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Psychics, Mentalists, and Fortune Tellers in Old Time Radio

The ancient art of astrology is an example of sign reading, as are palmistry, tea leaf reading, tarot cards, and numerology. We predict you will enjoy these radio shows.

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Crystal BallFor almost as long as mankind has walked upright, he has wondered what the future will bring. Most reasonable people accept that there is really no way know what tomorrow will hold until tomorrow gets here, but there are plenty of conmen and scam artists who would like to have others believe that they have a special insight on events yet to unfold, whether the "gift" comes from interpreting "signs" or communicating with other-worldly spirits.

Reading signs is a relatively safe way to predict the future, even if the signs that the fortune-teller tries to interpret are pure hokum. The ancient art of astrology is an example of sign reading, as are palmistry, tea leaf reading, tarot cards, and numerology. If the fortune teller happens to make a faulty prediction and gets caught, she can claim that her art was interrupted because she was not able to see all the relevant signs. Usually, the most talented fortune teller will make predictions which are so general that they are bound to come true, or they will base the prognostication on inside information that the mark does not know they have. When this occurs, the supposed mystic will choose the signs which fit their inside information.

As convincing as sign readers can be, the really frightening futurists are psychics, mentalists, and spiritualists. These fortune tellers may claim to use necromancy, or communication with the spirits of the dead, or they may employ scrying or crystal ball reading to show the mark what the mark thinks they want to see. After gaining fame and making his fortune as a magician and escape artist, the great Harry Houdini dedicated his talents to exposing spiritualists as being dangerous con men who preyed on distraught souls.

Although the practice of fortune telling is generally a con, visiting a "real" fortune teller can be a lot of fun. One of the most important elements of the performance is the mark's desire to believe what the fortune teller tells them. When doing a character reading, the fortune teller is actually able to pick up on clues from the mark's clothing, possessions, mannerisms, and speech to know a good deal about them, at least enough to seem as though he has special insight. Often, the mark is so wrapped up in the performance that they will go along with it and accept the very general predictions as applying to somewhat specific circumstances.

  • When Blackstone the Magic Detective realizes that a fortune teller is not only a fake but a thief and robber as well, the crook ties up the magician and his associate, Rhoda. Quick thinking Blackstone manages to escape his fate when the sun's rays, focused through the fortune teller's crystal ball, burns through the ropes.
  • There is an old tradition among carnival fortune tellers that you should never predict death. Madame Zena must have forgotten the rule when Boston Blackie came into her tent, but what she doesn't see is that the death is her own! Can Blackie discover why Madame Zena is shot, or even why she is in a monkey costume?
  • Mystic Eye GameFortune tellers claim they can predict the future, but Buck Rogers in the 25th Century lives there! Of course, there are still nefarious doings going on when Killer Kane steals a psychic restriction ray machine from Dr. Huer's laboratory. Only Buck can save his friends from the effects of the ray.
  • When Casey Crime Photographer comes upon an arson and murder scene out in Frogtown, dark magic seems to be involved and the only witness is the fortune teller Gypsy Mary. Like everyone else in Frogtown, Gypsy Mary doesn't like to have her picture taken, but if Casey has enough money in his pockets...
  • A circus fortune teller named Medium Rare and her evil monkey companion, Simi Ann are wrapped up in blackmail and murder, but she doesn't count on Dick Tracy working undercover disguised as a clown.
  • In "The Case f the Crystal Prophecy", Nick Carter, Master Detective discovers a rash of middle-aged, rich widows who have committed suicide. The cases seem unrelated, but each of the women had seen a fortune teller who had predicted all of the suicides.
  • It's all about Truth, Justice, and the American Way on The Adventures of Superman, but when Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen go to Arabia where they encounter a fortune teller waiting for "the Red Fez". There is also a Polish princess who looks just like Lois! Can we read Superman's fortune in the sands?
  • There's more than death and murder in a fortune teller's predictions. When the tea leaves say that a handsome man is coming into the life of Gracie's gal pal, Tootsie Sagwell, George gets confused and thinks Gracie is leaving him for Herbert Marshall. Hopefully, Mr. Marshall will recover from visiting The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.
  • We would never have guessed that Gildy knew anything about fortune telling, but that is what he does for the "Bundles for Blue Jackets" drive when the real swami doesn't show up. Unfortunately, the cops think that The Great Gildersleeve playing a fake fortune teller is a real conman.

See also: Scams, Con men, Cheats, and Bunco Artists in Old Time RadioMagic Collection, and Mind Readers in Old Time Radio.

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    total playtime 17 hours, 59 min
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      54 shows - total playtime 17 hours 59 minutes
      1. Bing Crosby Rosemary Clooney Show 620822 Youre In KY.mp3
      2. Blackstone 490102 14 Midway Robberies.mp3
      3. Blackstone 490605 36 Death In Crystal.mp3
      4. Bob Hope 19450102 Andrew Sisters.mp3
      5. Bob Ray 590824 041 Arthur Sharp From Duluth.mp3
      6. Bob Ray 600301 177 Mr Trace Keener Than Most Persons.mp3
      7. Boston Blackie 490420 Madame Zina.mp3
      8. Buck Rogers 390412 004 Psychic Restriction Ray Stolen.mp3
      9. Buck Rogers 390414 005 Kane Ardala Psychic Restriction Ray.mp3
      10. Burns And Allen 421215 11 Swamis Predictions.mp3
      11. Calling All Detectives 490323 Jerry Fortune Teller .mp3
      12. Calling All Detectives 490504 Masked Marvel Predicts Death .mp3
      13. Casey Crime Photographer 480219 Witchcraft.mp3
      14. Chandu 321108 177 News Of Roberts Location.mp3
      15. Chandu 330216 249 Crystal Ball Smashed.mp3
      16. Chandu 330509 307 Vindion Forced To Awaken Children.mp3
      17. Chandu 480714 013 Chandu Nadji Aka Meeting Princess Nadji.mp3
      18. Chandu 480716 015 Betty Is Kidnapped.mp3
      19. Chandu 480802 026 Abdullah Swears Allegiance.mp3
      20. Chandu 481004 071 Danger At Home.mp3
      21. Chandu 481228 132 Robert Found.mp3
      22. Chandu 490110 141 Dr Shaws Secret.mp3
      23. Chandu 490128 155 Strange Markings.mp3
      24. Dark Fantasy 420313 Superstition Be Hanged.mp3
      25. Dick Tracy 470723 1116 Case Of Unfunny Clowns.mp3
      26. Duffys Tavern 451116 184 Archie Hires Madam Zooma.mp3
      27. First Nighter 480122 0688 Mind Reader.mp3
      28. Five Minute Mysteries 40000x 063 Fortune Teller.mp3
      29. Front Page Farrell 490816 High Explosive.mp3
      30. Front Page Farrell 490816 High Explosives.mp3
      31. Great Gildersleeve 420301 027 Fortune Teller.mp3
      32. Green Hornet 460101 Turban Of Jaipur.mp3
      33. Hollywood Star Playhouse 521102 128 Big One.mp3
      34. Jack Benny 381113 310 Jack Tries To Steal Phils Girl.mp3
      35. Jeff Regan Investigator 481218 24 Man Who Lived By Sea.mp3
      36. Kemtone Presents Dunninger 40 Mindreader.mp3
      37. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 71 Almost Caught At Pinochle.mp3
      38. Murder At Midnight 460000 House Where Death Lived.mp3
      39. Mysteries Of Mind 381211 Mystery Panel Psychic Experts.mp3
      40. Nick Carter 470323 280 Case Of Crystal Prophecy.mp3
      41. Philo Vance 490201 Golden Murder Case.mp3
      42. Ray Bolger 19450907 Dinah Shore.mp3
      43. Ripleys Believe It Or Not 440118 02 Little Girls.mp3
      44. Sam And Henry 260528 Fortune Teller.mp3
      45. Son Of Porthos Aust. Serial 03 Of 52 Otr.mp3
      46. Strange Dr Weird 450227 Murder Will Out.mp3
      47. Suspense 570609 Green And Gold String.mp3
      48. Taos 421006 0352 Mystery In Arabia Pt 06.mp3
      49. Taos 421007 0353 Mystery In Arabia Pt 07.mp3
      50. Theater Five 650305 April Snowfall.mp3
      51. We People 400206 Daughter Of Lillian Russell.mp3
      52. Whistler 430124 Mind Over Matter.mp3
      53. Whistler 470806 271 Dark Future.mp3
      54. Whistler 470924 278 Sleep My Pretty One.mp3
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    total playtime 17 hours, 59 min
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      54 shows - total playtime 17 hours 59 minutes
      1. Bing Crosby Rosemary Clooney Show 620822 Youre In KY.mp3
      2. Blackstone 490102 14 Midway Robberies.mp3
      3. Blackstone 490605 36 Death In Crystal.mp3
      4. Bob Hope 19450102 Andrew Sisters.mp3
      5. Bob Ray 590824 041 Arthur Sharp From Duluth.mp3
      6. Bob Ray 600301 177 Mr Trace Keener Than Most Persons.mp3
      7. Boston Blackie 490420 Madame Zina.mp3
      8. Buck Rogers 390412 004 Psychic Restriction Ray Stolen.mp3
      9. Buck Rogers 390414 005 Kane Ardala Psychic Restriction Ray.mp3
      10. Burns And Allen 421215 11 Swamis Predictions.mp3
      11. Calling All Detectives 490323 Jerry Fortune Teller .mp3
      12. Calling All Detectives 490504 Masked Marvel Predicts Death .mp3
      13. Casey Crime Photographer 480219 Witchcraft.mp3
      14. Chandu 321108 177 News Of Roberts Location.mp3
      15. Chandu 330216 249 Crystal Ball Smashed.mp3
      16. Chandu 330509 307 Vindion Forced To Awaken Children.mp3
      17. Chandu 480714 013 Chandu Nadji Aka Meeting Princess Nadji.mp3
      18. Chandu 480716 015 Betty Is Kidnapped.mp3
      19. Chandu 480802 026 Abdullah Swears Allegiance.mp3
      20. Chandu 481004 071 Danger At Home.mp3
      21. Chandu 481228 132 Robert Found.mp3
      22. Chandu 490110 141 Dr Shaws Secret.mp3
      23. Chandu 490128 155 Strange Markings.mp3
      24. Dark Fantasy 420313 Superstition Be Hanged.mp3
      25. Dick Tracy 470723 1116 Case Of Unfunny Clowns.mp3
      26. Duffys Tavern 451116 184 Archie Hires Madam Zooma.mp3
      27. First Nighter 480122 0688 Mind Reader.mp3
      28. Five Minute Mysteries 40000x 063 Fortune Teller.mp3
      29. Front Page Farrell 490816 High Explosive.mp3
      30. Front Page Farrell 490816 High Explosives.mp3
      31. Great Gildersleeve 420301 027 Fortune Teller.mp3
      32. Green Hornet 460101 Turban Of Jaipur.mp3
      33. Hollywood Star Playhouse 521102 128 Big One.mp3
      34. Jack Benny 381113 310 Jack Tries To Steal Phils Girl.mp3
      35. Jeff Regan Investigator 481218 24 Man Who Lived By Sea.mp3
      36. Kemtone Presents Dunninger 40 Mindreader.mp3
      37. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 71 Almost Caught At Pinochle.mp3
      38. Murder At Midnight 460000 House Where Death Lived.mp3
      39. Mysteries Of Mind 381211 Mystery Panel Psychic Experts.mp3
      40. Nick Carter 470323 280 Case Of Crystal Prophecy.mp3
      41. Philo Vance 490201 Golden Murder Case.mp3
      42. Ray Bolger 19450907 Dinah Shore.mp3
      43. Ripleys Believe It Or Not 440118 02 Little Girls.mp3
      44. Sam And Henry 260528 Fortune Teller.mp3
      45. Son Of Porthos Aust. Serial 03 Of 52 Otr.mp3
      46. Strange Dr Weird 450227 Murder Will Out.mp3
      47. Suspense 570609 Green And Gold String.mp3
      48. Taos 421006 0352 Mystery In Arabia Pt 06.mp3
      49. Taos 421007 0353 Mystery In Arabia Pt 07.mp3
      50. Theater Five 650305 April Snowfall.mp3
      51. We People 400206 Daughter Of Lillian Russell.mp3
      52. Whistler 430124 Mind Over Matter.mp3
      53. Whistler 470806 271 Dark Future.mp3
      54. Whistler 470924 278 Sleep My Pretty One.mp3
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    54 recordings on 19 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 59 min

    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A001

    1. Bob Hope 19450102 Andrew Sisters
    2. Five Minute Mysteries 40000x 063 Fortune Teller
    3. Kemtone Presents Dunninger 40 Mindreader

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A002

    1. Ray Bolger 19450907 Dinah Shore
    2. Son Of Porthos Aust. Serial 03 Of 52 Otr
    3. Sam And Henry 260528 Fortune Teller
    4. Chandu 321108 177 News Of Roberts Location

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A003

    1. Chandu 330216 249 Crystal Ball Smashed
    2. Chandu 330509 307 Vindion Forced To Awaken Children
    3. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 71 Almost Caught At Pinochle

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A004

    1. Jack Benny 381113 310 Jack Tries To Steal Phils Girl
    2. Mysteries Of Mind 381211 Mystery Panel Psychic Experts

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A005

    1. Buck Rogers 390412 004 Psychic Restriction Ray Stolen
    2. Buck Rogers 390414 005 Kane Ardala Psychic Restriction Ray
    3. We People 400206 Daughter Of Lillian Russell

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A006

    1. Great Gildersleeve 420301 027 Fortune Teller
    2. Dark Fantasy 420313 Superstition Be Hanged
    3. Taos 421006 0352 Mystery In Arabia Pt 06

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A007

    1. Taos 421007 0353 Mystery In Arabia Pt 07
    2. Burns And Allen 421215 11 Swamis Predictions

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A008

    1. Whistler 430124 Mind Over Matter
    2. Ripleys Believe It Or Not 440118 02 Little Girls
    3. Strange Dr Weird 450227 Murder Will Out

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A009

    1. Duffys Tavern 451116 184 Archie Hires Madam Zooma
    2. Murder At Midnight 460000 House Where Death Lived

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A010

    1. Green Hornet 460101 Turban Of Jaipur
    2. Nick Carter 470323 280 Case Of Crystal Prophecy
    3. Dick Tracy 470723 1116 Case Of Unfunny Clowns

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A011

    1. Whistler 470806 271 Dark Future
    2. Whistler 470924 278 Sleep My Pretty One

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A012

    1. First Nighter 480122 0688 Mind Reader
    2. Casey Crime Photographer 480219 Witchcraft

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A013

    1. Chandu 480714 013 Chandu Nadji Aka Meeting Princess Nadji
    2. Chandu 480716 015 Betty Is Kidnapped
    3. Chandu 480802 026 Abdullah Swears Allegiance
    4. Chandu 481004 071 Danger At Home

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A014

    1. Jeff Regan Investigator 481218 24 Man Who Lived By Sea
    2. Chandu 481228 132 Robert Found
    3. Blackstone 490102 14 Midway Robberies

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A015

    1. Chandu 490110 141 Dr Shaws Secret
    2. Chandu 490128 155 Strange Markings
    3. Philo Vance 490201 Golden Murder Case
    4. Calling All Detectives 490323 Jerry Fortune Teller

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A016

    1. Boston Blackie 490420 Madame Zina
    2. Calling All Detectives 490504 Masked Marvel Predicts Death
    3. Blackstone 490605 36 Death In Crystal
    4. Front Page Farrell 490816 High Explosive

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A017

    1. Front Page Farrell 490816 High Explosives
    2. Hollywood Star Playhouse 521102 128 Big One

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A018

    1. Suspense 570609 Green And Gold String
    2. Bob Ray 590824 041 Arthur Sharp From Duluth
    3. Bob Ray 600301 177 Mr Trace Keener Than Most Persons

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    Psychics Mentalists and Fortune Tellers Disc A019

    1. Bing Crosby Rosemary Clooney Show 620822 Youre In KY
    2. Theater Five 650305 April Snowfall

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