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I did this for a guy in my building last night and it went over really well, it's Larry Becker's Unbalanced from his book Stunner's Plus.

I used a deck of Psycards along with a well known shuffle that most card workers use ( I can't tell the secret ),under the ruse of " putting the cards in balance ". Most tarot readers do have some type of deck ritual that they use before dealing the cards out, so it makes sense to do that.

The effect is that you have the sitter chose an " indicator " card BEFORE the reading starts. You do a three card spread and at the end of the reading, you are able to tell what card they freely chose. This card can also be called an "outcome " card if you want it to be.

The secret is in the shuffle and in the cards. I also tell the story of how Psycards came to be. Telling the participant things about there indicator card during the reading makes a good "convincer " and gives your reading more punch.

The wise men of mentalism will tell you that magic tricks have nothing to do with readings & not to do them, do you agree with that?

What other ideas can you come up with to make the reading more magical? I would love to see your ideas.

Logan,
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Psycards are mystical in and of themselves. In my experience, they have a certain knack of offering the right cards for the situation/question at hand.

People want to know what is going to happen. They don't care that you knew what the final outcome is going to be.
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As far as readings go, a few years ago at the last ren faire I went to, a reader had a bag of stuff (toys and slum swag). You picked a bag, opened it and let it spill on the table and were given a reading based on the objects and where they landed on the table.
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People want to know what is going to happen. They don't care that you knew what the final outcome is going to be.


Yeah..your right. Maybe that's something I needed to hear.

However, I am not opposed to using a convincer or a magical method, more so if your a brand new reader that doesn't have a lot of reading know-how under their belt. I  don't fall into that category.

I've never heard of reading done with a bag of goodies like that, maybe it's called " Bagology " lol.

Logan,

PS: While I am not opposed to using a convincer, I am opposed to those readers who force cards on their sitter to give the same reading ( over & over ) or to end with a positive note which I do as well. Those sitters aren't even getting a real reading. They are getting a stock reading. I know of such a reader in the next town who does this. Have you ever read the book The Dance by Brad Henderson? I've got a lot out of it, however, I didn't really like the "tricky language" in it..so I don't use that in my reads. But I like his thinking and approach to doing readings.

I also like the Gail Sheehy book Passages.



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