I’m talking about Throat Reading.
I guess you have never heard of it. I’ve only heard the phrase used just once – about 10 years ago. It was given a single mention by anonymous member of an underground, now defunct, yet strangely influential Derren Brown discussion group.
It was proposed that with Throat Reading, you ask someone to imagine a word – then get clues as to what that word is by paying close attention to the tiny and often subconscious muscle movements in their throat. In a way, it is just like lip-reading – only more difficult, but when done well – it’s infinitely more amazing.
Anyway, the idea of “Throat Reading” was mentioned just once and quickly forgotten by the rest of the group. Most of the members eventually parted company, with many drifting into the world of mainstream magic. I on the other hand jumped head-first down the psychology rabbit hole – as far as I was concerned, this is where the “real” magic could be found.
In the years that followed I did a lot of reading and although I enjoyed my rabbit hole… I came to more than a few dead ends!
I read university psychology texts; the latest in neuro-linguistic programming; books about body language, micro-expressions, sub-conscious muscle movements; and I tracked down the best material about the mysterious (but very real) ideomotor response. I even borrowed some anatomy text-books to learn exactly what is moving inside our mouths and throats when we speak.
It is almost embarrassing think of the amount of time (and money) I spent reading what was in the main – quite dull stuff – but luckily I did find what I needed (although it wasn’t quite what I expected) – and I wove it together to produce my “Throat Reading” framework.
First off, it’s not all in the throat. I really liked the name “Throat Reading” I think its catchy – but it might be better described as:
That doesn’t really roll of the tongue in the same way though does it?
The theory is obvious – and to an extent we all know a bit of “Throat Reading” already. As human beings we are at least part governed by our subconscious mind – and just like we subconsciously smile when thinking about a happy thought – more subtle reactions can be observed if someone uses their imagination to REALLY visualise something.
Obviously we are all individuals and people do indeed react differently – but luckily there is a good measure of universality to this. After all – we all share 99%+ of the same DNA and in this globalised world we increasingly share similar life experiences since we learn the same stuff at school, watch the same movies and listen to the same music. We aren’t quite as individual as we think.
These universal traits are incredibly useful – but we’ve also got anatomy on our side. There is simply no way to say the letter “P” without pressing your lips together to block the air flow – and everyone uses the exact same muscles to do so.
This makes the sub-conscious twitches associated with the ‘plosive’ sounds like P and B quite easy to spot. The tricky part is knowing exactly how to trigger the twitch; exactly where to look; and then how to take it to the next level with the more difficult syllables.
Throat Reading allows you to demonstrate just this to your audience. I’ve combined all the necessary insights from the worlds of psychology and mentalism into a killer framework that lets you present this feat consistently.
The actual effect is really simple – this is how it looks:
The amazing thing is – you can describe exactly how you are picking up on their thoughts as you go along. Obviously it depends on what is being thought of, but you could point out that the person’s lips have a little tension indicating a ‘plosive’ sound like a “P” or “B” at the start of the word – and that in the middle there is a long “ah” or “uh” sound because you can see the muscles in their throat dropping as if making that noise. You see what I mean?
As you might expect – this generates quite some reactions. I’m talking gasps, screams and shock. People are used to seeing ‘tricks’ – but it’s rare that someone really gets inside your head and names your exact thoughts as you are thinking them.
You are manipulating your spectator – simultaneously guiding them and deceiving them – but above all – you are demonstrating a skill! You seem to exhibit a combination of anatomical knowledge and a deep understanding of psychology and people’s thought processes – and that is something that impresses and entertains in a way that is totally different to almost all other mind reading effects.
Throat Reading took a long time to develop – I’ve been performing a variation of it for over 10 years, but it’s only really the last couple that I’ve really turbo-charged it to its now complete state. Before I boast about all its cool and groovy aspects, first let’s deal with its major draw-back…
Throat Reading takes a little practice. This is unavoidable. You aren’t going to need to do the mountain of reading that I did, nor the months and years of trial and error and improvement – but you will need some time, maybe an afternoon, to get the basics down. Obviously once you’ve got the basics down, you can polish things up while you gain experience performing.
Just look at some of the factors that make Throat Reading so versatile and explain why it generates such amazing reactions:
The book comes complete with a professional grade example script and a full, detailed methodology covering all of the relevant techniques and psychological background. You will get the full low-down on what is essentially the most sought-after effect of the modern mentalism age. Asking someone to think of something and then describing exactly how they are leaking the information for all to see is as powerful as “real” mind reading gets.
What is this effect worth to you?
Since hearing about the notion of “Throat Reading” in that Derren Brown discussion group all those years ago – the attainment of the ultimate Throat Reading type effect has been a constant driving force. What I’ve produced I consider the pinnacle of my mentalism work and it’s the product of:
To put it mildly, a lot of money, time, blood, sweat and tears went into this and the result is the most mind blowing piece of close-up propless mentalism that exists. If you are performing for someone one-on-one there is simply nothing that beats it.
I’ve obviously learned a lot along the way from all this study – but I can genuinely say that Throat Reading is the tried and tested – ‘go to’ effect for those occasions when you want to really fry someone!
The full Throat Reading framework is priced at $97. I hope you’ll agree that considering what Throat Reading can do and all the work that went into it – $97 is great value.
However, since it has only just launched, you can take advantage of my temporary launch special pricing and get a copy for less than half price – just $37.
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Throat Reading involves misdirection, psychology, trickery and deception. It is only designed for use, and should only be used for the purpose of entertainment. If you intend to use this as part of a “genuine” psychic show or other untoward purpose, please do not buy.
Is there something I’ve not covered? Do you want to know what sort of hair gel I use? Whatever it is, feel free to send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
If you’ve ever been in that situation where you’ve performed an effect and you spectator has smiled and been a bit impressed – but immediately thought it was a “trick” – Throat Reading is the answer. It is going to revolutionise the way your perform mentalism – but more importantly, its going to turn the sort of reactions you get from “polite smiles” to genuine astonishment.
Happy Mind Reading,
- Mikey Jay