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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Have you ever seen the show Crossing Over? Now, some of what John Edwards does could be simply good con training - talking fast, getting people to volunteer information, etc. However, he often mentions some very specific information that I don't see how he could have gleaned, unless he heard them talking about it before the show or something.

    Any thoughts on John Edwards in particular?

    • I'm not familiar with John Edwards (I don't watch TV), so I can't comment on him in particular, but here's how some of this works with psychometry -- and it works better with receptive people. First, you ask for their keys or some other personal object so you can "receive vibrations" from it. This object serves as a distraction for the person. It's important to be vague, but also provide the mark with different things to focus on so they have trouble seeing what's really going on.

      Then, ask their name. If you follow THESCAM methodology, you have seven topics to cover and by using their name, you rearrange the topics according to how they spell their name (I can't recall the exact procedure). This ensures that you proceed through the topics in what appears to be a random order. If you're working a room, it's critically important that you not start with "travel" every time. Then, you start with a few innocent comments to gauge how they react. Sometimes, the mark will be foolish enough to give away starting points with this. If so, abandon your starting point and follow their lead.

      Once the preliminaries are done, you start with your first critical topic. "I sense that you or someone near you is having a health issue." If they say "no", you follow up with "pay attention to the health issue, it's going to be important to you or someone close to you". Of course, sooner or later it is. You, the psychic, have made a prediction that can't be tested, nor can it be disproved.

      Now, what happens if the mark says "yes"? There are few people who can just say "yes" and fall silent. Quite often, it's something like "yes, my grandmother just came down with the clap!" and the psychic nods sagaciously. The curious thing is, many times the person will report to their friends that the psychic knew that their grandmother was ill. That's how the bulk of the scams work.

      Let's say that you, the psychic, have worked through several critical areas and you haven't made any "hits". You're in trouble and you start losing your credibility. If you're in a room, this can seem disastrous, but you ask "why are you so closed to me? I sense something is wrong." And all of a sudden, some of the people in the room feel that the mark is either someone who can't open his mind, or he's trying to set up the psychic. The psychic gets transformed from a fraud into a victim. It's pretty disgusting to watch.

      As a last ditch effort, you can gamble. If you know about statistics of people and their habits (and if you can read the mark well enough), you can make educated guesses about them. If you can't read them, you can still take some wild swings. For example: "I sense water. Were you born near a large body of water?" Well, duh! Few cities are built in the middle of a desert. Many people will liberally interpret "large body".

      My favorite, though, was when my friend was having a lot of difficulty with one woman and decided to take a risk. "You have a scar on one of your knees, don't you?" (hint: 80% of the adult US population has a scar on one of their knees. I'll halt for a moment while you all check your knees).

      Woman: Oh my god, yes!

      My friend: You got it in an accident, didn't you? (double duh!)

      Woman: Yes, yes! I was skiing.

      The woman went on to confess that she knew psychics were real, but she had never been successful in finding one -- until now. She went on to become a regular customer of my friend.