The Albert Memorial

In 1966, when Da\ id signed his contract wi th vara television in Holland for Oris 13, they sought to publicize the show as much as possible, and had a Dutch photographer take pictures of their star in London settings. As David's always had a light touch when it came to publicity, he couldn't help but notice that his comic poses around the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park seemed to suggest a particular story. David's tale of how he became "enshrined" among the great British thinkers was included in his 1967 Dutch book, David Berg/as Reveals— Nearly Everything.

In his own words, tongue firmly in cheek, here is the Albert Memorial story.

"I did not realise how much importance the planners of Opus 13 had attached to these shows until the final production meeting when I was told that they expected me to get maximum ratings. Of course, I was worried that I could not live up their expectations and was urgently looking for some guidance and advice. In England we have a saying: 'When in doubt, ask a Policeman.' So, I approached one of our famous Bobbys and told him, 1 am just about to start a television series in Holland and they expect me to perform some miracles. I am only an entertainer and am desperate to get some advice.' He immediately told me that I had come to the right place and pointed to the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, where all the greatest philosophers, scientists, writers, composer and inventors were gathered as statues."

"The first friendly face I could find was Bill (Shakespeare), and I quickly explained my dilemma. He listened patiently and told me that all these great thinkers would help me—provided I was willing to sign my soul away."

"Whilst the others were consulting their books, I was shown the 'contract' and the conditions attached."

"Whilst the others were consulting their books, I was shown the 'contract' and the conditions attached."

"With my head in a spin and my heart pounding I signed the dotted line. I remember there was a loud thunderclap and some strange lightning but soon I was given all the ideas and secrets that enabled me to plan my shows—secrets such as levitating tables, doing astounding calculations, influencing people and generally performing the impossible."

"Finally I was allowed to take my place on the sacred platform but, as you can see, most of them were a bit dubious and turned their backs on me."

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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