Many people who visit my site are interested in cold reading, so I thought I'd explain a little bit about it here. This is a
I will start by talking about cold reading, and then (on page 3) I will explain what the distinct subject of
Let's take it from the top. Most people know someone who has been for a so-called 'psychic' reading, like a tarot reading. They go to see the psychic, and they come back amazed, saying things like, 'She told me things she could not possibly have known!'. (I use 'she' because most practitioners happen to be female.)
Psychic readings and consultations are a big industry. The wrapping paper may change (tarot cards / astrological readings / mediums who claim they can relay messages from the dead and so on), but the basic deal is always the same: you give money to someone, and they seem to know things about you and your life that couldn't be just guesswork.
So how's it done? How does Madame La Woowoo Fake Conartista manage to say things that sound meaningful to a complete stranger?
Some would say this abiity is evidence of psychic talent, so let's deal with this first. It is meaningless to say psychic powers either do or do not exist.
If psychic powers are real for you, then you may as well get off the bus at this point, because the rest of this explanation won't make any sense to you. Farewell, and have a wonderful life. (Incidentally, if you want to write and tell me you know
So, proceeding on the basis that
There are some common myths and misunderstandings about cold reading, and on Page 2 I'll try to address a few of them.
A real psychic person I photographed in New Orleans. 35 years experience, but still hasn't found time to buy a dictionary.
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Check out my Applied Cold Reading website, with info, course details and so on. "Like mind-reading but for business purposes."
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