Hot reading is the use of foreknowledge when giving a psychic reading. The word psychic (ˈsaɪkɨk from the Greek psychikos—"of the soul mental" refers to the claimed ability to perceive things hidden from the normal senses
The reader can gain information about the sitter (person getting the reading) through a variety of means, such as research or overhearing a conversation. Hot reading is commonly used in conjunction with cold reading (where no foreknowledge is available) and can explain how a psychic reader can get a specific claimed "hit" of accurate information. Cold reading is a technique used by mentalists and fortune tellers, Psychics and mediums to determine details about another person in order to
This technique is suspected by many in the skeptic community as being used by some television psychics in conjunction with cold reading. Cold reading is a technique used by mentalists and fortune tellers, Psychics and mediums to determine details about another person in order to  The psychics may have clients schedule their appearance ahead of time, and then send collaborators to people's homes to collect information while posing as religious missionaries, magazine sales people, or the like. A missionary is a member of a Religion who works to convert those who do not share the missionary's faith someone who proselytizes.  Such visitors can gain a wide understanding of a person from examining their home. The "psychic" may then be briefed on the information and where the person will sit in the audience.
A 2001 Time article reported that psychic John Edward allegedly utilized hot reading on his television show, Crossing Over. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and John Edward McGee Jr (born October 19, 1969) better known as John Edward, is an American author and Television personality  In another incident, Edward was alleged to have used foreknowledge to hot read in an interview on the television show Dateline. Dateline NBC, or Dateline, is a US weekly television Newsmagazine broadcast by NBC similar to ABC 's  John Edward has denied ever using foreknowledge, cold or hot reading.