The illusionist

Posted by Ali Reda | Posted in | Posted on 12/14/2010

Have you ever wondered how any illusionist like Darren Brown can give you information about yourself although he just has met you,they use techniques like Cold Reading,General Statments and sending subconscious messages using NLP.
People interpret what they hear in the meaning they want to hear and not the meaning that was intended. so they only believe what they want to hear.

Cold Reading

A practiced cold reader can still quickly obtain a great deal of information about the subject by analyzing the person's body language, age, clothing or fashion, hairstyle, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, level of education, manner of speech, place of origin, etc. Cold readers commonly employ high probability guesses about the subject, quickly picking up on signals from their subjects as to whether their guesses are in the right direction or not, and then emphasizing and reinforcing any chance connections the subjects acknowledge while quickly moving on from missed guesses.

In an interview published in New Scientist, Brown says that he first developed many of his "psychological illusion" skills through his training in hypnotherapy before he was involved in learning close up magic. When asked how he was able to produce various psychological illusions such as apparent mind-reading, lie detection and hypnotic induction, Brown claimed to be able to read on subtle cues such as a micro-muscle movements that indicate to him if someone is lying or holding something back. He also states that his participants are carefully selected based on their suggestibility and responsiveness which is common in stage hypnosis. He believes that the presence of a television camera also increases responsiveness.

General Statments

1) Rainbow Ruse : a statment that credits a person with something but also credits him with the opposite
you are honest but when "the circumstances are right" you lie to protect people around you

2)Flattery : a statment appeal to a persons ego saying he is the best

3)Jacques statment: are charchter statments based on different phases which happens to every one

3)Fuzzy Facts : i see an event in europe "possibly" britain or "could be blah blah like" egypt
read body gestures to know if you are on the right track or not

4) good chance: a guess about a specfic something with a high chance that it is related to you: does john mean anything to you? yes,it is my father's middle name

5) stat fact: a fact based on static info or person's environment info (frequent religion in the area),time of the year

6)Opposite game: describing someone in the person's life who the person dislikes by describing a person opposite in charchter traits to the client

7)Incidental question: is this true?,how is this related to you?

8)vanishing negative: you don't work with children do you?
           No or yes
           I Thought so

9)Russian Doll : I feel something about your daughter?
            I don't have a daughter
            may be she is a god-daughter
            I don't have a god-daughteer
            she is like a daughter to you may be a friend's daughter


Neuro-linguistic programming makes you read your opponent through eye cues and muscle movment and also send subconscious messages which forces ideas in someone's head.Several authors have claimed that Brown uses neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) in his act which "consists of a range of magical 'tricks', misdirection and, most intriguing, setting up audiences to provide the response that he wishes them to provide by using subtle subliminal cues in his conversation with them."

Subconscious Messages Examples

verbal messages IT IS BLUE,isn't it? (Plants in the Target's Head Blue Color)
noun messages I want you TOO (Plants in the Target's Head Number Two)
Body gestures by fingers which points to things

Manipulate Decision Making

In a sense a handshake induction is a 'forced' action. The person is NOT expecting that sort of action when u shake their hand, and that action 'short-circuits' or interrupts their conscious thought process, and makes them very vulnerable to suggestion..

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