been doing Tarot readings for many years. If I had
to choose one book that influenced me dramatically
in my reading career, it is the book that you have
in your hands right now. This book changed my professional
reading life from one that got several readings a
month for a few dollars each to one that now has several
full length readings a week at a very high price per
reading. Add to that a few home parties a month and
some corporate gigs, and I have become one of the
busiest and highest paid readers in the NYC area.
It was following the advice in The Tarot Reader's
Notebook that led me to this point.
first met Ron Martin at a gathering of mentalists/psychic
entertainers on the East Coast back in the '90s. Since
I had read The Tarot Reader's Notebook some years
before, I was looking forward to meeting Ron in person.
I was not disappointed. I also saw him again in Reston,
VA in the summer of 2003 while he was giving readings
in a semi-private setting. Absolutely amazing. His
charm and natural ability shone through. A true gentleman,
Ron also has a plethora of knowledge about the art
of giving readings. Honed through decades of real
world experience, the reading skills that Ron has
make him a master of the art of psychic/spiritual/entertainment
readings. The benefit of that experience is now yours.
matter if you are strictly a cold reader, read for
real or anything in-between, there is a lot in this
book for you. Every conceivable aspect of a Tarot
reading is covered, including areas that are neglected
or never even thought of by most readers. As most
performers know, presentation is 80% of the performance.
Setting the stage for a reading and presenting it
in a way that the sitter(s) is psychologically and
emotionally brought in as a partner in the reading
makes a big difference. That is only one area covered
of dozens in this book.
is a comprehensive tome that has something for everyone.
Excellent cold reading tips, how to learn the meanings
of Tarot cards if you are a beginner, layouts and
the reason behind them, checking questions, general
and specific lines, should you include negatives,
and on and on. What would you do as a reader if someone
asked a gravely serious question about a real life
decision she must make? Ron has excellent suggestions
for this which have really made a difference for me
and those of my clients who needed it. Ron also goes
into the pendulum and psychometry that can be used
to enhance readings. No stone is left unturned in
updates in this new edition are very valuable. I love
the "People Add What They Lack" advice, especially
for cold readers. There is also a nice effect using
emotions based on an Ormond McGill "game" and a great
deal more, such as how Ron "convinces" skeptics (hint:
it's in his opening remarks to the sitter). Very well
thought-out and constructed. A great deal more new
ideas and philosophies are included.
personal favorite sections of the book are Ron's philosophies
about Tarot reading and each aspect of the art. These
are throughout the book and make us think and reflect,
and that is of great value. Any artist needs to constantly
reevaluate himself and his art.
can be looked at as a "how-to" book, but it is so
much more than that. Reading The Tarot Reader's Notebook
is like sitting down over a cup of coffee with one
of the great reading artists of our time and getting
his best advice based on a lifetime of learning.
just read the book, but savor it. Take notes. Go back
and re-read sections a few times. Ron Martin's experience
is now yours to mold, shape and tailor to your own
readings and persona.