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Mr Dickinson also spoke of having a police gun fired at him during a midnight pursuit, and telling fortunes on the streets of Istanbul to make ends meet.
Is Gypsy Rose Lee still telling fortunes on the Downs?
She can see the threads, and makes money telling fortunes at her high school.
Telling fortunes was one thing (and there were plenty of Gipsy Rose Leas around who could offer that service); but being able to affect the future was much more promising.
After three years of telling fortunes, it became as clear as my crystal ball that through this fun character, I could inspire and help people create their own positive future.
If you're expecting brightly painted, horse-drawn caravans with people telling fortunes, forget it.
Om Saran, a 60-year-old who has been telling fortunes for 20 years, said few people during the festival are interested in consulting with fortunetellers.
BORN into a Romany family and having spent her infancy living in a horse-drawn wagon travelling between Liverpool and Manchester, Patrinella Cooper has all the right credentials to pen a book about healing herbs, telling fortunes and protection against ill luck.
Our guide told us it would be interesting to see if we mistake the wax monks for the "real" monk who is telling fortunes and giving advice.
They worked, almost literally, till they dropped - my grandmother reading palms and telling fortunes from tea-leaves, my grandfather fiddling with old, fishing boat engines whose repair had provided his living after he left the merchant marine.