Kevin D Thompson – Jason Trent's Mind-Reading Card Trick

Jason Trent's Mind-Reading Card Trick

Jason Trent's Mind-Reading Card Trick

What is this?

This is a simple trick using an imaginary deck of cards to give the illusion of mind-reading that my friend Jason Trent used to perform.

Why is it important?

In learning and practicing this simple little trick, there are so many fundamentally important communication and persuasion skills used that I am hard-pressed to think of another exercise as beneficial to learning persuasion. The basis of the trick is to choose a card from an imaginary deck of cards, write it on a card or slip of paper and get the other person to verbally identify the card without seeing it or being told the identity of the card. This is done through a process of elimination (using closed-ended questions) whereby the performer leads the participant to the identity of the card you have chosen.

The fundamental persuasive communication elements that are learned and developed by performing this trick are as follows:

First a "challenging" outcome must be developed and shared with the participant. A "frame" must be made and promoted. This builds courage which is a fundamental component to persuasion, influence and leadership.

The outcome of the trick gives you experience getting someone else to come to a conclusion that was not in their head until you led them to it indirectly.

The performer gains experience and skill in using a "magic wand" to create and develop "virtual" realities for other people. Let's pretend, imagine for a moment and other similar communication tools can greatly speed up adoption of an idea.

There is an element of "story-telling" that is developed in performing this trick even though a story is not exactly being told.

There is diligent use of verbage that is "nearly impossible" to disagree with - useful in getting someone into the "agreement room" to borrow a phrase from the hypnosis field.

The performer gains experience gaining small agreements from the participant.

The performer gains experience verifying the participant's understanding to make sure they do not "lose" the participant.

The performer gains experience getting the participant to verbalize things the performer wants them to verbalize - cementing the participant's commitment to the verbalized information and enhancing their tendency to follow the performer's lead.

The performer gains experience thinking in terms that divide things into two primary groups - sort of like divide and conquer.

The performer gains experience developing and using closed-ended questions to direct the participant in a desired direction.

The performer gains experience directing a communicative process.

In some cases, this exercise demands the performer to develop flexibility in their style of communication - people who are highly flexible tend to be the most valuable people within an organization or business.


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