Classic cold reading uses 12 statements (Barnum statements), that are true for virtually everybody.
The 12 classic lines have been around for a long time now, and may appear a little out-dated or corny today. And of course, there is a good chance that they may sound familiar which may ruin the effect!
However, they serve as a useful example of the principles of cold reading, and could be rewritten to create a more modern (and previously unheard) version. (more…)