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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Reading through the questions is like looking at a script for a cold reading. Every answer could apply to everyone to some degree, possibly changing depending on mood.
Only this time he wasn't using cold reading to do it.
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It covers types of theater, the Actors' Equity Association, and typecasting; acting concepts and technique and preparing to audition, with discussion of choosing and preparing monologues and breaking down scenes/sides; auditioning tips, including cold reading, interviewing, and dealing with nerves; and business aspects, such as preparing resumes, headshots, and other materials, talent agents and casting directors, and finding the work and submissions.
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.
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."
He is an expert at 'cold reading' - a practice used by mediums - picking up details about a person to give the impression he knows more about them than he doesin order to gain their confidence.
He's written a wonderful play called Faith and Cold Reading, which we're hoping to get off the ground next year.
First stop is Goldsmith's College, London, where Derek meets six toddlers in a room separated from their parents - to allay suspicions that he's picking up information from them, or 'cold reading' as it's called.
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.
Moreover, the information reported by these mediums cannot be explained as a result of fraud of "cold reading" (a set of techniques in which visual and auditory cues from the sitter are used to fabricate "accurate" readings; described extensively by Rowland, 2001, and Hyman, 1989, p.
But I have to disagree with Gener's central premise: These actors are most definitely acting, just as fully as they would be on an improv stage or at a cold reading. The results are raw, unmediated and often over-the-top, but that does not diminish them from being any less a performance than one which has benefited from weeks of rehearsal and months of preparation.
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.
The most popular technique used by self-proclaimed psychics to demonstrate that they can obtain knowledge through paranormal means is cold reading. The "reader" starts with prepared remarks that can apply to practically anyone, touching on issues of universal interest, such as love, sex, money, health, and employment.