thanks magicalseducer do you know who to cold read very good. do you who long does it takes to learn cold reading.
Well, I'm just getting started with the Cold Reading stuff. But, it's really not that hard. The most important thing is what I call BELIEVABILITY. If you can make someone believe that you are really a psychic... you can do the worse cold reading act and still get away with it. I use that concept of BELIEVABILITY in all my magic... and I can do the most simple of effects and still get great reactions from my spectators.
But, Cold Reading... like anything else in life, will take a lot of practice to actually master. The good thing is that you can get results immediately after learning the fundamentals... and get better as you practice more and more.
Now, I believe that Cold Reading shouldn't be use by itself. It should be done in the context of a Mentalism Act. CR should be used as a powerful mentalism tool, but don't forget other things that also help. Gimmicks like the Swami can be very effective too. (Now, why doesn't Penguin Magic carry that?) Also, you can use Hot Reading... by finding out whatever you can about your spectator. Neuro-Linguistic Programming is another technique that can help you a lot. Also, magical principles like the Magician's Choice are priceless. And if you top that with mentalism effects like those done with the Bat... your spectator will think you are a Real Psychic!
Some people have already recommended some books that you can get to learn more about cold reading. Another book I would add to the list... although not exactly a book on Cold Reading... but definitely something that will improve your Cold Reading/Mentalism/Magic... is Absolute Magic by Derren Brown:
Here's a review that I found very helpful:
http://www.penguinmagic.com/discuss/vie ... hp?t=35847
Hope this helps!