Hannah Rogers

A Guide to Deduction: 2nd Edition

Updated and Revised 2nd edition. A Guide to Deduction is a guide for any potential Sherlock Holmes or John Watson. A series of reflections on subjects to help anyone from novices to experts to learn how to deduce things from your surroundings. The book is a useful reference to learn about the common details that appear in the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. In this second edition, learn more about lock picking, poisons and the chemistry in the world around us.
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  • Tayfun Batuhas quoted2 years ago
    young civilian often stands with feet shoulder width apart and his hands behind his back, he most likely took part in a military-based class in school such JROTC or spent a lot of time in detention centres as a juvenile.

    58. To figure out which one, observe how they walk. A former JROTC cadet will naturally adjust his or her footsteps to be in cadence with your own, while someone who spent time in detention centres will not.

    59. Actors and dancers often automatically stand with their hands behind their back since it allows them to maximise their breathing.

    60. People who know shorthand typically work in careers which require a quick relaying of information, such as a typist in court or a journalist.

    61. People with irregular scratches on their arms and hands may work with animals, due to the conflicting angles, size and depth of scratches.

    62. Sometimes car salesman wear their belt buckles to the side so that when they lean up against the cars there is no risk of scratching the paint.

    63. Actors are often more likely to be smokers, due to the indefinite periods of waiting between rehearsals/filming/scenes, leaving them few options to fill the time that can end as soon as they are needed.

    64. However, dancers and singers are less likely to smoke in these gaps, due to their critical need of high lung capacity. (Note the occasional use as a weight suppressant and addictive nature.)

    65. If an artist has stains and holes in his clothes from chemicals it is likely he has been using tougher materials, such as print making which requires chemicals to eat away at steel to create a pattern. The holes will be more severe than basic cleaning supplies, which are far weaker.

    66. Surgeons commonly have small indentations on their forefingers from cutting open and sewing up a patient: if these marks are very pronounced they were in surgery very recently.

    67. You can tell an artist by the way he holds the utensil, with the last digit of his forefinger completely against it: this gives them more control of the movement of the line.

    68. When retrieving something from a lower shelf, a person who will squat on his haunches rather than bending over it is likely either to have worked at or frequently used a library, bookstore or convenience store.

    69. If a person walks around all day with his shirt on backwards or similar, it may indicate he is in a position of authority (no one wanted to embarrass them) but not a public figure (no-one needed to tell them about it).

    70. If someone has long, thin callouses along the back of their heel, it could be an indication of wearing boots frequently, particularly industrial/work boots.
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  • Sali Shobeirihas quoted3 years ago
    , though they are by no means new to the concept of bribery. For the elderly, they often know what is expected of them from a situation. Treat them how they want to be treated: approaching them with unnecessary harshness or comfort may be patronising.

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