Watching Darren Brown closely, a theatrical person from the British Isles who uses psychology, manipulation and showmanship to pull off some amazing feats, I got an idea to try to duplicate one of the stunts I saw him perform on television.
The trick is simple...I make an "m'', a casual drawn out consonant, pressing my lips together. I rub my face a couple times, I even use my fingers to form an "M", crooking the first three fingers of my right hand. As I'm....U-m-m-m-m-m-m-m...doing this I tell the person across from me that I am picking a letter. "Ummmmmmmm", hand gesture...rub face...
"I'm picking a letter and I want you to tell me what it is. Just tell me the first one that comes to mind."
Now when Darren Brown did this on TV, the person across from him of course said: "M?" Absolutely correct!!!! Smashing!!!!
Me? About eight out of ten people have chosen the letter "J". WHAT ????
I'm obviously doing something to influence folks subliminally, but everything I try and do is supposed to manipulate a person into picking "M". Yet, eight out of ten pick "J".
Don't get me wrong. Having this many people picking "J" is pretty impressive. But I don't know how I do it.