A few weeks ago I held the last session of the McKinnon Secondary Sceptical Society for the year and I thought I’d write a little bit about what I’ve learnt from the experience.
The last session was the end of a six-week long look at cold reading. I have a few sources on cold reading (The Dance, Brad Henderson; The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal, Lynne Kelly; 13 Steps to Mentalism, Tony Corinda) but most of my information was taken from Ian Rowland’s seminal work, The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading. I basically ran the session as a classroom, teaching the students how to become fraudulent psychics with a step-by-step guide. Fortunately, the kids were really interested and quite a lot turned up. Unfortunately, the students turned out to be very natural cold readers and I may have created a few monsters.