NLP has been a bit of a buzz word for a good few years in relation to mind reading and mentalism tricks due to the likes of Derren Brown and Cris Angel.
The actual limits of NLP is only known to people who have actually studied it extensively, like myself. Limited is the key word, as people claim to use NLP for just about everything, but us people in the know, understand what you can and cannot do don't we?
That doesn't stop us saying we're using NLP when we're not, but sometimes it's nice to use some real NLP skills to perform our mind reading and mentalism.
So what NLP mind reading tricks are possible? Well I've already talked about how anchors can be used, but there are a few others too.
This one in particular isn't strictly NLP, but it involved reading subtle body language cues so I suppose it counts.
So here's the trick..
You show a spectator 5 playing cards, 4 of them are black number cards and one card is the queen of hearts. There are 2 versions of the trick you can use depending on who you perform it on. To one type of person you say that when they see the queen of hearts they are to think about SEX. To other people you just tell them to think about MONEY.
What you do is show them the queen of hearts first, tell them to think about sex/money. Get them to really think about it while they are staring at the queen of hearts. What this does is anchor the queen of hearts to that emotion.. I'll explain why in a moment.
What you do them is mix the cards face down and one after another show them each card and tell them to think about sex/money when they see the queen of hearts. When you show them each card, make sure you can't see the cards you show, but you need to be able to see their eyes.
Just by looking into their eyes, you can tell which card is the queen of hearts.. how?
Not by the reflection in their eyes. You can tell by their pupils dilating. When people think about sex or money. Their pupils dilate. When I say sex, I mean they need to really think of the act, and when they think about money, they need to imagine they have loads of it around them and to get excited.
So when you show them each card, watch their pupils and you will be able to tell which is the queen of hearts by when their pupils dilate (get bigger).
Try it out, it's a pretty decent little trick and you can even explain how you did it after. It's a good way to use as a build up to a really proper, stronger trick and to make them think you're a real body language expert.
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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.
Just a quick update.
For all the people in the UK you can watch Derren Brown Investigates on Channel 4 at 10pm over the next few weeks. In tonights episode Derren follows a psychic medium and shows you methods the medium could use if he was to be a fraud..
I know what I think but make up your own minds..
I'd love to know what you all think..
ARE PSYCHICS REAL OR FAKE?
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