Originally Posted by hereyago
So is what you are trying to say is she "leads" people into giving her info then she kind of guesses? Just asking out of curioisity.
Basically. She cold reads, and none too adeptly.
People who do this know what they're doing, they play the odds, lead people, fill in and string people along.
I've seen bits of the show and she's basic.
Like one I saw she walked up to a 50-something guy in a garage I think it was, all 'you lost someone, your father?' Think about the odds there. She seems to use that a lot - 'you lost someone/a man/someone close to you/a brother or father/someone who left too young/etc.' She plays odds with people of certain demographics.
Most people have someone, men statistically die sooner than women, most people think whomever died went too soon, she targets people who fit better odds, etc.
People who want to believe help without realizing it. Like someone who does this can start with 'you lost someone close to you, a man....or she might try your father or brother' then if the person is all 'omg, my cousin' the reader can try like 'you were very close growing up...or you were like brothers' well if they weren't, that wouldn't have been what came to mind, you know? They play odds with the names, they know what names were more popular when, like if it's an Italian-seeming, 50-something person from an Italian family she might try the name starts with a J or an A... no hit, then go to 'hmm, did they go by a nickname... were they a Junior, or etc.
The garage guy I think it was, she was all 'did your dad call you buddy?' Again, what're the odds that a man's (especially a blue-collar type guy of that age) father, at some point at least, probably in childhood, called the son buddy? Causes of death, she can also play odds and people help without realizing it. 'Was it something to do with the chest?' How much ground does that cover? A lot. Again, she's got odds. Then if you say no, she might say 'with the abdomen, I see something in that area *gesture*?' Huge odds if you're now asking about if it was the entire torso. If it's one of the 'so young' the odds are different (it was an accident?/you were all shocked''), etc.
There's an ad used to run all the time with 'did he wear a name tag/he wore a name tag' First, again, think how much ground that covers, from garage worker to cashier to dr. to etc. There were probably also hints they gave her (I only saw the ad), like that it was likely a blue-collar job, etc., or there was something in the house that'd lead her to guess that.
When I've seen bits of her, she goes with huge odds, asks very broad and lets people narrow for her, moves along if she doesn't get a hit, etc. She's not particularly adept, there are people do it better and make it look more impressive. It's an old, old act. I think people who do it are fairly awful.