The Effect

You display a cased deck of Bicycle playing cards wrapped in a rubber band. Under the band is a small prediction card with its back to the audience. You remove, but don't show, what is written on the card, placing it aside. After removing the deck from the box you hand it to a spectator for examination and shuffling and place the prediction card inside the empty card box for safekeeping.

The spectator is asked to cut the pack into four, face down piles, and to select any one of the four piles, an absolutely free choice. The card box is placed on the chosen pile to serve as a marker. The spectator is asked if he has any idea which card is on top of the pile he so freely selected. Naturally, he doesn't.

The top cards of the remaining three piles are turned face up to show the other possible choices. The spectator is instructed to remove the card box and to turn the top card of his chosen pile, face up. For example, suppose the selected card is the Queen of Diamonds. When the spectator removes the prediction card from the box, it reveals that the spectator will, in fact, select the Queen of Diamonds.

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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