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Craft Minor Arcana [Item Creation

You can create minor arcana tarot cards. Prerequisite Tarot mage level lst+. Benefit This feat allows the tarot mage to craft the magic tarot cards needed to cast spells. Each minor arcana card requires 1,000 gp of inks and material to craft and takes at least 8 hours to complete. When the tarot is completed, the tarot mage must make a Craft (tarot) check (DC 15). If successful, the card now carries the magic necessary for the tarot mage to cast certain spells. If unsuccessful, the mage must start over and the time and materials are lost.

Craft Major Arcana [Item Creation

You can create major arcana tarot cards. Prerequisite Tarot mage This feat allows the tarot mage to craft the more powerful magical tarot cards. Each major arcana card requires 2,000 gp of inks and material to craft and takes at least 16 hours to complete. When the tarot is completed, the tarot mage must make a Craft (Tarot) (DC 15). If successful, the card now carries the magic necessary for the tarot mage to cast certain spells. If unsuccessful the mage must start over and the time and materials are lost. There is an exception to the crafting of major arcana and

Tarot Specialization [Special

Diligent study allows you to master a tarot card and forgo its use as a focus. Prerequisites Tarot mage, Int 15+. Benefit The tarot mage has studied the images and significance of a particular card with such dedication that they are burned into his her brain. The tarot mage can now cast one of the spells that requires the card without having to use it as a focus. This feat may be taken repeatedly to master the different cards, or for the same card to develop the different spells associated with it. There are some restrictions the tarot mage can only use this for a card that she has in hisher possession, and this can only be used to specialize with the minor arcana. The tarot mage cannot use the feat Silent with this specialization. For a given spell, the tarot mage must use at least one of the components. Some GMs may wish to use the tarot magic system but not incorporate a new class. In this case, the tarot mage can be used as a prestige class. We have decided to supply the GM with...

Effect 10 Tarot Reading

You produce a pack of Tarot Cards and invite your volunteer to shuffle them thoroughly. After shuffling them, you take the pack and deal six cards face down on the table, discarding the remainder of the pack. Tarot Reading relies on a technique known as cold reading. It's a technique used by clairvoyants, psychics and mentalists to make a person believe you can read their innermost thoughts. The statements used are specially designed to sound specific to one person and yet they are so general, they actually apply to a large percentage of the population. Now all you need to perform some cold reading is a pack of Tarot cards and to memorize the above statements. Get your spectator to shuffle the Tarot deck and then ask them to deal six cards face down on the table. Turn over the cards one by one to perform your reading. No matter what cards turn up, recite the phrases above and try to personalize the phrases as much as you can. You will get far more 'hits' than 'misses'. And think - how...


Here we use a twenty-five-card stack of Tarot cards in addition to the twenty-two titled cards of the Greater Arcana we have the King of Wands, Queen of Cups and Ace of Swords.13 The cards are stacked with the King of Wands, Emperor, Hermit, Hierophant and Magician five cards apart. The handling and presentation is as before up to the point you begin the divinations. 13An idea of.lohn Snider's. s r Superius in his The Seciietum Tarotus of Arkaan.

The Court Cards

Court cards face up in a packet on the table. Pick them up by drawing them off the table with the right hand, turning them over lengthwise as you put them on top of the remainder of the pack. Have the cards thoroughly shuffled and show that the court cards are distributed through the pack. With a strip cut or after placing your pack behind your back, produce the court cards only and throw them on the table.

Taro Two

In my Double Routine, I suggested a Tarot presentation involving a marked deck and a pocket-writer (page I S3) the routine can be greatly simplified by the use of a simple cut force. Picking up a folded slip which bears the name of the forced Tarot card, you switch for the question slip, which you open up. You pretend to write a prophecy concerning the Tarot card actually, of course, you simply note the question and refold the slip, dropping both together into the cup.

Simply Tarot

A stack of ten Tarot Cards are shown and the history of the cards briefly discussed. A prediction is shown in a wallet. The participant is asked to name aloud any number between one and ten. The numerological significance of the number is discussed, and then the participant is asked to deal off that number of cards onto the table. The card they deal down to matches the prediction in the wallet, which is, of course, a joyous card that predicts much happiness in the near future

The Tarot Cards

It is my belief that the reading of the tarot cards is an intimate affair between two individuals. This is the reason why you should make up the meaning of the tarot cards for yourself. As I stated above, I simply use the major Arcana in The Zodiac Effect . This makes the deciphering of the meanings of the cards so much more personal and easier to remember. I get the impression that you have played with a tarot deck before, haven't you

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With a Single Card You

Some of my mentalist friends will have parted from reading this a long time ago, when they saw the dreaded word card . But mentalists should consider how this very idea might be applied to index cards, business cards, notepaper, billets, and so forth. Now that I have tipped the special substance so that you may make your own special items, there is no need to limit this method to playing cards, or even Tarot or ESP cards. Think beyond common card stock. You need not dismiss this great utility just because you dislike playing cards. Surely, mentalists may be as creative as magicians, and will find their own unique applications to fit their particular needs. By the way, the Kards I like to make up most are Blue backed Bicycle card, red backed Bicycle card, red backed Bee back card, one Ryder back tarot, one red blue double-back, one blue blue double-back, one red red double-back, one double-face, one red backed Bicycle and one blue backed Bicycle card. These last two are cut short and...

CHAPto5 Foul Locale Pg

Galvez walked warily through the Lower Quarters, his hand staid close to his longsword hilt. He had heard that a tarot mage had opened a shop somewhere within this dangerous quadrant of the city, and he sought guidance. Perhaps the advice of Tarl, the bouncer at the Lusty Mermaid, or maybe the spirits running through his veins had inspired him to seek out the mysterious mage. Nevertheless, he was troubled. Having lost his companions, he knew he needed to find a new adventuring group. The bill collectors had begun to circle like hungry vultures if he did not find a way to pay off his loan from the usurer, Jacob, his weapons and armor might be forfeit. Without that precious equipment, he would have to slink back to his father and beg to work the family farm again. Hunting intrusive weeds or the occasional gopher did not compare to exploring lost mines and hidden dangers that he had faced. He would do anything to avoid the humiliation of returning to his father and his jeering brothers....

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Craft Minor Arcana Craft Major Arcana Knowledge (tarot) (Int) This area of knowledge allows the character to learn the different meanings of the minor and major arcana. Some decks have slightly different interpretations for each card, and the character is aware of how the various decks work. Perform (tarot reading) (Wis) This skill allows the individual to perform a tarot reading. Whether the reader is honest or a fraud, this skill allows the reader to interact with the subject. This skill is part stage magic and part psychologist as the reader works with the reactions of the subject to better explore his her true desires.

Encouraging cooperative interpretation

The psychic takes care to mention that the tarot is not an exact science - it involves some elements of interpretation. She might use other terms, such as 'intuitive understanding' or 'sensitivity'. The point is to foster the notion that both she and the client are supposed to work together and co-operate. For example, the psychic might say something like

Establishing psychic credentials

One of the commonest is to display testimonials from previous clients. Another is to display certificates from some palace of erudition such as the 'Something-somewhere Centre for Tarot Studies'. These testimonials and certificates may be genuine. Then again, in this day of desk-top publishing and 'instant print' shops, anyone can create and frame their own. I certainly did, and had great fun doing so. Another neat ruse is to have a couple of appropriate reference books on hand, encouraging the idea that the tarot (or whatever the chosen discipline happens to be) is a vast field of study. It is a cute touch, in the course of a reading, to reach for some weighty reference tome in order to 'clarify' a fine point of interpretation One more way to boost credentials is to use good quality props. Tarot cards which are well-made, and beautifully illustrated, carry more conviction than ones resembling free prizes from a cereal packet. I prefer to use 'The Medieval Scapini Tarot' deck produced...

Establishing the belief system

As well as establishing her own credentials, as above, the psychic also establishes the credentials of the tarot, or whatever divinatory system is on offer. This leads the client to take the proceedings seriously, if not necessarily solemnly. For example, the psychic may refer to the tarot's long history, or to how well accredited it is, or to the many clients who have benefited from its insights.

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Effect The chart of the Zodiac is laid down on the table. It depicts the Wheel of the Heavens with twelve numbered Houses with the Zodiacal Signs that belong in them. A spectator is handed the Minor Arcana and told to note what the number of the House of his Sign is. He is then told to turn his back, remove that many cards secretly from the top of the deck and place them in his pocket. When he has done this, the performer asks him to deal one card on each of the Houses on the chart. The rest of the deck is put aside. By placing random cards on each of the Signs of the Zodiac, you have constructed a unique Tarot fortune for each Sign, says the performer. The spectator is asked to remove the cards he placed in his pocket. The performer examines them and tells the spectator something about himself and his Sign. He then has the spectator turn over the card that he laid on his Sign on the chart. (Say it is the King of Coins. ) Then, attention is drawn to a small card that has been laying...

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CAN'T SEP is a complete card act of six star effects that is performed genuinely blindfolded. A spectator shuffles the pack, and the performer (i) deals out all the court cards, (2) separates these court cards into suits, (j) runs through pack and places the correct ace on each pile, (4) deals the pack haphazardly into two piles, and turns them over to show-one pile all red and the other all black, (5) instantly cuts to any card called for, and repeats as required, (6) concludes with Paul Curry's famous Out of This World routine.

Materials You Will Require

There's not much you will need to make The Zodiac Effect work. A simple deck of tarot cards will work. If you decide to use the effects I have included towards the end of this book, you will need some envelopes too. There's a ton of tarot decks on the market. Some of the imagery on the cards ranges from the perverse to straight out blood thirsty. I would like to recommend the Rider-Waite deck. These cards contain images of the tarot that we are all familiar with. Please feel free to choose the deck whose imagery fits your performing style. For The Zodiac Effect you will need to use the 22 card known as the Major Arcana. You can do with the minor what ever you see fit, I personally use them for coasters.

Directive Demonstration Anchoring

When to use pattern This pattern far and away works the best within the first few minutes of meeting her. It's particularly good for girls who are really into New Age bullshit like astrology, tarot cards, ESP, UFO's and all that other crap. You can use it over the phone, in writing, or of course, as it works best, face to face

Am wrong in fact but right within system

The psychic accepts she was wrong in terms of plain fact, but right in the terms of the psychic or divinatory system she is using. For example, if the psychic is giving a tarot reading, she may hazard a guess that the client has a sister, and make a statement accordingly Well, actually, within tarot we use 'sister' to mean any female with whom you have a close friendship or whom you know well

The Birthday Card System

Originally this was a complex system based on a combination of ancient symbolism, mystical tradition, astrology, tarot, and the significance of numbers. While you may certainly use playing cards for readings in the way Rex has suggested on the tapes, this system takes the use of playing cards for readings to another level entirely.

The Card that Finds Itself

The method is simple and well covered. After having the pack shuffled by a spectator, under cover of squaring the cards, pull the top card to the bottom, reversing it in the process, and sight its top index by pulling it a little to the left. With an overhand shuffle run cards to the bottom, one less than the number indicated by the value of the card. Thus if the card is a seven you run six, and so on for the court cards, jack, queen and king take the values at eleven, twelve and thirteen.

Do not answer questions

You must excuse me, but I'm not sure I follow this. You're asking me a question, 'Who is Jane '. Well, how am I to know I'm not psychic. I hoped the tarot or whatever was going to answer questions for me, not that I was going to answer questions for the tarot. Either of these responses are poisonous to the cold reading process, but perfectly fair for a genuine psychic. Why should the tarot be able to deliver first names but not surnames

For the Conscientious Objector

For those who would do no physical harm to others even though it might mean the loss of life or property to them, I suggest the venerable technique of Cards from Mouth. The pacifist, sensing danger, should secrete a bunch of cards in the buccal cavity of the mouth. When the attack is imminent and all other options denied, he should quickly pull the cards from the facial orifice. This will cause the prospective assailant to gasp in horror and run away. (Tests have shown the most unsightly combination to be one composed of a mixture of court cards and jokers.)

From Magical Mixture 1943

A forerunner to the popular Black Widow effect published in the Pallbearers Review by Alan Brown. This is the same plot. A red Ace is placed between two red court cards and a black Ace is placed between two black court cards. The Aces change places. (PD) From the pack remove two red court cards and two black court cards, the Ace of Clubs and the Ace of hearts. Place the Ace of Hearts between the two red court cards and the Ace of Clubs between the two black court cards. Deal the cards in a row as follows - First card face up, second cards face down, third card face up, fourth card face up, fifth card face down, sixth card face up. When you turn up the two face down Aces they will be seen to have changed over. The black Ace will be seen between the red court cards and the red Ace between the black court cards. A simple trick, but somehow I like it.

This is a simple elaboration of Roy Waltons School Daze that appeared in Profile magazine The underlying principle was

Ask the spectator to remove three cards - a low value, a medium value and a high value. Explain that to keep things simple court cards will count as ten. Meanwhile, you hold your section faces towards you and note the second card from the face - let's say it's the Ace of Spades. Count this card as ONE and continue to count until you reach 20. Cut the packet at this point to place the AS at the 20th position from the top of the packet. Write the name of this card on a piece of paper which you give to someone to hold. Meanwhile, retain the packet in your hands.

Cigrate Paper Thoughts

This trick is a simple reworking of a playing card prediction that I read in an issue of Magick Magazine by Jules Lenier. The effect was called Share of Mind . This is only a minor variation - the handling is cleaner, the use of tarot cards, the presentation of using their present and future, and the dodge of the different colour pens.

TA Waters Mind Myth and Magick

Waters is the author of Mind, Myth, and Magick, a monumental (and wonderful) 800 page book which is required reading for anyone interested in mentalism. On this video T.A. demonstrates and explains 12 routines from the book. The routines use common objects such as envelopes, playing cards, and tarot cards, and all are within the abilities of the average magician. I'll mention a few of my favorites. No No takes an old mindreading gag and turns it into the first part of a convincing number divination. AdamSmyth is another number divination, based on the Smith-Myth principle. Zodiaccount uses the Linda Goodman book Love Signs in a clever book test. And Quintasense is an ingenious combination of the well-known Matrix force and the Major Arcana of the tarot deck.

May 2001 Seven Year Itch

Those with an interest in Bizarre Magick will certainly want to take a look at The Book of Haunted Magick by Rick Maue. Mr. Maue offers 50 items, each accompanied with an intriguing patter plot. Happily, the methods that accomplish these effects are more sophisticated than the average Bizarre Magick fare. A wide variety of props are utilized, although Tarot cards are featured in several effects. (My guess is that Mr. Maue comes to the Bizarre field from a sleight-of-hand background. I don't believe that I've previously encountered a Bizarre Magick book that offers a handling of the Classic Pass False Cut.)

The Breakthrough Card System

Tremendous advantage over its competition. Please spread out the deck and look it over closely. Notice the unequal sequence of the colors and suits. Look at the locations of the 10's and court cards. Notice the unequal spacing of the Aces. Take any value and see if you can find a relationship to other cards of that same value. Even notice how the top half of the deck bears no resemblance to the bottom half. This all may seem as though I am splitting hairs, but I would hope by now you would understand I am a totally practical person. It is the supreme randomness of the Breakthrough that makes it so effective in the performance situation. Now let me finally explain why.

The Use of Cards in Mentalism

It should also be mentioned that since time immortal, there have been those who use cards for telling fortunes. Long before Tarot decks were so readily available, this was standard fare. Along those same lines, playing cards were often used to test ESP before the Rhine cards became more common.

Props and Environment

Most psychic readers use some sort of a table. Many use a card table, draped with a heavy cloth. Instead of the standard dining-room or kitchen table, or the cloth-draped card table, invest in a clear, glass topped table. It will offer a number of advantages, whether you read Tarot cards, palms, or receive psychic impressions, sitting with one hand over your eyes. One is simply an empty box in which he keeps his Tarot cards, index cards, and other items he might use in a reading. Fastened inside the lid of the box, although the client can't see them, are a hundred year calendar and a list of social-security numbers (see Chapter 12). At one time, before he committed them to memory, he also used the lid to conceal a list of the Zodiac signs and the dates they represent, and a corresponding list of birthstones.

Trisoteric An Useful Tool

An example of the second option could be forcing a Tarot card and then having the participant write its identity inside the TRIANGLE AREA. As I've already said, in the recent years, I've always framed it as an esoteric ritual and thus zodiacal signs and Tarot cards have perfectly served my purpose.

New Pieces To An Old Puzzle

Effect Charles Jordan, in 1919, marketed a multiple assembly trick called Like Seeks Like . In it, four hats were lined up and the aces and court cards were removed from the deck. Each hat received a jack, queen, king and ace of matching suit. Yet, when the contents of the hats were next exhibited, all the aces had gathered in one, all the jacks in another, and so on. The plot was a fascinating problem, but Mr. Jordan's method was suitable only for platform or stage, as it entailed a rather arduous exercise in back palming. The trick can be found in Charles T. Jordan Collected Tricks (pp. 87-88), and in Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (p. 344, Hugard revision). Method Openly remove all the aces and court cards from the deck and group them In suits, each group running from face to back ace-jack-queen-king. Stack the four groups in CHaSeD suit order, with the clubs at the bottom and the diamonds on top i.e., the ace of clubs is at the face of the packet, and the king of diamonds at the...

Reading Bridgepoker Cards

A great resource of impromptu material can be per-formed with a standard deck of cards. With only the barest knowledge, you can explain that our modern deck is derived from the Tarot. The suit of Spades comes from the suit of Swords, Hearts from Cups, Clubs from Rods, and Diamonds from Pentacles. If you are familiar with the minor arcana, you can then read directly from the cards that are used today. If you are not familiar with the Tarot, and don't wish to learn them all, you can make do with a brief combination of knowledge of suit meaning and numerology. Diamonds (Pentacles) is the suit of commerce and business, materialism. enjoyment of work and the benefits thereof, merchants, trades and money. For a short and impromptu reading, have the person mix the cards (you can do it yourself), then deal out three rows of either 3 or 5 cards. The row closest to the person can represent their past, the middle row their present, and the distant row the future. Read the cards according to the...

A link to another world

So. you say that you don't believe in the supernatural that occult is just so much bunk. You think that the Tarot is a new name for a breakfast drink and the 1 Ching is the new ambassador to the United States from the Peoples Republic of China. Well Bunky. Herb Dewey, a local psychic, thinks that you're probably just unaware of the possibilities in the universe. Dewey, a resident of the Manchester area for the last 15 years, came by The Journal office this week to read the Tarot for your erstwhile editor and a few of the staff. He told me to shuffle the Tarot deck and to pick out fifteen cards that he laid out on the table face down. Once all the cards were laid out he turned them over and began to tell me things that he saw felt in the cards. In the interest of science and fair play we asked Mr. Dewey if he would consent to read the tarot for two other Journal staff members which he did not expect.

Why are psychic or cold readings done

The one-on-one reading is a private affair and most often involve a quasi-counseling flavor. The reading may involve the use of s or aids such as a crystal ball, tarot cards, or birth data. The reading be done at a booth or table in a public place such as a restaurant, a shopping mall, a side table at a party, or may be done in the office or home of reader. The time may range from a 5 or 10 minute quick reading to an hour or more. In this type of reading, the information is tailored to the individual being read and is the most likely to involve the use of information or feedback from the client. Scheduled Readings. Scheduled readings may be either the anticipated one-on-one or as a planned part of a program. They permit the arrangements that may facilitate the outcome, having a tarot deck, birth data. Or other supports as well as the possibility of collecting some data or Information to be used in the course of events. These can be planned. Rehearsal of specific aspects,...

Cold reading strategies

There can be little doubt that the relatively high levels of belief in paranormal phenomena among members of the general population are due in part to impressive experiences which they were unable, after consideration, to account for in terms of more mundane processes (cf. Schmeidler, 1985). Irwin (1985), for example, reports personal experience to be the primary factor loading on belief, irrespective of the breadth of the measure. One potentially important source of impressive experiences is through interactions with professional psychics such as palmists and Tarot readers (Schouten, 1993), and a number of sceptical commentators have claimed (without citing particular empirical evidence) that clients are typically impressed with the content of readings they have solicited (Dutton, 1988 French et al 1991 Hyman, 1989).

Tools Psychic Crutches

In Paris, at a table in a sidewalk restaurant, a young dark-eyed girl leans forward, as she patiently interprets a layout of the colorful and mysterious-looking cards called Tarot. Thousands of miles away, in a candle-lit room in Los Angeles, a woman focuses her eyes, as she looks deep into a polished crystal ball. And aboard one of Hong Kong's famed floating restaurants, an old man, obsidian eyes set in wrinkled parchment, casts three ancient Chinese coins, to start an I Ching reading. That day, he made almost nothing, although everyone around him was kept busy. But, following that experience, the psychic went out and did some shopping. He bought a crystal ball and a pack of Tarot cards. On the other hand, continuing elements of mysticism have long provided a protective mantle of plausibility to the ancient rune and witches stones, the crystal ball, Tarot cards, and I Ching. If you are the intense, darkly-brooding type, you might experiment with the witches' and rune stones, or with...

Elements about extracting information

To see how this works, let us consider our default example of a one-on-one tarot reading. Suppose that during an early part of the reading, an exchange takes place which involves a Direct Question In a tarot reading, the Jargon Blitz would involve references to the meanings of specific cards, and other tarot terminology. It might sound something like this Interestingly enough, I see we've got the Five of Swords, an important card within the lesser arcana, traditionally associated with challenge and struggle in affairs of the heart. What's intriguing is that in the same conjunction of the spread, we've already had 'The Hermit', originally one of the lower triad cards and now generally regarded as indicating not only solitude, but also the accomplishment of personal goals. It's as if the cards are suggesting your personal goals are, at this time, due to take priority over romance. I don't know if this makes sense to you. To the best of my knowledge, 'lesser arcana' and 'the spread'...

CR and the illusion of knowledge

It's the Rainbow Ruse, adapted from the psychic context to the sales context. In the psychic context, the 'information' is supposed to come from some esoteric field of study such as astrology or the tarot. This is not generally considered suitable for business meetings, so the salesman refers to some other plausible source, such as a newspaper's business section, the trade press or a 'friend who used to work in the industry'. He then takes two opposite characteristics which could apply to any industry, in this example 'change' and 'stasis', and joins them at the hip in classic Rainbow Ruse fashion.

Elements about facts and events

Here is a typical example that might form part of a tarot reading, assuming the reading is taking place somewhere in the United States Many psychics give readings which incorporate a degree of health diagnosis, even if this is not their main focus. For example, a graphologist or a tarot reader might well say

Nit Court Card Cut Prop

This simple prop should get you a good deal of action among your card-playing friends. Have someone take a regulation deck of cards and shuffle it. 1 hen have him cut die deck into three piles. Now offer to bet even money that at least one of the three cards he cuts to is a picture card either a jack, queen, or king. You 11 have to give your victim a few uiomeiiLs lo mull over the odds, but if he has any sporting blood, lie will probably go for it. His reasoning will run something like this there are twelve court cards in the deck that's less than one in four, therefore, even if you have three tries at hitting eine, the odds are against you. You would have to have at least four tries to make it an even bet.

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Ankle Wrapping Techniques

In circumstances where one is lacking duplicate jokers, and similar court cards, like red kings or blackjacks, have been substituted, you may wish to eliminate the Stanyon false count. It has been my experience, however, that even magicians don't notice that the same card is seen twice during the count. Their attention seems focused on the face-down card, causing them to overlook the discrepancy.

Additions to David Eldridge

Tarot A Peering Behind The Smoke and Mirrors It has been rare for me to write or at least publish Tarot tricks . This one was created for the final issue of Behind the Smoke and Mirrors magazine, to which a few of my friends and I contributed. I was so fond of the tone in the magazine that I just couldn't resist adding one final piece. Since I created this while in the midst of writing the manuscript you hold in your hands, I include this piece as one more bonus. It's off beat, full of suggestions and linguistic influence, metaphor, and such. Hope you enjoy it in the manner in which it was intended. Let's begin with the words. Since no one is afraid of a deck of cards, do you mind if I use an older deck I'm fresh out of new ones. Great. I have deck of cards known as Tarot that we shall use tonight, then. Oh, don't change your minds now Is there anyone afraid of numbers by any chance Some people are worried, I can tell. Are you in the construction business They don't like buildings...

The Personalised Birthday Square

He began by recalling that every time he met Caroline she would ask him to show her a card trick. He took out a pack of cards as if about to show magic but instead took time to explain the parallels between a deck of cards and a calendar, the bible and an almanac (Soldier's Almanac). There are, for instance, four seasons and four suits. Twelve court cards and twelve months in a year. Thirteen weeks in a season and thirteen cards in a suit. Fifty-two weeks in a year and fifty-two cards in a pack. And perhaps most surprising of all, the three hundred and sixty-five days of the year are matched by three hundred and sixty-five spots in a pack of cards. He wrote the numbers down on a white board 13,52,365,4,12 and then asked Caroline to choose one of them, remember it and wipe it from the board. Then he asked her to wipe away the rest of the numbers, all except for one, which, for the moment at least, she kept secret.

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Effect The first twelve cards of the Major Arcana are laid out faces up in two rows of six cards each. The first row of cards is right side-up, while the second row is upside-down. A prediction is written and laid to one side of the table. The performer begins, The ancient Cabalists used to say that if you took twelve cards from the Tarot and arranged them in this way, you had constructed the universe in symbolic form. The top row of cards Symbolized the active or 'yang forces of the twelve Houses of the Zodiac, while the bottom row became the 'yin' or passive forces. They felt that the active and passive forces were always struggling with each other for supremacy, but were always destined to remain in balance. Each of these six columns represents a segment of the universe divided into its active and passive elements. By turning over three of the 'yang' cards in the top row and three 'yin1 cards in the bottom row, balance is created in the universe. Just one of the cards in each...

Section Three Putting the theory to the test

This section features two examples from my own televised demonstrations of cold reading. In the first, I was asked to pose as a tarot reader, and in the second as an astrologer. Both of these demonstrations were given for British TV. I will also make passing reference to a third demonstration, for American TV, in which I posed as a clairvoyant.

Kentons Killer Readings

Now think of the NUMBER on your card See that NUMBER Focus in on that DIGIT , you say and pause for a moment. Look at the spectator and frown. Okay, if it's a COURT CARD think of THAT If a spectator is thinking of a Jack, Queen or King, your pausing after telling them to think of their NUMBER will often cause the spectator to feel inclined to ask you what they should do if their choice isn't a number. At the very least they generally get a very odd expression on their face. When you frown and look at them some more, if they are thinking of a court card and haven't said anything, this is when they are probably going to spill the beans. After this second pause, if they still have not said anything and are holding out on you, your direct instruction about court cards is likely to get them laughing wildly.

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Effect The performer asks two spectators to help him. If they are in some way related, that's all the better, because you hope to show them how two minds can think alike. The Major Arcana is given to one of them to mix. When he is done, he is told to cut the deck anywhere he likes and give part of it to the other spectator. They both silently count their cards, remember their numbers, put the cards back together and mix them some more, while the performer's back is turned. He then turns around and takes the cards. He deals the cards slowly onto the table, showing the face of each card to one of the spectators. Effect The performer asks two spectators to help him. If they are in some way related, that's all the better, because you hope to show them how two minds can think alike. The Major Arcana is given to one of them to mix. When he is done, he is told to cut the deck anywhere he likes and give part of it to the other spectator. They both silently count their cards, remember their...

Separating The Men From The Boys

Effect All twelve court cards are openly removed from the deck and shown. The four queens are set aside and the face-down jacks are neatly alternated with the face-up kings. The four queens are waved over the combined kings and jacks in a magical manner and with no hint of subterfuge, then are set down again. The held packet is now fanned, showing four face-down cards still interlaced with the face-up kings but when the fan is turned over, the face-down cards aie seen to be the queens, not the jacks and the jacks are found on the table, where the queens were thought to have been. All this is performed to a tale of innocence, paternal love and an expos of the evil ways of big-city women. It is also done without recourse to gaffed or extra cards. Just the twelve court cards are used. Here Mr. Elmsley once more demonstrates how a potentially confusing effect can be clar ified and enhanced by an entertaining presentation. To prepare for this excellent trick, openly remove the jacks,...

In Our Opinion

The two of us have had ongoing conversations for years about how to create perfect readings . While Rex was contributing some outstanding material for the final volume of Wonder Words, we agreed to join forces and focus on this issue of readings. We began exchanging ideas, tools and creative applications. We found new combinations of tools, and unusual practical applications. Soon we were able to make all of these methods simple and easy to use. Little or no memory was involved in many of the methods. No laborious facial or body reading cues. No long lessons on the skills usually required to use such tools as tarot cards or palmistry. No longwinded disclaimers. Methods were realized that could actually help a spectator without giving advice. The ability to do readings without any fear whatsoever clicked into place. Yet with all of these breakthroughs - a startling discovery People who learned and used these tools often felt as if they might really be reading the thoughts of others


The Major Arcana from a deck of Tarot. A black silk to keep the Tarot wrapped in. (Whilst strictly speaking this is optional, I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is customary to keep Tarot wrapped in black silk amongst fortune tellers, so this one little touch makes you seem all the more genuine to those in the know). As the routine is essentially a force, I choose a tarot card that isn't a particularly positive one. Whilst I'm not a fan of giving spectators the Death card, giving them a more negative one can make what you are doing appear more genuine. having good fortunes pop up repeatedly from a deck that is so scary about half your audience will refuse to touch it seems a little false to me. But, do as you will.

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Effect The performer displays the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana, removes the card known as THE MAGICIAN and puts it aside on the table. The rest of the cards are given to a spectator to mix thoroughly. When he is satisfied that the cards are sufficiently mixed, he is directed to deal all the cards out into three piles, face-down on the table. The performer explains, Throughout the ages, the digit THREE has been considered a number imbued with good fortune and mystic power. You, by dividing the cards of the Tarot into three piles, have performed the first part, of a conjuring that may evoke certain clairvoyant forces within you. Sure this is an old chestnut, but try it and see if it doesn't fool them even the ones who know the old 2 1 card trick . Using Tarot cards confuses them. They aren't looking for trickery. You can mention that the three piles each have seven cards (another lucky number) in them, but I think it wiser not to. It isn't necessary and it may start someone...


Begin by handing out the Tarot, and allow a spectator to un-wrap them and shuffle them. As this is being done, write your prediction (in our case, The Fool) and place it into their pocket. I make a grand gesture of this, but I don't say a word. To cover this action, I explain that all of the Tarot cards have a meaning, and I stop on a few as I spread through to give examples. I might stop on the Death card, for example, and comment that whilst it looks pretty bleak, it actually represents change. Move the left hand so that the faces of the tarot are facing your spectators. With the right hand, you apparently pull out the out jogged cards (the selected ones) from the top short edge.

Open Koran

Which originally used a four-way out (two double-faced cards) Anyone seeing George Kirkendall perform this stunner knows how strong a routine it is. Consider doing this with a Tarot deck, and include a little fortune with the prediction. Add a little thought and you come up with

Backs Up

Remove the court cards from the red pack, mix them, note the bottom one, say it is the JS, put them at the bottom of the pack with a couple of spot cards below them, all the other spot cards will thus be above the court cards. In the blue pack reverse the JS and place it second from the top. Put both packs in their cases.

Setting the stage

The client's active co-operation can be further encouraged by establishing a rapport with them. Hobrin (1990) stresses that the primary attribute in a reader is to have a pleasing, charming, disarming personality. Martin (1990) further suggests that by involving the client physically in whatever divination process is being used (such as shuffling the Tarot cards or casting the I Ching) they become participants rather than just observers.

Why It Works

The tarot is an ancient form of divination. I could debate with you what the mystical reason for its working is but I really am not a scientist of the occult so I don't care. There will be a point where you start believing what you do is real mind reading or fortune telling. Just know that you are performing real magic. That is subconsciously you are more then likely picking up on visual cues about the person that are being brought out by the imagery of the cards. In the reading of the tarot cards I remove and use only the Major Arcana. See the next section for details. These 22 cards are deep with imagery and innuendos. What we do as a reader is look at these cards in what is known as a spread and craft a story through our pumping of the subject, and with what we get from the cards. Since not everyone is the greatest story teller or reader of the cards, I have included a few cold reading phrases for each tarot card and by utilizing the position of that card in...


This is more an observation than a hint, and is aimed at those interested in stacking Tarot packs. Attempts to adapt the Stebbins principle adding three to get each succeeding value will not work correctly. I merely wish to point out that this problem disappears if you change the increment from three to live, in which case it can be applied to a twenty-two-card G rcatcr Arcana stack or a four teen-card Lesser Arcana stack in both cases an endless cycle through the values will be generated. For fourteen cards 1-6-11-2-7-12-3-8-13-4-9-14-5-10, Please note that with the latter stack the suits will not rotate correctly through the full deck of fifty-six Lesser Arcana cards, but rather into two twenty-eight-card banks. Thus if your suit rotation is Wands-Cups-Swords-Fentacles and you begin the stack with, say, the Ace of Wands, you will have to remember two exceptions that the Tkn of Pentacles is followed by the Ace of Pentodes, and likewise the of Wands is followed by the Ace of Wands

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Effect A spectator is given the Minor Arcana to mix. Then he divides the deck exactly in half, keeps one half and places the other half on the table. From his half, he freely selects any three cards and places them face-up on the table. The performer tells him, The deck of the Tarot is firmly based on the Cabalistic doctrines and numero-logical principles of the ancient mystics and holy men. No matter how the deck is arranged or mixed, it retains a certain inner unity or wholeness. Each card interrelates to each of the others. No matter how well you mixed these cards, those mystic relationships still hold. You have selected three cards here at random. If you will perform some nume rological procedures and computations for me, I can reveal certain facts about the relationships of the cards as they now stand in this pack. The spectator follows these instructions and whatever cards he has left undealt from his half are dropped onto the tabled half deck. The performer studies the lay-out...


The development of a framework for doing a reading is very important the sequencing of events, the structure, and the expectancies of the audience. If you are doing a series of readings in a group, obviously there must be a variety in the content of each reading. For the beginner or novice, some aids can be very helpful. These aids can be memory devices and routines, Tarot cards, or handwriting samples. If you are doing a quick reading to cover an effect depending upon equivoque, then a 5-minute introduction of how and what you are doing is Your use of aids or props should likewise be considered carefully. A tablet or deck of cards sets a particular mood or climate of expectancy. They can be powerful selling tools if properly used, and a bust if not. Herb had the experience of having a table at a psychic fair and watching people walk by. He was occasionally asked 'What do you do but had no takers. The next outing, he had a deck of Tarot cards on the table and did readings...

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The first one, The Red Book of Mentalism, contains ten items in 20 pages of the kind we have been accustomed to expect from this prolific author. The Four-sided Triangle is a prediction in which a spectator thinks of a playing card and his thoughts coincide with a card selected by another spectator, and yet another spectator opens a large envelope and removes a Jumbo card which also proves to be of the same suit and value. Parallax is a divination in which duplicates a geometric design, a letter, and a number written by three different spectators. Disposable Color is a psychological force with an 'out' if it fails. Writers Cramp is a really natural and unsuspected way of switching billets. Happy Horoscoper is for those who like to include an astrological reading wherein Happy Birthday appears only on the back of a card bearing his birth sign. The five remaining effects include the use of Tarot cards. A 'Stop' effect using design cards which includes instruction for a pocket switch of...

Good News

Divination Tarot - 6 of Wands Level 1 This spell provides the target with an inkling of best outcome from a specific action. Before the spell is cast the target must specify what action she is contemplating. The spell will show a vague image of the results of the action. This spell can be misleading and some tarot mages use this spell instead of other divination spells to convince a target to take certain actions. Even if there is danger or great risk, the spell will only show the positive outcomes of the action. A fighter, asking whether she should kick open the locked door, may see himself herself standing in front of a great treasure she may not see the great and powerful serpent guarding it


Requirements and preparation To perform this stunner, you'll need two matching half dollars, two matching court cards (I use the KH), a joker and a shot glass that will hold a half dollar. This glass should be faceted or have a logo or pattern on it so that the view into the glass from the side is somewhat obstructed. You'll also need some Blue-tac and a few basic office supplies. You need to split one of the court cards. Don't panic, as you only need a small section of it. So first, set one of the coins on the center of the face of the card and trace around the coin with a pencil.

For Christs Sake

Give the deck to a spectator, saying, Shuffle the deck. We need two cards for this trick, so I want you to look through and remove any card and place it face-down on the table. Then, I'll pick one. To keep things simple all court cards will equal ten. Once he has placed a card on the table, take the deck and spread through count twenty cards then downjog the twenty-first, and toss out a Ten spot face-down onto the first 4. Place the deck on the table and draw attention to the values of the two Magic cards. One is a Ten spot because that's what you took out. The other is either a Ten (court cards ten too) or less. Less brings in the Christ concept. However, if both equal ten, simply have their values totaled (giving 20) then ask spectator A to count down to the 20th card which will be his selection.

The triplet

Give the deck to a spectator and ask him to shuffle it. Take the deck back from the spectator and hold it face down. Explain that you will reverse one card near the middle that will later act as a Magic Locator Card. Spread through the cards by pushing over groups of three cards at a time until you have pushed over nine groups in all, for a total of twenty-seven cards. Flip over the next card, the twenty-eighth, leaving it in place, then draw casual attention to it by making a comment about it. You then close the spread. If it is a court card, your comment is that court cards will count as the value ten. Whatever the card, remember its value. We will assume that the reversed card is a Nine spot.


Part of this routine is based on an effect by Fred Zimmerman that appeared in The New Invocation in June 1987. The effect involved Tarot cards and it was called Death is a Lonely Business . His handling involved either a top change, or a bit of wax to create a double card that could be handled more freely during a turn-over. Although both methods work well, I have always found that many performers would rather not do a top change during the climax of an effect. The reason is that the spectators are really burning your hands at that crucial moment, which can make the top change difficult to pull off. In regard to the wax, you do not end clean which means that everything cannot be left upon the table for all to see at the end.

The Change Game

Try the game out on yourself if you dare . You will then experience the power of this game, and the changes it can make. Some of this is a bit like the ancient tea leaf readings . You will note however that this older notion has been modified greatly. The symbol descriptions and the way they are used also fits most studious explorations of the esoteric fields. The bag for example is similar to the wallet or bag carried over the shoulder of The Fool in tarot.

Making no claim

Let me say at the outset that I myself make no claims on behalf of the tarot (or astrology, etc.). All I can tell you is that millions of people find it is a useful way of enhancing their perspective on life, and perhaps opening a window to a broader appreciation of the cycles and themes in life which affect us all. But everyone is different, and it may turn out that the tarot is not something that works for you. All I ask is that you keep an open mind, enjoy the reading, and then in the weeks ahead you can see if it seems to work for you.

Social Security

I have a list of numbers and states glued onto the face of one of my tarot cards. During a reading it is quite easy to peek at the card. I have found that I get a stronger response by not naming the state but rather by using it's nickname. In obtaining the social security number, I simply ask for the first three numbers to be used in a formula in giving lucky lottery numbers. Obviously you do not mention the state ten seconds after obtaining the numbers. Wait five or ten minutes. The way that I would use the information is to say I feel that you have some unfinished business or unresolved issues in_. For example, let us assume the first three digits indicate (525). I would peek at the tell-tale tarot card and see New Mexico, Land of Enchantment. Later on in the reading, I would mention the unfinished business in the Land Of Enchantment. When I do mention this information, my eyes are usually closed. As a matter of fact, whenever I think that I have a strong hit, I close my eyes as I...

The Missing Pair

Come packed with the Joker at the face, followed by the court cards, then C's, H's, D's and S's. Open the case, take out the cards, discard the Joker and false shuffle. If you cannot do that, then make a series of quick cuts. Hand the pack to spectator who also cuts (complete cuts) as often as he pleases. Instruct him then to deal the cards into four face down piles, to choose one and shuffle it. Tell him to examine it and if it happens to contain any 2-spot cards of the same value, to pocket them, if not to take any one of the other packets until he finds a pair. This last is a bit of misdirection, there are pairs in every pile.

Changeover Quicker

A forerunner to the Fulves Black Widow plot was Tom Sellers' The Change-over Aces from Magical Mixture, 1943. In this, a red Ace is placed between two red court cards and a black Ace is placed between two black court cards. The Aces change places. Sellers uses only the Glide to achieve the effect. However, he transfers eight cards in the process. It struck me that he didn't need to transfer eight cards, it can be done in only six transfers - which is what you want. I have also added a second phase with the Aces face up.

Offering Sugar lumps

I had my doubts at the time, and I still have them today. I am lucky enough to have plenty of warmth and love in my life, and I do not get it from highly irrational women wearing tacky pendants and too much make-up. As for my goals in life, I felt relatively safe ignoring long-term career advice from someone whose professional skill base consisted of warbling superstitious drivel while peering at some tatty tarot cards.

Mephistos Message

Pack as follows 3, 2, court card, 5 2, court card, 5, 3 court card, 5, 3, 2 5, 3, 2, court card. Note that these cards make up four groups of four cards, the spots on which, counting court cards as two, amount to twelve. Count to the twelfth card from the bottom and write its name on a slip of paper and seal it in an envelope.


Tarot - Queen of Wands Level 8 This spell allows the tarot mage to break the bonds of magic and borrow a single spell from another school of magic, either arcane or divine. The tarot mage can select any spell that is 6th level of lower from any other magic list (cleric, druid, ranger, bard, etc.). The spell selected cannot be of an opposite alignment as that of the spell-caster (a good tarot mage cannot cast Evil magic such as create undead).

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Then he gets four spectators to help him. Each spectator is a different elemental sign. Each one is given a piece of paper with the six-pointed Cabalistic star drawn on it. Their element is penciled on a corner of their paper. Then each spectator selects a card from the Major Arcana. Effect Seven cards are drawn by a spectator from the Major Arcana and laid face-up in the form of a circle. The spectator is told to mentally choose one. Then he is handed a pendulum. Each of these cards emanates an aura of power around it. That power is changed or modified when you concentrate your mind on it. 11 The performer removes a pendulum made from a length of string with a weight at one end. He hands the end of the string to the spectator. This pendulum is attuned to the auras of these cards. It senses them and is acted upon by their powers. If you hold it above any of the cards, it will slowly start to swing back and forth in a straight line over the card. But if you concentrate on a card, you...

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Effect The performer removes nine cards from the Major Arcana and lays them out in three rows of three on the table. They are face-up. Next he brings out a small, strange looking object and explains that it is a good-luck charm. It is given to a spectator to hold. The main use of the Tarot is to predict the future. If we admit that the future can be predicted, we must also admit the existence of a thing called FATE. For, if the future isn't preordained and can be changed., then it could never be predicted. ''So it is not at all surprising that the Tarot is known as the Book of Fate . Tonight. 1 would like you to play a game of fate with me. Here are the rules These nine cards are the board our game of Fate will be played on. The good-luck charm you are holding is your marker. You may now place it on any card you like to start with.


I am not trying to suggest this particular demonstration was a spectacular triumph. Nonetheless, Susie did come away feeling that I was genuine, and that there was something to tarot reading after all. She was genuinely impressed by what she viewed as my ability to identify specific details about her life, including things which even her friends did not know about.


The first and second hands' contents are not controlled. However, it is certain that there are no aces, and almost certain that there are any tens or court cards. Therefore, you can announce that your hunch is that the hand is made up of spot cards. The second dealt hand is likely to contain a pair of eights or a pair of deuces, possibly both. With a bit of pumping you can often come surprisingly close to identifying the contents of the hand.


Also associated with Judas (13th disciple -not lucky) and the Tarot card Death (still not lucky). However everyone knows this, so point out that in numerology it is not an evil number but signifies a new start in the old duodecimal system. That should keep them guessing.

The Suits

HEARTS represent the Lover, people, emotions, relationships, love, feelings, social contacts, and creativity. Hearts correspond to the Cups in tarot. CLUBS represent the Teacher and the Seeker, a receptive and inquiring mind, mental abilities, and dissemination. Clubs often correspond to the Wands in tarot. DIAMONDS represent the Merchant and the Reaper, all money and values, tangible aspects and rewards. Diamonds correspond to the Pentacles in tarot. SPADES represent the Workman and the Knower, health, labor, being down to earth , wisdom by digging below the surface, death and rebirth in a symbolic sense, and initiation. Spades often correspond to the Swords in tarot. (NOTE In tarot and playing cards, the Kings and Queens have equal rights in True Judgment and understanding Universal Principles - they just get to this knowledge in different ways. Seems the ancient symbolism was way ahead of man's societal laws and concepts Also the meanings of the number above correlate to even the...


This is the Major Arcana of the classic tarot deck twenty-two different cards, each with a value - a numerical value - as well as an interpretive symbological nature. I shall mix the cards The spectator does as instructed. The parchment message is now read. It is found to be a personal forecast for the spectator, which concludes with a direct reference to a single tarot card As the title indicates, the operative principle used here is that of the Magic Square. It should be noted that in the September 1974 issue of Pallbearer's Review, Wilbur Kattner's Tarot Trick used the NasicK square, constructed out of tarot cards - but towards a different end. A related precursor with playing cards is the Gardner Costello Vernon Tit-Tat-Toe Trick , circa 1950. Henning Nelms described a relevant mathematical routine using a complete tarot pack in Magic and Showmanship , and there have been other effects by George Sanderson, Carlos Marquat, and myself that are conceptually similar. To prepare for...

The Schizoid Rosary

Spectator A Is instructed to sort through his her cards, and to count the number of red cards in the group. Spectator B is asked to count how many court cards are in his her set. The predictions are now read and compared to the spectators' results. The note for Spectator A reads, 'You will have exactly eight red cards. The note for Spectator B reads, 'You will have exactly three court cards.

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Effect Before he starts, the performer gives an envelope to a spectator to hold. He then brings out the Minor Arcana and cuts it several times. The Tarot deck has some very strange affinities. Each card interrelates to all the others in odd ways. Let me try to show what I mean. I'd like to have two of you help me. Would you two ladies please choose numbers from, oh say, 1 to 18. 18 cards is about a third of this deck. I'll do so, too. I'll use the strangely mystical number 11. It is claimed that numbers which have both digits the same have special powers. 11 Saying this, the performer counts off 11 cards and hands the deck to the two ladies to do likewise. Now these three cards were arrived at purely by coincidence. The performer takes the top cards from each of the three piles and lays them aside. He then gathers up all the cards, putting the three top cards on top of all. He then places one of these top cards on the bottom of the deck and the other two in the middle, sticking...


The reader's initial statement is a fairly safe specific generalisation, which by the way it is presented stimulates the client to give up information which would be extremely difficult to guess at (i.e. that the sitter has a brother who died in a car crash). It is important that the reader gives the impression that whatever information the client volunteers is already known to him. In reality, the reading would be much more chaotic than presented here, as the reader switches between topics and leaves much longer delays between fishing and feeding back the fish. This would increase the likelihood of the client misrecalling that the reader brought up the topic of her brother without any prompting from her. Davidson, for example, typically has three stages to the reading some palmistry, a Tarot card spread, and use of a crystal ball. Most fishing occurs during the palm reading, but is only fed back during the interpretation of cards (given the symbolic nature of the images, it is a...


The remaining sixteen cards will consist of two red spot cards, three black court cards, and eleven black spot cards. The 36-card run is now extended by placing the two leftover red spot cards beneath the stack, followed by one black spot card. One of the leftover black court cards is positioned on top of the stack. You now have a 40-card stack, with twelve leftover nulls. Place two nulls beneath the stack, the remaining ten on top, and you're ready to perform. The rest of the routine works itself. It does not matter , which 12-card set is chosen by Spectator B, for thanks to the set-up (and the peculiarities of the Gilbreath Principle), both packets will contain exactly eight red cards, and exactly three court cards.


You might think about what happens during the four seasons in nature. Then consider how these natural events might relate to the seasons indicated in the four suits. You may wish to just look at a court card for a while and see what you notice that may have additional meaning. Many tarot students are taught to go inside the card and check it out mentally, to get impressions. You might try some visualizations like this as well. Or consider the patterns you see in the card chart that we did not mention. Or consider what you know about numbers, and how that may relate to playing cards and meaning. Allow yourself the freedom to explore, and you may be surprised at what your intuition gives you. There are twelve court cards, as there are twelve months of the year. There are fifty two cards as there are fifty two weeks in a year. There are 365 spots equal to 365 days in a year. There are thirteen cards in each suit. In Ancient traditions this is the twelve signs of the zodiac plus the...

Food for Thought

The prices went up when card, tea leaf, and psychometric readings were promised. Most Tarot card readings seemed to be priced between 30 and 45, while psychometric readings, in which the psychic picks up vibrations from an inanimate object obtained from the sitter, started around 35 and topped out around 60.

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Effect After asking a spectator his birt'ndate, the performer proceeds to tell him what his two lucky cards are. He then asks the spectator if he would like his fortune told. The spectator agrees and is given the Minor Arcana. Pie is told to hold the deck behind his back, take the top card, turn it face-up, thrust it somewhere into the deck and bring the deck around front again. Mode Decide which two cards you wish to use as lucky cards' and reverse one card between them. Put these three cards in the middle of the deck, with the reversed card showing face-up. On top of the pack, put a double-backed card. Most Tarot decks come with two extra ad cards. You can glue these face-to-face to make a double backed card.


421 tarot I see a clearing in the moonlight. There is a campfire burning. It all looks so romantic. There is a tripod over the fire, with a cast iron soup kettle hanging from it. The beef soup smells so goodl And there are some tents and a wagon around the fire. This must be a Gypsy Camp. It is happy here. I hear the sound of the Gypsy violin, the rattle of the castanets, and the whir of the tambourine. Someone is doing a flamenco dance. And now I come to another part of the camp. An old woman sits at a table which is sitting on an expensive tapestry. Before her, on the table, there is a crystal ball. There are also tarot cards on the table, but she is not reading the cards or looking into the ball. She is looking intently at someone's hand. She must be a palmist Strange, but that's w at I see. She tells her visitor of past joy and pain, a man nods his head, as if to say, you are righ right. Is she just another fortune teller, or is she a

Important notice

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Assemble the cards as follows the ordinary deuce of diamonds is at die face of die pack behind it is the blank-facer, followed by the roughed deuce of diamonds pair, then the remaining twenty-three pairs. (For presentational purposes, it is desirable to have the first dozen or so roughed pairs from the face consist of nines, tens and court cards of mixed suits, and the latter pairs be fives, sixes, sevens and eights of the heart, club and diamond suits. The reason for diis will he explained later.)


H Erein will be found a number of items using the Tarot deck, so it is probably appropriate to begin by discussing what kind of Tarot deck is used. There are many different decks available, as a look through the U.S. Games Systems catalog will show in what follows, however we will assume the standard Rider-Watte deck is used. While this deck is not the best on either a technical or aesthetic level, it is by far the besL-known and most recognizable and therefore to most querents it is (ironically) the most 'authentic'. You may not necessarily accept the divinatory properties of the Tarot deck be that as it may, if you are to present Tarot work in anything approaching a convincing manner you arc going to have to learn about die cards not just supposed individual meanings, but also the history and symbolism involved. In this subsection a number of methods for secretly gaining knowledge of a querent's thought or question will be described. It should be noted, however, that these are...


You hand the Tarot deck Lo the querent and ask her to remove the blank card this done, she is to write a word or phrase which symbolizes her question or, ifshe wishes, the complete question this method allows lor it. As she is doing this, you remove from your desk drawer a three-by-five-inch envelope this can be either a standard correspondence variety or a pay envelope, the only stipulation being Lhat it is obviously opaque.


Enchantment (Compulsion) Mind -Affecting Tarot - 5 of Cups Level 5 Conjuration (Summoning) Tarot - King of Cups Water King of Wands Fire King of Swords Air King of Pentacles Earth This is a specialized version of summon monster. With this spell the tarot mage can summon an elder elemental. This elemental will remain on the mage's plane longer than a normal summoned creature, and it will be more willing to aid the mage than most creatures. The elemental will fight for the mage and will act in any way possible for the mageher, including supplying any information to which it is privy. Conjuration Tarot - Queen of Cups Water Queen of Wands Fire Queen of Swords Air Queen of Pentacles Earth Tarot - Knight of Cups Water Knight of Wands Fire Knight of Swords Air Knight of Pentacles Earth Tarot - Page of Cups Water Page of Wands Fire Page of Swords Air Page of Pentacles Earth Enchantment Transmutation Tarot - Queen of Cups Level 3

Layout Concepts

Most Tarot readers use the Celtic Cross layout pattern for reading, and it is perfectly serviceable. Here are, however, a pair of variations which you may find interesting. Since there are numerous interesting and appropriate experiments with the Tarot that require two decks, this is an interesting way of bringing a sccond deck into play. My adaptation of th is tech n ique to the Ihrot deck is as follows '1 he deck is divided into three groups of cards the Greater Arcana (titled cards 0 through 2.T), the Court Cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King) of the Lesser Arcana, and the Number Cards (1 through 10 of the Lesser Arcana, The querent mixes each of these three groups separately. You I 775 then take the Court Cards and deal them out in a face-up four-by-four square. Sixteen of the dumber Cards are dealt out, on top of the eards already there.


1 also noted in Quintasense (page 279) that I generally use a twenty-five-card group, consisting of the twenty-two cards of the Greater Arcana, to which are added the Jvtn.g of Wands, Queen of Cups and Ace of Swords. (This is an idea of John Snider's), 1 then divided the cards into groups with similar iconography, thus No, 1 Sun, Moon, Star, Wheel of Fortune, Ace of Swords. Judgement. No, 3 High Priestess, Justice, Queen of Cups, Strength, Empress. No, 4 Hierophant, Hermit, King of Wands,

Procedure A

The twenty-five-card Tarot pack is arranged with all the cards in each group together the groups themselves maybe in any order. You divide the deck into two portions (of thirteen and twelve cards) and do a straddle faro so that the top card remains on top and the thirteenth card becomes the bottom card. Using the twenty-five cards as indicated above, this left me with fifty-three cards remaining in the deck. By arbitrarily deciding that the Pages could substitute for the missing cards of the relevant suits the Page of Pentades subbing for the Joker, if necessary I could then stack this deck in any conventional manner, As you no doubt know, Wands Clubs, Hearts Cups, Pentacles Diamonds, and Swords Spades, Note also that you can then use standard billet indexes in conjunction with the Tarot, the Tirot card billets going into their playing card equivalent locations, Many of you have doubtless used Stephen Minch's adaptation of a Martin Gardner principle first marketed by Gene Gordon as...

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