Cold Reading – Putting it into Action

Posted: March 1, 2010 in Mentalism

Now we’ve discussed the different techniques that are required for Cold Reading I can now begin to tell you how to put these techniques into action, I’m just going to speak a little more about observation though, and how observing someone for just 30 seconds can tell you more about them than what you could imagine.

When you first begin talking to someone, take a look at what they’re wearing, are they wearing casual clothes or do they look smart? Are they clean shaven? Is their hair neatly done? Are they wearing any jewellery such as wedding rings? What are their facial expressions like? Are they happy, sad, etc..? The devil is in the details and you MUST pay attention to the details. If someone is married, you may ask how or when they got married, if then they begin to fiddle with their wedding ring (usually women, although men have been known to do it too) this can be a sign that things are not quite good at the moment, and you could say something along the lines of “I get a sense that while things were good to start with, you and your wife/husband are going through a tough time right now” you may wish to then follow this up by saying “but I can sense that things will get better for you”

Feeding someone positive information is more likely to be successful, people like to hear nice things about themselves so if you say generally nice things after a slight negative, they’re much more likely to believe that you’re psychic or have some type of power. Observation is KEY for successful Cold Reading, in my opinion.

I read a story once from a Cold Reading book that I was reading, in short, the writer was explaining that he was in a shop with someone and his friend was talking about him reading Tarot cards, the cashier then asked the man “Can you tell me something about my boyfriend” he went onto explain that she was roughly 19 and very attractive, so he instantly knew that she’d have no trouble finding a boyfriend, which lead him to believe that she either thinks that her boyfriend is cheating on her, or that her boyfriend is married. The writer said to her “hes married isn’t he?” and of course, he turned out to be right.

That’s called making an educated guess, sometimes guessing based on the information you gather from observing someone can pay off, and usually, it does, depending on your skills of observation.

The question that’s usually asked by beginners is “When and where can I start” the good thing about this, is that you can do this wherever there are people. I must stress that you should only do this to break the ice, and to make people feel good about themselves. This can also be used to make money, however if you don’t care about the people you’re cold reading and you’re only in it to make a profit (like many so called “psychics” then you should stop reading now.

Next time you’re on a bus or train, look around and observe people. Look at the small details, what are they wearing, facial expressions, posture etc.. and make a guess about what they do for a living, if they’re married, etc.. if you like, you can even try giving them a little 2 minute cold read to see how successful you are. You can easily do this by saying something along the lines of “excuse me, but I’m getting a strong sense that..” and then begin to say what you think they may do.

The more you practice the better you’ll become. I’ll explain more in my next article, but until then, begin putting that into practice.

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