Originally Posted by tekomino
All readings I had and have witnessed are based on "fishing" for information and excellent observation skills. Nothing magical... It also explains inability to read to people that "don't believe" i.e. don't reveal necessary information for exploration.
BTW, I am willing to bet that password recovered in the example below was not strong password with meaningless letters and numbers...
It is always interesting to me how spirits have trouble getting started and lack specifics until the reader reveals more information and "guides" them...
You know I'd be surprised if you can provide any useful information for me in a reading...
No disrespect really.
What you're describing can be done through techniques called "Cold Reading". It is a common technique taught by mentalists and magicians. It's how someone like David Copperfield can "read your mind".
It's not based on any kind of "spiritual" training but rather based on human psychology and very well thought out trickery. For example, if I say to someone "Think of a number between one and five.", that creates a "suggestion" in their subconscious to pick numbers 2,3,4 because they are literally BETWEEN 1 and 5. Therefore, in such an example, even though there is an illusion of a person picking out of 5 numbers, they are really only picking between 3 numbers.
Of course, you WILL run into some smart-ass once in a while who will pick 1 or 5 just to be difficult, but there are ways around that anyways. In the end, by "leading" people, you can pretty much "force" them to pick a card or number or something else.
Cold reading like this can also be used in other ways. For example, I could walk up to a woman without knowing her at all and say to her "I'm a mind reader, I can tell that you're a dependable person, sometimes a bit stubborn but down-to-earth...etc." She might say "WOW! How did you know that?!" Well, it's pretty easy considering you're wearing an emerald necklace which PROBABLY means you were born in MAY which PROBABLY means you're a TAURUS which PROBABLY means you've read your horoscope many times and you were told that TAURUS's are supposed to be down-to-earth, stubborn and dependable.
I've studied with a professional magician for a number of years and seeing some of the stuff he's done with mentalism and close-up magic has been incredible. I know how he does the effects, but I've seen people who were completely convinced he had supernatural powers.
That's why when I looked at Psychic phenomena I wanted to see if it's all just bunk based on cold-reading and advanced charlatanism and stuff, or if there is any truth to it. It took a while, but after some readings I proved to myself that it was real.
I was told, by a psychic, in a reading certain details that nobody knows or should know about in my life. I have also done things like write 3 very specific questions I wanted the psychic to do "readings" on the next morning, and the next morning the psychic gave me answers to those three specific questions WITHOUT me saying a word to her.
Meaning, it was an MSN reading, and she started the conversation basically saying "Before you say anything, let me tell you what I've got so far..." and she proceeded to answer my questions.
These were not your generic questions, they were very specific to my situation that week. They are not things you would figure out I was thinking about from reading my Blog or whatever. My mom or my best friend wouldn't guess those things either. So it's not cold reading.
I haven't done any readings with "dead people" so I can't comment on that, but at the very least the psychics I've done readings with have the ability to enter my mind and read what's there.