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The Fakery of Fortune Tellers

Updated on February 27, 2013
Are you paying money just to be told a load of old nonsense?
Are you paying money just to be told a load of old nonsense? | Source

Seeing into the future or conning you out of your money?

Many people worldwide have visited fortune tellers and have been extremely pleased with the readings/predictions they were given. It is true that there are a small number of psychics who do seem to be able to predict certain events or have a spookily detailed knowledge about deceased relatives or friends of some of their customers. There does appear to be some truth in the fact that occasionally some people are born psychic. As a result of this there are many untrustworthy people cashing in on the fact that a lot of people want to contact their dead relatives or find out what's in store for them in the future. These fake psychics are literally conning vulnerable people out of their money. This article is going to teach you some of the techniques fake psychics use when scamming people out of their hard earned money. Hopefully you might be able to spot yourself or others being scammed and stop the con artists in their tracks.

How fake fortune tellers make their money

Bipolar descriptions - Often fortune tellers will begin by making statements about a certain characteristic which they think may apply to you and then describe its opposite characteristic. These comments are usually quite vague. The fact that they are opposite to each other means you will identify with at least one of them. An example of this might be...... "You live a very ordered life and like to maintain routines, but you can also be spontaneous and unpredictable at times".


"Although you are quite a relaxed, laid back person, you can sometimes feel a bit stressed and insecure".

Barnum Statements - These are statements which might sound specific to you but are in fact generic statements which apply to a large portion of the population. These might include...

"You have made a decision in the last few months which you have had second thoughts about".

"You will be going on a journey soon".

"A close family member has recently made you angry or upset"

"Someone with a scar on their leg has played an important role in your life"

"You're not going to win the lottery"

There are hundreds more statements like these and they all share one thing in common. They apply to almost all of us. Fortune tellers will make you think that these statements apply specifically to you, but they don't.

Other Techniques of the Fake Fortune Teller

Fake fortune tellers have other tricks up their sleeves to fool you. Here are some more things which could let a fortune teller know what kind of person you are.

They might look at your clothes to see if they are tight fitting or loose. This would be a good indicator that you might have recently lost or gained weight.

They could tell a lot by looking at your hands/palms. If you have hard skin or calluses this would suggest you are a manual labourer. A light coloured band of skin on the wedding ring finger would suggest a possible recent break up or divorce perhaps. Well manicured nails and hands could indicate a comfortable/affluent lifestyle.

Dull looking eyes or very pale skin could indicate health problems.

A hunched up posture could indicate to the fortune teller that you spend a lot of time behind a desk.

Often a fortune teller can assess your personality by a simple handshake. If your handshake is weak or limp this could indicate a shy/anxious personality whereas a firm handshake often indicates confidence.

Fortune tellers......telling people what they want to hear.

Some people might argue that fortune tellers real or fake help people get through difficult times. By giving people hope that things will get better or helping them get closure on past events. This may be true but you should never give up your hard earned money to be lied to. We all go through difficult times in life, but before you visit a fortune teller maybe you should visit a counsellor or therapist instead.



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      Jane Rose 

      5 years ago

      This was a good article for moral reasons!


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