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Reading Systems, Oracles & Cold Reading

There are many reading systems and oracles in use today, such as Tarot, Palmistry, Cartomancy, Numerology, Astrology (Zodiac), Geomancy, and others. In performance these are often combined with cold reading and other techniques from the mentalists tool box.

Cold Reading means that your reading uses no previously obtained information about the client. You rely on your powers of observation and the ability to make deductions. Taking note on how a person dresses, their carriage, the way they respond to certain categories of questions and their body language can tell an expert a lot about a person’s lifestyle, point of view and education.

This contrasts with Hot Reading, which exploits prior, often secretly obtained, information (there is also Warm Reading, which makes use of verbal feedback obtained from the client during the reading).

Also see the topic Zodiac or Star Signs.

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B. W. McCarron
Your Personal Solar Zodiac Chart Pitch Book Kit by B. W. McCarron

Sell this pitch book and give private readings to clients after your show to double your performance income!*

If you're not selling "back of room" books and merchandise at every show, you're leaving money on the table - money that should be in your wallet. All the pros are doing it. Now you can, too. And it costs so little to get started.

This package enables you to become an instant author, with full reprint rights for printed copies of the Your Personal Solar Zodiac Chart booklet. Charge as little or as much per copy as you want: it's up to you.

Your audiences will flock to the sales...

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Simon Caine
Winnebago: an experiment in remote viewing by Simon Caine
"A wonderful presentation! This is going directly into our act, highly recommended. So good, I hope no-one else buys it!" - R Lee Davis (Mind2Mind.ca)
In 1978, the US military commissioned Project Stargate, a team of researchers and scientists with one goal in mind: creating a psychic spy capable of seeing through someone else's eyes. They failed. You won't.

Winnebago is a stunning 'moment-maker' routine that uses nothing more than a regular, ungimmicked deck of playing cards: one participant takes any freely chosen card into another room, only looking at it when they are totally alone...

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B. Thomas
Ultimate Guide To Coldreading by B. Thomas

Ultimate Guide to Coldreading is back - and available for the first time in almost a decade.

Originally mentalist and radio psychic B. Thomas only sold this at his lectures and had a limited run among inner circles of professional mentalists. This book has been among the top 10 Must Have books on Cold Reading among pros.

B. Thomas not only shows you some incredible techniques of cold reading - but shows how he built a successful career behind the microphone as a radio psychic. Thomas was heard on radio station all over the United States - and developed a successful private intuitive reading...

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Alan Jones
Transformational Readings by Alan Jones

This ebook offers a framework for psychic readings. Starting with the idea that 'readings' need to be a dialogue between 'reader' and 'client', it explores the idea of 'Transformational Readings' - that is, readings which empower and move 'clients' forward.

The Framework covers aspects of esoteric symbolism drawn from a number of traditions; the use of Tarot cards, Crystals, Colours, Numbers and even Dominoes and cards used for testing ESP (Zenner Cards). Whilst the ebook is aimed at 'readers', 'clairvoyants' and 'psychic entertainers' it nevertheless explores the use of divinatory tools...

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Devin Knight
The Ultimate Psychic Secret by Devin Knight
"I do a lot of Q&A act in my shows and I have different ways to get people info. This for sure is another tool I will have at my disposal when I can. Thanks Devin for releasing this." - Luca Volpe

"This is a shocking book. I will never use it, but every mentalist should own it to know what is going on. It is a valuable reference, but do not use it. Like a modern-day nightmare alley, it exposes the dark underbelly of the art. It should be in your library, but much feels immoral, and you must be hip to it. Treasure it, like a radioactive isotope, but keep your distance." - Marc Salem

Finally,...

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Philemon Vanderbeck
The Supplemental OORT by Philemon Vanderbeck

A continuation of the original volume, The Collected OORT, The Supplemental OORT continues its exploration of the subject of cold reading through 19 more essays by such authors as; Craig Browning, R. Lee Davis, Ian Fabian, Alain Gesbert, Brother Shadow, William Thomas, Philemon Vanderbeck, A. E. Waite, Larry White and Jon Why.

Contents include:

  • METHODOLOGIES
    • Victoria’s Secret
    • The French Method
    • The Path of Roodmas
    • Maternal Bibliomancy
    • Modern Arcana
    • Over The Rainbow
    • The Prolix Spirit Revisited
    • A Wicked Pack of Cards
    • Or Would You Rather Be A Pig?
  • TECHNIQUES
    • Tricks of the Trade
    • Oneiromancy
    • Lines of Thought ...
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Robert A. Nelson
The Secrets of Doctor "A" by Robert A. Nelson

"Dr. A" was a real-life figure, having devoted 33 years of his life as a very successful office reader and clairvoyant. He gave Robert Nelson full permission to publish his unique secrets, however he requested that he remain anonymous.

He devised, created and used what Nelson regarded as one of the finest - if not the finest - methods of giving private readings and (apparently) reading the minds of others.

The system described is so subtle and versatile that Dr. "A" and Nelson both were able to give thought-staggering readings and demonstrations under the most adverse of conditions, whether...

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Cathy Shadows & Paul Voodini
The Secret Garden by Cathy Shadows & Paul Voodini

Paul Voodini presents Cathy Shadows' Secret Garden, the final PDF in the Cathy Shadows series.

For the serious student and the experienced reader, comes the Secret Garden. This is a fascinating and unique reading technique whereby the sitter is taken on a guided visualization of a beautiful garden. Within the walls of this garden lay the answers to the sitter's most deeply held questions - what did the past mean, what is happening to me now, and how will the future develop?

It is entirely possible to present this reading technique both in an esoteric/psychic manner or as a character analysis...

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Dee Christopher
The Red Light System by Dee Christopher

The Red Light Reading System is Dee's favourite way to create unique and engaging psychic-style readings in a close up environment. With nothing more than a stack of specially set up business cards, you will have the power to offer insight to your participants at a moment's notice.

The Red Light System was built from real intuition and it was built in the performance arena, not sat at home writing grids of meanings for certain things. Dee does not have a fantastic memory, and he has not had much luck naturally interpreting certain oracles; but Red Light offered him an easy and very logical...

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Bob Cassidy
The Real Work of Cold Reading by Bob Cassidy

Brad Henderson taught it to Dance. Kross put it Into the Deep Freeze and Herb Dewey made it Red Hot. In The Real Work of Cold Reading Cassidy makes it explosive and blows it into another dimension.

A good deal of what has been written about cold reading is theoretically and practically wrong and/or misinformed.

Learn the 'real work' in this exclusive ebook.

1st edition 2004; 58 pages

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Anthony Nelmar Albino & Devin Knight
The Ready Reader by Anthony Nelmar Albino & Devin Knight

This ebook is part of Forbidden Knowledge.

This little-known system is unique and one of the best systems every developed for cold reading a person. This system was first released by Nelmar in the late 30s. The cool thing about this system is that no two readings are alike, yet, they are spot on and very accurate. Yes, that means if people compare notes afterward, they both will have non-similar readings that apply to them almost 100%.

This is not possible if you are using one of the Nelson stock readings, as with that method the reader memorizes a stock reading that applies to almost anyone and repeats...

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Bob Cassidy
The Psychic Tarot by Bob Cassidy

In Appendix One of The Real Work of Cold Reading Bob included a cursory overview of a numerological system that could also be applied to the tarot or to regular playing cards. In The Psychic Tarot he has expanded on that and provided a detailed system of interpretation that will be accepted by those who have a general familiarity with the cards. As suggested in The Real Work of Cold Reading, the interpretations of the individual cards are derived - with the exception of the Major Arcana - by combining the general meanings assigned to the cards' suits with the numerological meanings assigned to their values. This is not only simpler and more practical...

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Paul Voodini
The Psychic Cash Machine by Paul Voodini

The Psychic Cash Machine: Make Money from Psychic Readings is the ultimate guide to how to actually earn a living as a psychic reader. Whether your oracle of choice is the tarot or the palm or something more flamboyant, you'll find a wealth of information in this ebook to help you actually get your skills working for you! Areas covered include psychic parties, psychic fairs, one-to-one readings and working as a table-hopping reader. This ebook is full of real life experience from someone who continues to work successfully in this field. The author Paul Voodini is UK's most prolific "psychic...

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Arthur Setterington
The Power of Perception by Arthur Setterington

PERCEPTIONISM - The recognition of audible or visible signals, transmitted voluntarily, or involuntarily, which reveal personal traits and idiosyncrasies. The interpretation of these signals may be used in a variety of ways by the receiver.

The majority of the effects described, are "mental" items, but the psychic approach has been eliminated in favour of the psychological, and the demonstrations appear to be based on natural, rather than supernatural happenings.

The person presenting this routine, is a demonstrator, not a magician, and the articles used should suit the style of the...

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Matthew Benjamin
The Numerology Act by Matthew Benjamin

A complete stranger approaches you and requests for you to impress them. Armed with only a few scraps of paper and a pencil you proceed to perform a full Numerology Act for the stranger giving them several extremely accurate personality readings, revealing the name of a thought of person, when they met, and what they were wearing. You even predict the location they met!

For your grand finale, you prove that fate had brought them to you that day with a lightning-fast demonstration of mental acrobatics that relates only to them.

The act can be done completely impromptu or as a full show...

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Mystic Alexandre
The Mystical Cartomancy Chart by Mystic Alexandre

Playing cards, or even an individual card, carry great magical imagery and symbolism. Over centuries there are numerous songs, stories, and myths about them. They've been used for declarations of love, threats of war, carriers of confessions, curses, and blessings. Here they are being used to deliver vibrational messages to you.

Get reactions and attention with little to no effort. With a deck of cards and this chart you'll be the life of the party.

The Mystical Cartomancy Chart is a simple and direct psychic cartomancy tic sheet that has proven to be a wonderful tool for mentalists...

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Paul Voodini
The Magician's Guide to the Tarot by Paul Voodini

From the man who brought you the Magician's Guide to Palm Reading, comes the Magician's Guide to the Tarot!

The Tarot has long fascinated both magicians and the general public. With its entrancing artwork and air of mystery, these cards are the perfect tool for magicians and mentalists. However many magicians and mentalists can find it difficult to incorporate the Tarot into their close-up sets. Learning what each card means and then delivering a 'reading' can seem a daunting task. With 78 cards in a full deck, many can be worried that it is impossible to remember what each card means. And when it comes to using the Tarot...

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Paul Voodini
The Magician's Guide to Palm Reading by Paul Voodini

Paul Voodini presents The Magicians' Guide to Palm Reading - a concise guide to reading palms and how to incorporate these skills into your close-up magic and mentalism routines.

When working at wedding receptions, corporate events, and dinner parties, why is it that Paul Voodini always has crowds of spectators around him? Why is it that long after the "regular" magicians have packed away their sponge balls and gone home, the events organisers are stuffing money into Paul's hands and begging him to stay for another hour or two? The answer is simple - palm reading!

By becoming a magician...

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B. W. McCarron
The Krahma System of Fortune Telling with Playing Cards by B. W. McCarron

Unlike most other fortune telling systems with playing cards, readings using this system are quick and snappy. The card layout is streamlined, yet the subject will be satisfied she received her money's worth since the outcome of the reading is dependent on her feelings and conscience. The reader will like it, too, since six to ten readings can be performed per hour. This system also provides an opportunity to recycle playing cards when they're no longer useful in the magic act. With the Krahma System, the more care-worn the deck, the better it will be accepted by the Subject as an instrument...

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Devin Knight
The Human Lie Detector by Devin Knight

Real lie detection for mentalists and magicians. Know when someone is lying by holding their wrists.

"This, as Devin says, is for the advanced performer. It is not new, it is not 100%, but for those times that you must, this is the solution. Do not overlook this, and if you know the method, you will be delightfully experimenting. Put this in your arsenal." - Marc Salem
The technique described in this PDF has been one of my closely guarded secrets over the years. I used this constantly when I performed as psychic, Jason Michaels.

This information was first made available to the magic...

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Robert A. Nelson
The Horoscope Pitch by Robert A. Nelson

Here's a complete selling plan for the Horoscope Pitch, where the income can run to thousands of dollars per week!

Learn how to enter this very profitable business. Detailed information on the full presentation - what is needed - what to sell, including descriptions of the best and most profitable horoscopes - where to work - how to book, terms and profit possibilities.

The investment is small and the profit potentials are tremendous. Work parks, resorts, fairs, stores, exhibitions, theatres - indoors or out of doors - in fact, wherever people gather. This is a great venture for the man...

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Scott Xavier
The Glass is 1/2 Full by Scott Xavier

An expose of a Psychic Beer Foam Readers Skills

Have you ever wanted to make extra money at a bar as a mentalist? Why not add a Psychic Beer Foam reading to your line up of skills to share at the local pub.

With techniques borrowed from a Gregorian monk, Psychic entertainer Scott Xavier showcases the techniques to reveal a sitters past present and future!

You'll never be without money again when you add this skill. And free drinks will never be far away either.

1st edition 2015, 12 pages.

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Andrew Steinmetz
The Gaming Table Volume 2 by Andrew Steinmetz

This second volume of The Gaming Table is from a magician's point of view much more interesting. It includes a history of dice and playing cards including a fairly detailed description of how playing cards were made. It has a chapter on fortune telling with cards. And it also features a surprisingly good chapter on card tricks with explanations for four sleights (false shuffle, false cut, glide, card change) and 18 very nice card tricks. Among them we find a version of the prearranged deck and two person codes.

For people interested in Erdnase it is interesting to note that at the beginning of the...

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Alan Jones
The Fools Journey by Alan Jones

The Fools Journey is a few thoughts about the history and development of The Tarot followed by a comprehensive workbook for exploration of tarot imagery. It is based upon Alan Jones' workshops on The Tarot for Self-Development.

The focus is on using the systems for self-exploration, as Alan believe this is where the real 'power' of the imagery and metaphor lies.

This ebook would be a useful companion to Alan's Transformational Readings ebook.

1st edition 2013, 156 pages.

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Vincent Wilson
The Chirological Analysis Record by Vincent Wilson

Learn palmistry easily.

Vince Wilson's Chirological Analysis Record is, without doubt, the most beautiful and exquisitely designed palm reading tick sheet it will ever be your pleasure to own and use. This tick sheet will enable you to take your palm readings to the next level, and can be handed to your sitter as a permanent keepsake of the palm reading you have provided for them. The tick sheet comes with full permission to print and use in any capacity, and also allows you to add your own name and contact details, thereby increasing repeat bookings. Full instructions, also elegantly produced,...

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Paul Voodini
The Chimney Sweep's Victorian Oracle by Paul Voodini

In Victorian London, the chimney sweep was a man who lived half way between night & day, between light & dark. A man who breathed smoke and handled hot coals. A man who, it was believed, talked to demons and angels as he made his way upwards through the chimney from the hearth to the stars. A man who cheated Death on a daily basis. To shake hands with a sweep was to bring yourself good luck, and if a woman should kiss a sweep then folklore dictated that she would be pregnant within the year, and the child would have the ’gift’ of clairvoyance. And for those souls brave enough to cross his...

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Ted Lesley
The Cards Never Lie! by Ted Lesley

A ZODIAC AND TAROT MIRACLE

Devised by Ted Lesley in association with Ken de Courcy this may be the first close-up Tarot and Zodiac act. Not a single effect but an entire act.

Merely describing the effects does not do justice to the routine however we'll do our best...Telling spectators that cards and numbers play a part in their lives, the performer tells them that his diary contains a list of 'lucky' cards and numbers, a different combination of card and number is set against each date.

A lady is asked to think of her birthday and is shown a pack of cards bearing Zodiac signs. Upon...

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Bob Cassidy
The Book of the Golden Tortoise by Bob Cassidy

A complete divination routine based on a unique combination of Eastern and Western methods of geomancy. An excellent addition to straight cold reading as it provides specific details about the sitter that would apparently be impossible for anyone to know.

Bob describes his impossible envelope switch which he adopted from a deck switch he saw Gene Maze perform. A WMV video of Bob performing and explaining the switch is included with the files you are downloading.

1st edition 2004; 21 pages + prop book PDF 69 pages.

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Robert A. Nelson
The Art of Cold Reading by Robert A. Nelson

The secret book of the mental profession that teaches the mentalist or psychic to "read" a person "cold" with no gimmicks, no advance knowledge, and no preparation.

The Art of Cold Reading is the learned ability to cleverly read another "from the cradle to the grave" - and without important error. It is amazingly easy - if you understand the technique and methods. Possess it and you are always prepared to give readings - any time, anywhere, for fun or for profit.

The inner secrets of "cold reading" have been closely held and guarded for many years. Knowledge of this kind has been passed...

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Paul Voodini
The 21 System by Paul Voodini

21 is a fascinating reading and character analysis system for mentalists and mind-readers based around the card game Blackjack. It is a mesmerising game of fate and fortune that combines the cool world of the casino with the intriguing feats of the psychics. With the 21 system you will decipher the character, understand the person, and foretell their decisions!

21 is a fun and versatile system, equally at home with both in-depth one-to-one readings and more entertainment based group readings and character analysis. Everyone enjoys the occasional gamble, and with the 21 system the choices...

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William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron
Thayer's Life Span Reading by William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron

This superb script allows a mentalist or psychic entertainer to apparently reveal any spectator's life, from the cradle to the grave. Is it mind reading? ESP? Vulcan Mind Meld? No, it's Larsen and McCarron's Life Span Reading, the psychic worker's "secret sauce" that, judiciously used, will convince most anyone that you have real psychic ability.

Not a trick, but a psychological profile that fits nearly anyone who walks in the door. Life readings such as this have been jealously guarded by office mediums, who use the spiel to convince the client of the psychic's innate ability. Yet, no special...

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William W. Larsen
Thayer's Comedy Crystal Gazing Act by William W. Larsen

Here's the perfect "one man" comedy mentalism act that's great for those occasions when you aren't able to perform your regular show. Or add it as a feature to your regular act.

Don't confuse this with the old "two person" comedy mindreading act. This hilarious routine can be performed by you, alone, without assistants, stage hands or stooges. Using a crystal ball, a jumbo electric light bulb, or even a swirly-painted bowling ball, you cause a laugh riot by apparently answering questions which have been merely "thought of" by your audience. There's no mystery to it. All you need is this clever...

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Paul Voodini
Ten Steps to Tarot Mastery by Paul Voodini

Available now - Voodini's Ten Steps to Tarot Mastery. In ten simple steps, this PDF will take you from a nervous beginner to an experienced Tarot card reader, and more than that - you will be able to go out and deliver readings after the very first chapter.

This manuscript is close to eighty pages long, and gives you all the information, technique, and confidence you need to become a truly first rate Tarot card reader. Written in Paul Voodini's usual engaging and entertaining manner, this PDF is aimed at the mentalism and magic community, so you know you're getting real world advice and knowledge...

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Robert A. Nelson
Technique of the Private Reader by Robert A. Nelson

Nelson reveals the special techniques that enable psychics and mentalists to give spectacular private readings.

Successful operators are able to astound and bewilder clients with apparent facts and reason, though unbeknownst to them. Where does this strange and uncanny power come from?

It's easy to "give readings," to apparently read the innermost thoughts of your subject and to chart their life from "cradle to grave," if you possess the technique - the knowledge of how to judge your client. What to tell him or her and how to accurately read their reactions. Such is the true secret. ...

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Renzo Grosso
Tarots and Arcana by Renzo Grosso

Honestly, I have not been able to trace the author of this principle, which I think is lost in the mists of time. My Master of Mentalism Valerio Bovolenta taught me, and I want to give credit to him. I have done nothing but study it and try to indicate a method to be able to propose it with any number of cards.

The procedure is very simple: the spectator chooses how many cards he wants to use, puts away the remaining cards (they will not be used further), shuffles the cards he chose and, on the instruction of the performer, chooses a number, looks at a card, and reassembles the deck; even...

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Jesse Lewis
Tarot Reading Master Class by Jesse Lewis

Master Tarot readings in one hour!

Give me one hour and I'll show you how to give amazing readings with the Tarot. If you have ever wanted to give incredibly detailed Tarot card readings but were daunted by how many cards there were, or if you were frightened off by the thick books of detailed meanings (I was!)... then this video will be a huge relief for you.

Imagine holding a person completely spellbound, hanging onto your every word, and finally being completely shocked at the incredible accuracy of a reading that you gave them. Yes you.

My name is Jesse Lewis and I can teach you...

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