The performer distributes five of his business cards and pencils to each of five volunteers. With his back turned, the performer instructs the spectators to print the name of his or her favorite television show on the blank side of the card. One of the five spectators collects and mixes the cards and hands them, writing side down, to the performer. Without looking at what's written on the cards, the performer proceeds to reveal each spectator's interesting personality traits and returns the cards to each individual. The volunteers then acknowledge the accuracy of the performer's psychic intuition.
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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.