Cold Reading Techniques

Posted: February 26, 2010 in Mentalism

Hopefully you would have followed the steps in the previous article to help improve your sense of observation, if you have done this successfully and have practiced it for a few days then you’re ready to move onto this step in Cold Reading. You can do that by clicking here. If you’re observation skills haven’t improved then you’ll need to go back and re-read the last part of the article and continue to practice. Cold Reading can be done without a good sense of observation, however the accuracy rate may drop because you’ll miss many of the subtle clues that you need to look for.

In order to be a successful Cold Reader and convince people that you’re Psychic you’ll need to show confidence, if you appear to be very confident when you’re cold reading someone it’ll add to the affect and you’ll begin to convince more people of your “powers” I’ll now speak about the different techniques that Cold Readers use in order to appear like a genuine Psychic.


Staging is an important aspect in Cold Reading, saying something like “I’m not really feeling the spiritual connection right now, it may take a little longer than usual” can give the audience or subject more confidence in what you’re doing, you can do a little acting and pretend that you’re struggling to get through to the “spiritual world” which gives you a little more time to look at the subjects body language, facial expressions and the type of clothing they’re wearing.


Fishing is a very good technique to use. This entails feeding information to your subject, for example saying something like “I see the letter J” could mean absolutely anything, however sometimes the subject will shout out the name of someone who has passed, whos name began with the letter J and may say something like “That must be Joan”, or perhaps they’ll give off a more subtle clue, such as a body movement or facial expression.

Forer Effect

The Forer effect is a previously written statement and is often used more in online psychic readings. Take the following text for example.

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 have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. Security is one of your major goals in life.

The above text was written by the psychologist Bertram R Forer. If you read through what the text says, chances are you’ll be able to relate to it, and it may even be 90% or more accurate for you. This will apply to pretty much everyone.

I’ll give you a few days to take all that into account before writing my next article on how to begin to put those techniques into action.

  1. Oh my. Cold Reading Techniques The Art of Mentalism was a
    good read! . Good.

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