A simplified system of fortune telling.
One of the most effective ways of entertaining informally is by Fortune-Telling and, as a magician, you must have been asked many times if you can "tell fortunes". To do this properly requires much study and memory work, time you can probably not afford. So here is a new, simplified system that can easily be applied to Palmistry, the Tarot, Sand Reading, and almost every other form of divination. Apart from anything else, it's a great way to make friends.
The problem has always been to obtain sufficient 'cues' with which to give a 'reading'. Whilst you can learn a "Cold Reading" off by heart, handling it for different people has always been a problem.
The method outlined here is, as far as I know, completely new. All you need to give a short and interesting reading is the subject's name and then, automatically, you have a complete set of cues from which to weave a convincing story.
1st edition 1976, PDF 4 pages.
word count: 697 which is equivalent to 2 standard pages of text