A little known fact about me: half a lifetime ago, as a teenager, I studied and practiced illusionism and mentalism for a period of a couple years. I learned a great deal and got quite good at it so that I could help defend others against certain cases that I considered to be unethical deception. I could expose how it was done.
A recent conversation with someone reminded me of cold reading and the Forer (Barnum) effect, which people ought to be aware of:
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