I've found myself doing fortune telling gigs quite a lot recently and it's been really fun researching it and even more fun creating my own methods!
I've used my comedy character, Ada Campe to do it a couple of times and this month created a new character called Georgie Plum specifically for a vintage wedding fair event. I like her. Georgie Plum is less theatrical than Ada Campe but still larger than life and jolly good fun.
I did a lot of research on cold reading and traditional methods of fortune telling - all fascinating stuff. Having also learnt to do and perform a bit of Mentalism in my magic shows helped too. In Glasgow at the Britannia Panoptican - a fabulous old music hall that I heartily recommend you visit - I had my first encounter with a tarot card reader and found it very interesting watching her and seeing how she worked the whole encounter.
As it's intended for amusement purposes only I don't use tarot cards or do palmistry or anything that people have heard of and therefore might believe.
I've created my own cards and methods which are intended to be so blatantly silly that hopefully no one will take them to heart - although as I've discovered this means that people think I'm double bluffing them and am in fact psychic. I'm not. I'm just interested in people, want to amuse them and have discovered that with enough ambiguity, you can make anything seem relevant.
Feedback from events so far includes:
"Spookily accurate", " What a fun idea!" "You are a little bit psychic, aren't you?", "Spot on!", "That's amazing!" and
"They really are chickens, aren't they!"
Basically it involves me telling lots of strangers how lovely they are and to have confidence in themselves... an asset at any event, surely?
Current fortune telling methods include:
and Parlour Cards!
and I'm working on more!
All can be adapted to any occasion and I can easily tailor my methods and/or make new cards for a specific event. It's fun, very adaptable and creates a good atmosphere!
If you'd like to book Georgie Plum or Ada Campe for your party, event or corporate do then please get in touch.
Thoughts, reflections, bits of research