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Six chairs, six choices and David predicted every one.

There are a few routines that David is not explaining in this book and this, his Chair Routine, is one of them. Over the years he has used many variations of the effect and the arrangements of numbers on the backs of the chairs at the finale has been used to predict everything from ages (See Opus 13) to randomly generated totals and dates (See The Mind oj David Berglas). The examples below show the chairs predicting a six-figure total, a calendar (days, days per week, seasons, months), a historical date and a telephone number.

In Man, Myth &Magic\ie used just six chairs. The chairs were on stage from the beginning but were not prominent in the subdued light. Babs shepherded the volunteers as they queued to go on stage and subtlety ensured that a lady was fourth in line. You can consider that a clue as to the method.

As each number was chosen Raj stood behind the chosen chair and then handed it to the volunteer as he or she collected it. This helped minimise the risk of the volunteers seeing the predictions on the back before David was ready to reveal them. That's another clue, the numbers really are attached to the chairs all the way through the routine.

As each chair was turned around and the predictions revealed, the band played a chord which got higher with each revelation until the lady turned her chair around and revealed the rose. At that point the band played Roses in Picardy. David has used similar tunes over the years including Only a Rose, Red Roses for a Blue Lady, Rose Garden, La vie en Rose, Rose Marie and Tulips from Amsterdam (when working in Holland). David quickly revealed the rest of the predictions and finished by showing that the final chair was destined for him.

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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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