cold reading


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cold reading

1. The reading aloud of a script or performative text, as for television, theater, or film, with little or no rehearsal, practice, or study in advance. It's always a little awkward doing a cold reading for the first time, because you know things will be much different once everyone has had a chance to get familiar with the script.
2. A technique or series of techniques used by paranormal performers (such as mentalists, psychics, spiritual mediums, fortune tellers, etc.) in which the appearance of clairvoyance is achieved by gleaning personal details about a subject through the use of intuition, broad questions, and educated guesses and assumptions. It's amazing how convincing psychics can seem when all they're doing is giving a cold reading of people in the audience. I can't believe you fell for that fortune teller nonsense—it was just a cold reading!
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Derren Brown combines the observational skill of Sherlock Holmes - little wonder he had a cameo role in the recent TV series - with cold reading of strangers and a well-honed skill in interpreting body language to produce thought-provoking entertainment.
Bell will examine and expose cold reading techniques, the use of Conversational Hypnosis (NLP) and the truly unexplained phenomenon of psychics who appear to be accurate where there is no explanation.
The program consisted of the following instructional sequence for each selected treatment story: key words, one minute cold reading, read along, practice reading, comprehension test, and pass timing.
When we got there, she gave us a scenario and Kayla had to write and present her own cold reading 30 seconds.
Jane decides to round up all the suspects and use his cold reading
He said, "the time has come to make decisions based not only on ideology and gut feelings, but from a cold reading of reality.
Harrigan sees the place he cares about has gone to rack and ruin and he needs to clean it up," says Stephen Tompkinson, who was handed the script a year ago when he came to Newcastle to play a villain in the play Faith and Cold Reading at Live Theatre.
Stephen, who is currently performing in Faith & Cold Reading at the Live Theatre, met members of the research team to find out more about the vital research.
And as down-to-earth Stephen arrived back in the North-east to begin rehearsals for Tyneside playwright Sean Prendergast's new work Faith and Cold Reading, in which he plays a gangster, he took some time out to talk up Teesside and his beloved team.
He's written a wonderful play called Faith and Cold Reading, which we're hoping to get off the ground next year.
He starts with the basic requirements for a good cold reading, technical rules and common mistakes, then gets specific about plays, monologues, screenplays and teleplays, television commercials and daytime TV shows.
Zvi has seen Winkler speak at IDA conferences and talk about how, during his years at Yale School of Drama, his entire sense of self-image dropped from his shoulders to his ankles when the actor was asked to do a cold reading.
It might be that the reader is purely a charlatan, knowingly taking advantage of different cold reading techniques to impress the client, but it might also be possible that the reader unintentionally picks up on different clues at an unconscious level and interprets this knowledge as having a paranormal basis.
He adds there are also many con-artists out there who are more than willing to take your money and give what he calls a cold reading.