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David Oates

Discoverer of Reverse Speech

Reverse Speech

(Podcast 12, Recorded on July 13, 2010, 52 Minutes)


"Inside of us, exists a powerful voice of truth. Now you can clearly access it with reverse speech." — David Oates


In a recording, a little girl explains what sort of school work she is good at. Then she says, “I don’t know anything else.” She is obviously withholding some information because, when played backward, she says, “I’m not telling.”


At a press conference, a public relations person is trying to deal with an aggressive news correspondent. When played backward he says, “That man is just an idiot.”


A preacher is telling people about the bible. When played backward he says, “My advice is rancid.” Not very good advice then.


When David Oats was explaining his work he had a tape recorder running. A voice in the background screamed out, “The house is on fire.” When played backward the exact same thing was said in reverse — “The house is on fire.”


There are thousands of examples of reverse speech just like the ones here. In this podcast David Oates, the discoverer and developer of reverse speech speaks to Richard Roocroft about this amazing technology, where it came from, and how it can be used.


David Oates discovered reverse speech when he accidentally dropped a Walkman tape recorder into some water. After taking it apart and re-assembling it to facilitate it’s repair, he found it would only play cassette tapes backward. To his surprise, he heard his own children speaking English language words in reverse. He found that on average, people have an understandable voice reversal about once every 20 to 30 seconds in normal conversations. The rest is gibberish.



David began a long career of developing the art of finding reversals and training others to do it as well. He found that there are over 1000 words that occur in reversals that could be characterized as words that do not make any sense to anyone. These words are called metaphors. For example wolf refers to yourself. The reversal I have a good wolf refers to a strong motivation. If your wolf is sick, that means you are weak. Other examples of metaphors are lancelot and goddess. References to folk lore are very common in reverse speech.


The biggest benefit to reverse speech is that the truth will always come out. You can’t lie or hide anything from the reverse speech analyst. What a surprise to learn that we have no privacy. If your voice is being recorded, it’s possible that someone will do reversals on it and discover what your true thoughts were at the time of the recording.


Reverse speech can be used therapeutically. David spends a lot of time helping people with various problems. He identifies the areas to focus on using reverse speech, then he uses metaphor restructuring and hypnosis to remedy the situation. The results are great. In one case he helped a lady who had cancer go into remission. David was able to discover the reasons for the cancer and those reasons were removed. *


Reverse speech is used quite a bit in law enforcement. David Oates talks about Joran Van der Sloot, who murdered Natalie Holloway. Reversals show very clearly his involvement with at least two murders.*


To become competent in reverse speech, David offers training programs from a simple hobbyist level to advanced analyst. Courses are also offered on line, and David does tours and even webinars (Seminars on the web) from time to time.  


* All of the examples on this page, and in the podcast can be found on David Oats’s website at http://www.reversespeech.com


Disclaimer: I have no financial affiliation with David Oates or his business. My only connection is the fact that I purchased his home study course, modified a recording machine myself and have spent many hours immersing myself in this wonderful technology — Richard Roocroft.

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A special thank you to Derek R. Audette, Creative Commons, for the bumper music used in this podcast.

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