A forty page book on how to give readings for money. 's what the author has to say in The INTRODUCTION :
I have been successfully doing cold reading for a number of years
in my home town and the surrounding districts. I have built up
quite a fine reputation and am kept very busy reading tarot for
ladies groups in their own homes, with many return visits being
requested. I also lecture at local Women's Institutes, which provides me with a vehicle to advertise my services.
It all started for me when I did a lecture demonstration on
'The Power of the Mind' at a local Women's Institute and I was
asked if I did readings. I immediately replied in the
affirmative, even though I'd never done a reading in my life,
unless one could call doing a question and answer routine as part of a club mental act, doing readings. The upshot of this
conversation was that I was invited to the home of one of the
ladies present, the following week.
The next day I hurried went out and bought my first Rider-Waite tarot pack and the accompanying booklet by A E Waite. I spent the best part of the next few days boning up on the meaning of the various cards.
I was quite confident about doing the reading on the night.
Being a working mentalist I'd got used to thinking on my feet.
I'd also spent the greater part of my working life as a detective
officer in a northern police force, before retiring on a pension,
so I was used to listening to what people said (and, more
importantly, to what they didn't say) and forming reasonably
A little knowledge of body language was
also of great help to me, inasmuch it helped me decide when a
person was agreeing or disagreeing with whatever I was saying.
Sufficient to say that on the night I gave a very credible
performance which opened up a brand new world for me.
I decided that I would offer a regular tarot reading service
as a supplement to my regular mental act. Having made the
decision, I scoured all the book catalogues in an effort to find
material which would help me get the project off the ground.
Many of the books I read were of some value to me, but most were of little or no use as they nearly all presupposed that one was
conversant with the basics of cold reading. Now could I find a book which would introduce me to this particular art.
How does one make a start? What does one look for when first meeting a client? How can one structure a reading in such a way that it doesn't sound the same each and every time?
Finally, I didn't want to learn a 'spiel' or routine that
could be given to everyone regardless of which strata of society
they belonged to. Through trial and error I eventually worked
out a system which works for me. On the principle that what
works for one will work for another, I decided to commit my
system to print. So now you have a book which will teach you the
basics and help you on your way to Money Making Cold Reading.
'Master of the Tarot'
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