Fake history

Tarot cards

“Try to imagine it this way: Pokemon cards are created for a collectible game in 1996. A couple hundred years pass, and people forget about them. Then someone finds a deck, and is mystified by the strange words and images. These odd harbingers of lost wisdom! Ponyta! Charmander! Lickitung! Psyduck!

“Someone writes a book speculating what they could mean. Someone else pretends this speculation is truth, and writes a second book. Ten years later, people are going into dim tents and praying that the Pokemon reader doesn’t draw Mareep.” — The Fake History of the Occult Tarot, by Thomas L. McDonald


3 Replies to “Fake history”

  1. In support of the broader point:
    there are fortune telling methods that use normal cards. Ever hear of “Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know”? Each suit of cards for an answer, ask a question, shuffle the deck, pull a card.

  2. There’s a scheme in which the fraudster sends market predictions to wealthy investors. Of a group of marks, half get a letter saying the market will go up; half that it will go down. Next month, letters go to the half who got a correct prediction last time, half saying oil will go up, half that it will go down. Those who got the incorrect “prediction” don’t hear any more about it. This continues until the few investors have received five correct forecasts in a row are asked to subscribe to the newsletter for $10,000. Of course that’s not divination, but fraud – same circle, different bolgia.

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