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If there is no answer, they open the question up to the whole audience's database of over 30, people! Would it be surprising for there to be a dozen Margarets in such a large sample? Mentalist Mark Edward relates from personal experience as a "psychic performer" how powerful a hit can be when someone in a large audience "claims" a phrase such as a "clown in a graveyard" statement. Edward describes a mental image of a clown placing flowers on graves and adds, "Does that mean anything to someone? She remembers it as Edward specifically stating that she knew a man who dressed as a clown and placed flowers on graves in her hometown.

Edward reports that it took some convincing to get her to understand that he was not directly talking to her, but had thrown the statement out to the entire audience of people. She made the connection, and because it seemed so personal and the situation so odd she felt that he was talking to her directly.

This technique is named after the manner in which a shotgun fires a cluster of small projectiles in the hope that one or more of them will strike the target. The cold reader slowly offers a huge quantity of very general information, often to an entire audience some of which is very likely to be correct, near correct or at the very least, provocative or evocative to someone present , observes their subjects' reactions especially their body language , and then narrows the scope, acknowledging particular people or concepts and refining the original statements according to those reactions to promote an emotional response.

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A majority of people in a room will, at some point for example, have lost an older relative or known at least one person with a common name like "Mike" or "John". The Forer effect relies in part on the eagerness of people to fill in details and make connections between what is said and some aspect of their own lives, often searching their entire life's history to find some connection, or reinterpreting statements in a number of different possible ways so as to make it apply to themselves.

Barnum , the American showman, are statements that seem personal, yet apply to many people.

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They are designed to elicit identifying responses from people. The statements can then be developed into longer and more sophisticated paragraphs and seem to reveal great amounts of detail about a person.

A talented and charismatic reader can sometimes even bully a subject into admitting a connection, demanding over and over that they acknowledge a particular statement as having some relevance and maintaining that they are just not thinking hard enough, or are repressing some important memory. Regarding the last statement, if the subject is old enough, his or her father is quite likely to have died, and this statement would easily apply to a large number of medical conditions.

The list includes: heart disease , pneumonia , diabetes , emphysema , cirrhosis of the liver , renal failure , most types of cancer , and, for that matter, to any cause of death in which cardiac arrest precedes death, or damage to the brainstem responsible for cardiopulmonary function. Warm reading is a performance tool used by professional mentalists and psychic scam artists.

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When these psychological tricks are used properly, the statements give the impression that the mentalist, or psychic scam artist, is intuitively perceptive and psychically gifted. In reality, the statements fit nearly all of humanity, regardless of gender, personal opinions, age, epoch, culture or nationality. Michael Shermer gives the example of jewelry worn by those in mourning. Most people in this situation will be wearing or carrying an item of jewelry with some connection to the person they have lost, but if asked directly in the context of a psychic reading whether they have such an item, the client may be shocked and assume that the reader learned the information directly from the deceased loved one.

The rainbow ruse is a crafted statement which simultaneously awards the subject a specific personality trait, as well as the opposite of that trait. With such a phrase, a cold reader can "cover all possibilities" and appear to have made an accurate deduction in the mind of the subject, despite the fact that a rainbow ruse statement is vague and contradictory. This technique is used since personality traits are not quantifiable, and also because nearly everybody has experienced both sides of a particular emotion at some time in their lives.

A cold reader can choose from a variety of personality traits, think of its opposite, and then bind the two together in a phrase, vaguely linked by factors such as mood, time, or potential. The mentalist branch of the stage-magician community approves of "reading" as long as it is presented strictly as an artistic entertainment and one is not pretending to be psychic. Some performers who use cold reading are honest about their use of the technique.

Lynne Kelly , Kari Coleman , [10] Ian Rowland , [11] and Derren Brown [12] have used these techniques at either private fortune-telling sessions or open forum "talking with the dead" sessions in the manner of those who claim to be genuine mediums.

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Only after receiving acclaim and applause from their audience do they reveal that they needed no psychic power for the performance, only a sound knowledge of psychology and cold reading. In an episode of his Trick of the Mind series broadcast in March , Derren Brown showed how easily people can be influenced through cold reading techniques by repeating Bertram Forer 's famous demonstration of the personal validation fallacy , or Forer effect. In their opinion not one statement made by Henry was accurate, yet each sitter felt that their reading was highly successful.

In interviews done with each sitter afterward, all four claimed specific statements made by Henry but after reviewing the show it was shown that he had not. Another reviewer says "not much happens" - on the face of it, perhaps not, but it is the subtleties that keep this story going.

Another reviewer claims "Demon" had a conclusion I think not, the conclusion was based on heresay and a vision! In the series starting in the New World we are seasonal travellers - in Countess it is the Winter and the survival and struggle against all the wonders of the New World and the harsh winter. In Temptation we enjoy the glory of a cold spring melting into summer, the Demon takes up our time in the Summer and early Autumn.

But back to Ghosts - how can anyone say nothing much happens - the opening chapter delivers us of a murder! OK, maybe that is not much after all - a little later we meet some new characters who hopefully will be of benefit to the Peyracs on their entry to Quebec. I say comfortable, but by no means comforting - namely, the King himself and that imp of mischief - Desgrez.

So, Desgrez is back in memory if not in reality - but who knows with this man - maybe a physical appearance would have been too much in this book - after all we are here for a rest aren't we? Honorine, although not too evident in this book, is certainly becoming ever-increasingly sharp or clairvoyant - I can't make up my mind yet. I am terribly sad that the books that follow are not translated into English - I should like a genuine reason why not - anybody out there prepared to answer this question?

Thank you Amazon for the joy and opportunity of writing these reviews. At the time of 'Ghosts' being published nobody knew that this was happening, so just to find new material in this novel which links to previous books is very telling in itself.


At last - the sequel we have all been waiting for! So what would we have expected from this book, left as we were entering the mouth of the St.

At the very least there was every likelihood that they would be arrested and 'disappeared' either on the French soil of Canada or returned to oblivion in France - surprisingly, and it was surprising neither of these two options occurred, or at least not in Chapter 1. The first and most welcome surprise is the return of a 'lost' character last heard of in the second half of the original book 'Road to Versailles' but whose formal name, unknown to us, featured in 'Ghosts'.

We also meet Canadian Society in its entirety including the pompous and preening Gouvernatures who naturally feel threatened by the the Count and Countess who are now ensconced on their shores. Joffrey de Peyrac also has to confront an acquaintance from the past who threatens the thread of existence between him and his wife.

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In fact, I felt such loathing on once again being dragged into the dark corridors of the Louvre and Versailles that I felt I had to have a shower after reading the introductory few chapters! Just goes to show how magnificent an author Anne Golon is! Coincidence had it that he, living in the wilds had come to see if there was any 'post' and supplies on the final delivery of the year. The characters with which we are so familiar now tread several paths, good, bad, indifferent, varied and all with explanations of mysteries that have dogged us in the previous books.

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For anyone interested, there is a lot of information on the internet about the 'Manga' style which has very specific guidelines which must be adhered to to make it a true art-form. From what I have seen, this version of the book is keeping true to the original and has met with Anne Golon's approval. French reviews are complimentary not only to the style but also to the fact that it embodies the 'spirit' of the original.

Cheekily I also uploaded the Dispatch article as one of the 'subscriber pictures' - click on image to see full size.

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I have now received my copies of the Manga which is smaller than it looks on the pictures provided by Nadine Golubinoff. The work contained in each of these pocket editions is remarkable! Each page is packed to the limits with images and interpretations of the story. Following on from permission being granted some changes were made which did not convey the ethos of the original and changed its meaning - it is with some relief that I can also confirm that once objections were raised by the author the proposed changes were removed and the original material restored. Midth century France: young Louis XIV is struggling for his throne, beggars and thieves haunt Paris and brigands roam the countryside Her logical destiny would be to marry a poor country nobleman, have children and spend her life fighting for a meagre subsistence.

Destiny has other plans in store for her. At 17, on returning from her education in a convent, she finds herself betrothed to the rich count of Toulouse, Joffrey de Peyrac, 12 years her senior, lame, scarred and reputed to be a wizard. Peyrac respects her decision and does not pursue his claim to conjugal rights, wishing rather to seduce than use force. But Joffrey's unusual way of life is threatened by the ambitions of the Archbishop of Toulouse —and soon arouses the jealousy of the young king himself, Louis XIV. Joffrey is arrested and charged with sorcery.

Once having read "The Marquise of the Angels" there is no other choice than to continue to the end and experience the pain and pleasure of this unique fresco. One can only hope that the trend continues, as it would be a real crime if this marvelous series were to be essentially lost to future generations. Without totally giving away the story, suffice it to say that the strength of her character allows her to pull herself from the gutters of Paris to the brink of the throne of Louis XIV.