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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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Robert A. Nelson & Sir Edwards
Sir Edwards' $100 Horoscope Demonstration Sales Plan by Robert A. Nelson & Sir Edwards

One of the rarest of offerings from the Nelson Enterprises catalog is this horoscope pitch act that sold for the equivalent of $1600 when first introduced. Only the wealthiest of mentalists and psychic operators would have risked this huge sum in 1942, when the plan was first offered. While the steep cover price helped guarantee exclusivity, those who put the plan to use made big money with it. Now you can, too.

In this collection of six books, electronically "bound" together as one, you'll learn Sir Edwards' proven method of selling horoscopes, booklets and lucky pieces to a willing, "off-the-street" audience. Complete...

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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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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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Carlos Emesqua
Psychic Moments: confessions of a shut-eye psychic by Carlos Emesqua

In Carlos Emesqua's Psychic Moments: Confessions of a Shut-eye, you will find some "psychic rituals," "psychic games," reading techniques and strategies to create psychic experiences. These are not "mentalism tricks" or "effects" in any way, but moments that you can create for your clients or in other settings which are appropriate.

Now in the 2nd edition, you will get not only the original document but also extra new ideas and fantastic workable techniques for your repertoire as performer and/or reader.

If you are working with skeptics, this material will not work properly, although...

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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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W. G. Magnuson & Anthony Nelmar Albino & Devin Knight
Forbidden Knowledge by W. G. Magnuson & Anthony Nelmar Albino & Devin Knight

You too, can apparently have the legendary psychic powers of the seventh son of the seventh son. This release will show you how and take your abilities to the next level. Learn advanced techniques from three of the legends in cold reading and mentalism: Magnuson, Nelmar and Knight. Techniques so advanced that Magnuson said you will make other mediums look like rank amateurs.

Back in the 40s, W. G. Magnuson dared to expose these secrets. Just as mediums threatened Houdini for his exposures, successful mediums also threatened Magnuson with bodily harm and threats of ancient curses if he exposed these...

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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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TC Tahoe
Riding the Rainbow by TC Tahoe

An ebook of color based readings.

"I love this book! It has many different styles of color readings. There are many variations here to fit everyone's venue. TC has done his homework on this one, he gets into details on color like no other book. This book is a gem, I love it. Riding The Rainbow contains material that will remain in your arsenal for the rest of your life." - Neal Scrye

"Like a kid in a candy store" is how I felt when I read TC Tahoe's "Riding the Rainbow." It is a delightful book on the subject of readings using color, but it goes much further than that. Going well beyond...

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Paul Voodini
Palm Reading for Magicians by Paul Voodini

Everything you need to know to start with palm reading - tips, tricks, and techniques. Additionally Paul teaches how to combine palm readings with close-up magic and mentalism to give added resonance and meaning to your routines.

Introduced by Luke Jermay (and with a cameo from magician Wayne Fox), this is a professionally produced video, packed full with information, routines, and real-life performances.

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...

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Barry Ray
Dice Reading by Barry Ray

Why dice?

Barry wanted a reading system that could be performed in the hands, sitting down or just walking around, that didn't require a table or a spread. That could be done inside or outside, regardless of the weather conditions. Something that didn't get soiled, torn, blown away or that water would ruin. So cards were out. Runes and stones fit the bill, but to get different coloured ones and of the same size isn't easy. Barry needed a uniform size and nothing too esoteric. Dice fit this description and are easily available.

Long before tarot and runes, soothsayers used to cast bones,...

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Unknown Mentalist
Pocket Numerology by Unknown Mentalist

Pocket Numerology is a physical product that will be shipped to you and comes with PDF instructions that can be downloaded immediately from your digital shelf.

What you get: Along with the instructions PDF, you also get a set of 4 specially designed and beautifully produced plastic wallet cards which are about the size of a regular credit card. With reasonable care, these cards should last you a lifetime, if not more.

With absolutely zero knowledge of numerology, you can perform an entire act of apparent numerology with Pocket Numerology in your pocket. With Pocket Numerology, you can...

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Philemon Vanderbeck
OORT by Philemon Vanderbeck

A collection of twenty essays on the subject of cold reading covering methodologies, techniques, anecdotes, and philosophies. Also includes a great list of other good books on cold reading.

Contributors are: Fred Crouter, Chris Handa, Sheila Lyon, Raven, Tony Razzano, Brother Shadow, Mark Sherman, Dr. T, William Thomas, and Philemon Vanderbeck.

Gene Poinc, author of "The Practitioner: Journeys into Grey" writes:

No, not the name of an alien creature from another world, but a kind of arcane world is involved and comprehensively illuminated. The initial inclination of most magicians...
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Robert Marsi
Cartomancy: Fortune Telling Using Playing Cards with The Advanced Marsi System by Robert Marsi

A reading system that gives you the necessary ammo to deliver a highly effective private reading for paying clients.

Have you ever wanted to be able to deliver a quick or full-blown reading for members of your audience or clients using something you carry every day, especially if you are a magician or mentalist?

If you are a magician or mentalist, have you ever considered maximizing the impact your card effect has on your audience, by giving your spectator a quick reading about themselves?

Or, if you've always wanted to learn how to give people readings using nothing but a deck of ordinary...

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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...

★★★★★ $30
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Paul Voodini
Affinity: Cold Reading's 3rd Way by Paul Voodini

The very soul of cold reading and what it means to be truly psychic. A guide for mind-readers, mentalists, and psychic entertainers.

Affinity is a new way of looking at readings that takes the positive elements from both the esoteric world and the cold reading/mentalism world and molds them together into something new - a 3rd Way.

Being a mentalist and a magician who spent a large portion of his formative years believing in the esoteric and the paranormal, Paul Voodini has always carried with him elements from that world and these elements have often seeped (and in some cases crashed)...

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Jesse Lewis
Psychic Money Secrets by Jesse Lewis

Have you ever wondered how to make money with psychic readings?

In this reveal all interview series we cover the three main ways that you can make money from psychic readings as a mystery entertainer. It is all covered in over 1 hour worth of interviews.

We start with interview one that covers in detail the paid booth market - this includes: fairs, festivals, trade shows, psychic fairs and other paid venues for doing readings.

Next we head into the psychic house party market and cover how and why to do psychic house parties for profit! This can be a game changer for many mystery entertainers...

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David Gemmell
Readers Notes: card and coin readings for entertainment by David Gemmell

This ebook is aimed at giving psychic readings for entertainment using normal playing cards or coins which can be borrowed. We begin with a simple but effective card reading system that can be used in a very short time to give quite insightful readings. You are led through various advanced techniques which provide even greater depth and meaning for the client.

The coin readings mostly follow an impromptu approach to the point of borrowing the coins used for the reading. This of course provides an almost perfect hook. We finish with an impromptu method for the I-Ching which once mastered (in...

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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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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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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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Paul Voodini
Reader of Minds by Paul Voodini

Paul Voodini works professionally as a mind-reader, psychic and mentalist. Having worked for many years alongside the UK's most popular "shut eye" mediums and clairvoyants, he has studied their performance techniques and is now able to present to you the subtle art of ungimmicked mind-reading - as practised by mediums, clairvoyants and psychics around the world. However there will be no talking with dead people! What Paul presents here is a totally new approach to mind-reading, free from billet switches, centre tears, electronic gimmickry and accomplices. This is "hands free" mind-reading, made...

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David Numen
Phone Home: Confessions of a Telephone Reader by David Numen

Phone Home is on David's experiences as a telephone reader packed with tips that anyone can use to enhance their readings including a system for generating "Angel Readings" which some would say is worth the price of the ebook alone.

"Great Read…It is way past time for this subject to get back in the reader's domain." - Millard Longman

"Very good thinking on David's part: well done. Angels have been always a popular thing with people as long as I can remember. Doing an angel reading is powerful and memorable and you hardly ever see anyone doing it. David put much thought into this one....

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Peter Arcane
POW! by Peter Arcane

Add a little POW! to your readings.

Typically readings can be intense, or at least you can be dealing with intense emotional situations. It can be difficult to guide the person you are reading for as they can be too closely involved. They literally cannot see the wood for the trees!!

By sparingly and wisely adding the information found in POW! to your reading process, you can softly 'nudge' their thinking and encourage the sitter to look at situations in their life in a completely different light.

What you'll find in POW! are Quotes, Proverbs and more which have been carefully selected,...

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Peter Arcane
KAPOW! by Peter Arcane

KAPOW! picks up where Peter Arcane's POW! left off.

It offers 250 inspirational quotes, proverbs and sayings which cover 25 traits of the Minor Arcana and more - Peter also covers the most popular topics of Cold Reading.

Used with care, and sprinkled lightly through your readings KAPOW! will make you a true Superhero.

What's been said so far about KAPOW!...

What you get here is not an updated version of POW! No! Much better! This is a perfectly made follow up. - Rudolf Künzli

I was amazed at the new insights I gained from KAPOW. This is essential reading for anyone who uses Tarot...

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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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Jesse Lewis
Numerology Ninja by Jesse Lewis

Become a Numerology Ninja in one hour.

Give me one hour and I'll show you how to give amazing readings with people's numerology numbers. If you have ever wanted to give incredible numerology readings but were daunted by how many meanings 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 just gave them. Yes you. It is possible when you...

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Jesse Lewis
Palm Reading Simplified by Jesse Lewis

Learn to read palms today!

Give me 80 minutes and I'll show you how to give amazing readings with people's palms. If you have ever wanted to give incredible palm readings but were daunted by how many meanings there were for the different lines, 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. [This video is a recorded PowerPoint presentation.]

Imagine holding a person by the palm 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. It can be a lot easier...

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Jesse Lewis
Aura Reading for Mystery Entertainers by Jesse Lewis

Have you ever wanted to read someones aura? have you ever wanted to have a reliable repeatable system to do it? Well then Aura Reading for Nystery Entertainers is for you.

Using a proven reading system with a few tweeks you will learn how to read auras quickly and effectively in about 1 hour. This system can be used to enhance any type of reading and give that something more to your presentations. It can be used live or over the phone to read the persons aura.

It is repeatable years later and is amazing.

This is simple, direct, and most of all stunning when performed in the right way....

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Jesse Lewis
Cold Reading Revealed by Jesse Lewis

Have you ever wanted to really understand what goes into giving great readings, it is knowledge. In this ebook you will discover how to give accurate cold readings to anyone you meet. Broken into easily digestible sections we cover both classic methods and more advanced ways to do cold readings:

Section 1 Forer/Barnum statements

Section 2 The life cycle of humans - we are not all that different

Section 3 The reading trifecta - Answering unasked questions!

Section 4 Notice what is in front of you

Section 5 The not so unique baby unicorn with laser eyes?

Section 6 Setup your...

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Jesse Lewis
Simple Tea Leaf Readings by Jesse Lewis

Have you ever wanted to learn Tea Leaf Readings? Now you can! In just over an hour you will learn how to give basic past present future tea leaf readings. With this easy to use system you will be able to read any symbol using your intuition.

Imagine holding a person spellbound by what you read in their leaves. Add to this, your natural intuition (and yes, you do have it), you'll be shocking, amazing and helping folks for fun or for profit.

In the video we cover how to set up a reading and go over 5 cups with five basic problems that people want to know about. Love, money, health, travel...

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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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Stan Kramien
Big Money in Horoscopes and Lucky Numbers by Stan Kramien

At a recent lecture at the Magic Castle where Stan sold all of his books and tapes, by far the best seller was this ebook. Everyone reads their horoscope in the paper or on the net. The interest in horoscopes, numerology and numbers has never been greater. In this ebook Stan tells you how to market this newfound skill the very first day you buy the ebook. Included are venues, the psych code and drawings of his fair booth set up. No other business in show biz offers so much return for so little investment.

1st edition 1987; 30 pages.

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Peter Turner
Mentalism Masterclass 9: astrological/zodiac based mindreading by Peter Turner

This volume is about star sign divination. Peter Turner teaches you different methods to do the cleanest Star Sign Divination that you can imagine. The teaching is crystal clear no stones left unturned. In this eBook, you will find methods, routines and everything that you need to perform the strongest zodiac routines.

The content:

  • Monkeying Around - Zodiac Anagram
  • Additional Thoughts - Elliot Watson, Alan Nu, Robert Watkins
  • The Bob Principle - Hearting Stars
  • Additional Ideas - Mark Chandaue
  • Liar, Liar
  • Truth Teller
  • Additional Idea - Colin McLeod
  • A Simple Divination
  • Truly...
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W. G. Magnuson & Devin Knight
Secrets of Gallery Reading by W. G. Magnuson & Devin Knight
"Gallery Reading is unique, it's unlike any other book on cold readings. I love it! It is organic, real and different. It's not stock, but exploring and seeming comprehensive to the audience. You will use it right away. I did." - Marc Salem
Imagine that you have finished your mental act and then start telling complete strangers, with remarkable accuracy, their secret thoughts, as well as their private and personal affairs from stage. You can point out people who have lost objects or money and apparently help them find them in some cases. This is accomplished without any impression devices,...
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TC Tahoe
Tarot Buzz by TC Tahoe

Buzz words and phrases to help learn, remember and understand the Tarot.

"As a reader, TC Tahoe is gentle, empathetic, warm, caring, and incredibly accurate. While he was living here in New Zealand, we'd regularly meet in a local cafe. TC gave readings for several members of the staff, and they still talk about him more than a year later. Highly recommended." - Richard Webster
This is a special collection of tools that helped me on my Tarot journey, and it is my hope that they will help you acquire a better understanding of the cards. This is the "workbook" I use when teaching Tarot classes and workshops....
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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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