I got the most hilarious divination kit ever at Toys R Us yesterday for $3. (60% off clearance - I guess no one was buying them. I nearly went back and got a second one, for that cheap.)
It has a pendulum!
The pendulum has a magnet in the board and in one end, so they repel each other. And the pendulum sticks to the board if you set it down. Which is hilarious.
It has a weird fortune-telling Cootie Catcher thing. (Uh, my roommate stuck the stickers in it in the car on the way home. He’s the one who wrote ‘Fuck you’ on one. >_>)
But the best part is the Tarot deck.
It comes with a mat with I guess the only spread you, the preteen girl intended audience, is supposed to use. For some reason it’s a Star of David.
The cards are bright blue and hot pink, and have past/present/future definitions written on the tops of the Major Arcana. It’s unclear what you’re supposed to take them to mean if they show up as Your Wish/Their Wish. They kind of gave up after the Major Arcana and the court cards and the other Minor Arcana are just cards with suits.
The booklet doesn’t say any difference between the suits in meaning. It has a tiny blurb for each number, and that’s it. Also, there’s a ~Magic Twist~: All of the cards say on the back what they are, so you can amaze your friends by reading their fortune without turning the cards over.
My favorite card is Death, which is just kind of amazing.
The booklet also contains gems like the claim that Tarot is ‘thousands of years’ old, and that ‘cavemen’ probably used pendulums to make decisions (?!). All three games have special “magic twist” instructions for how to cheat and amaze your friends.
Best $3 ever.
My roommate has declared that I have to do “one of those spreads that takes the whole deck” for him with it. Because I am lazy, I’m not going to find anything that extreme, but I will do the Pyramid Tree Of Life which takes like 24 cards because why the hell not.