To my beautiful wife, April, my everlasting appreciation for her love and understanding during the turbulent days of writing and publishing this book. A special thanks to my friend, Lee Earle, the master mentalist and master of the Macintosh. Without his help, this book would have never seen the light of day. Thanks also to my daughter Gayle for wanting to apply her editing skills to hide her father's ignorance; to daughters Carol and Terry, for not giving up on me; to my brother, Gordon, for bankrolling my first magic apparatus when times were a lot tougher, but sweeter; to Mom and Dad for putting up with my foolishness during their lifetimes; to Robert Bluemle for his valuable and scholarly input; to Dr. Gabby Ruffino for his friendship, wisdom and encouragement; to Dawn, Warren and Alexis Earle for all their love and hospitality while I occupied their version of the Charlie Miller Suite; to Craig Nichols, a man with more patience than a friend deserves; to my son Dini for all his love and licks; and finally to Mark Macy whose love and friendship helped transform my life forever. God bless you all.
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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.