Dave The Incredible Mindreader – How Does He Do It?

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Dave the psychic is part of an Internet banking safety campaign. He knows all...through social media and online banking sties.

Ever wonder how all those mall psychics stay in business? I mean, who’s actually sitting down with them – crystal ball and all – and paying $20 for 15 minutes of “You will find love the Tuesday after Labor Day.” Well, if they’re anything like Dave, the psychic in the video below, my sarcasm is severely misplaced. He’s the real deal, pulling specific personal details about people he’s just met, right out of thin air.

“You spent 300 euros on clothes last month.”

“Your best friend’s name is Julie.”

“Interesting love life…I see three, four people?”

Well, “out of thin air” is a bit incorrect.

“Wirelessly” would be more accurate. Dave the mindreader is only as psychic as you allow him to be. Rather than tapping the mysterious workings of the universe to establish a link with your innermost thoughts, he taps the Internet to gain access to your social network pages and financial transactions. At the end of each session, when he’s mesmerized his unsuspecting guest, Dave the mindreader reveals the secret to his powers. The Ozian curtain comes down and the clockwork of computers, Facebook pages and banking websites are revealed.

The video was produced by Febelfin, the Belgian Financial Sector Federation, as part of a safe Internet banking campaign. The video is pretty compelling: if people are shocked at how much Dave can find out about them, the thought of some unscrupulous stranger doing the same is, well, downright creepy.

[image credit: DuvalGuillaume via YouTube]

image: DuvalGuillaume via YouTube
video: DuvalGuillaume via YouTube

Peter Murray

Peter Murray was born in Boston in 1973. He earned a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying gene expression in the neocortex. Following his dissertation work he spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the same university studying brain mechanisms of pain and motor control. He completed a collection of short stories in 2010 and has been writing for Singularity Hub since March 2011.

Discussion — 2 Responses

  • Marcel Bullinga, futurist October 1, 2012 on 12:34 am

    Well this is exactly the reason that I – being a futurist – created a show together with London based Mind Reader Jamie Raven.
    The future is not about asking the right questions. It’s about knowing the answers before the questions arise. What if it is impossible to lie in the future? What skills do you need to make your business future proof? It is all about making educated guesses and using your intuition to make the right decisions.
    We believe that doing business, decision making and learning will become a game. The show is an illustration of that trend. It is the first ever talk on the future featuring live demonstrations of predictions coming true, using choices made by the audience members present.
    See http://www.predictingfutures.com
    Marcel Bullinga, futurist

    • Prasad N R Marcel Bullinga, futurist March 28, 2015 on 10:33 am

      You are right. People are seemingly moving away from superstitions. The link that you have mentioned is being blocked by my antivirus as a high-risk link though.