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Palm Reading for Magicians
by William W. Larsen


(1 review, 1 customer rating) ★★★★★

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Palm Reading for Magicians by William W. Larsen

This psychological reading allows most anyone to present a convincing demonstration of palmistry, even if they've never read palms before.

Thayer originally sold this Larsen title as a manuscript in their catalog (Item No. 1394). Now once again available in this expanded and updated book edition, the original content has been supplemented with new features to make it even more complete.

Understand, this is not a trick, but a stock reading that you can easily memorize and give to any person without further study. Use it to supplement, dramatically, your usual readings. Or if you're entirely new to palmistry, mix a few lines from the reading with your personal observations of the client. Palmistry readings with this method are so convincing that you can add a second income stream beyond your regular act.

This revised edition adds four chapters of new content to the original, making it even more of a "must have" for anyone looking to add to their psychic repertoire. Originally sold for the equivalent of $44 in today's money when first introduced. Magic World revised edition adds four new chapters of content.

1st edition ~1943, PDF 16 pages.
word count: 4876 which is equivalent to 19 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Christopher M. Reynolds (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 12 September, 2023

You may not know me, but I know you. You are unique. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and only accept others' statements with satisfactory proof. You have a strong sense of curiosity. You have much-unused capacity, which you have yet to turn to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you can generally compensate for them. If you are reading this review to see if it is something you should buy, then do it right now. I know you better than you know yourself. You need this book. Buy it.

It's a bitter pill for magicians to swallow, but most people would rather pay to have their palm read by a cheesy fortune teller than watch a free magic show. Why? Self-interest is the answer. Dale Carnegie wrote in his 1936 self-help book How To Win Friends and Influence People: "Talk to someone about themselves, and they'll listen for hours."

Psychics can earn a decent living listening to others talk. The only job requirements are making people happy and mastering cold reading techniques.

In his pamphlet "Palm Reading for Magicians," William W. Larson, Sr. provides a method for magicians to make extra money by offering palm readings after performances.

If you don't know anything about palmistry, don't worry. You don't have to. After a few rehearsals, you can give a convincing reading to any person without further study.

This script provides a psychic reading from "cradle to grave," offering practical advice but saying very little.

Larsen and editor T.A. Waters provide tips on enhancing your performance and reveal covert (and possibly unlawful) methods for gathering information on potential clients, establishing your reputation as a reliable psychic.

I've seen firsthand how powerful this stuff can be. While working as a bartender in 2003, I read palms to pad my tip jar. My only psychic power was the ability to recite psychologist Bertram Forer's classic 1948 cold reading vignette, some of which I used above. Some women break down and cry after a reading. The belief is genuine, even if the analysis is tongue-in-cheek.

For an experiment, I tried out Larsen's palmistry material at work. After tweaking the language to suit my style, I cherry-picked bits and pieces from the script that applied to most people, such as:

"What I saw when I first started to read your hand was a tendency to allow your heart to govern your mind."

My co-workers now think I'm the main character from Stephen King's The Dead Zone. But on the bright side, I've made $20 during my lunch breaks, giving readings. That's double the price of the book.

Buy this script and practice it. The learning will be time well spent. You won't be sorry for adding palmistry to your bag of tricks.