Please, please, please re-read that last post again. READINGS are not for light entertainment. The spotlight is NOT on YOU, it is on your client. Even if you do light hearted readings, you will have those who have potential for trouble of not handled well and it is for this that you asre playing with fire, for real and in many cases have serious potential for problems if not handled well.
There are three types that come for readings.
1 - comes for the entertainment. They have heard about these and come for the kicks.
2 - comes for an edge and they don't care where it comes from be it the Wall Street Journal or a psychic reader. They want insight for their next move.
3 - these people come for HELP. They don't go to a professional because they might admit they actually have problems, or perhaps because if they see a psychologist they might even admit they are crazy. There may also be the cost factor as a psychic is in fact much cheaper to see. These people will come to you no matter whether you say your readings are "for entertainment purposes only" and it is for this reason alone that you should NOT enter this field unless you have some real training in this area.
If you truly want to do readings for a living, forget about all this BS about "cold reading" and learn a REAL system for the type of reading you are going to do, be it tarot, crystals, I-Ching, tea leaves, what have you.
For number one, you are bullet proof. It can't be exposed like the ambitious card. Number Two, if they pay for a "tarot" reading, they deserve to get one, not a personality profile thrown at them or you really are commiting fraud. Number Three, many people are familiar with those actual systems and they, yes the beleivers will catch you and your trickery, so know the real material and know what you are really doing.
Then, if you are going to do readings for $$$, get some counselling experience. Go do some volunteer work for the local help line or suicide crisis lines. They provide you with free training and you will have valuable experience in this which might actually help you become more empathetic during your performances as a magician anyway PLUS you will actually be helping people.
Helping people, gee there is a thought and one of the main reasons you find professional readers. You do wind up helping people. We are not talking about ones that truly scam people out of thousands of dollars to lift curses from them but ones that truly do help people. And ethical readers that know they are over their heads to help some of those troubled people can gently steer these clients towards a good professional to help AND because the "psychic" told them they need to go, the taboo part of seeing the better professional is lifted. Professional Reading IS a very satisfying thing, and gives as great a feeling of fullfilment as a succesful performance on stage BUT it is a very serious business. Do not take this lightly.
As T.a. said "You are playing with peoples lives, no matter how tongue in cheek you may think you are being".
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