In March of 2012, Paul Voodini was employed to give a 2 hour lecture on cold reading to the drama department of one of England's finest universities. The head of the drama department was perhaps hoping for an explanation of cold reading followed by the usual debunking of psychics as frauds who employ nothing but 'cold reading'. This, however, is not the lecture the university received!
While explaining in great detail what cold reading actually is (because, as you'll be aware, there is a lot of misinformation out there), Paul also went on to tackle the subject of genuine intuition. Perhaps controversially, Paul is a believer in intuition and so his lecture ended with a demonstration of this belief in action.
This was a fun, up-beat and informative lecture, enjoyed by all. And it was made all the more enjoyable by the fact that it wasn't just another 'cold reading by numbers' talk.
Paul has worked as a professional reader for much of his adult life, and this experience shines through in these lecture notes. The lecture notes used on the day have been collated, edited, and are now presented in a 12 page PDF.
Bear in mind that this PDF is 12 pages long. There is much here for the beginner and the intermediate reader/mentalist, but there will also be nuggets of information of interest for even the most experienced. And as always, these notes are written in Paul's usual engaging manner.
1st edition 2012, 12 pages.
word count: 4932 which is equivalent to 19 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Gregg Webb (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Sunday 04 February, 2024
I was actually looking for Herb Dewey books but I found this instead and am very glad I did. It is a wonderful lecture and I learned what I was looking for in my hunt for real info on this subject. If you are interested in readings or mentalism or psychology, I would highly recommend this download.
Reviewed by Marc Rehula (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Wednesday 03 August, 2022
This is the clearest, most practical discussion of cold reading I've ever read. Voodini teaches the why as much as the what, which means you'll get a stronger understanding of the dynamics involved. (Too much magic teaching undervalues the 'why's of what we do!)