Cold Reading

Cold reading is a series of techniques used by mentalists, psychics, fortune-tellers, mediums and illusionists to determine or express details about another person, often in order to convince them that the reader knows much more about a subject than they actually do. Without prior knowledge of a person, a practiced cold reader can still quickly obtain a great deal of information about the subject by analyzing the person's body language, age, clothing or fashion, hairstyle, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, level of education, manner of speech, place of origin, etc. Cold readers commonly employ high probability guesses about the subject, quickly picking up on signals from their subjects as to whether their guesses are in the right direction or not, and then emphasizing and reinforcing any chance connections the subjects acknowledge while quickly moving on from missed guesses.

Read more about Cold Reading:  Basic Procedure, Other Techniques, Contrasting Claims of Performers, Subconscious Cold Reading, In Movies and On Television

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Cold Reading - In Movies and On Television
... Professor Marvel (Frank Morgan) utilizes both cold reading and hot reading techniques on Dorothy (Judy Garland) in an effort to urge her to return home ... Stanton Carlisle (Tyrone Power) using cold reading and other mentalist techniques to convince people he can communicate with the dead ... and phony faith healer Jonas Nightengale (Steve Martin) uses cold reading on a police officer who has pulled over his tour bus, to dissuade him from writing a ticket ...
Ray Hyman - Career
... Hyman at one point believed that 'reading' the lines on a person's palm could provide insights into their nature, but later discovered that the person's reaction to the ... to make their own inferences about the source of the apparent feats of mind reading ... points to help you "amaze your friends with your new found psychic powers!", a guide to cold reading ...
Cold Reading (theatrical)
... Cold reading is a term used by actors and other performers in theatre, television, film, and performance fields ... A cold reading is a reading aloud from a script or other text without any rehearsal, practice or study in advance ... It is also sometimes referred to as sight-reading ...

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