Better Convincer

Some time later, I altered the way that the convincer is used by making it a third prediction. To do this, in my letter of instruction to the dignitary I request that in addition to the envelope, he's to bring a one dollar bill with him. Meeting with the dignitary prior to the show, I ask if he has the envelope with him. I then ask if he brought along a signed one dollar bill. Naturally, the word "signed" puzzles him. I then explain that I meant to have him sign his name across the bill. I then ask the dignitary to take out the bill he brought with him and handing him a black marking pen, I request that he sign his name across the bill. As he does this, to show him where I want him to sign the bill, I position myself so that I can memorize the serial number on his bill. (If you have a problem memorizing eight digits and two letters, simply memorize the last three or four digits, although the entire number is preferable. You could also write the number on a small square of cardboard in your pocket, using a stubby pencil). As soon as he finishes signing the bill I ask him to hang on to it until it is called for during the show.

As soon as I'm alone, I add the memorized serial number to my headline prediction; i.e., "I also have the impression that the serial number on a signed one dollar bill that I have asked you to bring to my performance will be as follows: G96502852D." For added effect, you might possibly be off on one of the digits. Sometimes it is preferable not to be 100% correct. A slight error makes it all seem so much more genuine. As the dignitary reads aloud the number, you copy it on a large dry erase board or on a sheet of cardboard. Have the dignitary remove his signed bill from the bag, confirm that the signature is his, and then read it aloud as you copy it beneath your prediction. Believe me, the fact that this signed bill is not switched almost totally eliminates any idea that the jumbo playing card and the envelope could have been switched.

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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