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Cold Reading: And How to be Good at it Paperback – 11 Feb 1999


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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Dramaline Publications,U.S. (11 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940669420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940669420
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is necessary because cold reading is the process by which most professional acting jobs are filled, and it is in every actor's best interest to know as much as they can about it. To succeed in the business of acting, most actors will need to master a cold reading technique so that it becomes reliable and natural. Some actors will develop an effective technique of their own. Many will not. For the actor who is not comfortable with the cold reading process, there are only two options: get lucky, or get help.

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200 of 209 people found the following review helpful By J. Winsoar on 8 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping to learn about the technique of "Cold Reading". Upon receiving it however I learnt it was not a book about mind reading - but about auditioning for acting jobs. So if you want to learn about stage mind reading then you need the book of the same title by Ian Rowland. Hopefully Amazon will stock it soon!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David F on 12 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I feel someone should make the point here that reading scripts in audition that you have not prepared or seen before IS known as 'cold reading', and the book may or may not be a good set of advice on that topic. It is quite clear about its subject matter on the cover.

It's wrong for it to be saddled with one and two star reviews on the basis that people misunderstood its title. If you buy things on line without doing more than glance at a tiny thumbnail of the cover, then giving the book a damaging one or two stars is grossly unfair. Anyone looking at this page should disregard those ratings.

(I have absolutely no connection with the book.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. A. Brown on 31 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
'Cold Reading' is the American term for what actors/directors in Britain [and elsewhere] call 'Sight Reading' whereby you go to an audition or casting and read out loud from a previously unseen script or text; i.e. coming to it 'cold' [not warmed-up or prepared.]

Therefore, the low ratings for this book are actually from readers who purchaed this book under the misapprehension that it was relating to techniques used by so-called psychics and 'mediums' to appear to have knowledge or information about other people, which is also known as 'cold reading'.

If you require tips on cold/sight reading for auditions, this book does what it says on the tin. Though, in my experience, tips are no substitute for practice. The act of taking up scripts or sections of prose and getting used to reading them aloud every day is invaluable.
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By Steven on 13 April 2011
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The title of this book does not reflect its content. It is about getting work in the acting profession. Cold reading is something entirely different. The book though was delivered on time and in the condition described, so the book supplier gets a top rating, but the product a poor one.
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