Teaching Your Child to Read
Now practice your mind reading skills. Have someone cut the deck (as above) and take the top card off the left pile. You place the right half of the deck under the left half. While doing so, take a glance at the bottom card without making it obvious. Mentally count three cards up from the card you see on the bottom of the deck, and this is the value of card that was chosen. As for the suit, if a Spade is showing on the bottom then the card chosen is a Diamond. (Example Six of Hearts is the bottom card, then the Nine of Spades is the chosen card Ten of Clubs is on the bottom, then the King of Hearts is the chosen card.
Now practice your mind reading skills Hold out the deck and have someone cut it and remove the top card from the left pile. Place the right half of the deck under the left pile. Glance at the bottom card without making it obvious. Add 3 to the value of the bottom card. This tells you the value of the chosen card. For example, if the bottom card is a 9, the chosen card is a queen. If the bottom card is a queen, the chosen card is a 2 (queen, king, ace, two). To determine the suit, remember the sequence CHSD. The letters represent Clubs, Hearts, Spades, Diamonds. (Think of the word CHaSeD. ) If a spade is showing on the bottom, then the card chosen is a diamond. If the 6 of diamonds is the bottom card, the 9 of clubs is the chosen card. If the 10 of clubs is on the bottom, the king of hearts is the chosen card.
This will also open up another possibility to show how accurate our apparent mind reading skills are. The selection will almost always be the star. This allows us to play with the images that go along with a star during the divination sequence. Again here in my own sequence I ask the spectator to remove the card they're picturing. I then reveal it in the following manner
I thereby complete part one of this book. If it has been a dull reading experience for you, which, due to the dry nature of much if not all the material it likely was, sleep well in the knowledge that while you may have invested several hours into reading, I forced myself to endure several days of writing that same material. The only positive side was the distraction the deck or two of cards I kept next to me at all times afforded. In truth, the experience has not been so truly heinous .at least not the entire time. I shall attempt to revive some sense of decorum in the sections to follow that reduces your misery, as I can assure you from my own exploration of such subjects the writing is not always the most engaging. Without further sickening you, we shall proceed.
This concludes our brief look at the potential application of cold reading techniques to a romantic context. There is probably a great deal more that could be said, but it would fall beyond the scope of this book. I feel I should add that while cold reading techniques may well have a 'romantic' role, I am wary of exaggerating their significance. When all is said and done, Ginger will always know whether she is with Prince Charming or King Creep, Mr. Right or 'Mister, forget it'. And all the cold reading skills in the world won't make any difference
Reading skills must be engaged at some level in order for the effects to take hold and induce a certain responsive attitude. However, what I say that the mind reading skills actually consist of is another matter. I prefer for my audience to come away with a little more fascination for what may be possible than just wondering whether I was fake or not. Therefore my personal choice (and the most sensible and congruent option given my performance character) is to suggest that I will be utilising subliminal and hypnotic principles to create the effect of telepathy. Because I am often performing my mind reading alongside hypnotic stunts, this presentation works well for me. But equally, love watching Geller perform, in the same way that 1 enjoy reading about the tumbling tambourines of the old Victorian seances. I enjoy well-constructed and exquisitely performed theatre, and would far rather watch a convincing and brilliantly manipulative stage psychic than listen to a generic mentalist...
This is something that would take a book 1000 times larger than this manuscript to explain. I basically apply some well aimed cold reading statements in to the audience. Here is an opportunity to practice your cold reading skills. None is aware exactly what the problem is, you will know if you offered a good reading or not from the spectators reaction. However no one else will. This is due tot he fact that they can to check the details of your reading. No matter the outcome in the eyes of the audience at large you appear to have succeeded.
The big question for most magicians in tricks of this type is what happens when it goes wrong It can happen. A volunteer may just dream up a card, without having seen it in the pack. If David is working with a stacked pack then this presents no problem. He can always cut to it. If using a borrowed and shuffled pack he will fan the cards again, this time towards himself, looking for the just-named card but looking for it in a particular way. He imagines just the index of the card because that is all that will be visible in the fan. He doesn't want to have to scan the cards looking for the card. I Ie wants it to jump out at him so that he can cut to it as quickly as possible without appearing to be searching for it and this process of mental visualisation makes it possible. He has demonstrated the technique to other magicians and they have been surprised when a named card has suddenly made itself visible in the fan. The key is to shut out of his mind all the other cards and focus only...
One technique to keep even the formula reading fresh and 'different' is to mix the order of the statements. In order to do this, most psychic readers have a significantly larger supply of generalized statements than are required or a normal reading, and they draw upon this supply in a random fashion, which means that no two readings need come out exactly the same.
Helping Your Child Learn To Read
When parents help their children learn to read, they help open the door to a new world. As a parent, you can begin an endless learning chain: You read to your children, they develop a love of stories and poems, they want to read on their own, they practice reading, and finally they read for their own information or pleasure. They become readers, and their world is forever expanded and enriched.