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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

Introduction | "R" Reading | Curse of the Pharaoh | End-of-the-World Prophecies

Index | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

try-ons In the process of cold reading, this is a subtle prompting technique whereby the medium introduces an uncertainty to the statement, an unspoken invitation to the sitter to direct the attempt. Such phrases as these are used:


      I want to say that . . .
      I feel that . . .
      Possibly . . .
      It might be that . . .
      I'm led to say that . . .
      I get the feeling that . . .
      I'm being told that . . .
      Why do I say that . . .
      Why do I feel that . . .

      Also see the reading in Appendix I for examples of this technique in action.



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