The performer states that to speed things up, prior to showtime, he asked a member of the audience to draw any object or design on a 3" x 5" file card using an invisible pen, an excercise designed to firmly implant the image in the spectator's mind. This was done while the performer's back is turned. The spectator was then instructed to seal the blank card in an envelope and to place it in his pocket for safekeeping. The envelope was then retained by the spectator and at no time since, has the performer seen or touched it. The spectator is asked to confirm that everything the performer has said, is true. In addition, the spectator also confirms that he has told absolutely no one what he drew using the invisible pen.

The performer asks the spectator to picture in his mind exactly what he drew. Picking up a dry erase board, the performer appears to concentrate intently, and proceeds to draw something. Without showing what he has drawn to the audience, the performer places the board on his table, drawing side down. The spectator with the envelope is now asked to remove the blank file card. The performer hands the spectator a black marking pen and requests that he draw the picture he previously drew using an invisible pen, to enable the audience to clearly see the picture in his mind.

When the spectator has completed his drawing, he is requested to show it to the audience. The performer now shows what he drew moments before on the dry erase board. Both pictures are practically identical.

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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