This is How Cold Reading Works

Timothy Olyphant, who most people know as “The Bad Guy In Live Free or Die Hard” and I know as “One Seriously Bad Ass Sheriff” (link NSFW due to language since, quite frankly, it’s Deadwood), was on Conan last night and gave an example of how cold reading works among “psychics”. It’s a very common script, one that is repeated over and over again by people selling comfort at a ridiculous markup. The people who do this sort of thing and are raking in millions from it are con artists, and the con isn’t even particularly good when you look at it closely.


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