Explanation Jeopardy

Obviously, the cards are handed out in numerical order to each of five spectators. A quick glance at the back of the first card as you turn it writing side up, tells you who the program belongs to. To dramatize the revelation of this information, use the nature of the spectator's program choice to structure a short "cold reading." For example, if the spectator has listed "Jeopardy" as his favorite program, before you return the card, state that the person who selected this program has an inquisitive nature. One that transcends his taste in television shows, probing the very meaning of life, etc.

At this point, rather then revealing the spectator's choice as being a quiz show, you simply return the card to the proper spectator and ask whether or not you have correctly identified his favorite TV show. Since the audience does not know that he selected a quiz show, his acknowledgment of your success will also include the personality traits you have identified. This procedure can be used for all the denouements, giving you an easy method for delivering a seemingly accurate "cold reading," without having to memorize a thing. This "simplex cold reading" aspect was not included in the 1958 version.

This routine can also be used in conjunction with the "Sneak Thief" effects described elsewhere in this book. Once you've read and understand both, you'll immediately see how you can apparently give four accurate "readings," while returning each card to its rightful owner, without actually revealing the name of each spectator's favorite TV show.

To top it off, you then not only give the final spectator an accurate "cold reading," you also correctly identify his favorite television show without ever looking at what he wrote on the card (at least, that's the way it appears). For this routine, you use the "simplex cold reading" on the first four thereby eliminating any memorization. However, to disguise the "no memory cold reading" ploy, you should use a short generic, but memorized personality profile for the final spectator, since you do reveal the name of his favorite show.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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