Encyclopedia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World; A Comprehensive Library of Human Belief and Practice in the Mysteries of Life

Encyclopedia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World; A Comprehensive Library of Human Belief and Practice in the Mysteries of Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...will be jailed. To put a needle in a man's coat without his knowledge, will bring him good luck at cards. Three aces denote change of places; three nines, change of times; three jacks, old friends back; three kings, money brings. A piece of crimson ribbon tied around the thumb, is believed by players at Monte Carlo to make them win. If a card player tips a card table over, he will have no luck. To stroke a black cat's tail seven times, will bring good luck at cards. It is believed that a fetish made of the skin of a black snake and worn around the wrist, will bring good luck and fortune to gamblers and sporting characters. It is considered unlucky to gamble in a room where there is a woman, unless she is gambling too. Never lend a man money to play against yourself, for you will surely lose. Don't play at a table with a crosseyed man, whether he is your part-v ner or opponent; you will lose. In playing a game of cards, it is generally lucky to hold a black deuce. In playing cards, one is apt to have bad luck under one's own roof. A gambler who carries a lizard with two tails, can never lose, and can gain everything he plays for. Gamblers think it brings luck to have a friend touch their hand when playing. Some gamblers think it is unlucky to have any person standing near during play, while others think if a person looks on who never plays cards, he will bring good luck. Among card players, and especially gamblers, it is considered bad luck to have any person put a hand or foot on the chair on which they are sitting. If the first card you take up is trumps, it is bad luck. If the third card you take up is trumps, it is good luck. To stand behind a player and sneeze, is a sure sign of ill luck to the player. Many gamblers wear a fine catskin upon...show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 558g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236496175
  • 9781236496171