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Fortune Telling Cards - wondrous scientific divination poker cards.

Detail of 'Fortune' card from Chinese Fortune Telling Cards

Chinese Fortune Telling Cards

“Wondrous scientific divination poker cards”

These Fortune Telling cards are probably made in Taiwan, owing to the use of traditional Chinese instead of the simplified version. The best part of the card is taken up by a block of Chinese text. Also, note Mickey Mouse on the jokers - evidently Asian card makers are ardent Disney fans! The really interesting feature of this deck are the 8 cards each with a perforation within them. The inscription upon the cards are, from L-R (third row) relationships, fate, friendships, travel, exams, (bottom row) fortune, work/career, marriage. The consultant is to select the appropriate divinatory cut-outs regarding the nature of the question and place it over the card drawn from the deck as prescribed on the back of the box. The front side of the box proclaims something along the lines of “wondrous scientific divination poker cards”

Chinese Fortune Telling Cards

Above: “wondrous scientific divination poker cards” probably made in Taiwan and sold in various Far Eastern countries. The cards contain Taoist and Buddhist imagery, on the card marked "fortune" there is a picture of the Chinese god of wealth, Cai Shen ( 财神). The back of the box has the instructions, which are very convoluted, and I was only able to make out something about shuffling the cards and dealing them out in piles. Images and descriptive notes courtesy Anthony Lee.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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