#2. "It's not about me, it's about all of us!"
To make it big as a psychic, you have to give people the message that your abilities are within everyone, and you are just able to harness them a bit more. This will be really tough for most magicians. Most magicians are, dare I say it, quite insecure people, and would like to make it clear that any powers demonstrated belong to them and them alone, making them a very special person worthy of worship and admiration.
You can't afford to do that in the psychic game. You'll get much further if you say anyone can do what you do (especially if you sell a pricey book telling them how). And show some concern for your fellow charlatans! You are supposed to be opening up a gateway for a warped belief system, sowing the seeds of vulnerability that others in your trade will then be able to exploit. Pretending these powers are exclusive to you is very selfish to your fellow scam artists!
Remember, even if you've decided to read tarot cards for someone for 20 bucks, you're setting that person up for a later visit to a medium who charges $700 per session when the victim has lost a loved one. So help spread the takings!
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#1. Choose a Disclaimer
Speaking of John Edward, those of you with a keen eye may have spotted this message appear briefly at the end of his show:
For many audience members, the worlds of entertainer and genuine psychic are separated only by the inclusion--or omission--of a straightforward disclaimer. As many "mentalists" will attest, there are three categories of believers:
The first will assume you're faking it, unless you make an explicit statement that you're not using tricks. Then they believe it's real--even though the guy assuring them it's not a trick isn't exactly an impartial observer.
The second, more gullible group, will automatically assume it is all real unless you explicitly state you are doing tricks.
But then we have the third, surprisingly large group, who will continue to believe your ability is real even after you've said you're using trickery.
That's why John Edward can stick that disclaimer on his show and go right on collecting a paycheck. For more than a decade.
Pete Booth is a magician and writer and can be found at petebooth.com
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