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19th May '17 9:28:51 AM Rebu
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* Mike Ross of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' is a genius able to do this. It's shown in the first episode where he passes a bellhop and a man talking and can tell both are undercover cops. Mike asks what time the pool is open and the bellhop giving the hours but Mike remembers passing a father and son talking of the pool closed for cleaning. This lets Mike know the cops are setting up a sting for the drug deal he's about to walk in on.

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* Mike Ross of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' is a genius able to do this. combined with a photographic memory. It's shown in the first episode where he passes a bellhop and a man talking and can tell both are undercover cops. Mike asks what time the pool is open and the bellhop giving the hours but Mike remembers passing a father and son talking of the pool closed for cleaning. This lets Mike know the cops are setting up a sting for the drug deal he's about to walk in on.
16th May '17 5:39:37 PM nombretomado
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* A sketch on ''TheTwoRonnies'' has one of them explaining to the other how he can tell that a 5 pound note is counterfeit. The first two clues are to do with the placement of the lettering and the colouration. Then he turns it over and says "Besides, it says 'Bank of Toyland', on the back."

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* A sketch on ''TheTwoRonnies'' ''Series/TheTwoRonnies'' has one of them explaining to the other how he can tell that a 5 pound note is counterfeit. The first two clues are to do with the placement of the lettering and the colouration. Then he turns it over and says "Besides, it says 'Bank of Toyland', on the back."
8th May '17 9:05:49 PM eowynjedi
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* In one ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' short story, it's actually Bush who points out all the strange attributes on a pair of French prisoners they've found on a raft: their skin is too sunburnt, they're far too thin, and their clothes are too ragged for ordinary escaped prisoners. They soon explain that they and the rest of their comrades were dumped by the Spanish on an island to starve. (Although Bush is frequently noted to have little abstract imagination, though, he ''is'' very observant and perceptive about what's in front of him.)
8th May '17 8:55:03 AM Eddy1215
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* In SouthPark, Stan demonstrates the cold read variant of Sherlock Scan, stating that he is performing a trick and explaining how he arrives at his guesses. Of course, his audience believes he is a psychic, even as he repeatedly explains exactly what he is doing.

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* In SouthPark, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Stan demonstrates the cold read variant of Sherlock Scan, stating that he is performing a trick and explaining how he arrives at his guesses. Of course, his audience believes he is a psychic, even as he repeatedly explains exactly what he is doing.
8th May '17 6:14:01 AM chc232323
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** Let's elaborate on the cold read. The cold read is a Sherlock Scan where a magician or mentalist will make reasonable, high-probability guesses about a person based on what they can see and offer that information in vague but accurate-sounding snippets, then validate any positive feedback given from the listener. Claim to hear spirits whispering this information, and you have yourself a made-for-TV psychic. Suppose you are reading a middle-aged woman wearing a well-pressed, slightly faded WalMart polo shirt. Tell her her hard work, while not as lucrative as she might like now, will pay off and care for her family, and that she should worry less about money. If you want to add in a touch of the supernatural, say the message comes from a kindly older man who looks like he awkwardly wants to embrace her. Do this honestly, claiming it's a trick, and people will be unnerved. Do it fraudulently, and you can bilk people. Do it without realizing it, and you may come to believe in you have psychic powers.

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** Let's elaborate More details on the cold read.ColdRead at that trope, but the quick version goes like this. The cold read is a Sherlock Scan where a magician or mentalist will make reasonable, high-probability guesses about a person based on what they can see and offer that information in vague but accurate-sounding snippets, then validate any positive feedback given from the listener. Claim to hear spirits whispering this information, and you have yourself a made-for-TV psychic.
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Suppose you are reading a middle-aged woman wearing a well-pressed, slightly faded WalMart polo shirt. Tell her her hard work, while not as lucrative as she might like now, will pay off and care for her family, and that she should worry less about money. If you want to add in For a touch dash of the supernatural, say the message comes from a kindly older man who looks like he awkwardly wants to embrace her. Do this honestly, claiming it's a trick, and people will be unnerved. Do it fraudulently, and you can bilk people. Do it without realizing it, and you may come to believe in you have psychic powers.
8th May '17 6:05:35 AM chc232323
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* In SouthPark, Stan demonstrates the cold read variant of Sherlock Scan, stating that he is performing a trick and explaining how he arrives at his guesses. Of course, his audience believes he is a psychic, even as he repeatedly explains exactly what he is doing.


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** Let's elaborate on the cold read. The cold read is a Sherlock Scan where a magician or mentalist will make reasonable, high-probability guesses about a person based on what they can see and offer that information in vague but accurate-sounding snippets, then validate any positive feedback given from the listener. Claim to hear spirits whispering this information, and you have yourself a made-for-TV psychic. Suppose you are reading a middle-aged woman wearing a well-pressed, slightly faded WalMart polo shirt. Tell her her hard work, while not as lucrative as she might like now, will pay off and care for her family, and that she should worry less about money. If you want to add in a touch of the supernatural, say the message comes from a kindly older man who looks like he awkwardly wants to embrace her. Do this honestly, claiming it's a trick, and people will be unnerved. Do it fraudulently, and you can bilk people. Do it without realizing it, and you may come to believe in you have psychic powers.
*** And of course, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence; the existence of cold reading doesn't disprove psychic ability, but it does offer a powerful explanation for the apparent ability.
*** It also helps that a skilled speaker can turn on a dime. "He looks so concerned about you," the psychic says, but the client looks dubious, "which is not at all like his usual attitude."
26th Apr '17 2:47:42 AM harharhar
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Nick performs a [[DownplayedTrope minor one]] on Judy when they first meet. From observing that she's a bunny cop in a meter monitoring outfit, he correctly deduces that she came to Zootopia with big dreams, but got shunted to a low position due to her status as a bunny and that she originally comes from a carrot farm. He also accurately predicts that [[spoiler: she will give up her dreams and go home]], though it's only temporary and not exactly for the reasons he anticipated. And although he doesn't reveal it until later, he also noticed that [[spoiler: she was wearing fox repellent]].

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Nick performs a [[DownplayedTrope minor one]] on Judy when they first meet. From observing that she's a bunny cop in a meter monitoring outfit, he correctly deduces that she came to Zootopia with big dreams, but got shunted to a low position due to her status as a bunny and that she originally comes from a carrot farm. He also accurately predicts that [[spoiler: she will give up her dreams and go home]], though it's only temporary and not exactly for the reasons he anticipated. And although he doesn't reveal it until later, he also noticed that [[spoiler: she was wearing carrying a fox repellent]].
23rd Apr '17 6:06:14 AM Bilorv
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has an example of this in "No Tomorrow": Barney is able to (or at least believes he is able to) deduce the area code of a woman and the fact that she doesn't have any children.
-->'''Barney:''' So she's married. It's not like she has kids.
-->'''Ted:''' How do you know?
-->'''Barney:''' ''[exasperated]'' Wrists! It's like you don't even listen to me.
4th Apr '17 10:39:08 PM Nulono
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* There is a video on [=YouTube=] parodying Sherlock and John's first meeting in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', except Sherlock's rapid-fire observations and conclusions are dead wrong. In fact, one of his conclusions - scratches near the charging port of a cell phone indicate a drunk - is pointed out by both John and Mike as a pretty common occurrence among most cell phone users.

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* There is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkEARg7OKew a video video]] on [=YouTube=] parodying Sherlock and John's first meeting in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', except Sherlock's rapid-fire observations and conclusions are dead wrong. In fact, one of his conclusions - scratches near the charging port of a cell phone indicate a drunk - is pointed out by both John and Mike as a pretty common occurrence among most cell phone users.
2nd Apr '17 3:51:35 PM Eddy1215
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* done by obvious Holmes-parody Sherlock Jones in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Duck". After Huey Dewey and Louie's attempt to search the home of a deceased scientist finds nothing, Jones notices a painting of the inventor above the mantle depicting the room they are now in, with a door that is not present in the actual room. This, of course, means the door ''is'' in the actual room, but is concealed. Sure enough, the secret door hides what they were looking for.

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* done Done by obvious Holmes-parody Sherlock Jones in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Duck". After Huey Dewey and Louie's attempt to search the home of a deceased scientist finds nothing, Jones notices a painting of the inventor above the mantle depicting the room they are now in, with a door that is not present in the actual room. This, of course, means the door ''is'' in the actual room, but is concealed. Sure enough, the secret door hides what they were looking for.
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