Yes, our old friend, Cold Reading. If you don't know what cold reading is, it's basically what many psychics use when they give you your first reading if they've never met you before. It encompasses an array of different techniques but mostly it involves using general statements called Barnum statements that are general to most people but when executed well can make it look like a miracle. When the cold reader or psychic gets it right it is called a hit. When they get it wrong or it doesn't match up with the person it's called a miss. So when psychics or cold readers use Barnum statements along with an array of other techniques, more bolder than others, you can create the illusion that you are truly psychic.
Many people may think cold reading is a lot more accurate than it really is because they've seen psychics or mentalists on TV saying stuff that seems amazing, some also think psychics cannot be using cold reading because of how accurate they were. This is probably because TV psychics are using a mixture of cold and hot reading. Hot reading generally means they've acquired information before the show from a source which they can use to create a true miracle. Hot reading would be if I did a reading on someone I'd never met, but their friend had told me some private information about them before which I could now use in a reading.
So anyway, on to the point of me writing this. To learn cold reading properly takes years but I've discovered one cold reading question you can use along side your normal mind reading and mentalism tricks. Bear in mind, this is only to be used if you are able to perform ultimate mind reading tricks as a back up as it doesn't always hit, but when it does, my my, you have a serious miracle on your hands.
Basically what you say is “Where's the broken door?”, you need to say this in passing and it's best to say it inbetween a mind reading trick.
They are of course going to say “What?”, you say, “I just got a reading off you about a broken door, where is it?”
They will usually say, “It's in my house, the door to the utility room is broken” or something along those lines.
You then say, “Ah yes, I'd get that fixed if I were you” and carry on with your mind reading performance.
If it doesn't hit, you just say “Ok, keep a look out for a broken door, I get a feeling you will encounter one in the near future”
This covers you for each eventuality and you've just got to put your own personal spin on it.
You're probably wondering why I use the line about the broken door, well it's basically because it's such a general thing that most people have encountered a broken door recently or even have one in their home, on their car, in the office etc. A broken door can also include a broken frame, door handle, cracked glass etc.
The beauty of this is that people will make it fit if you give them time to find the meaning. When they tell people about the trick. Go out and try it today but make sure you've got some ultimate mind reading tricks as a back up if it fails.