If you've been in the mentalism and psychic entertainment community for any length of time, you are probably aware that in the early 1990s, there were primarily three main authors the aspiring psychic readerhadto study -- the "Big Three", so to speak --Richard Webster,Herb DeweyandRon Martin. Between these three thinkers, the very nature of psychic readings was transformed (and some readers, as well, I would wager) and brought into the modern era.
As one of the "Big Three" authorities on psychic readings, Ron Martin is especially qualified to teach you everything you need to know about readings, including the best way to prepare for a session, the right things to say, and how to make a real impact on your clients. With over 30 years of experience as a reader, it's interesting to note that Ron continues to work as a full-time professional, presenting both private readings and public workshops, as well as entertaining at exclusive high-end private parties.
When talking with fellow readers, it's noteworthy that one single book is often mentioned as being perhaps the most influential: Ron Martin'sTAROT READER'S NOTEBOOK. Although I'm only speaking for myself here, I know many others who share my view that this book changed how I presented Tarot readings to my clients. The curious thing is, however, that the book isn't about the Tarot cards themselves, but how to transform mediocre (perhaps even boring) Tarot readings into something entirely meaningful and entertaining.
The scope of theTAROT READER'S NOTEBOOKcovers everything from the moment the client sits down long after the reading is over . . . and everything in between. Ron reveals how to turn a run-of-the-mill Tarot reading into a small theatrical masterpiece, and explains in detail not only what to do, but all of the psychological reasoning as well.
Take a look at this partial listing of contents:
Foreword by Tony Razzano • Preface • Creating and Learning the Meanings of the Cards • Various Card Designs • The El Cheapo Stage Setting • Music? • Tip on Tips • Some Theorizing • Belief • I Am Not A Psychic. . . Exactly • At the Table, Part One • Quick Philosophy Break • At The Table, Part Two • Checking Questions • Flattery • A Few Sour Notes • The Future Row • Overall Patterns • A Second Layout? • A Few More Random Thoughts • Mechanical Magick • Psychological Magick • Cousin of The Home Factor • Mood Drama • Philosophical and Psychological Stuff • Useful Information Gained • Client Commitment and Involvement • Maybe Psychometry • On Being A Psychic Expert, and Giving Advice • Listening • The Client's Chair • Letting Them Know You're Listening • Reflections • Pausing Before Reflections • Mirroring • Language Analysis and Mirroring • The Most Magick Words Of All • Don't Forget Ears • Other Language Clues • The Client's Need To Act • A Psychological System • Real Advice • Meditation • Learning Your Lines • For the Mnemonically Addicted • Emergency Psychometrics • General Lines • Specific Lines • Personality Lines • Out-of-the-Blue Lines • What is it? • Their Opposite • The Alphabet • Clues • Energy • Generating Energy • More Clues • Color • Handwriting • Sign-In Sheet For Your Tarot Reading • Still More Clues • Marital Difficulties • Clothes Clues • Bibliography