The Performance

David hands the prediction envelope to a man in the audience and then asks a lady to join him on the cabaret floor.

His first task is to force her to choose one of the duplicate newspapers, The Daily Telegraph. She is standing a little way from the table and David asks her to go up to the newspapers and point to one. Most times she will point to one of the duplicate papers because the newspapers are placed in the optimum position for this to happen. It is a psychological force that works 80% of the time provided the lady is someway from the table when David asks her to make her choice. Because she has to walk to the table and point, more often than not she will point to one of the papers in the centre of the spread. If she were already standing next to the table she might take more time to look over the papers and make her choice, a choice that is less predictable.

Sometimes instead of pointing to one of the duplicates she will point to the one paper between them. In this case David will immediately say, "Now throughout this routine you will have a multiple choice but it will always be your choice. Are we going to use the paper on the left of the one you have pointed to or the one on the right?"

Other times she may point to a newspaper at the extreme left or right hand of the spread. David then quickly says, "Keep your finger on it and with your other hand point to any other paper." She is now pointing to two papers that are widely separated. David then asks, "And how many papers have you got between your fingers?"

No matter what her answer he asks her to pick up any three of them. She will surely pick up at least one of the duplicates, maybe even two. This puts David in the perfect position

to use Magician's Choice to arrive at the paper he requires.

We won't labour the point here. David has always managed to arrive at one of the duplicates in a very convincing manner and in most cases without resorting to Magician's Choice.

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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