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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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W. G. Magnuson
20th Century Mindreading by W. G. Magnuson

20th Century Mindreading is a classic and is considered to be one of the best things that G. W. Magnuson ever released. It is the Holy Grail when it comes to cold-readings. It contains the Alain DeLysle cold reading spiel which many mentalists consider the best cold reading ever written.

The DeLysle reading is brilliantly conceived and will hit 99 out of a 100 sitters. When you first read it, you will think someone has written a detailed life history of you! It's that good. This is considered a full-blown reading and goes from cradle to grave.

All you have to do is read it over a few times...

2018 / 6 / 3

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Paul Voodini
3 Coins 4 Your Thoughts by Paul Voodini

3 Coins 4 Your Thoughts is a full, self-contained, multi-phase reading system perfect for any situation - impromptu or in-depth. Utilising just 3 coins (your own or borrowed), you will be able to give wonderful, uplifting readings to both friends and complete strangers. Because this system uses items that everybody carries in their pockets, wallets, or purses (3 coins) its great strength is perhaps in social settings where you may be asked to demonstrate something "weird"! However because this is a fully formed reading system, it is equally ideal for a more in-depth formal reading. This is a...

2012 / 2 / 17

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Howard P. Albright
A Message From The Sky by Howard P. Albright

Here is an outstanding routine for psychic entertainers to provide a personal Zodiac reading. It will leave your client breathless! It seems incredible that you are able to divine so much information.

This attractive eBook contains seven practical, tested methods expressly for use under close-up and impromptu conditions, such as you will encounter at clubs, parties and private engagements. It's an absolute "must have" for your mentalism library for those opportunities where you can't rely on mechanical gimmicks or pre-show work.

No previous knowledge of astrology is required, nor are great...

2017 / 1 / 12

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Philemon Vanderbeck
A Wicked Pack of Cards by Philemon Vanderbeck
"Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyant had a bad cold, nonetheless was known to be the wisest woman in Europe with a wicked pack of cards." - T.S. Eliot, "The Wasteland"
I've been working on an act designed specifically for comedy clubs based on the premise of "a wicked pack of cards." I have a 'volunteer' select a card, and I then proceed to give the worst possible interpretation of it.

The deck I'm using is "Morgan's Tarot," an unusual 86-card deck that bears little relationship with a normal Tarot deck. I found its simple black and white drawings and irreverent card titles to be apropos...

2008 / 7 / 2

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Mystic Alexandre
Aeon Reading by Mystic Alexandre

The Aeon Reading is a mysterious Tarot card reading/experiment that will leave your participant wondering about the mystical powers of the Tarot. It will also leave them with an important message. If you perform at all with Tarot cards, you’ll surely be using this routine which has been in Alexandre's repertoire for years.

Written for the Thoth tarot deck (where the Aeon card is the 20th card) it can be automatically adapted to any tarot deck you might already own. This is based on a self working principle - no sleight of hand required.

1st edition 2005; 3 pages.

2008 / 5 / 22

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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)...

2014 / 6 / 29

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Michael Daniels
Almagest by Michael Daniels

Almagest is a simple, completely propless, star sign divination.

Almagest allows you to very easily determine a spectator's star sign while giving an engaging palmistry reading.

  • Completely propless
  • Nothing is written down
  • Works in any language
  • No preshow
  • No anagrams, verbal chicanery, or dual reality
  • No numerical calculations by spectator or performer
  • Simple memory work that incorporates traditional astrological principles and interpretation

1st edition 2019, 10 pages.

2019 / 1 / 19

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Simon J. Lea
Anti Tarot by Simon J. Lea

A reading system with playing cards

This effect is entitled Anti Tarot for two reasons. Firstly, it dispenses with tarot cards, using playing cards instead; secondly, the most important card in the reading is never seen by the reader. Instead of reading the cards and telling the spectator what should happen to them, the reader hears what has happened to the spectator and tells them what their chosen card should be.

  • Easy to learn and perform
  • No sleight of hand or forces used
  • Can be performed with a borrowed deck
  • All traditional meanings for the cards explained
  • Scripted reading taken...
2009 / 7 / 7

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Robin Gillett
Ask Pythagoras by Robin Gillett

The performer selects a participant from the audience (no stooges, no pre-show) who is asked to think of a significant date in his/her life (nothing is written down nor told to anyone).

The participant divides three numbers into the thought of date and the performer interprets the results as Pythagoras (the Father of Numerology) would have to reveal aspects of the participant's past, present, and future. Then, he surprises every one by revealing the thought of date!

This is one of several presentations described in this e-book, including one contributed by the Unknown Mentalist. The method is a sophisticated...

2016 / 7 / 3

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Mystic Alexandre
Astragalomancy by Mystic Alexandre

This is the ORIGINAL! Do not be fooled by imitators. Released back in 2005 (and briefly in 2013) Astragalomancy, the hottest dice reading system for the Psychic Entertainer is back!

Astragalomancy is ...

  • Sexy!
  • Fast!
  • Fun!
And you should have the system down overnight! No kidding!

This PDF includes ...

  • Detailed Explanation of the System
  • Simplified Tic Sheet
  • Astragalomancy WITHOUT DICE
  • Significant Months
  • The Zodiac
  • The Timeless Language of Numbers

1st edition 2005; 16 pages.

2009 / 1 / 26

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Ferry Gerats
Astro Gems by Ferry Gerats

Divination of Zodiac sign involving a chart with the gems that are in accordance with astrology allocated to the star signs. Uses the branching anagram principle. A version of Bob Farmer's "Fate Accompli".

Effect: You reveal the zodiac-sign of someone you never met.

This is what happens:

A participant is handed a chart with all the zodiac signs and the gemstones which on the basis of astrology are allocated to these signs. While the participant focuses on the name of the gemstone of his sign, the mentalist first discloses some letters of that name and then reveals his zodiac sign.



2016 / 1 / 29

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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....

2016 / 4 / 8

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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.

2008 / 2 / 10

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Scott Creasey
Cartomancy for Magicians by Scott Creasey
"Without proper presentation, the best sleight of hand is nothing more than a feat of juggling." - Nate Leipzig
So how do we lift our card effects out of the realm of the juggler into the world of magic and mystery? Answer, Cartomancy for Magicians, a simple system to enable the magician to add an emotional hook to his or her pick a card tricks.

What is it?

Cartomancy is fortune-telling or divination using a deck of cards and appeared soon after playing cards were invented; in fact many historians have suggested that playing cards may have originated as a fortune telling tool long before...

2016 / 1 / 15

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John Wellington Wells
Cartomancy for the Non-Cartomancer by John Wellington Wells

Cartomancy for the Non-Cartomancer is a collection of two treatises on the art of giving readings with cards. The best card trick John ever did was to tell a diner cook "everything going on around me". You can do the same. Not overnight, but quickly and easily. No cold reading, no spiel reading, no gimmicks or gaffs, just plain old fashioned fortune telling.

1st edition 2008; 26 pages.

2008 / 8 / 21

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Mystic Alexandre
Cartomancy Overnight by Mystic Alexandre

Everywhere you go there is a deck of playing cards. Almost anytime, anywhere, you’ll be able to have a sitter shuffle the cards, you do a spread and give an interesting reading. This you’ll be able to accomplish mere hours after reading this manual.

Why is Alexandre so sure? Because he has written a simple guide that will make it very easy for you to remember what all the cards mean. With just a little effort on your part, you could be doing readings by tomorrow night!

Cartomancy, like tarot, is the use of cards to divine the future. Both divination with playing cards and tarot can...

2008 / 2 / 15

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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...

2016 / 12 / 18

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Cathy Shadows & Paul Voodini
Cathy Shadows: Tarot on a Cold Afternoon by Cathy Shadows & Paul Voodini

Cathy Shadows: Tarot on a Cold Afternoon is a poetical journey through the Major Arcana of the Tarot, composed by Paul Voodini and inspired by long afternoons spent chatting with his favourite psychic and reader, Cathy Shadows! This is a delightful little ebook, full of whimsy and poetical insight. For the experienced reader it is sure to raise a smile and offer perhaps some new insights. For the newcomer to the Tarot, it will open the eyes to the poetry and beauty of these much-misunderstood cards.

Each of the 22 cards of the Major Arcana are examined, and although this PDF will not teach...

2015 / 3 / 13

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Cathy Shadows & Paul Voodini
Coffee Break Mental Magic: Pet Readings for Mind-Readers by Cathy Shadows & Paul Voodini

Pet Readings 4 Mind-Readers outlines a fascinating and engaging personality profile reading system suitable both for beginners and more experienced cold readers. Devised by Cathy Shadows and expanded upon by Paul Voodini, this very special edition of Coffee Break Mental Magic describes in detail the actual reading method which is based around pet animals. Following these details, the manuscript goes on to demonstrate how the technique can be used to win over a table of guests at any kind of function in a matter of moments, to provide insightful and fascinating stand-alone readings, and to augment...

2014 / 3 / 3

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Richard Paddon
Colaura: cold reading in full color by Richard Paddon

Your spectator chooses a colour and receives a brief reading based on their choice. Uncannily the aura colour on their personal reading card, changes to match their selection.

  • Colaura is a modular cold reading system that allows you to make a personal colour reading for the participant.
  • Combines aura readings with phrenology.
  • It is perfect for intimate and strolling performances.
  • The simple system makes it easy to remember the meanings of the colours and areas of the head. The Colaura card is a disguised tick sheet to assist the performer.
  • A personal reading can be tailored for the...
2014 / 9 / 15

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Richard Webster
Cold Reading For Profit: Volume 4 by Richard Webster

This is volume 4 in Richard Webster's cold reading series.

Richard details countless ways in which you can earn an excellent living anywhere in the world with the skills you will have learned from this series.

This is a digitally re-mastered (MP3) version of the original MagiCassette by Martin Breese and later released as Magi-CD - now owned by

2007 / 12 / 14

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Paul Voodini
Cold Reading Lecture 2012 by Paul Voodini

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...

2012 / 7 / 7

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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...

2016 / 6 / 27

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Satabdo Sengupta
Cold Zodiac Guess by Satabdo Sengupta

Imagine walking up to a complete stranger, having a short interaction with them regarding zodiac signs, and then handing them a black envelope. To their surprise it has their horoscope and also their zodiac sign written.

  • No pre-show
  • No complex anagrams
  • No forcing
  • Deceptive with layers of deception
  • Perform surrounded
  • 100% bang on every time

1st edition 2019, PDF 5 pages, video 18 min.

2019 / 12 / 23

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Richard Webster
Commercial Cold Reading Side 1: Volume 1 by Richard Webster

This is side one of a digitally re-mastered (MP3) version of the original MagiCassette™ first released in 1986 by Martin Breese - now owned by You will hear Richard Webster who is one of the world's leading experts on the art of cold reading. Richard Webster is a New Zealander who has been involved with Magic and Cold Reading for many, many years.

Richard used to release his own exclusive publications but now that he has achieved international fame he is published by a leading American publishing house. He has written books on a diverse range of subjects from Hypnotism to Fung...

2007 / 1 / 11

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Richard Webster
Commercial Cold Reading Side 2: Volume 1 by Richard Webster

This is side 2 of the Martin Breese MagicCassete released in 1986. See Commercial Cold Reading side 1.

Recorded October 9th, 1986. Length 25 min.

2007 / 1 / 11

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Mark Lewis
Confessions of a Cold Reader by Mark Lewis

This recording includes a radio interview with Mark Lewis where he demonstrates his palm and cold-reading methods. After that Mark describes how he got into cold reading, the most important resources he used, and his opinions on various questions related to cold reading, such as giving advice, moral and ethical issues. Mark extensively credits and recommends Richard Webster's work.

runtime 1h 11min

2011 / 1 / 18

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Robert A. Nelson
Confessions of a Medium by Robert A. Nelson

There has never been such a complete and thoroughly accurate exposé of the inner workings and guarded secrets of the professional medium, psychic and healer.

Describes how fake psychics get their certificates, making them immune from police interference. How anyone can obtain such a certificate. Explains how mediums and psychics work in "closed" towns so city authorities can't touch them. Includes sample ads as used by the phony seers, fake diplomas, how and where the psychics get their business, and how mediums can even work spare time and still make big money. Shows how the psychic obtains...

2017 / 4 / 12

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