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 Post subject: Just an idea...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:22 pm 
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Being in college you notice a lot of students wearing either old high school sports shirts, or the current college shirts. Often times they have their last name, or a nickname printed on the back.

If you're performing and a volunteer comes up, you can then state their last name, and if it is a high school shirt ,the city they are presumably from.

You can either do this serious, or as a gag ("divining" their last name, and then have them turn around and point to it on their shirt).

I haven't tried it, but if you don't make it too obvious, it should be a quick little bonus aside during your show.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:58 pm 
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I actually tried this yesterday but instead of the name being on the Jersey, I noticed that they had their car keys in their hand and on it was a key ring with an acrostic poem of their name. I read it, then approached her, telling her what I do and who I am, I looked her dead in the eye
"sta...st...stephanie?"

It works.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:05 pm 
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revelation77 wrote:
I actually tried this yesterday but instead of the name being on the Jersey, I noticed that they had their car keys in their hand and on it was a key ring with an acrostic poem of their name. I read it, then approached her, telling her what I do and who I am, I looked her dead in the eye
"sta...st...stephanie?"

It works.

That's awesome! I so want to try that now!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:34 pm 
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It's great, what you are basically doing is cold-reading. Cold reading is a fantastic tool, but not to be over used - there are a few books out there about it!

Basically using their appearance can generally give you as much information as possible, good things I've found to look out for are wedding rings, where watch is (to tell Left or Right), and simply their build helps as well, and if the name is on their shirt that's nice

But be warned it is easy enough to make mistakes. Last night I was working in a pub and we got onto the topic of psychics. Wanting to prove how easy it is to fake it, I did a simple cold reading on a friend. Getting my left and right slightly confused I commented that the participant was left handed when they weren't. I managed to get it back though, but mistakes can happen


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Dunninger had an idea similar to this;

When he would reach in the audiene to get members on stage, he would ask for an applause cue - For the participant willingness - and meanwhile he had the perfect misdirection to ask the volunteer name,

So during any psychometry or Q&A act he would suddently reveal the name with some other revealant information, so the audiences were lead to believe that he correctly divined this chap name.

This idea is still widely used nowadays.
Max.


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