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I have wished for some time to be able to use cold reading in my mind reading effects, but any resource on it just talks about psychic readings, which is not where I want to go with cold reading. Any suggestions of works that pertain more to the realm of mentalism?
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I wrote my book 'James Bond Classic Reading' specifically to talk about adding cold reading to mentalism effects using a way of learning and remembering the 'classic reading' lines (which have been discussed on these forums at length - do a search for 'barnum')

HOWEVER as you will now find, quite a lot of people will now tell you that the best way to learn 'cold reading' is to learn a normal system (such as the ones you've decided not to learn i.e. Palmistry, Tarot etc) and then use what you have learned by practicing these systems in real life in your presentations of your own routines.

Cold Reading is a quite varied skillset that comes from practice and experience - in the same way you can't ride a bicycle after reading a book on how to ride one, you won't be able to use cold reading to great effect in your own mentalism routines unless you've put the time in, probably in related but not identical areas.
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Well that said, I guess cold reading isn't for me.. I would really never want to tell anyone that I'm a psychic mind reader who can predict the future, and I couldn't find a link to your book that worked. Thank you however for the advice.
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You can still use cold reading, and you can use palmistry to give a 'character' reading, which is what a lot of people do anyway - simply tell the person all about themselves using what you see on the hand as a guide.

It's up to you whether you want to say you are psychic and can read the future. Personally I've never said that.
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I learned to read palms by reading/studying Bev's book on the subject. I do not tell people that I am psychic or that I can predict their future.

Many cultures have seen a connection between the lines on the hand and a person’s "personality". What is most fascinating to me is that the meaning of a set of lines is roughly the same regardless of the time in history or location on the planet that the system was developed. By studying this system I have learned to see what those before me saw. Most often the results are very telling and can serve as a guide for the person I am “reading” for.

By the way…Thanks Bev
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You can as well use cold reading lines in the process of divining a zodiac sign, without claiming you are psychic or predicting the future. You can use these character cold reading lines in other effects too.
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A decent annotated bibliography of cold reading resources can be found here. Most — but not all — of these view it from an entertainer's perspective.
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I'm not sure I exactly what it is your looking for. You say you want your cold reading to be more in liine with mentalism; what is the difference, to you, between mentalism and psychic entertainment?

If you mean a more psychoogical bent you learn a stock reading (or Webster's Psychometry A to Z) and give a little reading, but give a faux body language explanation of how you do it. Watch the first season of "the mentalist" for examples.

My apologies if that's not what you were talking about.
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Let me put it this way.. I read plenty o effects/presentations that say this "Of course [name of effect] could also be greatly enhanced with your cold reading skills."

Yet all the cold reading resources deal with it as a stand alone character reading (not what I want at all).
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On 2010-06-25 18:09, magicFreak2 wrote:

Yet all the cold reading resources deal with it as a stand alone character reading (not what I want at all).


then what exactly do you want? if you can answer that then see how you may apply these resources under that light.
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That's why I wrote my book, as I told you earlier, for mentalists who wanted to 'spice up' their mentalism in all those annoying places where the instructions read 'and then add in some cold reading' as if it was really easy and everyone can do it. The classic reading lines are actually quite useful for this, if you understand how to use them properly.

Here's the link:

http://imentalism.com/theparlour/index.p......-reading
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As I said before, your site appears down.. 404 error.
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Weird. Just tried it on three different browsers and on my phone, seems to work fine.
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Fails for me too, Bev. The http://imentalism.com/theparlour/index.php/readings/ URL works fine, but many of the links from that page produce 404 errors.
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Same here, Bev. There's definitely something going on. Maybe we need to call on the guys and gals from the Bizarre section.
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It's a PHP issue; if you remove the "index.php/" segment from any of the above URLs, they work fine.
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On 2010-06-25 21:53, ddyment wrote:
It's a PHP issue; if you remove the "index.php/" segment from any of the above URLs, they work fine.


Thanks, works!!
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Yes, it works fine now!

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No idea what's going on folks. If you want to see my site you'll just have to go there and navigate it yourselves!

http://imentalism.com/theparlour/

(While you're there you may want to check out my new pitch book!)
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As a former police interrogator, I had knowledge about applied kinesiology, NLP and some cold reading techniques. To sharpen my skills, I just read the available information which always involves some kind of divination system. After I got the feel for what was going on I just used the techniques and left out the divination system and all is well.

I use cold reading all throughout my show. I use in when utilizing the Mental Epic and I do so without any gaff. I use it whem employing The Relic or just a simple pick a card routine.

Nolan Brade has a simple down to earth e-book and I usually recommend to people who are seriously interested.

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