Café Inquiry is a monthly casual discussion group run by CFI Vancouver. Come along and enjoy afternoon tea and stimulating discussion with fellow freethinkers on a variety of topics.
This months Café is on how to do cold readings. Cold reading is a series of techniques used by magicians, illusionists and so called psychics or fortune-tellers to determine or express details about another person, often in order to convince them that the reader knows much more about a subject than they actually do. It is a common practice by "psychics" to convince people of their supernatural powers.
Our presenter, Michael Glenister, is a both a professional magician and a high school science and mathematics teacher. He began both performing and teaching in Vancouver in 1992, and during that time learned many of the tricks that psychics use to fool people. He became interested in skepticism after reading about Richard Dawkins in Discover magazine, shortly before publication of 'The God Delusion'. Unfortunately his conscience prevents him from using his skills to become rich as a psychic, so instead he prefers to educate the public on how not to be taken in by con artists and wishful thinking.
His interactive presentation will cover the methods and psychology behind mentalists and 'psychics', in particular focusing on the techniques of both cold and hot reading.
We'll be in Room 2290 aka the West Fraser Timber Conference Room. Café Inquiry is free but donations are requested to keep the program running.