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8th Jan '16 5:03:28 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Played with in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Satan Pit", in which a creature [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane which may or may not be the actual Devil]] torments a group of humans on the asteroid where it's imprisoned by seemingly identifying their darkest secrets ("The captain, so scared of command.. the soldier, still haunted by the eyes of his wife..."). The Doctor, who is naturally a bit skeptical of this "the actual Devil" thing, then points out that for all its seeming omnipotence, the Beast is actually just playing on very basic fears and bringing up incredibly vague statements that could refer to anything.

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* Played with in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Satan Pit", in which a creature [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane which may or may not be the actual Devil]] torments a group of humans on the asteroid where it's imprisoned by seemingly identifying their darkest secrets ("The captain, so scared of command.. the soldier, still haunted by the eyes of his wife..."). The Doctor, who is naturally a bit skeptical of this "the actual Devil" thing, then points out that for all its seeming omnipotence, the Beast is actually just playing on very basic common fears and bringing up incredibly vague statements that could refer to anything.
8th Jan '16 5:02:53 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Played with in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Satan Pit", in which a creature claiming to be the actual Devil torments a group of humans on the asteroid where it's imprisoned by seemingly identifying their darkest secrets ("The captain, so scared of command.. the soldier, still haunted by the eyes of his wife..."). The Doctor, who is naturally a bit skeptical of this "the actual Devil" thing, then points out that for all its seeming omnipotence, the Beast is actually just playing on very basic fears and bringing up incredibly vague statements that could refer to anything.

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* Played with in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Satan Pit", in which a creature claiming to [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane which may or may not be the actual Devil Devil]] torments a group of humans on the asteroid where it's imprisoned by seemingly identifying their darkest secrets ("The captain, so scared of command.. the soldier, still haunted by the eyes of his wife..."). The Doctor, who is naturally a bit skeptical of this "the actual Devil" thing, then points out that for all its seeming omnipotence, the Beast is actually just playing on very basic fears and bringing up incredibly vague statements that could refer to anything.
8th Jan '16 5:02:13 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Played with in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Satan Pit", in which a creature claiming to be the actual Devil torments a group of humans on the asteroid where it's imprisoned by seemingly identifying their darkest secrets ("The captain, so scared of command.. the soldier, still haunted by the eyes of his wife..."). The Doctor, who is naturally a bit skeptical of this "the actual Devil" thing, then points out that for all its seeming omnipotence, the Beast is actually just playing on very basic fears and bringing up incredibly vague statements that could refer to anything.
-->'''The Doctor:''' You want voices in the dark, listen to mine. That thing is playing on very basic fears. Darkness, childhood nightmares, all that stuff.\\
'''Danny:''' But that's how the Devil works!\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''Or'', a really good psychologist.
30th Sep '15 12:12:49 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Exaggerated in ''Literature/TheSecondApocalypse'' with Anasurimbor Kellhus, a member of a monastic sect that has spent thousands of years honing themselves into the epitome of AwesomenessByAnalysis. Kellhus can easily read emotions and broad concepts on a stranger's face, and after getting to know them (which can take a matter of days at ''most''), he can practically read minds merely by observation. At one point, he [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finishes a sentence]] that another character is ''thinking''.

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* Exaggerated in ''Literature/TheSecondApocalypse'' ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' with Anasurimbor Kellhus, a member of a monastic sect that has spent thousands of years honing themselves into the epitome of AwesomenessByAnalysis. Kellhus can easily read emotions and broad concepts on a stranger's face, and after getting to know them (which can take a matter of days at ''most''), them, he can practically read minds merely by observation. At one point, he [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finishes a sentence]] that another character is ''thinking''.
9th Sep '15 1:43:05 PM Grade0
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* The Warbeasts in ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'' claim to be psychic, but in reality they just practice an advanced version of this, as their heightened senses can hear a person's heartbeat. Sora scares them when he reveals he knows their secret because he is also an adept cold reader.
5th Jan '15 10:20:03 AM SolipSchism
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* Exaggerated in ''Literature/TheSecondApocalypse'' with Anasurimbor Kellhus, a member of a monastic sect that has spent thousands of years honing themselves into the epitome of AwesomenessByAnalysis. Kellhus can easily read emotions and broad concepts on a stranger's face, and after getting to know them (which can take a matter of days at ''most''), he can practically read minds merely by observation. At one point, he [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finishes a sentence]] that another character is ''thinking''.
18th Sep '14 7:32:29 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Mentioned repeatedly in ChristopherBrookmyre's ''Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks'', employed by Michael Loftus, and frequently relied on by [[spoiler: Moira Loftus]] and less frequently by [[spoiler: Gabriel Lafayette]]

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* Mentioned repeatedly in ChristopherBrookmyre's Creator/ChristopherBrookmyre's ''Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks'', employed by Michael Loftus, and frequently relied on by [[spoiler: Moira Loftus]] and less frequently by [[spoiler: Gabriel Lafayette]]
16th Jul '14 2:41:59 PM nielas
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* This is played with on ''Series/TheListener''. Toby consults with the police as an expert in cold reading and interpreting facial expressions but he is in fact a telepath. However, he can only read surface thoughts so to get the whole story out of a witness or suspect he will tell them generic things about the case and then listen to what they think in response. He will then use that information to steer the conversation in the right direction until the other person is convinced that he knows everything already.
** This gets even more play when Toby is interrogating a magician who specializes in cold reading. The magician performs a SherlockScan of the cops and then does a cold reading on them while Toby can hear the guy's thought process. Toby finds the experience surreal because the magician is so good that he can predict what Toby is thinking while Toby is thinking it. The magician, not knowing that Toby is a telepath, is similarly impressed by Toby since he thought that he was immune to the technique but Toby read him perfectly.
10th May '14 11:23:34 PM foxley
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* The British TV series ''Afterlife'' featured one of these, only there the perpetrator was a skeptic demonstrating how cold reading works. He is, of course, correct...except that he's now got an actual psychic in his circle.

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* The British TV series ''Afterlife'' ''Series/{{Afterlife}}'' featured one of these, only there the perpetrator was a skeptic demonstrating how cold reading works. He is, of course, correct...except that he's now got an actual psychic in his circle.circle.
* ''Series/NewTricks'': Used by a fake psychic in "Dead Man Talking". Brian brilliantly turns the tables on him by doing his own SherlockScan and revealing all kinds of things the psychic would rather have kept secret.
19th Mar '14 11:11:43 PM pikachukid
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* The British TV series ''Afterlife'' featured one of these, only there the perpetrator was a skeptic demonstrating how cold reading works. He is, of course, correct...except that he's now got an actual psychic in his circle.
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