What exactly is cold reading???
The ability to meet someone, and tell them details about themselves which you should not be able to know. Think "fortunetelling".
it is called "Cold" reading because you do it without knowing anything about your client in advance. "Hot" reading is exactly the same thing, but you do research on your client before giving the reading.
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How in the world would you be able to do that without doing background checks??? That sounds kinda weird...
It's rumored that spectators at the taping of "Crossing Over" with John Edward are line and sit sometimes for hours before the show starts and that it's bugged so that conversations can be heard.
Faith Healer, Peter Popov, (debunked by Banachek and pals) used an ear receiver and his wife fed him information that she had obtained from audience members before the "show". There is a video on Banachek's site and it's quite good.
Make an appointment with a psychic? There's nothing to stop them from finding your address and scoping out your home.. makes for a very convincing reading if they describe the red bush next to the fountain of your yellow brick home...
Everything I know about cold reading I learned from South Park (john edwards episode)....