Best Short Weird Stories – Scary Fortune Teller Stories
Best Short Weird Stories – Scary Fortune Teller Stories named article is about a man whose life is totally changed by a fortune teller. This truly strange story is told by Doctor A. Beault. He was a pioneer in his profession, concerning whom another prominent authority has said: “It is to the genius of Liebeault, as well as to his enthusiasm and singleness of heart, that we owe the full recognition of the part played by suggestion, verbal or otherwise, in psychical research, as well as in the cure of disease.”
The following quotation from Doctor Liebeault’s own note-book was printed by F. Myers in the Proceedings of the British Society for Psychic Research: “Monsieur S. came to consult me today at 4 P.M, January 8th 1886, for a slight nervous ailment. He is much preoccupied by a lawsuit and by the incident I proceed to recount.”
You’ll Lose Your Father
On the 26th of December, 1879, while walking in Paris, he saw “M. Lenormand – Necromancer” written on a door. Urged by thoughtless curiosity, he entered the house and was shown into rather a dark room. Madame Lenormand came to him and placed him at a table. She went out and returned. Then, looking at the palm of his hand and said:
“You will lose your father in a year from this day. You will soon be a soldier (he was nineteen years old), but not for long. You will marry young, have two children and die at twenty-six.”
Monsieur S. confided this astounding prophecy to some of his friends, but did not take it seriously. However, as his father died after a short illness on December 27th, 1880, precisely a year from the interview, he became less incredulous. And when he became a soldier, for seven months only, was married, had two children and was approaching his twenty-sixth birthday, he became thoroughly alarmed. Then he thought he had only a few days to live. This was why he came to consult me, hoping I might enable him to avoid his fate. On this and the following days I tried to send Monsieur S. into a profound hypnotic sleep in order to dissipate the impression that he would die on the 4th of February, his birthday. Madame Lenormand had not named a date, but he was so agitated that I could not induce even the slightest sleep.
You will die at 28
However, as it was absolutely necessary to get rid of his conviction, lest it should fulfil itself by autosuggestion. I changed my tactics and proposed that he should consult one of my somnambulists. This somnambulist is an old man of seventy or so, nicknamed The Prophet. They call him Prophet, because he had exactly foretold his own cure of articular rheumatism. Also foretold the cure of his daughter, the cure of the latter resulting from his suggestion. Monsieur de Ch— accepted my proposal eagerly.
When put into rapport with the somnambulist, his first question was: “When shall I die ?” The sleeper, suspecting the state of the case, replied after a pause: “You will die . . . you will die in forty-one years.” The effect was marvelous. The young man recovered his spirits, and when the 4th of February passed, he thought himself safe.
I had forgotten all this when, at the beginning of October I received an invitation to the funeral of my unfortunate patient, who had died on September 30th, 1886, in his twenty- seventh year, as Madame Lenormand had foretold… I have since learned that he had been under treatment for biliary calculi and died of peritonitis caused by an internal rupture.
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