Effect 2

The performer displays a nested pair of drawer boxes. Each is totally opaque and quite solid. The performer shows a small die and demonstrates how he wants the spectator to place the die in the smaller drawer box, remembering the number showing uppermost on the die. Then, the performer explains, the spectator is to bind the box shut using four stout rubber bands. All of this takes place while the performer's facing the other way. There's no possibility of the performer seeing which number is showing uppermost on the sealed die. The performer now turns and has several spectators verify the fact the box is totally solid and impossible to see through. The small box is then placed inside the larger box, which is also secured with four stout rubber bands. Without a doubt, the performer would have to possess X-ray vision to be able to see what's inside the nested boxes.

Picking up a sheet of cardboard, the performer proceeds to draw something. Without showing what he has drawn, the performer asks the spectator to reveal for the first time, the number showing uppermost on the die sealed inside the nested drawer boxes, for example, as soon as the spectator states, "Four," the performer shows that he has drawn a picture of a die with four spots showing uppermost.

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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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