter to take it back, hold it to his forehead and mentally think the question over. The medium grabs the envelope almost immediately, and scribbles across it an impression that turns out to be an answer to the question which still remains sealed and untampered with in the envelope.
Being a mentalist, the performer explains, he's usually able to predict which of the three weapons people will select. To demonstrate this amazing psychic ability, the performer displays a sealed manila envelope which is placed in full view of the audience. Now, a spectator is randomly selected to participate in the experiment. Holding the black box, the performer asks the spectator to freely select one of the three weapons. As the performer lists the choices, he presses the appropriate button so the spectator can hear the sound.
Wearing a baseball cap (the biggest selling U.S. hat) helps a man feel stronger. On the isopraxic principle of same behavior (see REPTILIAN BRAIN), cap wearers draw strength a. from nonverbal bonds to fellow cap-wearers, and b. from the psychic power of male bonding in team sports. There is no better sign for judging a man's unspoken allegiances with other men than through the messaging features of his cap.
3--Effects which seem to be accomplished only by supernatural psychic power. Reading sealed messages, slate writing, table tipping, invisible communication, ghostly materialization, trumpet talking, bell ringing, jangling of tambourines -- all come under this division. To the audience these effects and illusions seem like miracles, and a great mass of people really believe the performer is in communication with the spirit world and is aided by spirits in accomplishing his effects.
Ah, but you didn't say anything about what I wanted. You actually said I had long hair when I was young. If this had been true, you would have claimed this as evidence of your psychic ability But it isn't true, and yet you still want the credit for being right. This is patently absurd.
Today, as always in the past, effects accomplished by super-mentality, super-natural, or psychic power have a tremendous fascination for an audience. People flock to the performances of those who see all and know all. They bring their troubles, their problems to be solved by the magician, so great is his power. As an example of this, the story is told of the Davenport Brothers, magicians of days gone by. It is said that when they performed as ordinary tricksters, their pocketbooks were thin but when they claimed that their effects were produced by super-natural power, people began to be interested in them.
Through the cleverness of the magician, he produces effects which seem to be based on supernatural and psychic power. The important point, however, is that his presentation is such as to make his deception legitimate for it is done merely in the spirit of entertaining the public.
All this you do to bring in the box office receipts and to create a lasting impression of your ability as a performer with the audience. Your supposed psychic power lies only in the imagination of the public. And you use it only for temporary effect and not for illegitimate gain.
I've been creating magical and mental effects for over thirty years. While the moments of creative conception and birth were plentiful, none can equal the unsurpassed joy that I experienced developing Serial Killer. Imagine being able to accomplish a seemingly miraculous feat of psychic ability without having to resort to gimmicks, apparatus, manual dexterity or confederates. Serial Killer is a baffling, one-man tour de force that defies explanation.
On one level, this idea can be looked at as a reframing of unrecognized potential inherent in Anneman's original 'Pseudo - Psychometry . In most of what's in this book, I've tried to make the presentations as different from Anneman's idea as I could. But since I'm a lover of Psychometry,
If you were to adopt a hostile or confrontational stance, this would - according to psychic lore -also block a totally genuine psychic attempting to give you the benefit of authentic psychic ability and insight. This is not the aim. The aim is to block cold reading being passed off as something
A useful addition, if you need it, is to provide a rationale which is supportive of psychic ability, like this I have some sceptical friends who like to think fake psychics just prompt their clients for information, and then sort of feed it back somehow and twist it around to look psychic. I want to make sure I don't provide any information, so that I can assure my friends that you're different, and your psychic abilities are genuine.
Some feel obliged to offer emphatic denials of any 'real' psychic ability, and to emphasise that their routines are entertaining deceptions, no more no less. Others encourage the belief that they possess authentic psychic gifts. Many choose a middle-ground policy of 'nothing stated, nothing denied'.
When one part or facet of a person enters into a conflict-causing relationship with another part in such a way that it initiates self-interrupting and self-sabotaging processes, we create an internal fight between these two parts. Frequently, people will live for years or even a lifetime with such internal conflict raging within. This, of course, wastes tremendous amounts of psychic energy, sabotages effectiveness, and creates incongruence
Mv job as a magician is to do the impossible. In my case it is about persuading the audience that I have developed certain skills that enable me to do incredible things, skills that they do not possess. I don't always define what those skills are though they seem, as far as the audience is concerned, to be in the area of memory, manipulation and psychology. I do not claim to have psychic powers of any kind even though the feats are often in that realm and the audience invariably make claims on my behalf.
Ned Rutledge was one of mentalism's premier thinkers. He co-authored two books with J.G. Thompson, Card Party and Between Two Minds. Rutledge's friend Walter Pharr has released a collection of 13 effects on which he and Rutledge collaborated. The book titled Between Two Minds Too 5.5 x 8.5 softcover, stapled, 51 pages, 19 postpaid in US focuses on card routines, but there is also a coin trick, an envelope divination, a method for Pseudo-Psychometry, and a rope tie. There's very clever stuff here. In fact, I modified one of the card items and am using it regularly in the Houdini Lounge.
The most famous of English muscle readers was Charles Gamer, a journalist who assumed the stage name of Stuart C. Cumberland. His experiences in entertaining notables (Prime Minister Gladstone was one of his best subjects) are recounted in an entertaining autobiography. A Thought Reader's Thoughts , 1888. Cumberland never claimed telepathic powers. In his book (and in a magazine article in the Nineteeth Century , December, 1886) he attributes all his skill to muscle reading, dismissing talk of psychic powers as idle rubbish and sheer fudge . He also wrote several books attacking spiritualist phenomena.
Seven of the book's eight chapters are dedicated to performers and creators who have influenced Dr. Mark. These include Maurice Fogel, Phil Goldstein, Al Koran, Robert Nelson, Stanley Jaks, and Jimmy Grippo. The effects described are standard ones (Pseudo Psychometry, Bank Night, Confabulation, Book Tests, the Koran Medallion, Key-R-Rect, Premonition, Key Bending), but Dr. Mark has developed interesting methods and evocative presentations. As with most mentalism routines, the effects place greater demands on showmanship than digital dexterity.
John Riggs once said there is no market for a fake mind reader. In part, I think, this is a valid standpoint. I made a conscious decision not to claim psychic powers for several reasons I did not want to open myself to a barrage of questions from non-believers, nor be approached after a performance asking to contact a dead relative. These are things that I cannot morally claim to be able to do and still find a good nights sleep when I return home that evening. However, there is no market for a fake mind reader. Banachek was the first to openly state he was not using psychic powers, but a developed set of psychological techniques and intuition, in print. Chan Canasta held a similar position and played the role to utter perfection. For me there are certain things that simply cannot be explained using psychology as a presentation. For example, how do we know that a spectator has a brother named John simply from reading their body language This is really a much more complex issue than it...
Okay, listen up everybody I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore. Apparently, some of you (and you know who you are, so don't try to deny it) have been running around the country telling people that Kreskin is not a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, honest-to-goodness, for real mentalist with near borderline, mystical, psychic powers. You've been saying that he's just a clever and entertaining magician who accomplishes his effects through ( say it ain't so ) trickery, rather than through the use of the aforementioned borderline, mystical, psychic powers. This was a dumb thing for you guys to have done, because now Kreskin is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore, and so he's done the only thing he could do, which was to write a book called How to be (a Fake) Kreskin, in which he proves that he does have borderline, mystical psychic powers by exposing a lot of methods for tricks that he doesn't even do. Kreskin also encourages you to drop his name liberally...
The effect is presented as one of psychometry, and every detail of presentation has been covered in a manuscript that runs (at a guess) to approximate four thousand words. Certain angles for publicising the performer are brought in and credit to others is fully given where it is due. Needless to say, as with other effects described by Mr. Brooke, this is a complete lesson in magic Those readers who take my advice and get . a copy of this low priced effect will not only have no cause to regret the expenditure, but they will also add a most baffling effect to their repertoire.
Instead of being but channels for the passage of true psychic energy or magnetic waves. He will class such pretending scientists with those doubting Thomas's who, when gas was first introduced in the British House of Parliament nearly 100 years ago, insisted that the pipes rendered the building unsafe, because they would become heated by the passage of the light and who when the system was seen in actual operation, would gently feel the pipes with their gloved fingers, wondering why they felt no heat. We trust that we have laid enough to convince you of the ridiculousness of the muscle reading theory, and to give you sufficient interest to demonstrate the matter for yourself.
If you believe in reincarnation, do you also believe that the more incarnations a person has, the easier he she will find it to acquire psychic abilities My brother out in California learned a technique that he passed on to me, whereby you can run your hands down and around the outside of a persons' body and determine by the differences between cool and warm areas, just where that person is suffering a physical problem. I've tried it many times and it works well. His explanation though is that this is NOT a manifestation of psychic ability but rather a physiological ability in detecting the bodies (or auras) temperature differential. What do you think This is called body scanning. Often in a demonstration in the audience I will have people who are sitting next to each other, hold up their hands hold up their palms about two inches apart. And generally some people will feel heat, some coolness, some a pressure. I don't think it's a manifestation of psychic ability, but I do think it...
Small groups would include talks given to organizations ranging from a women's social to formal groups such as a Lions Club to purposive groups such as a sales meeting. Parties are most likely evening events hosted in a home or banquet facility. The readings are brief and public, and may be done either as a demonstration of reading or as a part of some other effects such as Annemann's Pseudo Psychometry. The function is primarily entertainment, introduction, or motivation. The cultivation of potential private clients is often a secondary goal of the reader entertainer. Readings are kept short, lively, humorous, and superficial. Impromptu Readings. Rare indeed is the Psychic or mentalist who has not been confronted with the request to read my mind , or who is asked perform or demonstrate on the spot. This is where the skilled psychic reader has a powerful tool that is not dependent upon props or equipment whether the reading is presented as psychometry,...
Parapsychology, which is in at this time, is extremely well-suited as subject matter for a story line. Paranormal effects are, as a group, magic tricks, because most of the things magicians do fall into the category of psi-effects clairvoyance, mind reading, second sight, predictions, psychometry, productions (materializations), vanishes (dematerializations), telekinesis, and alteration of time.
How can these findings be reconciled Often, successes by psychics have been explained not as a consequence of psychic ability, but in terms of the exploitation of common (but subtle) channels of communication using what has been termed cold reading (e.g. Schwartz, 1978 Randi, 1981). The concept is not new Whaley (1989) for example describes it as Originally the argot of psychic mediums by 1924 from the fact that the customer walks in 'cold' - previously unknown to the fortune-teller (p.173), and the stratagem was probably first hinted at in the writings of Conan Doyle through the instant face-to-face deductions of Sherlock Holmes, published from 1887.
The East Indian magicians are keenly aware of the wonderful power of the human mind when it is mastered, developed, and manifested in the process of concentration. They have devised methods of applying that power most effectively. In fact, the word concentration fully expresses the fundamental working principle of oriental magic and psychic powers.
In consequence, neither I nor anyone else can point to a psychic and say they are intentionally deceiving their clients. To do that, I would have to be a mind-reader What I can say is that if there is no such thing as psychic ability (which happens to be my opinion), then anyone who claims to be psychic is either deceiving themselves or deceiving others.
If you are the intense, darkly-brooding type, you might experiment with the witches' and rune stones, or with I Ching. Those individuals who are quiet and mystical in nature might try Tarot or card readings. If you are a sensual, touchy type of person, palmistry or psychometry would be methods you should explore. Studious types would be comfortable with graphology.
Cards have .1 ng lont themselves splendidly to expressions of psychic ability. Unf rtunately, card tricks in general have feecjome so associated with trickery that they frequently arouse skepticism. However, that need not be too great a concern for the entertainer. The main thing in selecting Psychic Magic card tricks is to use items that give strong accent to their mental and imp oa s i b1e n ature.
As you may imagine, she was absolutely astonished that I was able to describe what she had been doing some 26 years ago. In fact, she found this highly persuasive evidence of my 'psychic powers'. Even once the truth had been revealed (as it always is in my TV demonstrations), she suspected that I was genuinely clairvoyant.
Do you have to be endowed with psychic powers to use this stuff Hell no. If you needed to have real psychic powers to do this stuff, then the psychic network would be out of business. Once l began to realize that women share many similarities, I realized that l could use generalizations to describe a woman's inner psyche. Now the weird thing was this Not only did women think l was accurate with my cold reading when l used these generalizations, but they rarely every pegged me as using generalizations. In fact, they labeled me as someone who had powerful psychic abilities for pointing out the unique person they thought they were. I think the reason this works is that people's vanity about being unique prevents them from realizing that you are using generalizations.
You can then tell the spectator to point out their finger and imagine all the psychic energy in their body flooding out through their finger like a laser beam. Yes I know you think I'm mad and that this would not fool anyone, let alone pass as genuine Psychic Powers, however I can assure you that done correctly it does work and DOES AMAZE - and this is because of the correct way it is done and the context within which it is performed.
The East Indian magicians insist that foremost in importance is the well-being and self-development of the individual practicing magic. The Yogis teach of this in their practice of Yama, which translated means self-control. Such a definition does not begin to adequately express the full field of mental discipline and psychic power covered by the teaching and practice of Yama. To the magician, Yama is the magic which he turns inward upon himself for personal development.
Some of these effects are so baffling that spectators sometimes conclude they must involve at least some genuine psychic ability. Without wishing to spoil the fun, let me give you a cast-iron assurance that these are tricks. Intriguing, ingenious, entertaining tricks, but tricks nonetheless. They involve no psychic powers whatsoever. How are they done If your interest is casual, I do not want to spoil the fun by telling you. If your interest is sincere, take up magic as a hobby and eventually you will find out (but it could take a while).
So great is the psychic appeal that fortune tellers, spiritualists, mind readers, clairvoyants, have all thrived on a deluded public. A smooth tongue, salesmanship, showmanship, work on the imaginative mind and all these have served to fill the pocketbooks of many who have deceived the people with a pretense of psychic power. The modern magician stands opposed to serious deception through the claim of supernatural power. The late Houdini fought hard against the fraudulent mediums preying on the people. His quarrel was with those who fleeced the public of thousands of dollars under the pretext of having psychic power. He brought out into the open their dark and secret means for deception and showed these to be nothing but mere magical tricks.
Serious and devoted psychic research dates back to at least the start of the 20th century. It has been vigorously pursued all around the world, and in some cases has been extremely well-funded (in some cases courtesy of military budgets in search of a new advantage over the enemy). This is a lot of research, in a lot of places, over a lot of time. All this work, all this effort and all this time has failed to deliver any good evidence whatsoever that psychic ability exists - at least, not of the kind allegedly manifesting itself in psychic readings. This does not amount to proof that psychic beliefs are bogus remnants of outmoded, irrational and superstitious models of the world we live in. But it does amount to good reason to abandon an open mind', and to say instead that if the believers want us to acknowledge the reality of psychic ability, the onus is on them to prove their case. Whatever proof they provide, it will have to consist of something that cannot equally be attributed to...
As occupational hazards go, it is not the worst I can think of. Besides, I am the first to admit that tales of psychic powers can be fun and intriguing. Nonetheless, I still wince inwardly whenever this happens. There are two reasons. My friend's story was about a psychic he saw early one year, before he had planned his holidays. During the reading, the psychic said my friend would go on holiday in October. Sure enough, October came round and he went on holiday. As far as my friend was concerned, this was evidence of uncanny psychic ability. Having finished his story, my friend sipped his drink and then said, How do you explain that .
The Native American Indians have a Religion called Shamanism and amongst their many beliefs is the fact that we all have Seven main Psychic Energy Points in our body called Chakras . However my studies showed me that there is a Chakra almost perfectly in line with the Human Navel, and this Chakra which is called The Base Chakra is the Chakra (Psychic Energy Point) used by me for Belly Button Reading. As my studies revealed, most all forms of Psychic Divination have the reader tap into some form of Psychic Energy Source in order to gain their inspiration and information for the readings and indeed much the same thing is done in Navel Gazing. This means that a small tiny fraction of The Base Chakras Energy is within the photo and as such you can still tap into this for inspiration during the reading, which in this case is very akin to the Psychic art of Psychometry in which you hold peoples
Pseudo - Telepathy is, in my opinion, a ground breaking approach to the performance of Telepathy, as Anneman's Pseudo - Psychometry was to that art. In its many approaches, I think you'll find some devilishly clever techniques and gambits that should appeal to many because of their directness, and presentational flexibility.
We often view readings within the context, of performance. We do not attempt to convert people into believing we have real psychic powers, which the spectators simply do not have themselves. We try and work within whatever belief system the client uses. Occasionally we set aside a moment in which we do strictly readings, with no hint of mentalism or magical performance. One such situation would be a booking agent who engages us to do readings as ENTERTAINMENT, at a party or special event. In this instance, we are usually one part of a larger entertainment program.
Take your volunteer and stand them directly in front of you, and so that they are facing the audience enough for them to be able to see the volunteers face. You don't need to stand too close, a few feet away will be sufficient. Explain to the audience and the subject that you are going to give a performance of mind control, psychic ability, or whatever else you choose to call it, and explain what will happen, and that you will explain exactly how you managed it afterwards to give them an indication of what mind control is all about. A typical script could read something like this
My hope is that the many presentations in this book will make it clear that PSEUDO - TELEPATHY is not just a 'routine*. It is an APPROACH to the demonstration of 'Telepathy' in much the same manner that Anneman's 'Pseudo - Psychometry is a very open ended approach to the demonstration of Psychometry. Once you've grasped the basic modus operandi of Pseudo - Telepathy, you should easily find many differing ways of adapting it to your own favorite methods and performing style.
The art of psychometry is a few thousand years old, and the illusion can't be much less ancient. In view of that, 1 hardly expect this to be the last word on the subject. Psychometry makes great demands on the performer's technique and performance skills and rewards him or her with one of the most convincing dramatic illusions in the whole range of mentalism.
This clever presentation idea comes from Christopher Williams. He suggested pointing your finger like a gun and shooting a hole in the cloud. Normally when a cloud breaks up, it starts by forming a hole in the middle. You could make the comment, that it helps to focus your psychic energy by imagining you are shooting a SLOW MOVING bullet toward the cloud to help break it up. Point your finger like a gun and yell, BANG. Then focus your attention on the cloud. If a hole forms, point out that your psychic bullet has formed a hole. If the cloud breaks up, point out how the bullet shattered the cloud. It's an idea worth keeping in the back of your mind. If you are working for a theme park with an old west theme, you might find this patter line of use.
From Anneman's Fourth Dimentional Telepathy through Goldstein's Middle Telepathy to Cassidy's Final Three Envelope Test it is clear that this piece is destined to survive as a classic of psychic entertainment. Essentially, the test is a three part demonstration of psychic skills, each part increasingly more difficult. It can be framed as telepathy (two minds communicate) or clairvoyance (my mind can determine the contents of this envelope).
EFFECT AND PRESENTATION Many yean ago 1 saw a fair ground performer billed as The Mighty Atom, the strongest man on earth. The Migfrty Atom turned out to be no more than five feet, six inches tall and of modest physique. Even so* he could do extraordinary things. His strength seemed to come from some psychic power rather than muscle. A huge man jailed to bend his arm when he held it straight, and he only had to touch people to send them frying and falling across the stage.
Although the reader has asserted his expertise, he can use the process of setting the stage to also prepare an 'out' should the client not be able to understand elements of the reading, despite much effort. It should be stressed that this need not imply that the reader's psychic gift is fallible in some way (which would be contrary to the primary message conveyed during stage setting, outlined above). Rather, it can be understood as suggesting that the psychic ability is somewhat independent of the percipient him or herself whereas the gift is infallible, the percipient and client are prone to misunderstand its 'true' meaning. Lewis (1991), for example, recommends saying of the reading
'There are some-psychic powers that everyone's heard of, such as ESP or spoon-bending, but others are less well-known. I'd like to share with you something that is truly very strange, and that you have probably never seen before. It's called thoughtography, and in the 60s a guy called Ted Serios caused quite a sensation with it. I'd like someone to help with this - it's very easy, involves no heavy lifting or nudity, in fact you don't even need to come on stage .
Caution him to pick a small cloud, as a larger cloud will take much longer. Point out that this will ONLY WORK PROVIDED HE FULLY CONCENTRATES ON THE CLOUD so you can get the image in your mind. Once he has chosen a cloud, tell him you will concentrate and try to send psychic energy to his location and bust the cloud. Tell him to give you a progress report.
Today, as always in the past, effects accomplished by super-mentality, super-natural, or psychic power have a tremendous fascination for an audience. People flock to the performances of those who see all and know all. They bring their troubles, their problems to be solved by the magician, so great is his power. As an example of this, the story is told of the Davenport Brothers, magicians of days gone by. It is said that when they performed as ordinary tricksters, their pocketbooks were thin but when they claimed that their effects were produced by super-natural power, people began to be interested in them. So great is the psychic appeal that fortune tellers, spiritualists, mind readers, clairvoyants, have all thrived on a deluded public. A smooth tongue, salesmanship, showmanship, work on the imaginative mind and all these have served to fill the pocketbooks of many who have deceived the people with a pretense of psychic power. The modern magician stands opposed to serious deception...
Being sensitive to the other person does not mean you have to stare at them fixedly. In fact, it is often better not to look directly at the person. Your peripheral vision will provide you with a vast amount of information. If you are looking at the other person, they may feel on the spot and are certainly more likely -to attempt to mask their feelings, to keep a poker face. Thus, psychometry, crystal balls, or cards provide a focal point for both you and the other person, and may enable you to get relatively more direct access to the natural reactions of the person being read.
Psychic distance some of that delightful, delicate piano music the client so often enjoys. The psychic demonstrating psychometry, and handling a key which belongs to a car mechanic, 'feels' grease under the fingernails, and 'smells' the engine oil when describing the client's working day. The spiritualist relating details of late Uncle Walter's heart condition winces slightly as she 'feels' some of the chest pains and concerns which Walter suffered. The astrologer commenting on her client's rather over-zealous keep-fit regime 'feels' some of the exhaustion and fatigue which her client experiences at the end of every workout. And so on.
You appear to possess considerable psychic ability and should, once you have overcome these negative thoughts and mental confusion, be able to help others with this great gift. Your impressions and premonitions are nearly always correct, but you do not follow them. Therein, lies some of your difficulties. You should always be heedful of these impressions and warnings, as they can make your path thru life much brighter, happier and more successful. Such psychic impressions should enable you to avoid much deceit and unhappiness.
If Steve, who apparently has psychic ability and succeeds in demonstrations, has his results denied even when there is videotape evidence confirming what he did, or at least making fraud unlikely, this subjects him to repetition of earlier conflictual traumas and the recycling of the process i.e., the need for greater and more psychic feats to stabilize him and protect him from these onslaughts. Denial of the highly personal and often subjectively interpreted unreal reality might undermine his self-esteem and drive him further into telekinesis as a defense mechanism where the anxiety can be ameliorated by repetition and compulsion. He becomes the sorcerer's apprentice. In view of these problems it would be desirable to have sophisticated conjurers and gentlemen who, like W. E. Cox,' in addition to being a highly trained engineer is also a leading parapsychologist and expert conjurer. Consulting conjurers whose probity, ethics and claims about themselves have not been verified and have...
The performer now displays a sheet of cardboard upon which there is a list of six colors, numbered 1 through 6. The performer states that the colors represent six colored keys, only one of which will open the lock to the Treasure Chest. The spectator is invited to eliminate five of the six colors because only one is needed to match the color of the correct key which is sealed in a small leather purse. The performer displays the purse and places it on the table next to the chest. The spectator proceeds to eliminate five of the six colors, selecting for example, the color red. The performer opens the purse and inverts it over the spectator's outstretched hands. Out falls a red key. The performer compliments the spectator on his amazing psychic ability. The spectator is invited to open the lock using the red key and to remove his treasure, a prize that could be worth up to one million dollars. The spectator opens the lock with the red key and removes his prize from the chest, a state...
At some point during your performance, or during your patter about psychokinesis, and metal bending, put your hands in your pockets, and slip the D'Lite onto your left thumb. Remove your hands from your pockets, and pick up the spoon with your right hand, with the bowl nearest your thumb.
Starting back when I performed nightly in Manifestations the Ultimate Seance , I began to realize the impact of a Pseudo Psychometry routine. Of all the powerful pieces in the show, this was the one women talked about the most. The premise is that the Medium can describe the character and personality of a person by viewing the spectator's aura which is absorbed and re-radiated by an object with which that person has had contact. Very personal, very strong stuff. The appeal of psychometry is the idea that the Mentalist is delivering personal information based upon the Mentalist's observations of details unique to that person the lines in the palm, the slant of the signature, the color and shape of an aura, etc. So if we can get the aura some other way than from a borrowed object, we can eliminate the risk. You can see auras, can't you I thought so.
The method Simply a thumb writer and the ability to write with it while one is talking. Annemann's Pseudo Psychometry lends itself to genuine blindfold work, if the original instructions are varied a little. The effect, in brief, is that members of the audience are given envelopes, into which they are asked to place some article from their possession. The performer is blindfolded meanwhile, and the envelopes are handed to him. He takes one at
Jones (1989) has devoted whole chapters to describing how information supplied by a prospective client in booking an appointment can give an insight into their circumstances. For example, he lists eleven pieces of information which may be found on a cheque, should the client pay in advance. These include postdated cheques indicating the imminent receipt or deposit of money outsize cheques indicating that the client runs her own business cheques under a pseudonym often indicating employment in the entertainment world. When presented within the framework of the psychic reading, information derived from these sources can be accurate and specific enough to be very difficult for the client to account for except in terms of the reader's claimed psychic ability.
What happened I passed out a questionnaire, which I asked the audience to fill out anonymously (but which were marked as in Pseudo Psychometry so I could see how I tweaked the troublemakers). Most of the comments were about how my 'tricks' were good but not truly psychic. The blindfold routine seemed to get the most response, followed by Pseudo-Psychometry. Triple Prediction did nothing for anyone. My message-reading method didn't impress because of the 'forms' I had the audience fill out before the show. Someone mentioned a 'carbon paper' clipboard, which, by the way, I didn't use. Etc It pains me to this day to watch that tape, but the experience was worth the 600 or so it cost me I knew now what not to do
Imagine that you could somehow move the ring you are focusing on in front of you. I know this sounds crazy but imagine you could reach out and make that finger ring swing in a circle. See an imaginary hand and move the ring. See you moving forward toward that ring and pushing it in a clockwise circle. With every muscle in your body, attempt to move that ring without touching it. You might surprise yourself with you new found psychic ability
That is the basic methodology that I use when I perform the trick. I have performed it 100s of times and providing I only do it once per person, I never get caught out. Feel free to adapt the script to suit your style. Instead of a 'psychological test' you could claim that you have 'psychic powers' which let you touch people from a distance. Remember, in the script above I suggested moving just a step away from the person who's eyes are closed. There is nothing to stop you walking to the other side of the room, just tap them as you turn to walk away
The manuscript of Milo & Roger was written some years ago, its original title was Born Backwards. (Arthur was born feet first, and he attributes his intuitiveness and psychic ability to this fact.) The book is inspiring, touching, gentle, vulgar, laugh-out-loud funny, and completely entertaining. Milo and Roger were one of the great comedy magic acts of all time. Although their partnership lasted 49 years, it feels as though their time here was too fleeting, much like Omar Khayyam's snow on the desert. Milo & Roger is a wonderful remembrance of their struggles and triumphs. I highly recommend it. It is my pick of the month.
The effects were an instant success with the theatre audience, but what would the viewers make of them The headlines the next morning told the story. Although David had made no claims about the phenomena, journalists and viewers immediately seized upon the idea that they must be paranormal in origin. They called him a wonder man and miracle worker and speculated about the kind of psychic powers that he might have used. Press coverage was widespread because Holland had many newspapers each with different political and religious affiliations and each telling their own version of the same stories. The impact David's performance had in Holland was prescient of the Geller hysteria that would take place in England some years later. Believers debated with sceptics about the existence of psychic powers while David claimed only that anyone with sufficient training could do what he did. This wasn't good enough for some academics. Professor Willem Tenhaeff said that there was a natural...
The Author, David Britland, has been writing about magic for over twenty years, well known for his research and analysis of the art. His contributions to periodicals like Abracadabra and Magigram led to articles and effects for The Talon, Spellbinder, Opus and MAGIC amongst others. He has also edited and illustrated a number of books for publisher Martin Breese and is the author of Decade, Equinox, Psychomancy and, more recently, Chan Canasta A Remarkable Man.
Here is a wonderfully goofy trick from the wonderfully goofy Mike Bent. The effect is based on Michael Kaznetsis' Polageist in which an image of a selected card magically appears on a Polaroid photograph. Say Cheese uses the Polaroid Joy Cam compact instant camera. Mike provides you with a variety of images, including playing cards, cheese, UFOs, and pentagrams. It is a simple matter to gaff the camera with one of the images. You then position the spectator in the viewfinder, snap a picture, and when the picture develops there is an extra, eerie image on the photograph. Because of the design of the images you'll want to steer toward a lighthearted presentation rather than a serious demonstration of psychic ability. (Visualize Uri Geller performing in Toontown.) Simple to do, simple to set-up, and the gaffs are reusable. If the effect appeals, Say Cheese is worth checking out.
This was more than forty years ago, but I still remember in particular two tricks Alexander Adrion performed his version of Pseudo-psychometry, and a trick with a rope, in which he used to fish a selected card out of a receptacle. Both tricks were a great inspiration to me, and different versions found their way into my own repertoire. This effect has become a classic, but as far as I'm concerned it's no longer suitable for today's audiences. Let me explain. If Pseudo-psychometry is presented as a genuine feat of psychometry, in which you give each lender of an object a cold There is another flaw, as I see it, in the idea of using Pseudo-psychometry as a platform for cold readings In the context of theater, corporate and banquet shows it is seldom believable. In these venues you do not receive many family heirlooms and long-held personal items. Instead you get lipsticks, combs, mascaras, purse mirrors, pills, lighters, coins and other incidental items. (I have even received condoms...
Uri Geller made the headlines of many of the next day's newspapers and was subsequently invited on numerous other television shows to demonstrate his powers. So too was David. I never claimed Uri was a fake. I just pointed out that a competent magician could duplicate his effects without resorting to psychic powers and then left the audience to make up their own mind. Years later, long after the Gellermania had peaked, Uri phoned David. He had watched the Channel Four television series. The Mind of David Berg as, and gently but sincerely berated him for making light of his talents and denying that he had any psychic powers. When David succeeded the Piddingtons on radio, bookers and agents had advised him to follow their lead and leave open the possibility that he used psychic powers even if he didn't actually say so. Instead he always denied that he was psychic. This did not stop the audience sending in money, which was always returned, in the hope he would give them winning numbers...
Just look at Psychometrack (in my opinion one of the best take-off from the old and original Annemann's Pseudo-Psychometry) which plays exactly as real psychometry should, or look at Prophetriter in which the unexpected ending is what will cause people to believe in what the Mentalist has stated before about his prophetic dreams.
The real experiment for them only start when you begin to correctly receive impressions from the cards and, at the end of each short reading, you give the card you've read back to the person whom originally chose it. If you think, even if for a moment, of treating this experiment has the classic WHO HAS WHAT too often (wrongly ) performed as Psychometry, then I urge you to skip this routine and come back to it only when you will be ready to sell it for all its worth.
The reputed psychic power of the Pyramids is infamous and it is this rich history of the Egyptians and the mystique surrounding the ancient pyramids that was the basis for Pyramid hat power If you like, this means the tip (point) of the pyramid acts as a receiver or Ariel through which all the Psychic energy from the universe is absorbed and as this energy floods down to the base of the Pyramid it becomes amplified more and more as the Pyramid gets wider and wider towards its base Working on the premise that Pyramids draw psychic energy to them and that there are countless reports world-wide of people having Psychic experiences who have visited and entered the Pyramids in Egypt also makes the use of Pyramid Hat's ideal as a novel presentational slant for many Mentalism routines.
Psychic baiting is a great new fun way to pass your leisure hours. My hope is that it will become a popular new pastime all over the world. In essence, psychic baiting is the only sure way to demonstrate that someone giving readings is using cold reading, not genuine psychic ability. It involves going for a reading and allowing the psychic - which I stress means 'cold reader' in this case - to get snared by her own methods.
There are several effects in which nails are bent, but I don't think that Mr. Bavli's handlings will convince anyone that you have genuine psychic power. At best, they will be taken as magic tricks. Bending a Large Nail, utilizes an extra nail, a switch normally used with pocketknives, and an equivoque. To my way of thinking, the introduction of a second nail simply clutters the effect. Bending a Small Nail utilizes lapping, which may limit its usefulness. And again, Mr. Bavli executes the necessary sleight at a time when the most heat is on the nail.
1 turn to Spectator C and ask him to honestly tell me if he believes in psychic power, astrology, and spirit intervention. If he says 'No,' I pause and stare at him for the moment and then turn to the other spectators and say, Okay, I shall be using you two quite a lot for these tricks. If he says 'Yes,' I say, Then I shall be using you quite a lot for these, I hope you don't mind. There is a laugh from the group. During that interchange, I have done the following. I have openly sprung the cards into my left hand, giving them a downward buckle. I then execute a pass somewhere a little below the middle of the deck, and give the new upper section a bend in the opposite direction. The two halves are now really only in contact across the middle, with the three chosen cards on the top of the bottom half.
Denouncing 'psychic power' as woolly guff and I challenge those lobotomised flower-fairies who believe in such nonsense, appealing to their intelligence and belief in themselves as sceptical creatures. The other advantage of this angle is that it allows the effects to sit comfortably with a magic routine that suggests that similar ploys are at work. The two sets become connected by a seductive undercurrent of apparently deft manipulation of the participant's minds. At first, these techniques are being employed to produce wonderful, mystifying and artistic magical effects. Then the tone darkens, and the performer, almost with an air of reluctance, sensing the correct rapport in the group, casts aside his props and amusements and begins to rely entirely on his knowledge of human nature to delve into the thought processes of the group. The spectators sense this intensifying of the situation, and adjust their interpretation of the event accordingly. What we are seeing here is no longer...
Chapter Six contains routines that make use of your wristwatch. Josh offers suggestions on how to use the watch as holdout, as a vanishing device, and as a production device. The final chapter contains seven fully realized performance pieces. All these routines are excellent and should find favor with those who work in the real world. Here you'll find Josh's playing card in TV remote control routine (a highlight of his close-up act), a method for producing sand in a spectator's hand, a very commercial version of the Six Card Repeat, and two really excellent mental effects (a version of Pseudo Psychometry and an offbeat book test).
Now the situation is that you have three cards left in play and it should be your turn to eliminate two of them. Instead you say to her - I want to go the extra mile with you. because I sense your psychic power is strong tonight. even if now it would be my turn to eliminate two of the three cards left. I trust so much the psychic energy I feel coming out from your aura that we will do things DIFFERENTLY now. I'm going to let you choose for me You can thus end with - Of all the cards you could have CHOSEN you decided to pick up THAT ONE you're holding Now let's see which number you felt it was yours before - while saying that, you open the envelope and take out the card on which she wrote her chosen number at the beginning, and you read it out loud. Then you say - So you think you are a number 5 . Let's see if your psychic intuition confirms that. Turn over the card you are holding in your hand, the one YOU randomly chose, and tell to everyone of us which number you wrote on it - She...
Want to make a reputation for yourself Want to be known as a Superman Of course you do. That's why you are reading this book (Hopefully a legit copy and not bootlegged ). You know that psychic entertainers have a mystique and aura of power. This effect is quite possibly the single most powerful routine I have performed. Try it and I am sure you will be impressed. I call it Tarot'metry. It has its origins in Psychometry, a routine made famous by Mr. Theodore Annemann.
Duplicating the drawing requires that you control the drawing to second from the bottom and peek it. Any standard card handling subterfuge will accomplish this the classic pass done with a stack of business cards is a lot easier than with a deck of cards. Here's how I do it. Fan the stack and have the participant return the card somewhere near the middle. This should exactly replicate the actions of the Psychometry portion of the demonstration. When the card containing the drawing is returned to the stack use the Hofzinser cull to control it to second from the bottom. Here's how
If I were in the business of claiming genuine psychic powers, my meeting with Becky would have been a perfect opportunity to demonstrate my inexplicable gifts. I would have been able to tell Becky a huge amount of information about her past life, including dozens of tiny, specific details things she was doing 15 years previously, names of people she knew, accidents she was involved in, places she had visited, times she had enjoyed, times she had cried, romances that had failed and so on. Becky would have been astounded, and would have sworn that I had never previously met her or anyone she knew. The incident would have seemed an impenetrable mystery, one with which my acolytes could taunt the closed-minded drones of orthodox science, gleefully challenging them to explain that away . It would have made a lovely chapter in books about my astonishing psychic gifts.
This card, the King of Wands, is generally indicative of a perceptive or even a psychic ability of some kind. Of course we all have these gifts, but they do vary from person to person. In your case, it's the second card in the higher triad, which is devoted to your personal profile. This suggests you have very strong and vivid intuitive gifts, and good instincts which will serve you well if you learn to trust them. Since you also have the Eight of Coins in support of the same line, I would say that you have a very fine, almost psychic kind of acumen when it comes to dealing with material goods and financial affairs. You can perceive value in ways that not everyone else can.
Many years ago J11 ret received a copy of Harry Stanley's Unique Magic Studio Catalog and was, needless to say, fascinated by the descriptions of the many Al Koran routines available. There was, however, an effect not by Al Koran but by David Hemingway which really intrigued me it was called Triple Psychometry and the effect was the divination of three selected cards, chosen by the spectators while they held the deck in their own hands. 1 put tny mind to this, and after some brainwork catnc up with what you are about to learn. Some years later I finally bought Hiple Psychometry from Mr. Hemingway, andlearned that his excellent effect was accomplished by completely different means
Now, the great majority of works on psychical subjects tend largely toward attempting to prove a causation belief of the author through case histories, confirming analogies, and ingenious theory. From such works, this book differs radically, for while it leans a sympathetic ear to the possibility of genuine psychic powers and even proposes some experimenting along those lines, it has but one purpose - and that purpose is to provide Magicians with some most unusual material with which they can entertain -material that, indeed, offers the very cream of PSYCHIC MAGIC. PSYCHOMETRY The technique of interpreting and reconstructing from the psychic emanation clinging to an object the rri&ift&l source, history, or experience pr'ductive of the radiation AUTOMATIC WRITING The ability tn produce sub-conscious writing that contains information not known to the conscious mind an ther neons of externalizing psychic powers. THE PSYCHIC CIRCLE A group gathered togethers a unit of minds set with a...
It has been pointed out by several wTriters on psychometry chat with the last item you have something of a problem if all others have been identified, it must by elimination belong to the remaining spectator Let us say nine items have been collected and six have now been psychometrized, (In this variation the items stay in the envelopes.) Alter a Few words on how everyone possesses the faculty of psychometry to a degree, you then have the three remaining spectators each choose an envelope and through equivoque get their own objects back.
Be EXTREMELY cautious in reading an individual or claiming to be a psychic mind reader. The moral and ethics of making claims or disclaimers is the sole responsibility of the performer. It is beyond the scope of this manuscript to start debating the age old dilemma of morals and the art of mystery entertainment.
This business of acting is vital to good mentalism, though hardly ever really involved seriously into presentation. Aside from Uri Geller. You feel that he believes in his own processes. Regardless of whether you wish for your audience to believe in psychic powers (I don't), there is no reason not to make your performance a hundred times more convincing. Later you can then decide what interpretation of the phenomena to encourage. So stop and think. If you were really reading a mind, how would you do it There are many possible answers, each depending on the style of the performer yet defining it, and each suggesting its own silent script for him to use.
It has perhaps two really effective uses. It can be performed individually or for small groups, at parties and the like, as a demonstration of your mental or psychic powers, or you could use it for an audience to demonstrate how mind control works. This is particularly good as a convincer (or confuser ) before you start any traditional routines disguised as mind control, because you can use it first to involve the audience and then explain how this simple effect was achieved. Hopefully they will then be looking for body language cues, etc, when the performance proper begins, and not the props you are really using (if indeed you do use props).
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