By Robert Ross


David John Oates, founder of Reverse Speech knows the truth about the O.J. Simpson case. He's knows the truth because he has O.J. on audio tape, telling the truth. This is no ordinary cassette tape, it's . . . well, before I go any further, let's back up a bit here.

Mr. Oates, originally from Australia, began researching the concept of reverse speech in 1984. At the time he was trying to disprove that the messages in rock and roll songs (when played backwards) existed. What he eventually came to discover was that hidden in the sounds of human speech exists a separate covert form of communication that can only be heard if human speech is recorded and played backwards. By 1987, after extensive full-time research, he had verified that not only did backward phrases exist in music, but they also occurred in all forms of human speech. According to Mr. Oates, "If human speech is recorded and played backwards, once every five or ten seconds, very clear and precise English phrases can be heard mixed in the normal gibberish of reversed audio."

Mr. Oates has summarized his theory in his first book entitled "Beyond Backward Masking - Reverse Speech and the Voice Of The Inner Mind". Again, quoting Mr. Oates: "My theory states that the process of spoken communication is two-fold. As the human brain creates the necessary sounds to form language, it creates them in such a way that two messages are communicated. One is forwards from the conscious mind, and the other is in reverse from the unconscious mind. These two modes of speech, forwards and backwards, are complementary to each other. In other words, the subject matter of the forward speech will also be the subject matter of the Reverse Speech. However, whereas forward speech is under conscious control and can be manipulated and altered, reverse speech is not under conscious control and always communicates the truth of any situation".

Apparently the media is beginning to take notice. Mr. Oates has appeared on the Larry King Show, Strange Universe, a special on Phenomenon, Hard Copy and been featured in Discover Magazine

By far the most significant of Mr. Oates' research findings lie in the area of metaphors and the functions of the unconscious mind. "The real power of Reverse Speech comes in the form of metaphor. Approximately ninety percent of all language in reverse speaks in pictures and images . At times, the language can get extremely metaphoric and mythological with references to Camelot and Babylon, ancient gods, and monsters and dragons" states Mr. Oates. His research has led him to believe that Reverse Speech metaphors represent the actual thought processes and structures of deep consciousness. They describe the actions of behavior in pictures and images as, and sometimes before, such behavior plays itself out in the physical world. As a hypnotherapist, Mr. Oates uses Reverse Speech daily with his clients and finds that one half- hour tape recording will usually give the precise reason and cause of any person's behavior. Again, according to Mr. Oates "this information alone would often takes months, if not years, to uncover using conventional therapy. Knowing the cause of someone's behavior, I can now begin to alter that behavior by rewriting the metaphoric structures of the unconscious. This is where the Reverse Speech technology really shines!" So enamored was Mr. Oates in the concept of altering behavior by altering metaphors that he wrote a second book entitled Reverse Speech - Hidden Messages In Human Communication which was released in 1991.

A classic example of using reverse speech technology comes from the well-known case of O.J. Simpson. Mr. Oates discovered speech reversals on O.J. Simpson that detail exactly what occurred. On Mr. Simpson's BET television interview, O.J. said forwards, "The worst thing you can have, that you can ever have, is have your argument taped. I would say to anyone out there that is married and in a relationship, just turn a tape recorder on the next time you have an argument and play it back. You will not believe that was you". When O.J. said forwards, "just turn a tape recorder on the next time", a very clear speech reversal occurred that said, . . . Well, if you really must know, you can visit Reverse speech'sWeb site: 

Reverse Speech can be reached at:

P.O. Box 1037
Bonsall, CA 92003
(619) 732-3097

Copyright 1996, by Robert Ross, all rights reserved

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