Preshow Variation

The performer asks a member of the audience if they've ever met prior to that evening. The spectator replies that they have not. The performer asks the spectator her name. "Mary, are you willing to give your word that there's been absolutely no collusion between us?" The spectator replies in the affirmative. "You've been thinking of a series of numbers this evening, is that correct?" the performer inquires. "Yes," she responds. Is it someone's phone number?" Again, the spectator replies, "Yes!" "Do I know the person who belongs to that phone number?" The spectator responds, "No." The performer then states, "Then Mary, I want you to picture this person in your mind. In fact, I want you to imagine that you're phoning this individual. Don't say anything, do this in your mind. Now picture yourself dialing the number and I'll attempt to tune in on your thoughts. Please, don't dial so fast!" The audience laughs.

"I believe the first three digits are 488, is that correct?" the performer asks. "Yes!" replies the spectator. "And the next digit is a zero. Is that correct?" The spectator admits that the performer is correct. "Picture the next digit, please. At first I thought it was a six, but my mind has been a little topsy turvey lately. Could it be a "9?" The performer asks. "Yes," the spectator responds. Now, in your mind, see the next two digits. Are they an "8" and another zero. 488-0980? Is that the number you dialed in your mind?" the performer excitedly asks. "Yes!" the surprised spectator responds. The audience applauds.

The performer continues, "Mary, will you picture yourself holding the receiver in your hand. The phone is ringing. The other party has picked it up. I picture you saying, 'April, is that you?' Mary, are you phoning someone named April?" The spectator gasps and acknowledges that she is indeed phoning her friend, April. The audience applauds.

As Mary begins to sit down, the performer suddenly asks, "Mary, obviously you and I are operating on the same wave length. Let's try something next to impossible. I want you to close your eyes and concentrate on another number that I couldn't possibly know. Something personal like your Social Security number." The spectator states that she is concentrating. The performer slowly begins to write something on a sheet of cardboard. Holding it over his head, with the writing side turned away from the audience, the performer requests Mary to call out her Social Security number, one digit at a time. Turning the piece of cardboard around, everyone sees a nine digit number, 207-65-0529. The spectator calls aloud her Social Security number, "2 - 0 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 0 - 5 - 2 - 9!" The audience gives the performer a resounding ovation.

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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