I was very impressed. I do go into these things very sceptical, and I wait for them to prove to me what they think I'm like and only then will I come round to that. So yes, he was very good. No. Not at all. I don't know whether that's a Taurean trait, or me as a person but yes I'm definitely a schemer.
You may have to give a description of the sort of character this will give them. You probably won't be able to remember details of all the signs so it is worthwhile swotting up on two or three special signs to cover all eventualities - say Gemini (for the bubbly characters), Taurus (for the dull ones) and Cancer (for the ones you can't make your mind up about).
The grille on the Taurus was very hard to measure, because it was a perfectly oval shape. So, at any point of the circle I could have measured, it would not have accurately reflected the shape of the grille. The shape really does not make me feel really one way or another about it. It is, honestly, a little bland. Some might say it 7. The Mercury Topaz GS has a very interesting grille. It's reminiscent of the Ford Taurus in its oval shape, yet it's also very oblong. Also, the middle strip of metal that passes through the grille gives it a very interesting shape. I am unsure how to classify this, or how to describe the feelings it gives me. The easiest way would be to say that this grille reminds me of clown lips. A clown's lips are really big and poofy, and overdone. It doesn't mean people don't like this grille. People like clowns because they're different, look a little funny, and make you laugh. I think this car seems a little more humorous to me, as well, and conveys a relaxed...
A handy memory aid for the signs of the zodiac are the Elements. Each sign comes under the influence of an Element - Earth, Fire, Water or Air. So if you can remember that Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are earth signs you will immediately remember that the essence of all three signs is that they are solid, dependable and incredibly boring.
Here is the Virgo version of the reading. The second was identical, but with the word 'Virgo changed to 'Taurus' throughout. This concludes the text of my prepared pseudo-astrological reading. Remember, this exact same reading was given to both clients - the only difference was that in the second version I replaced 'Virgo' with 'Taurus' all the way through.
Some time after the above demonstration, I was contacted by British journalist, broadcaster and author John Diamond. John was writing a piece on psychics for 'She' magazine. He had already seen three professional psychics, and for comparison he wanted me to give him the cold reading treatment (even though he knew I was a fake). Being pushed for time, I simply rehashed the above reading on the computer so that the sign was 'Taurus' and the gender was changed from female to male throughout. Otherwise, I left it exactly as it was. I duly presented the reading to John, and his considered judgement was that it was about 88 accurate. This was a higher rating than he gave to any of the three psychics he consulted All in all, the reading has served me very well indeed. Its basic content has been dressed as an astrological reading for a female Virgo, a female Taurean and a male Taurean. It has served as a clairvoyant report. It has been presented to intelligent 'clients' who ranged from the...
The second client (Taurus) was a rather more confident young woman in her early twenties, and English. She was extremely slim and athletic, and her looks, make-up and stylish outfit made it clear she took great care over her appearance. Though polite and good-natured, she was clearly more noncommittal than the first. After I had completed the reading, it turned out that she was single, although in a long-term relationship, and was mildly sceptical about astrology.