Phil Goldstein

This close-up effect by Phil Goldstein is considerably off the beaten path, and Is easily carried in wallet or pocket.

You begin by removing 10 white cards from your wallet. Each bears a person's name ,

"The various names may be matched Into five pairs of famous teams," you explain. "The teams are different types. But each is well-known,

"For instance, there are cards for Romeo and Juliet, the famous romantic couple," you point out, running through the packet and removing the cards with those names on them.

"Butch and Sundance, the legendary outlaws, are another team," you comment, tossing down those cards.

Then, singling out one spectator, you reassemble the packet, and ask the spectator to mix the cards face down.

The cards, still face down, are divided into two equal packets, one of which Is retained by you, while the spectator is given the other. Neither you nor the spectator look at your face-down cards.

Pointing out that you will go first, you deal one of your cards, sight unseen, face down onto the table.

Then, following your instructions, the spectator does likewise.

"My random selection was placed on the table BEFORE you made your choice," you remind the spectator. "You could have used any one of your five cards. The choice was yours.

TiWhich one did you select?"

The spectator shows his card. It bears, for example, the name "Goliath," the biblical giant.

"GoliathI Dd you recall the name o£ his adversary, whose name has since been permanently linked with that of the foe he slew?"

The spectator answers, "David/1

And that proves to be the name on th« card you put on tilt table BEFORE the spectator's selection,

A special set of cards is used. The 10 names making up the set are Romeo, Juliet, Butch, Sundance, David, Goliath, Chet, Lisa, Jonathan, and Bathsheba.

The cards are trimmed, for stripping, and the card with the name "David" on it Is marked on its back.

Now arrange the cards so that the first five in the above list point in one direction, the other five in the opposite direction.

Mix the packet, and you are set to begin.

Start by fanning out the packet, so the spectator can see PART of each name — not enough to clearly read the writing, but enough to show that all 10 names are different.

Timed to your remarks, remove the Romeo and Juliet cards, and then the Butch and Sundance cards, leading the spectator to assume that the other three pairs are similarly specific.

Then, after the spectator has mixed the cards face down, you take the shuffled packet and divide the Cards in half, by stripping out the two directional groups 1209 (Cont'd on page 1210)


Published every other Friday Editor Bascom Jones October 12, 1979

Cold-reading skills demand a sensitivity to a sitter's often non-verbal communication — the tell-tale signals that let you know when you are on-target — and a sound knowledge of the life patterns common to each of us,

Your success is measured by playing one against the other. But where do you get the knowledge in the first place?

One book that every practicing cold reader should have in his, or her, library is Gail Sheehy's bestseller, "Passages,"

It is available in a soft-cover edition, and has been in the stores for several years.

1 overlooked it, until Nancy Davis brought it to my attention, noting that it was dynamite for the cold reader.

"Passages" has been described as a "road map of adult life (showing) the Inevitable personality and sexual changes we go through in our~20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond ,"

The steps are the same for both sexes, but the developmental rhythms are not. Sheehy points out the predictable crises at each step.

In effect, she lays out a blueprint for the cold reader.

And speaking of life patterns, Reuters wire service recently carried an interesting story out of East Berlin.

It quoted an East German youth newspaper, which reported that teen-age love problems were the most common theme among more than 2500 letters to the problems page.

"Most noticeable was that 15-year-oLd boys and girls have the greatest number of heartbreaks," the newspaper commented.

One out of three letters came from youths of 15 or 16.

The paper reported the second most common topic was difficulties with parents, followed by appeals for advice over the choice of partners.

ESP, PK, TM, and other familiar initial isms may not be as widely understood by others as they are by us, Cicardi

Page points out. He reaffirmed it the hard way

He was talking to a person about a booking, discovered that the individual recognized but few of the initials.

The moral, according to Lawrence Ragan 1st "Do not assume that your understanding of initialisms or jargon will be shared by everyone else."

Put another way, I guess you could say DNATYUOIOJWBSBEE. Bj

("Teamwork" — Cont'd from page 1209) of name cards, keeping for yourself the group containing the card with the name David on it.

Simply identify the David card by the secret mark on Its back, as you mix your packet. Deal the card out, face down, apparently at random.

All five names in the spectator's packet, of course, may be paired with the name David,

For impact, however, have the spectator's card turned up first. Then, suggest the proper pairing to the spectator In such a manner as to force him, or her, to come up with the name David.

("Mind's" - Cont'd from page 1208) "freckle" on the tablecloth in front of the spectator, as the magnet is removed with the chess piece.

Knowing the identity of the selected piece, you simply tailor a cold reading to the spectator and, then, tie it all together by identifying the selection.

The legs on the box will keep the bits of colored steel from being rubbed off.

("Psi" - Cont'd from page 1208) you later using the most commonly used two-digit psychological force number.

Finally, because your initial command causes most spectators to think of two-digit numbers, percentages are in your favor that one' or more will hit upon the number 23.

It's at this point you truly will have probed the individual's mind!


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The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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