Again, you'll need a stacked deck for this effect and as usual I use my Breakthrough Card System. Do a False Shuffle, spread the deck between your hands, then ask a spectator to select a card from the spread. As the card is selected, make it clear you have no opportunity to look at any of the faces.

As he removes the card, give the card in the position above where the selection was removed a secret Corner Crimp, then close the deck. Have the spectator remember his card, then hand him the deck, asking him to replace his card anywhere and shuffle the deck.

After the spectator has shuffled to his satisfaction, take back the deck, cut the crimped card to the bottom, then secretly sight the bottom card as you place the deck aside. Because of the stack, you instantly know the identity of the spectator's selection from the card you sighted. Now, either reveal the selection dramatically, or use this information in another routine, as you wish.

While not impromptu, this method will really stump an astute audience!

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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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