Note: all compressed files on The Deceptionary are in 7-Zip (.7z) format, which
is free, open source, and more space-efficient than the inferior .zip format.
“You must be an interesting, intelligent, erudite, educated person before you can have any real success as a mentalist.”  
—John Wells, 2009  

Here you’ll find …


… a list of Cold Reading Resources

… an essay on Full-Deck Stacks

… an essay on the use of Playing Cards in Mentalism

… an essay on The Ordering of Playing Card Suits

… an essay on Resolving the “Dry Hands” Problem

… a description of How to Construct a Forcing Matrix

… a comparison of several “Real-Time” Billet Tears

… an assemblage of Questions to Ask About Performance

… a compilation of tools for Character/Role Development


… Richard Webster’s essays on Being Prepared, The Da Vinci Code Tarot, Five Paths to Success, How to Attract Customers for Your Readings, Instant Cash: The Story of Bill, Playing Card Fortunetelling, Readings: Questions & Answers, Developing a Persona for the Private Reader, Readings As Entertainment, and The Future of Mentalism

… Si Stebbins’ Card Tricks and The Way They Are Performed

… P.T. Barnum’s 1880 classic Art of Money Getting

… two classics of cheiromancy: William George Benham’s 1901 The Laws of Scientific Hand Reading and Cheiro’s 1916 Palmistry For All

… two classics of geomancy: Henry Cornelius Agrippa’s of Geomancy (1655) and Alistair Crowley’s Liber Gaias — A Handbook of Geomancy (1909)

… Ray Hyman’s classic Cold Reading: How to Convince Strangers That You Know All About Them (originally published in The Zetetic — now The Skeptical Inquirer — Vol. I, No. 2, 1977)

… William Lindsay Gresham’s The Romany Trade (chapter 7 of his 1953 classic Monster Midway)

… Charles Mackay’s monumental Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841)

… Orville Meyer’s improved Burling-Hull-style business card


[2009-02-18]      
… a variety of Zener (ESP) symbol graphics

[2015-05-18]      
… scalable vector format playing card graphics


Additional items will no doubt follow in time.