Orson Welles on Cold Reading

Orson Welles discusses the nature of ‘cold reading’, a type of analysis used by many phony psychics and fortune tellers to trick their customers into thinking they indeed do have special powers, and how some can become so skilled at it that they actually trick themselves into believing they are truly psychic.

25 Comments

  • TheBrabon1

    27 diciembre, 2012

    watch his movie, «fake»

  • abisivepoo

    27 diciembre, 2012

    You are excused.

  • Nicole Bonnet

    27 diciembre, 2012

    He’s talking about «thin slicing» like in the book Blink.

  • beeroosterm

    27 diciembre, 2012

    I looked up the term «shut eye» on Wikipedia and in the footnotes it refers to this very interview with David Frost on. December 5, 1970. Hope this helps.

  • beeroosterm

    27 diciembre, 2012

    And yes, I have a scar on my knee as well…

  • beeroosterm

    27 diciembre, 2012

    Thank you for posting this. I did not know Welles was a paranormal debunker. Long live James Randi…

  • Alternatevil

    27 diciembre, 2012

    Where may we find the rest of this fascinating interview?

  • HomeSkillet489

    27 diciembre, 2012

    When was this filmed?

  • PlayIt4MeAgainSam

    27 diciembre, 2012

    Fantastic footage! ☺

  • martindj88

    27 diciembre, 2012

    Were you an adventurer prior to your accident?

  • MrRazorblade999

    27 diciembre, 2012

    You’re absolutely right. I must have been drunk.

  • farmag

    27 diciembre, 2012

    He clearly means fortune-telling fakes as opposed to other kinds of fakes.

  • James Goodman

    27 diciembre, 2012

    Greeen peeeee-nesssss

  • stratocaster1986able

    27 diciembre, 2012

    He has the chubbiest cheeks in history.

  • elevendayempire

    27 diciembre, 2012

    Er… all of Derren Brown’s output?

  • MTPippin

    27 diciembre, 2012

    Have you seen him on the Dick Cavett show? Wonderful!

  • MrRazorblade999

    27 diciembre, 2012

    «Fortune telling fakes» As if it existed non-fakes among them.

  • zyxwut321

    27 diciembre, 2012

    You could certainly do worse than getting your advice on that from Orson freaking Welles. 🙂

  • Colt2571

    27 diciembre, 2012

    damn, i am so using this to pick up girls at the bar

  • mapleshadower

    28 diciembre, 2012

    That’s what I thought too!

  • Smithpolly

    28 diciembre, 2012

    I have no fear of falling
    But I hate hitting the ground.

    Badlees song lyrics.

  • dab0r

    28 diciembre, 2012

    I had major surgery and today is my 6 month post-OP appointment. This comment was 6 months ago! This is fate! Except no.

  • best496

    28 diciembre, 2012

    I don’t.

  • HigherPlanes

    28 diciembre, 2012

    Wow! The kind of stuff he’s talking about is what neuro scientists are discovering about the sub-conscious mind- how things occur under the surface of which we are unaware that get fed into the conscious mind. Hearing Mr. Welles put that into words so eloquently is very refreshing.

  • rustyalien

    28 diciembre, 2012

    could you imagine how many calories he ate daily? I bet he had explosive stool…lol….