A spectator is shown a large card on which ten words are boldly printed. The spectator is invited to merely think of any one of the ten words. Handing the spectator twenty-six cards, each with a different letter of the alphabet on them, the performer asks that while his back is turned, the spectator is to spell his mentally selected word, one letter at a time, dealing the cards face up in a pile on the table. (Make sure the spectator understands precisely what you want him to do). When the spectator has done so, have him turn the packet of cards letter side down on the table and to hide the rest of the alphabet cards. Have the spectator slide the packet into the "Get the Picture" envelope (obtain your peek). You can now reveal the spectator's mentally selected word in any manner that you wish.
Simple! The words are KNOB, HEAD, TUBE, KING, FISH, BANK, ZERO, TRAP, STAR and PUNT. Print them on the large card in two rows of five words. When you spot the letter in the window, simply glance at the chart and remember the word that ends in that letter. That's all there is to it. Why make it complicated?
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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.