Fortune-Telling
   Although comparatively few Gypsy women practice fortune-telling, it provides a useful first or second income for those families who pursue this profession. Many Kalderash families specialize in fortune-telling, with the daughters learning from their mothers, but Sinti also have traditionally told fortunes. In western Europe, fortune-telling is usually done by palm-reading while in eastern Europe, coffee beans are often thrown to form a pattern.
   In England and Wales, fortune-telling was controlled until recently by the Vagrancy Act of 1824. Any person professing to tell fortunes could be arrested without a warrant. In fact, prosecutions normally take place under section 15 of the Theft Act, where, for example, a fortune-teller takes money away "to be blessed" and does not return it. The Fraudulent Mediums Act of 1951 is rarely used against Gypsy fortune-tellers.
   See also Tarot Cards.

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