Scare Tactics

Here is an example of scare tactics: Linda received a phone call from a stranger, asking her if she knew how prepared her local emergency response units were to handle a terrorist attack. He described the aftermath of a bombing, with all of its destruction and bloodshed, and told her that her local medical community, firefighters, and law enforcement were not ready to respond adequately. He further described the chaos that would ensue because of this inadequate response. Then, he asked for a donation to a national organization that purports to provide funding for local emergency response units.

Linda was frightened by the information in the phone call, and gave the caller her credit card number, authorizing him to charge a $50 donation to the organization he represented. The caller persuaded her to give money to a group she never heard of, and which might actually not exist, because he successfully used scare tactics.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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