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In some of my earlier video blog posts I detailed how I suggest different E.S.P shapes, playing cards and images using embedded commands. Here today is some information about the same subject, this time in the written form and discribing an application that you can practice anywhere, anytime! Great for honing your skills.
An embedded command is a set of words that form a command (rather than a question or statement) that is hidden inside a larger sentence, enabling the command to be delivered with less conscious resistance. Embedded commands become more powerful when used in conjunction with ‘Analogue Marking’. When a command is hidden within the sentence structure and marked out by a subtle shift in rhythm, gesture, or voice tonality, it will become more effective. The idea is to modify your behaviour in a subtle way so as not to be consciously obvious.

The words do not even have to be next to each other in the sentence, just so long as you make them diffrent, and mark them out to the unconscious mind. If you alter your tonality too much it will become obvious to the person listening, so you need to be subtle. It is also useful to modify your behaviour in some other way like making direct eye contact on the words to be marked out and go back to just looking at the person’s face more generally for the rest of the words. You can also perform a discreet movement with your head, arms, or body language in some way on the commands..

Below is a simple example of this, that you can play with today (and tomorrow), and if you do achieve a success with this the first time you try it, great, build on it, think of real world applications for this technique. If you do not succeed first time and you do want to learn, do it again. This will work best when you have a good rapport with person you are talking to, if you do not have their attention or are just not en rapport with them wait until you are or do it with someone you have a good rapport with.
So we will attempt (and succeed) in getting someone else to rub or touch their eye (this is a measurable response, something you can easily observe and not too out of place an activity for someone to exhibit). The following are just a few example phrases of the way you can use the words ‘touch’ and ‘eye’ in the same sentence, even right next to each other. Of course you are saying the word ‘I’ but it sounds the same as the word ‘eye’ (this is called a phonological ambiguity). Practice it, hone your skills, and have fun.

“I said to him let’s stay in touch. I (eye) know he is the type of person who will call me…”

“…strange turn of phrase that isn’t it, stay in touch. I mean when we are on the phone we aren’t touching are we, just talking!”

.“…he uses the phrase touch a lot, I mean with him it’s always touch base, touch on this idea, touch, touch, touch, I now know its because he is a very kinaesthetic kind of person, but it use to…”


  • kevin says:

    Really, what is the purpose, touch.I? Can you provide a better example?

  • paul david says:

    i sea

  • John Vincent says:

    Hi Kevin

    Thanks for your comment. The idea is that this is something that you can practice anytime. Not everyone is a professional magician and has the opportunity to practice the ESP, playing card and image examples 10 times a night while performing. However with this you can practice using analogue marking with embedded commands within a sentence anytime. You don’t have to be performing.

    The example above is relatively commonplace behaviour (people touch or rub thier eyes and it’s not out of place), if someone touches thier eye moments after you ‘suggested’ to them to do it you know that it ‘worked’. If when you have a good rapport with people you start getting a high response rate (8 out of 10) you know that you are becoming very capable at using embedded commands, thus you will start to get a high success rate when suggesting ESP cards etc.

    I hope this helps?