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In several "Conversations with Mindreaders" and in Doug Dyment's "Sign Language," much is made of the advanced perfomer's ability to see whether a subject is about to say "yes" or "no" BEFORE the subject actually says anything.

I'm trying to develop this ability based on Dyment's description of the process in "Sign Language." If it works, it would definitely eliminate some concerns I and I know others have about branching anagrams (i.e., without audible "yes" or "no" answers, the audience cannot conclude the performer is simply fishing).

Have many of you had success with this approach? Is Dyment's "Sign Language" discussion accurate, or are there more in depth instructions available?

Thank you in advance.
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Hi Avocat,

I don't actually have Doug's "Sign Language". However, I am familiar with progressive anagrams and their uses. Performed correctly these types of routines can be extremely powerful.

Experience is really the key here. The more you perform these routines the more you seem to be able to second guess what the spectator is about to say. By jumping in quickly it can seem as though you are giving the answers before the spectator has time to speak.

Of course, it helps if your anagram's are constructed efficiently. With Doug's "Sign Language" the hard work has already been done for you. As I said, I don't own a copy myself, but I have heard high praise indeed from those in the know.

Hope that helps.
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Where is Sign Language available? Who sells it?
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While I've not listened to the 'conversations' or read 'sign language', I do have a passing skill in reading responses.

When I first started learning the way I practiced, was to meet strangers in conversations. Didn't matter who or where. I'd just start asking them questions. After a short time, I'd have some of their personal details. I'd then re-ask a similar question that would get a yes/no response. "Your name is Matt?", "Do you have a dog?" "You live in a flat?" etc, etc, etc.

I would know what the answer would be, but I'd be watching their response to me asking the question. The more you do this, the easier it gets to identify yes/no responses.

After a while, I'd be asking the question, then answering it myself... much to the shock of the strangers.

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A question on sign language : is this (like contimental) only of use for English speaking performers ? Or is a different method used ?
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