In Professor Richard Wiseman’s latest book, Paranormality, he suggests that it is very easy for so-called psychics to give highly accurate readings. Later, in the back of the same book, he gives an example that can be utilized to convince complete strangers that you can read their aura (or some other similar medium babble) and demonstrate that your apparent psychic powers are real, because you know all about them.
OK then, lets put that to the test here and now.
First, here is a reading that is just for you (yes, I just magically read your vibrations as you tapped the keys to bring you here, and have now created this reading that is just for you and nobody else)
You are a loyal and devoted friend – someone people can rely on in times of difficulty. Although you are fair-minded, you are also a far more ambitious person than your friends and colleagues realize. Most of the time you give the impression of being strong, but deep down you sometimes worry about what the future will bring. In certain circumstances you can be something of a perfectionist, and that this sometimes annoys those around you.
You are good at seeing both sides of the argument rather than jumping to conclusions. You are the type of person that likes to gather together all of the facts and then make a decision. When you look back on your life, you sometimes dwell on what you might have done differently, but in general you focus on the future. Although you enjoy change and variety, you are also attracted to a sense of routine and stability. You are facing a significant decision right now, or have recently experienced a large change in your life.
You know that you have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage, and at times you are extroverted and sociable, while at other times you are far more introverted and reserved.
Now, on to the poll … is he right, would this work for most folks and successfully con them?
I occasionally come across folks who are totally sold on the idea that many psychics are indeed fakes, but some are real and then proceed to tell you of one who gave a reading that was bang on the mark and too close to be just cold reading.
What Professor Wiseman suggests is that anybody, with a bit of practise, can replicate that effect, the above being an example of an accurate psychic reading created just for you by a completely non psychic skeptic.
So how was it for you?