4 Criss Angel Mind Reading, Mentalism and Magic Tricks

Here are 4 Criss Angel card tricks with explanations by the man himself. The first 2 are mind reading tricks and there’s a prediction and an easy magic trick too. All are suitable for beginners with a deck of cards and the willingness to put in a little practice. Good luck :)

1. Card Thought

Effect: Criss asks an audience member to cut a shuffled deck of cards and another audience member selects a card. Criss then deduces what the card is through mind reading.

While shuffling the deck Criss takes a peek at a card then shuffles the card straight to the top of the deck and makes sure it stays there. Then the cards are placed on the table and cut by an audience member. With misdirection Criss makes the audience member mis-remember what actually happened so he and the rest of the audience think the card in the middle is a cut card when in fact it is the top card which Criss has memorised. Then he gets another member of the audience to pick up this card and performs ‘mind reading’ on her. :)

2. Into the Mind

Effect: Criss asks an audience member to write a number between 1 and 100 on a post-it note then reads her mind to work out the number.

In this trick Criss gets a peek at the number ;). Criss prepares the post-it note with the sticky part in the right place and gets the girl to write the number on the pad. Then he takes the post-it back and retreats to the back of the room. Once at the back of the room Criss is able to stick the post-it to a chair, turn around, take a look, turn back and get the post-it back in his hand without anyone noticing. He does this of course, with misdirection. Once he has the note back in his hand he performs the mind reading on the girl then reveals the post-it note to the audience with the number written on it.

3. Double Card Prediction

Effect: The deck is shuffled by one audience member then Criss looks at the cards and removes 2 from the deck. Another audience member then places the cards at random in a pile. Next Criss takes the cards and deals them into the palms of 2 other audience members. The top 2 cards are revealed to be the same as the 2 Criss selected earlier :)

This trick relies on selling the fact the second audience member has placed the cards at random on the table (when in fact they have placed the first few cards where you want them). The first shuffle is done by an audience member then Criss takes the cards and looks at the top 2. He then searches for their pair in the deck and when he has found them places them face down on the table. The deck is then passed to a second audience member who is told to place the cards on the table. Once the first few are down Criss says, ‘place them at random, place a packet down if you like’ etc. and ‘stop when you want’. Criss knows the 2 cards on the bottom are his cards. Now the cards are dealt to another 2 audience members and the top cards are revealed to be paired with the ones on the table.

4. Four Aces

Effect: The audience member places the cards randomly on the table then deals 4 packets and an Ace is on top of each packet.

The secret here is to get the Aces on top of the deck before you hand them over to the volunteer without arousing suspicion. Once you have done this the trick works itself. Criss asks the volunteer to place the cards on the table and once they have placed 4 cards down tells them they can place them at random, from the middle of the deck, a number of cards at once etc. and to stop when they want. Now he get them to gather up the cards on the table and deal them into 4 piles. The Aces appear on top :)

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David Blaine Mind Reading

David Blaine is an undisputed master of magic, illusion and endurance. He has broken several Guinness World records, been entombed in ice and gone 44 days without food. He’s been ‘buried alive’ and ‘drowned alive’ and after his latest stunt he is lucky to still be alive as he was electrocuted by a tesla coil.

Still only 39 years old Blaine has achieved massively. He is the Houdini of our time. Before the feats of endurance he performs now, David Blaine was a street magician. He performed close up magic and mind reading tricks to strangers in the street.


Blaine first became interested in magic when he was 4 years old. He moved to New Your to perform magic when he was 17. His early street magic videos were remarkable because of his calm persona and the focus on audience reaction. At the time using the camera in this way was ground breaking. The next generation of street magicians such as Dynamo use similar techniques both in their magic and in the way they use the camera.

Many of Blaine’s early forays in front of the camera were captured in David Blaine – Street Magic [DVD] [2007]. You can view the whole DVD on Youtube, the first vid is below. It is well worth a watch for an introduction to David Blaine’s street magic.

In ‘Street Magic’ Blaine performs a number of mind reads, here is a compilation of some, its worth watching the whole video to see them all though:

He does card predictions, predicts names and makes images and names appear on his skin. The reactions he gets from the mind reading and mentalism tricks are some of the strongest in ‘Street Magic’. Just check out the kid when a 4 of Hearts appears on Blaine’s shoulder :)


David Blaine has released his own set of mind reading marked cards which are available with instructions:

Performers of magic and mentalism have different interests and peruse different paths. It would be nice to see Blaine performing more mentalism feats in future, however you can’t deny he is a master of endurance and has indeed set world records to prove it. Think about where your strengths lie. Work on them and you too can be a great performer.

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Mentalist Memory Techniques: Major System

Memorising Major System

The major system is one of the most powerful memory systems available. It is used to remember numbers and those who know this system can perform seemingly superhuman memory feats.

This is pt 3. of the mentalist memory techniques series. This post shows you the fundamentals of the major system and allow you to begin to harness some of its power.

The major system works by converting numbers into words, the words into images then linking the images together. The building blocks of the major system begin with converting numbers 0-9 into sounds as follows:

The System

0 – Z or S – first sound of the word zero
1 – D or T – letters have 1 downstroke
2 – N – 2 downstrokes
3 – M – 3 downstrokes
4 – R – final sound of word ‘four’
5 – L – Roman numeral for 50 is L
6 – g, ch, sh, soft g. g is 6 rotated 180°
7 – K, hard-ch, hard-c, hard-g. K looks like 2 7s
8 – F, V – f written out in joined up handwriting looks like an 8
9 – P, b – P turned around looks like a 9

Knowing these building blocks is essential. Take some time now to go through the list and memorise the sounds that correspond to each number, it will take you about 15 minutes. Once you have practised with them a little you will know them for life.

Create Images

Now you know which sounds correspond to which numbers you can begin to unlock the amazing major system. To remember the number you need to make a word which you can turn into an image containing the corresponding sound. For instance:

0 – Saw
1 – Tie
2 – Noah
3 – Ma
4 – Rye
5 – Law
6 – Shoe
7 – Cow
8 – Ivy
9 – Bee

You could use these items or choose your own. The best items are those which are distinctive. If they make an impression on more than 1 sense ie. items with distinctive taste/ smell/ sound that’s good as is association with an action.

Get More Advanced

Now you get the idea you can move on to combinations of 2 numbers. You can make images up on the fly if you like for instance 15 could be TAIL, TOWEL, TILL. 20 could be NOSE, NOOSE, NAZ.

If you want to learn advanced memory techniques the best thing to do is memorise an image for numbers 0-100. Here is an example list. Feel free to use it or make up your own.

0. Sow       20. Nose     40. Rose     60. Cheese   80. Fez      00. S.O.S.   
1. Hat       21. Net      41. Road     61. Sheet    81. Fat      01. Seed     
2. Hen       22. Nun      42. Rain     62. Chain    82. Fan      02. Sun      
3. Ham       23. Nemo     43. Room     63. Jam      83. Foam     03. Sam      
4. Row       24. Nero     44. Aurora   64. Cherry   84. Fire     04. Zero     
5. Hill      25. Nail     45. Rail     65. Jello    85. File     05. Seal     
6. Shoe      26. Notch    46. Rash     66. Judge    86. Fish     06. Sash     
7. Cow       27. Neck     47. Rock     67. Chalk    87. Fog      07. Sack     
8. Ivy       28. Knife    48. Roof     68. Chef     88. Fife     08. Sofa     
9. Bee       29. Knob     49. Rope     69. Ship     89. Fib      09. Sepia    
10. Toes     30. Mouse    50. Lace     70. Gas      90. Bus                   
11. Dad      31. Mat      51. Loot     71. Cat      91. Bat                   
12. Dune     32. Moon     52. Lion     72. Can      92. Pen                   
13. Dime     33. Mummy    53. Lime     73. Comb     93. Opium                 
14. Tire     34. Mower    54. Lure     74. Car      94. Bear                  
15. Doll     35. Mule     55. Lily     75. Coal     95. Bell                  
16. Tissue   36. Match    56. Leech    76. Cage     96. Bush                  
17. Duck     37. Mug      57. Log      77. Coke     97. Book                  
18. Dove     38. Movie    58. Lava     78. Cave     98. Beef                  
19. Tape     39. Map      59. Lip      79. Cape     99. Pipe

Source: http://litemind.com/major-system/

With a key like this you will be able to perform amazing feats of memory very quickly. You can of course have items which correspond to longer sequences of numbers. Try making up items for 3 number sequences eg. 142 = TRAIN, 752 = CLOWN, 305 = MISSILE

After learning what is taught in this post you have the tools to begin harnessing the power of the major system. You can use the peg system to link images. Further methods of practical applications will be discussed in this series very soon.

Mentalist Memory Techniques: Peg System

This is pt 2. of the current mnemonics series. The peg system allows you to remember things by linking them to ‘pegs’ in your mind. The ‘pegs’ are items you have already memorised which are themselves linked to numbers.

The beauty of the peg system is that once you have memorised the pegs once, that’s it. You can then use them whenever you like. In this article we will look at a simple peg system which you can learn in 10 minutes. I found this video which neatly explains a peg system which allows you to quickly memorise a 10 item list.

In the video the guy uses pegs which rhyme with the numbers so they are easy to remember. He also uses clear images to help the girl remember them. The following pegs are used:

  1. Bun
  2. Shoe
  3. Tree
  4. Door
  5. Hive
  6. Sticks
  7. Heavan
  8. Gate
  9. Line
  10. Hen

Why not use the same pegs? Use the visualisation methods described in the video to remember them.

To link the pegs to the items on a list you must create an image. The image should link the 2 items together and be unusual. Again the guy does a great job in doing this.

Once you have memorised the pegs practise by making a list of 10 items and linking them to the pegs. Then practise with friends and an attractive girl if you can find one! You should be able to recall the items in any order :)

Made To Stick Review

Made to Stick is a book about making ideas ‘stick’. Its an important concept for mentalists because you want to create a memorable show.

Chip and Dan Heath have found 6 principles which make ideas stick:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Unexpectedness
  3. Concreteness
  4. Credibility
  5. Emotions
  6. Stories

If you understand these ideas and apply them to your mentalism routines they will be so much more powerful!


Simplicity is crucial for ideas to be memorable, and this goes for your routines too. As you become a more advanced mentalist it can be tempting to come up with more complex routines but often simple effects are more memorable!

A good simple idea is like a proverb in that it is both simple and profound. Some examples of good simple ideas are Bill Clinton’s campaign moto: ‘It’s the economy stupid’ and Southwest Airlines mission statement to be ‘the low cost airline’.

Simple ideas stick!


As a mentalist you need to grab peoples attention and keep it. That’s where unexpectedness comes in. To grab peoples’ attention you have to break their ‘guessing machine’ then fix it. To grab attention:

  1. Find core message
  2. Figure out what’s counter-intuitive about message
  3. Create message that breaks audiences ‘guessing machines’
  4. Help them refine their guessing machines

Your job is to work out how to add elements of surprise.

To keep attention create a mystery then drop in clues as you go along. Try thinking ‘what questions do i want my audience to ask themselves?’


Concreteness means being specific. Use things that people can relate to. For instance, use every day objects and ideas to create a big impact with your routines :)


You need to create credibility as a mentalist. Just by telling people you are a mentalist or by the fact that you are performing or on stage lends credibility.

Remember, our intuitions are often flawed. Factors such as beliefs, emotions and media coverage can warp our perceptions of events. If you know this you can use it to your advantage.

The audience itself also lends credibility. If you can get a member of the audience to confirm something for instance, people are likely to believe them more than you.


Emotions are very important in mentalism. People in a heightened state will see things differently, sometimes literally! There are a number of ways to engage people’s emotions. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is very important in engaging emotions.

Maslow's Pyramid


People love listening to stories. If you can link your routine together by telling a story it will be much more compelling for the audience!


Making an idea stick – the communication framework. For an idea to stick the audience must:

  1. Pay attention
  2. Understand and remember it
  3. Agree, believe
  4. Care
  5. Be able to act on it

Keep this in mind for your routine, though you might not necessarily want people to ‘act’ on your performance, you certainly want them to remember it :)

Here are some useful points to apply if you can’t get an idea to stick:

  1. No one is listening: Break their guessing machines, tell uncommon sense.
  2. Attention wavering: Create curiosity gaps. Mysteries, puzzles etc.
  3. Problems getting people to understand and remember: Make the message simpler and use concrete language. Use real world examples, stories etc.
  4. People have different levels of knowledge: Create concrete basis for understanding, use things everyone understands.
  5. Problems getting people to believe you or agree: Find telling details.
  6. People questioning you constantly: Use a springboard story or anecdote.
  7. Problems getting people to care: Remember people care more about individuals. Tell them an inspiring story, tap into their sense of their own identities.
  8. Things that used to get people excited no longer working: Get out of Maslow’s basement and appeal to more profound types of self interest.
  9. Problems getting people to act: Inspire with challenge plot story or springboard story. Msg must be simple and concrete.

Again, you are not interested in getting people to act (probably), however all the others are great tips on how to pep up your routines.

I hope you enjoyed this review, Made to Stick from a mentalists perspective!


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Mentalist Memory Techniques: Link Method

mentalism techniques: link method

If you are serious about becoming a mentalist you need to get your memory in shape. This article shows you the link method which is essential to know for many mentalism tricks. This is pt 1 in a series of posts on mnemonics. Learn this technique then move on :)

Link Method

Using the link method you can take a list of items and remember them in order in next to no time. The more you practise, the better you get :) In this exercise we take 20 items and memorise them in order. Try doing that without using a memory technique – impossible. You could try with part of this list if you like or go for the whole 20 if you want the practise.

The link method is based on creating vivid images in the minds eye. The weirder the images are, the easier they are to remember. Here are some other tips on creating mental images that are easy to remember:

  1. Picture the items out of proportion
  2. Give the image action
  3. Exaggerate the amount of items
  4. Substitute the item

The objects are:

carpet, paper, bottle, bed, fish, chair, window, mobile phone, cigarette, nail, keyboard, shoe, microphone, pen, TV, plate, donut, car, coffee pot, and brick.

Firstly, get a picture of some carpet in your minds eye. Make it some carpet that is familiar to you for example the carpet in your hallway.

Now we are going to link the carpet to the next item, the paper, in an image. Try to make the image as strange as possible. For instance you could picture the carpet in your hall made from paper. See yourself walking on it, hear it loudly crinkle under foot. You could also picture yourself writing on a piece of carpet, feel the frustration as its virtually impossible to write on!

You may need to close your eyes at first to get a clear image in your mind. Once you have the picture clearly in your mind forget it and move on.

You have now put the previous image completely out of your mind. The next 2 items to link are paper and bottle. Again, make a ridiculous image linking them. For example you could picture yourself reading a huge bottle instead of a paper or writing on a huge bottle. You could picture a bottle pouring out paper or a bottle made of paper. As soon as an image comes to mind picture it vividly then move on.

Next link bottle and bed. Picture yourself lying in a huge bottle or taking a drink from a bed :) Get the image clearly then put it out of your mind and move on.

Bed and fish. See a giant fish sleeping in your bed :)

Fish and chair: You are out fishing but instead of fish there are chairs swimming round.

Chair and window: See yourself sitting on a pin of glass or violently throwing chairs through a glass window.

Window and mobile phone: Your mobile phone is a huge window, how are you going to fit that in your pocket?!

Mobile phone and cigarette: You are smoking your mobile phone or you’re holding a massive cigarette to your ear and speaking into it as if it were a phone.

Cigarette and nail: You are hammering a lit cigarette into the wall

Nail and keyboard: You are hammering a big nail through a keyboard or all your keys have been replaced by big nails!

Keyboard and shoe: See yourself wearing keyboards instead of shoes or typing on shoes.

Shoe and microphone: Your the singer in a rock band, the microphone has been replaced by a shoe.

Microphone and pen: Your writing with a microphone or talking into a giant pen.

Pen and TV: See a million pens streaming out of your TV!

TV and plate: See yourself eating off a flatscreen TV instead of a plate.

Plate and donut: See yourself biting into a donut but as you bite it it cracks and you realise its a plate!

Donut and car: There’s a big donut driving down the street in a car.

Car and coffee pot: You are driving a giant coffee pot down the street :)

Coffee pot and brick: See yourself pouring a mug of coffee from a brick.

That’s it! Its quite a long list but if you have pictured the images vividly you should be able to remember them no problem. Give it a try. For some people, thinking of crazy images is a bit harder than for others but using the tips should help.

Get practising the link method with other lists. See if you can remember a list of items your friends give you. This is an important method. We will move on to other cool memory techniques and practical applications for mentalists in the next in the series.

The Magician’s Cabaret, Sydney

For anyone who has been looking for a cabaret show in Sydney, here is a fantastic suggestion for you. Local residents and tourists from all points of the globe, and all walks of life, are sure to love the amazing dinner shows at The Magician’s Cabaret. It is reputed to be one of the best theatrical experiences in Sydney.

The resident dinner show, “La Lumiere.. a magician’s tale,” is presented every Friday and Saturday Night. Guests are treated to a captivating magic show that invites them to set aside their day to day worries and suspend disbelief. They are lead on a delightful journey of discovery to a place where all things are possible. This fun-filled extravaganza is suitable for all age groups and all nationalities. La Lumiere is a show that has something for everyone. It combines mystifying and miraculous magic, imaginative storytelling, outrageous comedy and entrancing song and dance numbers. This is sure to be one unforgettable evening.

The singing and dancing at the cabaret shows in Sydney are literally world class, and the costuming is simply spectacular. The charming, old-world decor and warm, inviting atmosphere at the cabaret room provide the perfect ambiance no matter what the occasion. This has to be the best dinner show in Sydney, and it is only a few short blocks from downtown.

While they are enjoying the show, guests will also be dining on a four-course candlelight dinner. The Magician’s Cabaret features some of the best cuisine Sydney has to offer. The chef, Aidan Butler, serves up sumptuous and diverse international offerings at every dinner show. The menu is sure to delight any palate.

Understandably, these fabulous dinner shows do tend to fill up fast. The management of The Magician’s Cabaret recommends making reservations ahead of time, and they offer special group booking rates.

This splendid venue is available for special events and exclusive bookings. For these special events, the menu can be altered to suit any dietary preferences. The programs can be adjusted to accommodate your own bands or speaking guests.

It does not matter what kind of an event you are planning. It could be a romantic evening, a special birthday party, a large corporate dinner or just a night out with the girls. Whatever the occasion, why not add a little magic to the evening?

To make reservations for your own magical night, or just find out more about the unique entertainment offered at The Magician’s Cabaret, go to http://www.themagicianscabaret.com

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Dynamo Magician Impossible Series 2 Review

Everyone’s favourite young street magician is at it again. Here’s the Mentalism Skills review of Magician Impossible Series 2:

Magician Impossible Series 2 is a 4 part series which was recently shown on Watch. In a similar vein to Magician Impossible Series 1, Dynamo travels the UK, Europe and the Americas performing magic on the street and for celebs. He mixes close up magic, mentalism and large scale illusions, always bringing an element of surprise and fun.

The show was integrated with social media with the hashtag #WatchDynamo and Dynamo answered questions after each show. There’s also an app with exclusive content.

The Shows

Ep 1

Episode 1 sees Dynamo in London. He hilariously makes his hands too hot to touch so people won’t shake hands with him. Then he uses his ‘hot hands’ to melt glass in a clothing warehouse. He’s also up to his old tricks doing crazy coin magic and putting phones in glass bottles.

Over in Venice Dynamo performs at the World Poker Tour where he meets a group of fans and blows them away with some card magic. He then does a series of card predictions on a top poker player demonstrating why he’s not allowed to enter the world series.

Dynamo’s big illusions in this show were flying through the air like superman in a club and disappearing out his tracksuit in a sports shop.

My favourite trick is the prediction in the pub though. Back in Bradford Dynamo is in his gran’s local. A woman from the pub throws 3 darts at a dartboard and Dynamo reveals he has predicted the throws with 100% accuracy on the next dart board. Great stuff :)

Ep 2

During the filming of show 1 Dynamo’s Grandad sadly passes away. Dynamo needs to get away so for episode 2 he heads to Rio after a bit of a break from magic to mourn his Grandad’s passing.

No-one knows him in Rio and the added element of surprise makes this a great show. He is vanishing things and making them reappear in some seemingly impossible places. He does a lot of tricks for kids on the street and in the favellas like making popcorn appear in his hands and passing coins through kids’ hands.

The stuff in the favellas is quite touching as Dynamo has grown up in a rough area himself so has a connection with the people there in that respect. He does a really cool prediction here too making a girl win at bingo :)

Dynamo is enjoying his levitations in this episode. Standing near the beach he levitates off a bench, he floats a football off the ground and for a big climax he levitates, Christ-like in front of the Christ The Redeemer statue.

Ep 3

For episode 3 Dynamo is up to his old tricks in the US. There is quite a bit of mentalism type stuff in this episode. The highlight for me is when a couple rip a bunch of postcards in half. They then choose 1 each randomly, they’re the same then, Dynamo re-seals the postcard and also makes it written to a friend of the girls.

He also does a prediction involving a table, some salt and Elvis and does some crazy stuff to some guys involving playing cards that are seemingly as heavy as a car.

Ep 4

In episode 4 Dynamo does some cool magic for legendary musician Damon Albarn. Put it this way I hope he had a light lunch. His time prediction is absolutely brilliant getting clocks on a main square to change to the exact time 2 girls both choose on their watches.

That’s one impressive illusion. Others include passing through a solid steel fence, and for the finale making a 10,000/1 prediction.


Dynamo has a number of problems going into this series. He is now a celebrity in his own right in the UK and a lot of people have seen his best effects. He addresses the problem of people recognising him by getting away and the episode in Rio was my favourite episode. The other problem he addressed by coming up with many new effects and interesting variations of previously performed material.

In terms of his mind magic and mentalism type stuff he is really impressive. Especially in episode 3 there is quite a bit of mind magic. I am not so much a fan of some of the levitations like walking down a building. While it looks good it is obviously done with wires so its more the technical expertise that’s impressive rather than Dynamo’s skills. Having said that his ability to perform big illusions in the blink of an eye like when he vanishes is fantastic.


Mentalism Techniques: The Illusion Of Choice

A key component of mentalism is audience participation. You may ask an audience member to write something down, hide an object or think of a number.

Very often when you present an audience with a seemingly free choice you want them to make a particular decision. Here are a few methods of presenting the audience with a choice and getting the choice you want.

Card Forces

A card force is simply getting the audience member to choose a particular card. There are many card forces. Here are a few that are particularly relevant for mentalists:

David Blaine lets a certain card be exposed for a fraction of a second longer than the others, ‘forcing’ this card on you.

The ‘Classic Force’ is explained well in this vid.

The ‘Riffle Force’ is very useful too.

Mathematical Force

There are several mathmatical forces. There is The Magic Square for example. Here is another you can try:

  1. Pick a 3 digit number where the first and last digits have 2 numbers between them. (eg. 268)
  2. Reverse the number (862)
  3. Subtract the smaller number from the larger number (594)
  4. Reverse that number (495)
  5. Add that number to the total from 3. (495+594=1089)

The total you arrive at is always 1089!

Magicians Choice

Magician’s choice relies on the fact that you know something the audience member doesn’t. No matter what choice the audience member makes the choice gives you what you want.

As an example, I was at a mentalism show recently where the mentalist was smashing cups with his hand. One of the cups had a large metal spike under it. Of course the guy didn’t want to take any chances.

A dice was rolled for several choices ( it was sure to be loaded) then for the final 2 cups the mentalist asked an audience member to choose the cup. There were nos 2 and 3 left. The audience member picked 3 and the mentalist said ‘ OK, you have 3 which means only number 2 remains and hit 2’. If the audience member would have said 2 the mentalist would have said something different and still hit 2.

Giving the illusion of choice is important in your audience participation, take a look at and practise all these techniques. Once you understand them you can progress to more complicated forces.

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3 Cold Reading Techniques

cold reading

1. Use Barnum Statements

The term Barnum statement comes from the P.T Barnum expression ‘we’ve got something for everyone’. A psychologist called Bertram Forer came up with the idea of statements which could be applied to anyone.

He provided volunteers with personality evaluations and all agreed they were highly accurate, the only problem was all the evaluations said exactly the same thing. You can use Barnum statements during cold readings and be pretty much guaranteed a hit. Here are some examples:

  • You have a great need for other people to like and admire you.
  • You have a tendency to be critical of yourself.
  • You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage.
  • While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them.
  • Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside.
  • At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved.
  • You’re an independent and creative thinker.
  • Security is one of your major goals in life.

2. Use Questions

The intelligent use of questions is vital in cold reading. If you can use questions cleverly the sitter or audience will provide the information without even realising it.

Try asking direct questions for things that are very likely to get a hit. These are things that are generally true for everyone or people within certain demographics eg. have you ever had a pet? Observe the person too eg. if they are wearing a wedding ring ask ‘are you in a relationship?’

Use indirect questions to prompt the sitter to supply further information if you are searching for a hit. eg. does that sound right?

3. Re-state Information

Try to remember the info you get from a sitter and use it later in the cold reading. This is a great technique. You might think it is easy for the sitter to spot but if you wait a while to restate info and do it cleverly you are guaranteed a hit. The sitter won’t have a clue they provided the info.

Re-stating information like all cold reading techniques takes a bit of practise but its a very useful technique, as are all these 3.

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