Chinese Fortune Sticks

This old Chinese fortune telling game relies on an odd piece of dynamic motion. Remove the lid from the black, cylindrical container, and hold the container at a shallow angle - almost horizontal. Then gently shake the container up and down. The bundle of 78 sticks - each bearing a number - stir and move about, and then after a little while one particular stick begins to move forward, out of the bundle, and eventually this stick falls out completely. This is your fortune stick. You read its number and then the corresponding fortune associated with it in the accompanying booklet.

This traditional game claims to be the oldest method of fortune telling in the world!

This toy is sometimes sold in Chinatowns as Chien Tung.

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