The James Bond Cold Reading – a whole new take on the twelve lines of the ‘Classic Reading’
If you’ve seen mind readers on the TV such as the mentalist Derren Brown, you may well have seen them using cold reading techniques. By using Barnum Statements taken straight from the Forer Experiment of the 1950’s (nowadays known as the twelve lines of the Classic Reading), performers such as Derren can appear to know as much about a person they’ve only just met as someone who’s known them a lifetime.
Although this can be impressive the technique is of little practical use in the real world; the lines are vague and hard to remember, and simply coming out with these canned statements can sound a little strange. If you want to come across as a mind reader and not a person doing a magic trick you’ll have to do better than that!
Imagine trying to memorise these twelve Forer Statements:
* At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved.
* You have a strong need for other people to like you and for them to admire you.
* Disciplined and controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside.
* You have a tendency to be critical of yourself.
* You pride yourself on being an independent thinker and do not accept others’ opinions without satisfactory proof.
* You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others.
* Your sexual adjustment has presented some problems for you.
* While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them.
* At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing.
* You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations.
* Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic.
* You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage.
Pretty hard right? And how can you use these lines without sounding awkward? In The James Bond Cold Reading, Julian Moore takes these twelve lines of the Classic Reading and shows you how, by using the character of James Bond that we all know and love, you can not only remember these twelve lines with ease but deliver them in a naturally convincing way, using each statement as a springboard for your own words and ideas.
These ‘character readings’ can be used as a standalone effect by simply telling people what you think makes them tick on the spot, or can be used to spice up other types of reading systems such palmistry, graphology, numerology, playing card (cartomancy) and tarot card readings; simply sprinkle a few classic reading lines into any type of reading when you’re feeling stuck for words or simply want to add a bit of interest. Using The James Bond Cold Reading it couldn’t be simpler; you need only think about the story supplied in the book and you’ll be able to deliver concepts based on the classic reading lines without missing a beat.
Although Barnum Statements are just one technique in the plethora of cold reading tools and tricks of the trade available to the modern mentalist or mind reader, they shouldn’t be overlooked; as Derren Brown showed in one of his TV specials, the Forer Experiment works as well today as it did back in the fifties.
So forget about learning stock lines and never using them – using the proven methods in The James Bond Cold Reading, you can learn to speak in you own words and amaze people by how much you know about them using one of the most overlooked tools of mentalism in a way that no one would ever suspect.
By bringing a modern slant to an old technique, Julian Moore proves once again that that the old ones are the best – if only we knew how to apply them. If you’re not a fan of ‘stock lines’ and think that learning them is a waste of time, this book could seriously change your mind!
With a Foreward by Enrique Enriquez, author of The Invisible Series and member of Kenton Knepper’s S.E.C.R.E.T. school