- Series: Speed Learning
- Paperback: 46 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Speed Learning edition (September 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1479394351
- ISBN-13: 978-1479394357
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It relies primarily on the target's willingness and desire to believe, and as a result, on their 'filling in the spaces'. This occurs while they remain pleasantly fuzzy about who supplied exactly what information, when. So how do you first begin? Through your knowledge of the things that (most) people believe to be true about themselves - things they would not normally be aware they have in common with others. Knowledge of these kinds of personality characteristics, presented as a narrative of insights into the target, move the target into a frame of mind where they become increasingly willing to believe that you have special abilities to see into their inner selves.
What specific knowledge is required to start the belief process rolling? This book shares a list of 12 personality factoids (true for most of the people most of the time). Present these 'insights' properly, and you are on your way.
What makes this book unique is that it uses a fun and easy memory technique to assist the novice reader in recalling the admittedly long 12 factoid list. If you look closely, the book's author also plays with the reader a bit, occasionally 'reading' them, and accompanying these moments with encouragement / salesmanship. Its all in fun, and educational, to see the 'man with the mirror' in a sense 'looking back at his audience'(that is, to see the author subtly using his techniques on his audience).
Customizing your read, using subtle feedback cues, is more an art than a 12 step technique, and true to the book's style it is not covered in depth.
There are a couple of jarring typos, but they don't distract much from the overall experience. In keeping with the easy, laid back teaching style, the book is quite short and stays closely focused on its premise. The author does suggest that those who wish to know more might also read his other works.
Overall, the book is an easily read, informative and entertaining approach to learning the basics of cold reading, presented in a uniquely memorable and fun style.
Difficult to jump into content wise. I thought this was a book on cold reading not how to pretend you are or are talking to James Bond. It's a very misleading title, concept and content. It didn't take more than 5 minutes to realize this was not for me.
I would have returned it but it costs just as much to return it as the price of the book. So, total loss of $11.00.
I hate to dish on a book or any author's work but this is pretty substandard from a book publishing point of view. I never would have bought this if I saw it up close and personal in a bookstore.
The secret is giving almost universally true statements, that the person will interpret as being very specific to them. Then, they start talking, and get the ball rolling, telling you everything you need, to feed back to them. And they will believe that you couldn't have known.
It's really startling how convincing these techniques are. I'd buy the book. You can read it in less than 30 minutes, I did.
Worth the price of admission.
Anyway, I would recommend that both this book AND Ian Rowland's modern classic ("The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading") be purchased together. Rowland's book is THE basic text on the subject and is the more essential and certainly complete, of the two. But both texts can and will compliment each other.