As far as I know, real psychics don’t put themselves on display. They also don’t talk your head off while they constantly look for positive feedback from their “paranormal” banter.
I recall when an audience member told me that I was reminiscent of Orson Welles. I assume that was a compliment because I admired Orson Welles as a small boy. Besides being a magician and an actor, I admired the way he got into people’s heads. As a little boy, I was always mystified by that.
Here’s Orson in an interview with David Frost in 1970 talking about his salad days as a cold reader and how he began to convince himself of his amazing “abilities:”
Now, you’re probably wondering about more great examples of cold reading. You have to be aware that to be a cold reading expert that you have to be willing to talk the other person’s head off while looking for positive feedback from whatever is spilling out of your mouth.
Fortunately, people can be excellent listeners when it comes to private affairs. Here’s an example from the Skeptics Dictionary:
For example, Bertram Forer has never met you, yet he offers the following cold reading of you:
Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary and reserved. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. You pride yourself on being an independent thinker and do not accept others’ opinions without satisfactory proof. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety, and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. Disciplined and controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside.
Your sexual adjustment has presented some problems for you. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a strong need for other people to like you and for them to admire you.
Here’s another reading that you might find fairly accurate about you:
People close to you have been taking advantage of you. Your basic honesty has been getting in your way. Many opportunities that you have had offered to you in the past have had to be surrendered because you refuse to take advantage of others. You like to read books and articles to improve your mind. In fact, if you’re not already in some sort of personal service business, you should be. You have an infinite capacity for understanding people’s problems and you can sympathize with them. But you are firm when confronted with obstinacy or outright stupidity. Law enforcement would be another field you understand. Your sense of justice is quite strong…
Being a person who understands extra sensory perception at a more intrinsic level, I can assure you that real psychics don’t do cold readings. In fact, everyone does cold readings. Everyone loves to read a book by its cover. Everyone loves to judge others by appearances alone.
Well, everyone but a few. There are very few who can see deep into the soul of another without talking their heads off. Otherwise, it’s all for showmanship. And if people so desparately and completely want to believe in that cold reading because it serves as some type of closure in their lives, so be it.
To that effect, I’m trying to get more NLP videos done ASAP. The difference with NLP is that I’m telling you rather than asking you what’s true. My personal fun and games with Storm NLP and Supernatural NLP will be coming very shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy the following cold reading by Rosemary Altea for those who lost loved ones: