To Prepare

Obtain any three foreign coins. If possible, they should be as different in appearance as possible. For instance, a Silver U.S. half-dollar, a Copper English penny, and a Brass oriental coin, preferably with a hole in its center. Most magicians have these coins readily available. (As you can see, any three coins can be used. In fact, if you wish, you could use three U.S. coins, i.e., a Quarter, a Half-dollar and a Nickel. In this instance, your list would appear as follows; (1) Penny, (2) Quarter, (3) Silver Dollar, (4) Half-dollar, (5) Dime, and (6) Nickel. In other words, the three limited force items always appear adjacent to the even numbers, 2-4-6. You can also use the dates on coins. Simply obtain three quarters. List their dates in positions 2-46; i.e., (2) 1982, (4) 1984 & (6) 1990. Fill in any other dates in positions 1-3-5. Now, place the three limited force quarters in the three compartments of the gimmicked purse and you're all set to go.

But, back to our original foreign coin presentation. Insert the Half-dollar in the rear compartment of the gaffed purse. For purposes of identification, this is the compartment backed up by the flap side of the purse. In the middle compartment, place the English Penny. In the remaining, front, compartment insert the Oriental coin with a hole through its center. This purse should be placed in your left jacket pocket.

Next, place the ungaffed purse in the same pocket, between your body and the gaffed purse. Remember, which is which. (Naturally, the gaffed purse will be heavier). Now, print up your list of six items on a 9" x 12" sheet of white cardboard, using a bold marking pen. You are now set.

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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