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Junior Skeptic 33: Cold Reading

Junior Skeptic 33: Cold Reading

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Junior Skeptic 33: The Art of Cold Reading

This special issue of Junior Skeptic was written by Pat Linse, the creator of Junior Skeptic. In this issue, you’ll discover the work of Ian Rowland, an expert on “cold reading” — sneaky techniques for convincing complete strangers that you know know all about them. As a performer on stage, Ian Rowland creates the illusion that he has psychic powers like “telepathy.” In this issue, he will show us how someone who is not psychic can pretend to be so using a set of psychological strategies. Rowland always admits that he uses trickery on stage. Unfortunately, some people use cold reading techniques to take advantage of others. How do they do it — and how can we keep from being fooled? Let’s find out!

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This issue of Junior Skeptic was originally published in Skeptic magazine 14.4 (2009).

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