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« on: October 25, 2007 01:35:10 PM »

Holy cow! I have volunteered to help out with a haunted house at work to benefit a local hospital, well thats cool and all but I am going to be fortune telling, which again is cool, I have the costume done and looking fab, but what am I going to do for the whole telling of the fortune thing?!?!?! Does anyone know where I can maybe find a list of fortunes I can read or a resource kind of thing? HELP!
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 01:54:51 PM »

Google "fortune cookie sayings" -- there are some sites out there.  Assuming you don't want to actually make fortune cookies, perhaps you could put them in a bowl for people to draw out, or attach them to wrapped candies. Then you're not so much the fortune teller as the fortune distributor.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 07:25:41 PM »

well you could always buy some tarot cards or something and they probably come with instructions, or you could do a little research on palm reading on the internet.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2007 06:03:41 AM »

Tarot cards for the win. Even if you don't have time to browse through a book and memorize stuff, if you get the classic Rider Waite deck, the pictures can do the talking. To make it easier, take out the minor arcana (the II of swords, etc, that sort of thing) and leave just the bigger, flashier, more accessible major arcana (the star, the high priestess, etc). Do the typical three card spread--three cards next to each other, side by side, one for past, one for present, one for future. Here's a wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rider-Waite_tarot_deck

FYI: the handed man means transition, and death means change, not death. but feel free to make stuff up to be spooky.

you can buy tarot cards at nearly any major bookstore in the country. sometimes they're behind a counter, but usually not. go poke around the new age section of borders. they are not too expensive, and this deck, the iconic deck, WILL be sold wherever tarot decks are sold. I mean, I have a deck, and I'm not even a new agey person. Ditto for my boyfriend, who has The Fool tattooed on his bicep.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2007 06:38:30 AM »

*hanged man, I mean.
(my favorite card. ahem.)

ALSO, if you want to just forgo props--which you should try not to; props are atmospheric--

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_reading

is the way to go. Smiley

/i used to do tarot readings at halloween parties in middle school. heeeh. i'd usually be able to successfully freak out at least one person. great fun? oh yeah. and nevermind that nearly all middle schoolers have the same set of concerns, so it was reaaaallly easy.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2007 09:38:45 AM »

Also, runes...

Theoretically you could make your own if you weren't able to buy them anywhere locally.
http://www.bewitchingways.com/runes/making.htm
http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/runeset.html

And as additional, cheap backup...

There's also a way to use a standard card deck like a tarot deck.
http://www.luckymojo.com/cartomancy.html#playingcards
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2007 11:29:46 AM »

You could make some "Yes/No" stones. Get 5 flat stones (or checkers, something with 2 flat sides) and mark one side with a + and the other side with a Tell the person you are reading to ask a Yes or No question and then toss the stones. If more +'s come up the answer is yes if more -'s come up then the answer is no. If all of them come up the same then the answer is definite. You can do it sort of like the answers from a magic 8 ball and say things like "The outcome does not look good" or "Please ask again later, the fates have not decided."

If all else fails you could just buy yourself a Magic 8 ball (you can get them at Toy's R Us) and decorate it... a crystal ball of sorts.
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2007 03:55:35 PM »

Awesomeness! Thankyou all so much! I am going to be throwing bones, it is going to be sooooooo much fun! Thank you soooooo much for your help!
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