Have you ever wondered how fortunetellers do it? They must get some things right or they’d be out of business. Even people who go to fortunetellers just for kicks wouldn’t have much fun if fortunetellers never got anything right. But everyone knows fortunetellers aren’t for real, so what gives?
It’s not just lucky guesses. It’s actually a combination of shrewd observation, vague predictions, and probability. Take a look at the tips below and then try your hand at impressing your friends with your fortunetelling skills.
Pick a couple of friends and offer to predict 10 things that will happen to them some time in the coming week.
Don’t tell your friends what you are up to. Just write down a set of predictions for each friend, give each friend his or her list, and ask everyone to let you know in a week how many came true.
You will totally make up these predictions. But don’t make up just anything. And don’t be too specific. Don’t predict that someone will be attacked by an elephant at the zoo — that’s both too unlikely and too specific. But you might predict that they will see an unusual animal. Here are a few more examples:
This week you will be frustrated when friends are late.
A good friend will tell you something that makes you very happy.
Your mom will get on your nerves.
As you might have noticed, most of these are likely (but not guaranteed) to happen to most people in a given week. That’s why you made such vague predictions. But you don’t have to stay so vague. If all of your predictions are that vague, your friends will know what you are up to right off the bat. Because you know a little about your friends, you can make slightly more targeted predictions:
For a friend who is really into music: A favorite entertainer will come out with a new release.
For someone who follows politics: You’ll hear of an exciting scandal this week.
For someone who is very active: You’ll get a bruise on your right arm.
The last one sounds way too specific to work. But rough-and-tumble types often get bruises. If the bruise is on the left leg rather than the right arm, you’ll still get partial credit from your amazed friend, and the fact that you were really specific with your prediction will be all the more impressive — even if it didn’t turn out to be exact.
Also offer up a few predictions that are totally random — it’s okay. You don’t expect to get all of them right, and having a few wild cards in there will make your predictions look more legitimate:
You will be annoyed by something red.
Your mother will get something exciting from another state.
An animal will get trapped in your house.
The odds are pretty good that at least a couple of these things will happen to almost anybody. (I made up these predictions pretty much as I typed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them happened to me this week.) But the odds are also tipped a bit in your favor because once people know to look for something, they will see connections they wouldn’t have noticed before. The last batch could “come true” in a variety of ways, once you know what to look for. Here are some examples:
A visiting child could leave a stuffed toy at your friend’s house — an animal trapped in your house! Or perhaps your friend finds a wasp in the bathroom. Because you’ve mentioned it, he thinks “Hey, that’s an animal trapped in my house!”
Red things are all over the place, and some of them are bound to be annoying. And its not unusual for moms to shop online and then get exciting packages from other states.
Try it and see how you do. You probably won’t hit 100 percent. Maybe not even 50 percent, but you’ll probably do well enough to impress your friends — as long as you don’t tip them off beforehand!