Supernatural Sight

In essence, this closing chapter is designed as a series of lessons in professional mentalism. Like most of the material in DYNAMIC MYSTERIES, it is meant to teach principles of performing powerful effects, not merely the methods of tricks.

In 1987,1 released my Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold through Jeff Busby. Besides providing perfectly made apparatus, Jeff published a comprehensive book — 50 pages of small type — called THE BLINDFOLD BOOK to go with my prop. The prop drew raves and is now a permanent part of many working mentalist's repertoires. The book was proclaimed "the best book on blindfold work ever published." With all due modesty, I think so too!

I still use my invention, and the effects Jeff and I explained in THE BLINDFOLD BOOK. But, during the past dozen years I haven't stopped creating and perfecting routines with my blindfold. What I'll be explaining here is the complete method of the three-phase feature routine I've successfully used professionally. Naturally, I use the Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold when I do it. (And, I should say this: As I write this, Jeff does have a few of my blindfolds available, but with no instructions. He still supplies them to mentalists who know the "work" and want backup units, or have lost them, or had them stolen. THE BLINDFOLD BOOK is out of print. Everything needed to put it in print again was destroyed by an unfortunate accident some years ago. If you're interested in having the full package when it's available in the future, write Jeff and let him know.)

However, I want to emphasize you can use any gaffed blind fold that allows secret straight-ahead vision to do my routine, or the components. Additionally, even if you never use a blindfold or my entire routine, you will encounter many valuable ideas in this chapter. I'll give you some inside advice that hasn't seen print anywhere else — ideas I use in other ways in my professional shows. Furthermore, the final segment of the routine, the Test Conditions Design Divination, though outstanding in the context I'll explain here, is equally stunning as a stand-alone effect without a blindfold.

If you're serious about mind-blowing mentalism, I feel you'll profit greatly by studying this chapter and applying the principles I'll cover here.

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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