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Fortune Telling with Playing Cards by David J. Lustig ('La Vellma')Fortune Telling with Playing Cards
by David J. Lustig ("La Vellma")

Be the life of the party! Delve into the past, present and future for fun or profit with this book and a deck of playing cards.

David J. Lustig, Dunninger's friend and confidante, reveals his "La Vellma" fortune telling with cards method.

With this method and a few nights of practice you, too, can amaze your friends with entertaining "readings" of the past, present and future — all revealed by the cards.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Instructions
  • The Circle of 17
  • The Three Piles
  • Past, Present and Future
  • The Wish
  • Significance of the Cards
  • Clubs
  • Hearts
  • Spades
  • Diamonds
  • Hints
  • The La Vellma Presentation
  • Afterthoughts
  • About the Author

Uses a standard deck of 52 cards, which may be borrowed. No sleight of hand required.

"This contribution to the use of cards ought to find a ready acceptance among social card players as it is entirely different from any other work on the same subject."

          —Dr. A. M. Wilson, The Sphinx magazine

PDF format. 27 pages plus supplement. Revised and expanded reprint of the circa 1925 first edition. This corrected and updated edition makes this the best version yet of this hard-to-find "how-to" book for those who'd like to tell fortunes for themselves, family, friends or even total strangers! ($5.00 US)

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