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You Have A Lucky Face

June 20th, 2011 · 336 Comments

I’d been walking back from a meeting in town when it suddenly began raining. I’m the type of person who packs an umbrella even at the slightest possibility of rain – in fact, at school my friends found it amusing how I always seemed to have an umbrella even in the middle of summer.

Lately though, I’d begun relying on a new weather app that provided very reliable hour-by-hour rain predictions to figure out what to wear in the morning – a sort of just-in-time clothing process – and today it told me the probability of rain was very low, hence no umbrella. And so here I was, sheltering underneath an awning waiting for the pedestrian lights to turn green, speaking to a guy who’d just been standing there.

I hadn’t noticed him at first; I was listening to a podcast of This American Life, the one about Father’s Day, and it took a while for me to realise he was actually trying to speak to me. The man was smartly dressed, wearing a dark suit jacket over an open-necked white shirt. He didn’t look like a weirdo, but you never know. I took one earbud out and turned towards him.

“You have a lucky face,” he said.

I laughed. “Thanks,” I said, thinking that he was just in a cheerful mood.

“You have a very lucky face,” he continued. “I can tell from your eyes and your mouth.”

“Hmm,” I said.

“But you look worried, you are frowning here,” he said, gesturing above my nose. “You should know that you will have good luck in the next three months, you will work hard but you will get what you are looking for.”

Ah, I thought, a fortune-teller. I glanced up at the lights; they were still red, and the rain was still coming down.

“Do you want to know why I think this? Let me tell you.” He slipped a red wallet made from leather out of his jacket and pulled out a few small bits of paper and a pen. He scribbed a few words on a scrap of paper, then crumpled it up into a little ball and gave it to me. “Don’t open it yet,” he said.

I took the paper and stuck it in my pocket.

“Okay, now pick a number from 1 to 9.”

Before I went to university, I thought I was interested in genetics and molecular biology. After precisely one lecture, I realised exactly how wrong I was and became determined to switch to something more stimulating, and I eventually found myself taking experimental psychology and neuroscience lectures. Many of them were highly reductionist or focusing on development or pathology, but some were at the cognitive level, and from them and from various textbooks I knew all about how humans reason and how poor we are at understanding logic and probability and causation.

They didn’t teach us specifically about magic, but it was clear that our limited capacity for attention and our ease of being misdirected was really the key to successful magicians. I once saw David Blaine perform a bit of magic at a TED conference. I was standing about one metre away from him when he did a fairly standard card trick on a guy he was close enough to touch, and then at the end gave the guy his watch back. We were all duly impressed; we had all been watching his hands intently, wanting to be the one person who was smart enough to see the trick, to figure out the ending. But he was too good.

“3,” I said, shrugging. He noted it down on a new piece of paper.

“Your favourite colour?”

The lights had turned green. This was the perfect opportunity to escape, but I wanted to see where this was going.

“Blue.” Why not?

“Your age?”

“Uh… 28.”

“How many brothers and sisters?”

“One.”

“Brother or sister?”

“Brother.” He wrote down ‘B – 1′ at the bottom of his list.

“Okay.” He looked up. “And what do you want most? Good health, good life, good fortune, good love, good family?”

I laughed. What an absurd question. “All of them,” I said.

For the first time, he laughed as well. “You have to pick one.”

“Okay then… good family.” He wrote down ‘G – F’.

He asked me for his bit of paper he’d given me at the start. I pulled it out of my pocket and handed it over, and he waved it in front of his face at precise points, and gave it back to me. “Don’t open it,” he said again. Then he began talking about how the numbers all added up and how if you combined this and that, I would figure out my fortune.

I was starting to finally get worried. I figured that he’d be asking for money shortly, and things had gone on for long enough that it was already going to be embarrassing when I left. With the lights back to green again, I backed away and said that I had to go now.

“No no no no no, we haven’t finished yet!”

“Sorry,” I said lamely.

“But you haven’t opened the paper!” he protested.

“Sorry,” I repeated behind me.

Befitting my status as a former scientist and being an avid reader of all the science blogs and such, I’m intensely suspicious of superstition. I have no problem with black cats. I deliberately walk underneath ladders. I’m sure I’ve broken at least two mirrors. But walking away from this guy, I couldn’t help but think I’d somehow cursed myself by not letting him finish his shtick; it was surely a rude thing to do, no matter how (eventually) annoying he had become.

Of course, I opened the paper. Written on it was:

3
Blue
0 – 28
B -1
G -F

For about three seconds, I froze.

Firstly, I thought: Wow, could it be true? Did this guy actually figure this out? Have I been completely wrong about all of this my entire life?

Secondly: Obviously not. But what are the chances of him guessing? Still pretty high – certainly not high enough to get a decent hit rate.

Thirdly: Wait a second… he must have done a classic switcheroo while I wasn’t looking! This must be the same bit of paper he’d been writing my answers on, and when he was waving it around, he’d swapped them over.

Aha. I felt proud of myself at this piece of Sherlockian deduction, then slightly sad. It was a tremendously engrossing piece of street magic; certainly not that technically impressive, but no doubt more than good enough to fool the average passerby. I wondered how much money he made by doing this. I wondered what he would have told me next.

And I wondered whether this was his life, giving other people a glimpse ahead into their lives. Giving them a certainty, proven with written evidence and without any caveats or probabilities or qualifications, that things were going to get better. I looked down at the piece of paper again, thought about whether to throw it away or not, and kept on walking.

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336 responses so far ↓

  • TRT // Jun 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    hi,
    i’m really glad to find this article as the same thing happened to me 2 weeks ago in paris.

    In fact i met one of those guy twice and i allways ignore them, the third time i was quite curious and then he did the same trick you describe.

    Like you i froze for a few seconds, it was really amazing and i had the same feeling i would be cursed if i didn’t proceed.
    Anyway, there must be a trick, I do not believe in superstition but i’m sure he didn’t swap the paper he was writing on with mine as it was not written in the same order on both papers…so I’m waiting to find my 4th yogi sorcerer to find out ;)

  • Helen Smith // Jun 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    He made you believe in magic for a few seconds and yet you didn’t give him any money? Not even £1?

  • T in London // Jun 28, 2011 at 12:18 am

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WRITING THIS.

    I’m 27 and live and work in London. I was in the west end today (June 27th) a couple of minutes from Oxford Street on my way to buy a smoothie in covent garden, and this friendly indian guy in a blue turban stopped me in the street and told me the magic words:

    “You’ve got a lucky face”.

    There was something trusting about him (normally I never give strangers time) but he then told me I would have “three happinesses” in the next 5 years and he wrote “July 2016″, and asked me if I had any paper. I was holding a big white envelope and said he could write on that, but he declined, and took out some blank little A5/A6 sized pieces of lined paper from his wallet. He told me to hold the paper in my left hand, and then started saying some more complimentary things like “you’re a hard worker etc”, “You help your friends but your friends haven’t helped you”, which happens to be true so I stupidly trusted him. While I was holding the paper which he had scrunched up into a tiny ball in my palm, he told me to think of my fave color and name a number under 5. I told him RED and four. He then wrote them down, and then he told me to kiss the paper, blow on it, touch my forehead with it, touch the back of my head, and then say good luck. I can’t believe now that I actually did it.

    He then opened the paper, and “magically” the words RED and FOUR were written there. (i.e. he must of switched the paper when I wasn’t looking) However, I know it was a trick now, this afternoon when it happened, I was standing there and was absolutely floored.

    I said “Wow” – I couldn’t believe it.

    He asked me to give him whatever I thought it was worth, and showed me pictures of poor people in India. I was feeling insecure at the time, and I was completely floored by his trick. I would never normally give money (even to charity) but found myself parting with £10 (I feel so angry now that I allowed myself to be used)

    After I gave him the money, he told me that I had a tendency to be “lazy” and that this “was very bad for me”. Then he wanted to shake my hand. So he took my money, and then insulted me. I am a very hard worker, and feel depressed, angry and upset that I was conned like this today. Writing this is therapy.

  • paul // Sep 26, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Hi T in London, I think I was approached by the same Indian con man on 26/9/11 off one of the side streets of Oxford Street. He also said I had a lucky face (more like a gullable one!). I just shook his hand and started to walk off. He protested that he wasn’t trying to sell me anything. I just continued walking away as I’m 44 years old and have been conned too many times already and instincts told me to move away. It was hilarious to see this friendly chap tut to himself like he had lost something – yes another mark. Thanks to the original poster (who was lucky to escape with the lights helping out so truly lucky) as I was curious to what the con was about – which T had exposed.

  • tan // Oct 7, 2011 at 7:31 am

    After having just experienced being told I am a lucky man by an Indian looking fellow on the street for the third time in the past five years I finally decided to look it up on the internet. Funny thing was the first time this happened to me was in London, and I was around Oxford street. By your description, it sounds like the exact same fellow. My response then, as it was for the next 2 times this happened, was to smile and walk away. This last time was just a few minutes ago and I am in Singapore, so having been told in two different countries that I was a lucky man….I was starting to toy with the idea that there might be a sect or something that can read faces and was mandated to inform the lucky individuals so that they can fulfill their good fortunes. Ah, there’s another fantasy debunked by the net. Appears this little trick is a worldwide phenomenon as I’ve seen references in other countries too.

  • asa // Nov 6, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Well, I’ve got similar encounter of the 3rd kind in the Brussels – EU quarters. “You have a luck on your face” was the phrase and the Indian (?) guy (in perfect businessman dress) was touching his forehead.
    But no “magic show” with number … it ended just with smiles … I had an impression that he was happy to get a piece of the luck from me …
    It took place some weeks ago, but I still feel weird about.

  • Luca // Jan 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    It happened to in Hong Kong 2 weeks ago. I was approched 2 times, first time I spent 20 minutes listening to, 2nd time just walk away the guy

  • M // Mar 25, 2012 at 5:57 am

    same thing happened to my ex-colleague in Singapore. Also, so many Japanese ppl got same experience in Singapore .
    (I am Japanese by the way.)

    the difference is that Indian guy told him/her about his/her private thing.
    Private plan or private history.
    So my colleague got shocked.

    how come??

    I want to know the trick.
    what is going on?

  • S // Mar 28, 2012 at 8:47 am

    HOly…………
    SAme thing happened to me
    super curious and i am in Singapore too
    and its was during March too..

    Same indian man
    Yogi man

  • Miss L // Jun 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Incredible, I experienced the same story ! I live in Switzerland and a week ago, i was happy and walked in the street with a smile on my face. I met an idian guy with a point on his forehead.

    He came to me with an unspeakable shinny smile and told me “you have a lucky face”. I was quite afraid because i am a yung girl living in a big city with a lot of crazy people. But his smile was intriguing. So I politely said “thank you” and start to walk away and he simply touched his forehead and whispered “lucky face…” and then said bye to me.

    I don’t know why but this experience stay in my mind. I felt like he could read my mind or something.

    This is so sad to learn that it was asimple fraud…

  • Ann // Jun 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I too met a “lucky face” guy today in Geneva. He told me a few things that rang true, pressed the crumpled piece of paper into my palm, and went on telling me things, but when he started asking me about the names of flowers and favourite numbers it started to annoy me so I said “thanks, that’s enough”. He asked me to give him the piece of paper but didn’t bother me. I imagine that they determine what to say depending on the type of person they meet… Still, he had a very calm, comforting presence.

  • jamesW // Jul 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    This JUST happened to me in Mayfair. must hace been same guy as original poster. I to had earphones in and an umbrella. of all the rich pickings to find in mayfair he chose me with my dirty trainers and jumper on a day off! I had no money to give and he was shocked saying I should give him a gift. He said if I paid he would tell me my fathers name. Needless to say I walked away…

  • Anon // Jul 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    This just happened to me today in Harley Street, London. He was an Indian man in a red turban and a really nice suit… he asked me all kinds of weird questions and did some magic trick involving the names of flowers and certain numbers. But he really flattered me too and said that love was on the way next month. He gave me a present and a hug at the end. It was so bizarre.

  • Wayne // Jul 8, 2012 at 12:42 am

    This same guy approached me on the Jul 6th outside of Selfridges. I was waiting for a friend so I allowed him the time to run through his routine. What amused me was his response when I told him I had no cash. The dude asked me for my coat and then suggested that I draw some money out of the cash machine.

  • M // Jul 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    This JUST happened to me on my lunch break – I was walking to the post office quickly, and I lit up a cigarette (in Mayfair), and an indian man in a suit with a blue turban stopped me to tell me I had a lucky face. I thanked him and kept walking… didn’t look back… just thought it was weird.

  • Mia // Jul 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Ann and Miss L,

    Exactly the same thing happened to me in Geneva today! Extremely annoying and unpleasant.
    Where did you meet this man exactly? I met him close to Place Nation, i.e. Rue du Vidollet.
    I am very keen to finding him again and understanding few things…

    Than you in advance for your reply!!

  • Z // Jul 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    This happened to me twice in two months, in Mayfair, on Conduit St, and near Curzon Street/Berkeley Sq – same description but no turban, just a nice navy suit. He tried to stop me in the street, saying calmly that I had a lucky face and would I want to know why. I said ‘no thank you’, looked away and kept walking. I don’t trust these things but it does leave you naively thinking ‘maybe I do just look lucky!’.

  • Soozie // Jul 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I too was completely conned – not the first time in my life but definitely the most deceitful con. He used phrases like “having an open heart” which is part of my life philosophy so I was immediately drawn in. He also showed me photos of Indian yoga gurus which touched me. He approached me about 3 weeks ago off Lower Regent Street. He managed to convince me to actually draw £30 and he was still trying to get more! Can you believe I felt guilty for not giving him more?! I am but nature admittedly gullible and I have been conned many times – this is the worst. I hope I see him again so that I can shame him!

  • shaz // Aug 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This happened to me today on my way back from lunch in Oxford st. An Indian man with a Turban comes up to me you have a lucky face,then gets paper our and writes down numbers and dates asking me where I was born, how old I am etc. Then hands me a bit of scrunched up paper and says hold it tight. I’m thinking look what is this he better not be asking me for money. Anway he goes on look the paper and its the dates and ages he had written down, I was like right and… then he gets out his leather wallet and says to me put money! I said you what? what the hell for? I said im sorry I only have change. He says no, notes! I gave him 50 pence and said that is all I have on me, he say we go cash machine I tell you your boyfriends name! WTF 1. NO 2. I know my bf name don’t need you to tell me! I am an honest, kind person and I really don’t like to be taken advantage like this, it really pisses me off!! I go to work and earn my money not for some fraudster to take it away from me!!

  • GPF // Aug 3, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Dear All

    This happened to me yesterday in Singapore, but I have a slightly different view….maybe he is correct and I too have an “open heart”. What you may be interested to hear is it happened to me in Bangkok 16 years ago too. I was on my way from the UK to Australia to travel with my girlfriend of 7 years. The Yogi man told me I loved my girlfriend but we would break up. I would stay in Australia, marry an Australian an be very successful. 4 weeks later I was single. I stayed, got a great job and yep….married an Australian girl.

    So when the guy stopped me yesterday I took note. Sure he did the paper thing, maybe it is a trick, but I listened and took careful note. Gave him a small amount of cash and spent the rest of the day reflecting on my Bangkok meeting, getting excited about the Singapore meeting, and taking a step back from daily life to reflect. Worth every penny!!!

  • CT // Aug 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Hi

    This just happened to me yesterday evening. I’m kicking myself for falling for this now. I occasionally walk along Brook Street/Grosvenor Square to avoid Oxford Street but yesterday was the first time I encountered the smartly dressed Indian magic man. As I was walking past him he stopped and turned around to say I had a lucky face and for some reason I decided to stop and listen to him. He did the whole trick, I was impressed and then at the end he asked for money, notes not coins. I said I didn’t even though I did but in the end I relented as he said it was for charity (I was gullible and believed him). I finally got rid of him and as I walked along brook street two other Indian men were also saying that I had a lucky face. I have finally learnt my lesson and just continued walking.
    Anyway I can only imagine they will keep trying this on as they seem to be getting what they want. However if I ever catch them again I will give them a piece of my mind and hopefully stop some other innocent person getting conned!

  • James // Aug 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I bumped in to the same man today – near Baker Street. He told me that I looked very lucky. Something didn’t feel right so I simply agreed and walked on….

    Just found this site via Google and I’m pleased to find out it’s a scam rather than me ignoring some lovely compliment payer.

    What intrigued me is how smartly dressed he was.

  • Roberta // Aug 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hi the same thing happened to me in the City of London just now. He told me I had a very lucky face, showed the picture of the yoga teacher and he guessed the good job I have the unhappiness at home for the past two years and the need of some good fortune…he also guessed the number 3 and the colour black with the usual piece of paper! He asked for money at the end that I did not have and said “never mind”, fortune will still come my way, apparently in September…”I can say a big property…a house, and 900,000 USD”…well my house is actually on the Market for about that much and I am hoping I will sell soon…it’s now August, you never know! I’d like to believe him :-) he did not hurt me or cost me any money…he had a nice smiley face. You know what? He made my day a nicer one! Thanks Yoghi x

  • David // Aug 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    The same friendly Indian guy as above stopped me yesterday on High Holborn to tell me I had a lucky face.
    He told me the last three years had been unkind to me and not to worry as come mid September my life would changer forever and that good luck was heading my way.
    ” I hope you are right, as I’m currently looking for a job and could do with some good luck right now” I said.
    “Rest assured, good luck is definitely coming” he said and shook my hand.
    He never asked for any money, but seeing as I had just told him I was out of work he probably thought he was wasting his time.

  • Nick // Aug 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    LOL this happened to me today. I wasn’t in a hurry and knew it was a trick so I listened to him to waste his time :)
    Didn’t give him any money in the end :)

  • John // Aug 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Yep, the same things have happened to me in the past month or so in Mayfair and Soho. If I see some community officers/policmen walking past whilst I see them, I will no doubt put an end to this sham.

  • Tom G // Aug 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Yep, self same thing happened to me today in Holborn, London. Number 3, colour blue.
    “You are an artists, and your fortunes will change in September,” he said, without me telling him anything about myself. “You will make a lot of money – but other people will get that money instead of you. But don’t worry, you’ll make money very soon.”
    Well, I’m a writer, and my very first book is being published in September. And the deal I’ve signed is pretty bad, with me seeing very little in the way of royalties even if it sells well. So he might be right!
    I enjoyed my encounter, even if it was an outright con, and – despite his very polite request for notes – gave him £2.
    “Are you sure you can afford that?” he asked.
    “I don’t have much but yes I can afford it,” I said.
    “Are you sure? You’re happy with what you’ve paid?”
    Yes, yes I said, and with that we shook hands and he went on his way.
    It was all a trick, but it was a nice trick, and worth a couple of quid.
    Best wishes,
    Tom, London

  • sinead // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The same thing just happened to me. In birmingham city centre. I was on my way home from work, it just started raining. And he walks past and goes you have a lucky face. Then stopped me. He was an asian man in a blue turban. He told me alot of things about my self ,which every word was true.he also did the scribbly number things and the paper in the pocket. He got correctly, he even told me what i was thinking the exact mmoment before i saw him. I was in shock, he went through past exprriences in my life, body parts where i have pain, he actually made me cry. I could not believe this.
    He said i would have 3 happinesses, and 1 bad habit. He then got out his leathet folder with money in and asked for some said go to the cash machine.
    Me being sinicle and i wouldnt i then thought it was a con. So i pryed for more information whih he gave me. I then said i had no money on whih i feel bad about as i did have money. then he said ok dnt give me money can we have a photo together, a picture will do. So we had a picture. He gave me a day to look out for and where i could make improcements in my life. I was in shock i still am. Its never happend to me but i feel this experiece has opened my eyes maybe its a con but even so he pointed out facts about me which i can alter. I am very happy i met hin. I did not pay him anymoney but my eyes are now open. I will change my ways based on this encounter x

  • NC // Aug 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Was just now told the same thing (you have a lucky face) in Adderley street, Cape Town. And that i think too much … which is true … couldn’t rest until I googled the phrase …

  • Paul // Aug 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Same thing happened today on Albemarle Street, Mayfair. Well dressed Indian man… lucky for me I was in a rush!

  • Lilia // Sep 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    The same thing happened to me today in Copenhagen as I was walking down the street in my own thoughts. A short indian guy in a black turban approached me telling me something about my lucky face etc. As I looked at him he told me that I had been together with my husband for 14 years and we have a girl of 11 which is true! Then he told me many other things from my past which was also true, for example he told me that my father had died from cancer 6 years ago, how could he know?? Such things can’t be guessed. He also did the paper thing with my favourite fruit, animal, husband’s name etc and everything of course was right. He also showed me some pictures from India of the charity organization he works for and asked for donation. He wanted a quite big ammount of money but I did not have it, so he also offered to follow me to the bank which I refused, but I gave him a little of what ever I had in my wallet. I still don’t understand what it was, some scam, magic or what ever but the fact is that he did tell me many things which would be impossible to guess. He also gave me his phone number and e-mail address in case I want to see him again. He asked for my phone number as well but I did not give it to him. He said he is 27 years old travelling around the world and that his next stop after Copenhagen would be London. He was nice, polite and friendly but the fact that he wanted a big ammount of money has spoiled the impression a bit thou meeting him is something to rememeber:)))

  • Drew // Sep 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Phew,

    I’m glad I’ve not been cursed. I’ve just encountered the same blue turban Indian man in Marylebone.

    When he asked for money I said I only carry cards, which I do, and made my retreat!

    None of the other things he said made any sense. He extolled how terrible my life has been in the last three years and that it was going to get worse. Not the cheeriest fortune teller in the world!. It hasnt been bad, its been lovely. I met my partner three years ago, we now live together and are moving to New Zealand (he’s a Kiwi).

  • Kamlesh // Sep 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I had a very delightful experience on this. I walked into a tea shop, and sat down to order tea and a snack. A Singh smartly dressed, with a black turban, came and sat with me and said can I tell you a few things about you. I said yes. He said you have a temper at night and in the morning you are alright, but you must think what you have said to the other person and how they feel. If you can stop this you will progress in life much more. I sat and was amazed, how can this person know this – it is so true, and spot on about me.
    I had never met the fellow. He asked shall I go on. I said , “OK” again. He said you have money but are not happy. This again was correct. He said to me I can tell you more if you like, good and bad things. He had me hooked as I was surprised this person could say two things about me which were correct.

    I said to him to carry on. He told me he is a Guru, and show ed me his photo from India, also he was born in Kashmir and had studied to be a Guru for 18 years. He wrote two things on a piece of paper and gave me the paper to hold in my hand. He said I have written things on the paper and will ask you questions, he asked me to pick a number from 8, 9, 10. I picked 9. He asked me to pick a flower , I picked Rose.
    He then said I would be succesful, happy, and powerful, if I controlled my temper. He said who is “S”. My wife and my daughter names begin with S. He said listen to them, they will always try and give you good advice. He said leave your sons alone, they will grow very well, and make good decisions. He asked me to uncrumple the paper, and on it was the number 9 and the word Rose, this was the paper before given to me before he asked me questions. I was amazed ! He then said if I could reward hi for his advice. He asked for £30 to £50 . I felt that was too much and gave him £10. My experience was how could this person tell about my temper, know the letter “S” was the name of family members, and tell me about me money and happiness. I felt something and still do about the whole experience.

  • Harman // Oct 1, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Date – 28 Sep 2012 (Friday)
    Place – German Centre, Singapore
    Name of Fortune Teller – Mr. Singh Yogi Man

    First Phase Used – “You have a Happy Face!”
    Same Method – Small pieces of square papers used. I chose a rare flower with alphabet “P”, wished for success and health. Amazingly all correct. Was given a lucky stone and some advice.

    For a 20 minutes fortune telling, donated SGD250 (for the rich category) to the temple and free-willed amount he asked for SGD108/- (basically given all my cash I had for that day).

    Be it real or scam, I truly believe the karma or the cause and effect law shall the judge. I paid out of goodwill and compassion to help the temple in need. The receiver shall bear any consequences, be it good or bad.

    AMTB. Live with your pure soul.

  • Jess // Oct 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Ok well I am probably an idiot then as I ended giving £100, and this yogi guy wanted more. He made me feel guilty as he had spent time telling me my “future”. He continued to talk for another hour, which stressed me out as it was during work. It was also in Mayfair area. In the end he tried to make me give him an extra £333 for prayer materials, I wanted to ask what that was but didnt. I said there was no way I could give it that month as completely broke. So he made me promise to give it to him next time I got paid. Now he is calling me and I feel very stressed out. I feel quite annoyed that this is a scam and I fell victim. I think plan is now to call the police to get advice on the situation. Why do people take advantage of nice people who work hard for their money. I have heard overseas in NZ the police are now cracking down on these so called yogis.

  • Stitch // Oct 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Happened to me twice in ten minutes, Jermyn Street and near Regent street a few blocks north, London. Two different Indian men, well dressed, soft spoken.

    I let the first one get all the way through the illusion and then paid him 20 pounds. I figured it for a scam, but honestly it was a really good close-up illusion and I still haven’t figured it out! Admittedly the second one happening so fast in a fairly crowded area was a little unsettling.

    But you know, I have a tolerance for scams as long as they don’t cost that much and leave me with a good story. Could be worse; I lost $200 on the “fake nightclub/drinking partner” scam in Istanbul and considered myself lucky to make it out. Paying 20 GPB for a great illusion? Bargain!

  • Luis // Oct 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I live in San Jose California. I recently ran into this Yogi man a week ago. He did the same guessing of my past and predictions my future. He did not do the paper trick. He knew all about me though, which was very scary. I told him I believe in God and that I refuse to listen to him any longer. He said not to be afraid and that God is the ultimate power. He said he just has a gift and can read people by looking at the forehead. Hard to believe that people like yogi man can do this, but I feel that what he said was true. He gave me a lucky tree seed. Funny thing about the whole meeting with this guy is that everything he told was true. He asked for a donation, but I did not gave him any, but still said he will pray for me and give some more advice to better my self.

  • Tom G // Oct 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Jess – may I suggest to you that there is no reason to feel guilty for not giving strangers money, and that just because somebody wants to talk at you for an hour doesn’t mean you are obliged to stand there and listen. You sound like a really kind, decent person, but kind, decent people can also be assertive and stand up for themselves. For what it’s worth, my advice to you is don’t call yourself an “idiot”, but do tell yourself that you won’t let people take advantage of you like this again in future.
    As for me, these yogis have had all the money they’re going to get out of me. I don’t owe them a living!
    Best wishes to you,
    Tom

  • Li // Oct 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I met the guy at Baker Street just today. He stopped me with the lucky face line, and did the prediction thing twice, both times he got them correct. I wonder how he did it since I had the bits of papers in my hand all the while he was talking. It was quite a freaky encounter.

    When he asked for money, I said sorry and made a quick getaway. I could hear him calling out as I walked away, for a while I was so worried he was gonna come after me with curses.

    The incident freaked me out the whole day. Thank you all for sharing your experiences so I know I’m not the only one.

  • Ampi // Oct 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I had the same experience today in Sloane Street, London. He was waiting outside Chanel and as I came out to cross the road he was just there. I honestly thought he was saying that I had an “ugly face”, and went on to tell me about the lines in my face. So quite glad to find out now that he actually said “lucky”!! He did the trick, and then said that poor people pay him £100, moderately rich people pay £200, and the rich pay £300. I tried to get away from him while being nice – evidently too nice – as he then followed me and waited for me outside another shop, then down the road to a cash point. I told him to leave me alone and he gave me a lingering look as though he was actually going to kill me, then threw the piece of paper on the ground in anger!

    It is quite astounding though that he seemed to tap into exactly what was happening in my life, my problems, and what I was thinking. I guess it just goes to show that almost anything can resonate if it is said with enough conviction and we are receptive enough to it.

    I think he tapped into some vulnerability, gullability, and neediness. I did not learn my fortune, but I did learn another valuable lesson.

  • Kris // Oct 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I met this guy today in Tilburg, Holland. Went with my friend on a street and he stopped me with the same “you have lucky face”. He told me a lot about me, which shocked me. With the paper, he asked me about flower, I saw rose even I don’t prefere them. With a numer, I picked 3. It was also on a paper he gave me. He told me that I will have 3 happy news during december.
    Of course he asked for money. I told him I don’t have much money and he insist a little bit but he got away with 8 euros. He was nice (eventhought the money). Its few hours go but still got weird feeling. Can’t say if good or bad.
    It was also the “muslim” guy.
    Actually am scared, shocked and dizzy. Don’t know if he is “magic” or some kind of “stalker”.

  • Rach // Oct 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Two times in two weeks at Wanchai, Hong Kong. Both guys said they were from S’pore. Both said my forehead has all the luck written on it. I just laughed and walked away. Probably a gang near Arts Center! But I do think I have a good forehead/fortune :)

  • Autumn // Oct 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I was approaced yesterday by a casually-dressed Indian man near Aldwych in London. As he walked past me, he said that I had a lucky face, so I stopped to hear what he had to say. He then said he was going to write somethig on a piece of paper, then handed the paper to me to put in my pocket. He then asked me asked me what my favourite flower was. I chose an obscure flower which I think he had trouble spelling it. next question was how much siblings I had, which I answerd “1″ but he said “so there’s two of you then!”, so wrote down “2″. final question was my age. After that, he told me to open the piece of paper which I placed in my pocket, and lo and behold, the things on this paper was the answers to all the questions he asked! He then went on this describe briefly about my personality and said that I had a good heart, which is quite accurate I suppose. He also said that 3 good things will happen to me next month. After that, he got out a folder from his bag and showed me a photo of kids in India and I think he said somthing about helping blind children there. At this point I wasn’t listening to what he had to say because I knew that he would end up asking for money so I was trying to think of an excuse to leave and didn’t fully concentrate on what he was saying. He then gave me a stone and said it was lucky. After that, he started to write different amounts of money to give to him, but I said I didn’t have any money. All I had to give him was £2, but he wanted more and asked for paper money. I said I didn’t have any and he said I should go to the atm using my card, which I refused and walked away from him. This incident has really confused me because judging from alot of the earlier posts, the things these Indians guys say are quite accurate and it’s quite true in my case too. Also, with the paper thing, I have no idea how he did it because I chose an unusual flower, and he had trouble spelling it, so he wasn’t guessing the usual answers! I think they probably do have some kind of gift of reading auras or something like that, but maybe they are using it for the wrong reasons for personal gain. Or maybe they are actually passing on messages to the kind people of this world. But when I read about some other people’s experience with this around the world, they seems to follow a similar set of patterns (eg, 3 good things happening to them this year) which makes me think that it’s a complete scam. I really don’t know what to make of this!

  • Evy // Oct 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I too i met the indian guru lucky face today in HK ,20th.10.12, i ave him at the end 130 hk dollars,
    i enjoyed what it said to me and i also got a lucky stone….
    maybe i got conned but he did say really true things! and yes i was amazed about the paper tricks that he did to me twiced!
    Evy

  • Matt // Nov 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    happened to me today in New York City – Union Square. same thing: “you have a very lucky face” and the small pieces of paper, wherein he wrote down my age, number of kids, and a flower. he gave me a “lucky” charm and attempted to get money – lots of money – from me, even offering to walk with me to the bank as I kept claiming to have no money. interestingly, he advised me to not get my haircut on Tuesday. and, well, I indeed had an appointment for then. so I changed it. not a bad con, as it was pretty fun to hear his predictions and palm reading.

  • Rob // Nov 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I found your blog and this entry by searching google after I was approached by a young Indian man in Bond St today. I think you can guess the rest.
    I am a soft touch and I proved it today by giving this chanced £150. Yep – I think I should get an award for stupidity.
    Going back over the whole episode in my mind, all I can say by way of explanation as to why I would so meekly give the guy so much money is that the trick (however it is done) was so cool that my mind was simply malleable and I wanted to please the guy.
    Lame excuse isn’t it?
    Still, I’m another day older and maybe just a little wiser. And poorer.

  • GPF // Nov 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Dear All

    I think most of you are missing the point. Apart from a few of you, these guys are predicting your past and your future…..where is the scam? Do you know anyone else that can do that?????

    Wake up!!!!

    Gpfreer@gmail.com

  • Dan // Nov 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    So weird happened to me in Peterborough today… Whether it was cold reading or not I don’t know. Read my palm and managed to know a lot about my life personality etc. I am sceptical about these things and he also did the trick. Number colour flower. I gripped that paper the whole time and he couldn’t have written that stuff out again unless he had a third arm! I only had change and he said that didn’t matter any amount. Gave him £2. Don’t feel conned even after reading this. Completely fascinating…

  • Tom G // Dec 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Dear GPF,

    Bless you, you sound as innocent as a new born lamb!

    TG xx

  • GPF // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Tom G

    Tell me where I’m going wrong? Doctors tell you stuff no one else can and you’re happy to pay them??

  • NATHAN // Jan 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Start of December I was in Woking town centre in Surrey , guru man with turbin in jeans and a shirt ” you have a lucky face the lines on your head ?

    Ok 2 things ! You tell everyone your business
    2 you put everyone else first before you !

    True and true !

    Told me don’t buy the steel ? I actually ordered a steel frame 3 days prior !

    He wrote 3 numbers and a name paper was given to me then my turn !

    3 7 9. And a name. NICK ‘
    Yes the paper was the same

    Good luck due dec and I did buy a small black and red stone with a symbol of a god on the red stone

    Asked for blessing of money offered a few quid no more. Poor working or rich class.

    I paid £60 nuts maybe but this guy told me a lot about myself and my life I have some faith in my heart that its clever but if its a trick how idiot possible really ?

    Weird but worth i believe … ?

    What’s your view ?

  • Tom // Jan 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Similar thing happened to me on Wigmore street though I feel it was more impressive. The indian man, said his name was Baba, wrote down some things on a piece of paper, and gave it to me to hold. He then told me to guess a colour, and number from 1 to 100. I guessed red 37. I opened up the paper, which had been in my hand the whole time to see he had guessed correctly. I gave him a couple of quid. Whether it was the most basic of magic trick or not, the moment of stunned admiration was worth it for a couple of quid.

  • ricky // Jan 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    hi that same thing happens to me in switzerland i meet him he is in a very good dress he said me very lucky face and after he told me many things true about my life then i was thinking to trust him when i sit with him he give me a lot of good advise and what what he told me the exactly same things happen in my life i give him 100 chf but he not force me even he said me if you give with your happy heart then give really good guy my life became good and i think because of him i get my love and now i want to meet him but i see this i dnt know what i said but for me he is angel of god

  • Kk // Jan 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Date – 15 jan 2013
    Place – Raffles place, Singapore
    Name of Fortune Teller – Mr. Singh Yogi Man

    First Phase Used – “You have a Lucky Face!”
    Same Method , say forehead stars…lucky face lucky everything

    Same paper trick, was impressed.

    he asked for $100, I give him a $5 and say thank u bye bye

    But when he say let’s go ATM take more money , On alert so back off immediately , he looks like trying to use black magic . don’t want any black magic to lure me to an ATM!!!

    Its a scam’ just realized he swop the paper he was writing with the paper he put in my hand previously

    he ask for the first paper he put in my hand , i give it to him to be bless , then he handed my paper back to me to open ! It’s everything I just say out loud to him

    Obviously he swop the paper after blessing it supposedly

    Con artist !

  • Dannie // Jan 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Date-12:12:2012/
    I met him in USA . He said that very lucky face u have. He told me many things happen in my life . I was shocked . But I believe him Bcoz I get my good life Bcoz of him. He is like angel for me.he also ask me for money for children . I gave him 200 dollar.
    Bcoz I know money is not more than my life.
    We can make money not our life of we miss.
    God bless him.

  • Laurent // Jan 31, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Place: Singapore, Fullerton Hotel, Boat Quay .
    Date : 30/01/2013

    I am French, in my 40s, a young (20s) Indian smartly dressed with a white shirt and a warm face with a large smile approached me whilst I was waiting for a job interview (!) and told me I had an open heart and I should protect myself more because I am too generous and 2 specific “friends ” are in fact a bit jealous around me.
    I said “go on, I like your style”.
    So he began quickly scribbling some notes, formed a tiny scrumbled ball with the piece of paper and gave it for me to hold in my left palm for 5 minutes.
    He also said in a commanding manner “you are a middle man” which left me puzzled.
    During those 5 minutes He asked me for my age, age of my wife, how many children I had, name of my wife, my best wish in Singapore, my lucky number, which flower I prefer. He noted the answers on a large block of paper.
    Then he asked me to open the tiny paper that was in my palm.
    I was stunned. It contained all the information about me (age numbers letters etc) and all the answers were correct.
    He asked me for SING 100 because I said I was only middle -rich, which I gave him as he insisted for his work as a YOGI called AMAN, travelling the world for 8 years on donations. I had to go to an ATM. He refused me taking a picture of him but I have a picture of his masster and also his cell phone. He gave me a “holy” stone and he left.
    I feel very puzzled. I know he used some “mind reading ” psychological tricks to guess my status and feelings, and also maybe a bit of hypnosis, that may explain me unconsciously opening my palm at one stage and then forgetting he replaced the small paper with his notes!
    Any explanation welcome. I will try calling him .

  • Elsie // Feb 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Singapore

    Date: 23 Feb 2013
    I’m a Singaporean Chinese in my mid 20s, while I was at Bras Basah area, this Indian man called me “Miss” and while I stopped he told me that I have a lucky face.

    3 good things will happen to me, career, money and relationship. I thanked him and he proceeded to tear a piece of paper and put it to my palm asking me about my favorite flower – Rose and number- 7. When i opened my palm the paper was scribbled with rose and 7.

    While speaking i was looking at his eyes trying to detect any deceit.. but I found none. ( Thinking about it now.. either he was sincere or he was pretending well)

    Afterwards, he says don’t forget that a holy man once told you this and he asked me to put my palm in his black passport holder (in it are some red packets and an image of a holy man) he asked for my name and gave me his blessings.

    He gave me a piece of advice, do not trust people too easily and tell them too many things in other words, keep my secrets as people may get jealous. This may hinder my success. I find his words wise and reflected on it a short while..

    Thereafter he took out a piece of paper, asking for a donation. There were 3 tiers , rich person, middle person and poor person and he asked me which am I. My guards were immediately raised… I refused to give him the amount he demanded.

    He thereafter showed me a photo of children and said the money will go to them.. I relented and asked if he would accept any amount. He reluctantly nodded his head, looking displeased.. I offered some small change and in the end we settled for $10 SGD.

    I thanked him and walked away.

    I was left puzzled , in any way, he gave me a good piece of advice and I was glad as $10 is a small amount so its OK :-)

    Be kind, be careful of scams and don’t get greedy

  • silbermann // Mar 3, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Date: mar 2nd 2013
    Place: in front of Singapore NAFA

    Same situation as before: guy in his 20s, approaching me while I was waiting at a red traffic light.
    Same stuff: gave me a piece of paper, and then he asked for “my favourite number”, “my favourite flower” and my name. No need to say that everything was on the paper too.

    And then, gave me one more, and then asked me more info (my wife’s name, her age…) So I just tried and when he asked me for more details (my favourite colour and similar stuff) I said just random stuff. And he guessed everything anyway.

    He also asked money for poor people and I gave him S$ 20.

    No explanations up to now, but he told me that I would have received some good news during the week. So let’s wait and see ;-)
    No limits for providence.

  • Dmitry // Mar 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Location – Constance, Germany ( Near Swissborder ) on 05.03.2013

    a Young Yogiman ( mid 20 ) appeard in front of me, and told me the lucky words. I was out with my dog, so i had enough time to listen to his words. Now i see it was a real failure. He told me a lot of things ( The whole number and flower thing ), and sat then together and had a nice conversation, where he tried to HYPNO me.. time passed and his targed was reached. I felt very dizzy but couldn’t do anything about it. Well he told me afterwards that he need money, and i have to go and get some .. what i have did, but i understood i shouldn’t.. still my body was working against me. I went home, he waited outside, and I went to my flat to get the money for him ( Damn, i was so hypno, i felt really happy to give it him, i was running to get the money.. incredible! ) .. well i gave it him, and he thanked me and went off.. as I went back home, i reallized that something just happend.. and couldn’t understand why, and why i did so, my head was really under pressure like after smoking marijuana… after 15-30 min i came back, and felt really raped. It was an ugly feeling, the whole day long after it… This happened yesterday, and i slept a lot now and i’m still dizzy … it is horrible feeling … well… i don’t know how it is after a hypnosis, but as much as i read i haven’t seen the same symptoms as i have now. thing this guy used some kind of a drug ( Scopolamine ) .. its a very powerfull drug, and it’s enough to touch a paper that had contact witht you, by bare hands (skin contact by your hand, sweat injection ) so you lose your will!!! ……… so i feeel really uncomfortable and i think it was this drug … it is used in colombia and in the world for such things like scam etc.

  • S // Mar 9, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Place: One Raffles Quay, Singapore
    Date: 8 March 2013, evening

    The same thing happened to me yesterday, and the Yogi man was smartly dressed in white shirt and blue jeans.

    He started telling me that I have a lucky face and 3 lucky things will happen to me in April.. Well, out of curiosity (plus he was rattling away), so I stopped to listen, but I was wary the whole time unsure of what exactly he wants. He performed the same trick on me by first scribbling on a piece of paper, crumpling it up and asking me to hold it in my hands. Proceeded to ask me how old I am, my favorite flower, favorite number, a country I have been to in the last 3 years that I like very much and the name of my significant other (which I only gave the initials). These whole while, he scribbled my answers onto the other piece of paper in his little red leather notebook.

    So after all the questions, he told me to hand the crumpled paper on my hand back to him and he said some stuff and blew onto the paper and handed it back to me. Told me to open it up and if what was written inside the crumpled paper coincides with what was on his paper inside his notebook, then I am indeed a very lucky person.

    Well, some of you believed that he swapped the paper while we all weren’t looking but I know he didnt! Because while I was staring at the crumpled piece in my hand, he was holding his own piece of paper. I might thought that he made a carbon copy somehow, so I checked and matched for the differences in his scribblings. Indeed, it was 2 different copies. Same content on it, but different writings.

    I laughed and asked if it was magic, he said no and say it can only be done via yogi meditation. And then proceeded to show me some old photos of the Indian organization that he belonged to. And some pictures of poor kids. Immediately, I knew where this was heading. He wanted money.

    Well, he asked for a donation to the organization, so I said “any amount right?”. He said, yes, some people gave $50 while some gave $100. I reached into my pouch and handed him $2. (The other note I have is a $50) He literally had a shocked, disappointed and crestfallen look on his face. Haha. I said “$2 is okay right?”, and then thanked him before making a quick escape.

    I was more worried about being curse than succumbing to a monetary scam. Or that he was trying to steal my valuables when talking to me. Luckily, upon googling, I found this page and it seems like its just a money scammer and I didn’t lose much other than the $2. But his words were pretty comforting. Said I will have good career progression, 3 good news coming up soon and a good family life.

    Can’t help wondering how he pull off that trick though!

  • Samantha // Mar 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Place: Link ay between Clifford Centre and Hitachi Tower
    Date: 12 March 2013 around 6.05 p.m.

    I met the same yogi man who told me I have a lucky face. He was young looking, in his early thirties, smartly dressed in a shirt and jeans.

    I was quite tired after work so did not pay much attention to the exact thing he told me.

    I recalled he said I like to worry a bit too much, when I sleeping, my body is resting, but brain is thinking and it is affecting my spirits.

    It stuck on me as to how he figured that out,because lately I am indeed feeling troubled all the time and could not sleep.

    There after he took out a piece of paper, scribbled something and ask me to hold it tightly in my hands.

    I was skeptical, just hold it between my fingers.

    He said I may not understand what he wrote but I would later.

    Then he asked if I know yoga, then ask me what is my favourite number, flower.

    I did not answer him, merely asked, “May I know where is this heading to, I am in a hurry”.

    Immediately he had this dejected look on his face, and ask me to return him the piece of paper and we parted in different direction.

    Thank god I did not stay any longer.

    What a shame. Should have take a photo of his face and put it on social media to warn others.

  • Tim // Mar 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I experienced Yogi Singh at 1 Raffles Quay on Feb 25th, 2013. I was impressed with his routine. He did not take the piece of paper back after he handed it to me . It must have involved a switch but I was looking for it and am dying to know how it was done. It was worth the money as long as his charitable claim is true.

  • Cadillac Pinkney // Mar 19, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I felt the same way after I met my “Lucky Face” gentle in China town, here in Las Vegas NV. I thought he was just another homeless man begging for money, so when he told me I had a lucky face, before he could ask for money or do any magic, I thanked him and gave him $3.

    Before I could drive off he asked me for a piece of paper and a pen. I gave it to him and he wrote some things on it. He ripped 4 pieces off of the paper and balled them up. I said “Oh, magic. I love magic”. He gave me the pieces of paper and told me that I because I showed him kindness God showed him my future. He said that I would start a church one day, and that I would live to be 89. I laughed and said goodbye. Before I could drive off he told me that what he wrote on the paper was from God and that he’s sorry if my wife’s name was miss-spelled, but that’s the way God showed it to him.

    I drove off, and when I got to a red light I openned the pieces of paper. They said 33 (I’m 33 years old), 3 children (I have 3 children), Blue (which is my favorite color), and Mickael ( which is my wifes name, spelled correctly).

    I turned back around and drove until I found him walking. I gave him a $20 and thanked him for his wonderful magic trick. He told me his name was Mr. Yoga, and that it wasn’t a trick. I asked him for his phone number and he smiled and gave it to me.

    213-258-9586

    I havn’t had the guts to call it yet, but I figure one of you brave souls will. I have no idea how he knew those things, but now I’m sure there’s a God.

  • Olga // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Hong Kong, a pedestrian bridge leading to the fast ferry piers from Hong Kong Island.

    The same thing was attempted at me several times over a week. I my case those people operated on week-ends – in the same place, approximately in the same time.

    As I recently read about the same kind of scam, but run in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, my replies to these people were rather short. The last time I simply told the guy to … off. Yes, I know it is not polite, but would you care?

    One more thing worth mentioning: as far as I understood, it is some kind of hypnotic thing they are doing. We sometimes experience same scams in Russia (though ours do not begin with a “lucky face”). The pattern is always the same: some people approach you and tell you some rubbish, after which you find that you lack some sums of money (sometimes – really good sums). So it could be prudent to simply walk away once you hear the “catchwords”. It’s a much better option than trying to fight back the hypnosys or to discover how smart one is.

  • Janet // Apr 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Location: london
    I had a similar situation today. The flower, number of children etc. Also said I have a good heart and that people where jealous. I went to cash point and gave him 20 pounds. He actually wanted 50. He did the poor, medium, rich thing. He then asked if I believe in God and prayer. He told me three lucky things would happen. He then said someone who is jealous has put a spell on me that’s why I have had bad luck, but he will pray for me for 21 days. He wanted 100/200/500 for this saying if I didn’t the spell is dangerous and I could have an accident or lose a limb. I said I didn’t have the money now and if he gave me his number I would call if need be. He said he’d start the prayers right away. I asked him not to as I could not afford to pay. He also had taken my name and gave me a lucky stone.

  • kaan // Apr 19, 2013 at 12:29 am

    This is got to be the same mother fucker that done this to me yesterday in kilburn high street London. Wanting 292 pounds. I gave this fool 30 pounds. He was blowing on strings and was telling me I had a curse on me. I am a muslim and he said he was doing prayers but I know they weren’t arabic… lying piece of shit. He also gave me a ring

  • Jake // Jun 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    For the benefit of global travellers.

    2012:Thailand, Kai San road
    I was straight from the airport off to meet mates hungover and not very interested. I guess they prey on suckers with a kind nature. I could smell the com but thought it was worth a few dollars for the theatre experience plus I have an interest too.
    Long story short I gave money he said I was middle man but I make lots and dress poor especially when traveling. He said I’d have good luck after we did a little prayer- next day at full moon party I lost $600 and got really sick for 2 days hehe. I also think if I didn’t give money there would be threats.
    Ps never moved to Scotland or met my future bride to be hehe :(

  • H // Jun 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I just had this happen to me in the City, London. “Lucky face” etc. He asked a few of the questions highlighted by other people before.

    I kept hold of the piece of paper at all times. Still was slightly drawn in by all the correct answers he managed to get right. I’d would’ve happily given him a fiver (which is what he asked for), even if it was just for managing to guess everything correctly! (Only had 1p on me though)

    Apparently I’ll find love on the 25th of July (2013) so I suppose watch this space! But I won’t be holding my breath. Still impressive though! Even if it is just a trick…

  • Lucinda // Jun 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    10 June 2013
    Location-Bangkok

    Happy face Indian scam on streets of Bangkok. Got $4000 bhat out of me. Exactly as described above. He did get scared tho when I started demanding he tell me how he did it. When he kept refusing, I got up to leave and he wanted me to pay for his orange juice. Told him he already had my money and he could buy his own damn juice! Be careful as the one in Bangkok takes you to a cafe and orders (and tries to get you to order something as well) and then wants you to pay. If I see him tomorrow I might punch him in the throat and ask if he predicted that coming >:/

  • Sonja // Jun 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I had a similar situation today in Toronto, Canada. The flower, number of children etc. Also said I have a good heart and that people where jealous. I went to cash point and told him I didn’t have cash. He actually wanted 50,75, 100. He thought I should go to the ATM, I did not. He did the poor, medium, rich thing. He told me three lucky things would happen, the first would be July 25 2013, so I am awaiting my fortune. He also had taken my name and gave me a lucky stone, which he took back after I couldn’t give him the money.

    I was almost going to believe this guy if money didn’t come into play.

  • Jonay // Jun 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Hi!Here I’m a new member at this club.The lucky face club.
    Last May at Soho Square, London.
    Same holy man with blue turbant.The numbers, the colours, the photo of his master in India…the children who need the money.
    I gave him 50 pounds.
    But this storie has a different end.
    Suddenly two policeman came and took him apart and made him to give me back all the money, and recommend me to enjoy as much as possible the rest of my holidays at UK

  • G // Jun 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Place: Millenia Shopping Centre, Singapore
    Date: 24 June 2013, 3pm

    Indian astologer, about 30-40s, plump, 1.85m, well-dressed, montblac pen, panerai watch

    He said:
    - You have a lucky face.
    - 3 good things will occur by August
    - But you have 2 bad habits …. do you want to know?

    I said:
    - No thanks. Bye.

  • Liya // Jul 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Same thing happened to me today too at Mayfair. I have been approached with the same saying (you have a luck on your face) before but I always ignored them but lately something happened in my life so I would say I was vulnerable. So hearing someone telling I will be lucky I was excited about but then when he asked for money it put me off, I was thinking to give him 1£ but I only had 5£ note and I didn’t gave him that. After not leaving him any money I thought he would put some curse on me but now I know that are just tricking people no divine power.

  • Rob // Jul 12, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Same Mr Singh, Berkeley Street, London.

    How he knew the name of my brother and initial of my ex-girlfriend I really don’t know because I held the piece of paper in my hand the entire time.

    Unfortunately he did the poor/medium/rich thing which started at £100, which I stupidly gave him.

    He also got my favourite flower, favourite suit colour (though realistically there’s only two to choose between – grey and blue) and picked the number in my head (though he only gave me from 1-5, excluding 1 and 5, meaning he only had three numbers to choose from in that instance).

    But the names were the impressive bit.

    He then proceeded to ask my age, and asked for £10 for every day to pray for me etc. At that point I told him he was a very naughty man.

    I think £10-£30 would have been a nice amount for quite a cool magic trick … still, I’d love to know how he did the names.

  • MFC // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This happened to me in New York City. I’ve lived here 8 years and his is my first encounter of such kind. I was leaving Grand Central to head to my office and an Indian man with a golden ring and reddish wallet stops me. He tells me I have a lucky face and I will have good luck next month. Then writes something on fluorescent pink post it and balls it up and puts it in my hand and tells me to hold onto it. He then proceeds to ask me 3 questions. My Favorite Flower, Favorite Number then my age: O (Orchid) | 9 | 27. He tells me to say some phrase, this is where maybe he switched the paper? And tells me to move the paper from one hand to the other bad luck out good luck in… He tells me to open the paper and it says O | 9 | 27 written vertically just like how he wrote it on his paper. The he shows me a picture of him and some kids and tells me to give him money so he can help the kids. I only had a 20 and wasn’t about to give him my last 20… At this point he knew I was going to walk away and told me he would tell me my mother’s name… I already know my mother’s name lol good day to you sir.

  • higsbosson // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Hey guys, it happened to me in London, few days ago, around Mayfair- Indian guy in black turban, smartly dressed, in his 40s -50s maybe, talking about lucky face. At first I thought that he is some sort of Hindu fortune teller /wacky but positive person, so I stopped and listened, although I usually ignore people talking to me on streets. He kept talking about my lucky face, that I’m lucky but worry too much, he got my attention because he did look friendly and it was intriguing. But then he took out is notepad and started talking A LOT, really fast with strong accent, so I had to concentrate and pay serious attention to his words. (Although in such situation I never fully switch off- i.e. I keep watching my bag and belongings…I don’t trust strangers) He gave me a piece of crumbled paper, same story as above, asking for my numbers, my age, my bf’s age, my favourite number. Guys if you watched any of Derren Brown’s TV programs, you will know there is no magic here involved, no premonition b***ocks , just a trick of mind… I didn’t notice straight away, but I thought about it straight after the weird encounter and it’s simple. First of all, DISTRACTION- fast speech, strong accent, you need to concentrate on that, he makes you think- about your numbers etc. You hold the paper, he tells you to keep it in your palm. Then he quickly asks you to give him the paper, whilst talking blablabla and he hands you paper back- in the meantime he jots on your numbers on it, but he keeps distracting you and at the end you are so dazed and confused , you don’t notice he wrote it when you were standing there next to him!!! Simple trick of mind. Hindu guy wanted money “for a future good luck” and even had 50 quid note in his notepad haha poor soul who gave him that money… I’ve been skint recently, jobless and even if I wasn’t I wouldn’t pay anything, no way. So he got zero, nought, null. It is a scam, psychological one. Seriously , Derren Brown’s TV shows made me more aware of that sort of thing so I won’t be fooled ( for instance D. Brown basically undressed some poor lad in London, took his tie off whilst talking a lot to him and confusing him- and the guy didn’t notice- it is the same type of technique). Spread the word about this trick, I can’t believe some people above gave them any money! Don’t be naive, at the end of the day, what is “luck” anyway? It is entirely up to your actions, not some turban-lad telling you that you’ll have a good month…

  • Anonymous // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I have seen the Indian-turban wearing man around the Oxford St/Mayfair/Jermyn St/Regent St area several times over the last two-three years now. The first time that he came up to me, telling me I had a lucky face, I told him that he simply should not be walking around in London, going up to other people (especially men), and telling them this – I asked him if he was trying to chat me up because if he was that was completely unacceptable and I would not entertain this homoerotic dialogue with him. He then started to talk about all the good luck and fortune stuff and I nipped it in the bud with some rather impolite language. I’ve since seen him around several times over the years, and he will nevertheless come up to me. I’ve previously stopped him from talking to other people on two occasions – once, on Binney St (opposite Selfridges and parallel to Duke St), he was hassling an Italian businessman and was asking to receive some money. I broke up the dialogue and told him where to go. Yesterday evening, I saw him talking to a young woman outside Selfridges – I had to step in seeing him try to take advantage of a vulnerable woman like this. I told him that if I saw him again I would take a photo of him on the spot and ciruclate it to the police. Having done a quick Google search, I can’t beleive the number of people on here who have refrred to him and the sheer amount of money he has obtained from people – on individual occasions and on an aggregate basis. It’s shocking.

  • Ryan // Aug 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I had this today and the corner of Mark lane and eastcheap just as I left the office and was just putting my headphones in to make a call.

    Smartly dressed Indian guy stopped me and said I had a lucky face and some other stuff about the lines on my forehead. I only stopped putting my headphones in as I presumed he was going to ask for directions.

    I was semi in a rush but rumoured him for a minute and he wrote something screwed up a bit of paper and placed in my right hand. He them asked me for a colour and a number so I said blue and 6 and then started babbling on. I suspect he was then writing this down. He then said something about not knowing me and never having met me before which I agreed before asking to shake my hand (conveniently the one I had the paper in).

    Straight away, my first thought was classic switcheroo on the handshake which it probably was realistically.

    Then he asked for money and said he started praying for me already. He said he usually asks for 50 or anything (I thought he meant 50p lol) but then said notes not coins!

    As luck would have it, I had a grand total of 5p on me and I told him this.

    He didn’t believe me and said I was lucky and that
    if I opened my wallet I’d find paper in it. Well, knowing I hadn’t been to the cash point I was ready for his miracle and low and behold, he was right. I had paper! Unfortunately for him the paper consisted of receipts :D

    He then told there was a cash machine 150 yards across the road (I know this, I work there!) and I could get cash there. Sensing a chance to crack on and get my train, I just said ok and walked off.

    I put my headphones in, started my conversation and walked past the cash machine by which point I’d already forgotten about him. As I got 50 yards past the cash machine someone puts a hand on my shoulder and it’s him pointing back at the cash machine.

    I’m busy talking to someone on the phone now but by the point he’s now forced me to turn round, I’m now angry and he can see this so he backs away. If I had had to stop my conversation to deal with this guy believe me he’d have found that I’d have been really pissed to say the least. I’m not a violent person at all but I’m also a very big guy and with a face like thunder (which I had by this point) some people might find that physically threatening

    I did check near enough straight away to make sure he’s not a pick pocket as well but fortunately all items like wallet, watch, keys etc all intact.

    It seems there’s all sorts of variations of this routine but depending on which it’s either a slight of hand with the paper or a cold read (be honest, a number between 1 and 10 and a colour only leads to so many variables)

    Be careful out there folks, if someone stops you for this, it’s purely a basic street magic trick so don’t go parting with your hard earned cash.

  • Ash // Aug 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I was on a shopping spree in Tooting Broadway. As I crossed a junction off the main road, a young indian boy, maybe aged about 16-17 years old, stopped me and asked me in Hindi where he could find big coconuts for his pooja (some kind of Hindu prayer ceremony).

    I directed him towards the high street leading towards (the road between Tooting Broadway tube station and Tooting Bec tube station.

    Then he kept staring at my forehead and saying: “You have a blessed face. You know why you have a blessed face, it is because you will have 3 months blessings but for 6 months you have had ups and downs.”

    I’ll be honest, I don’t like the whole fortune-telling crap…

    He asked if I was Indian. I said: “No. I’m born here, nationally Bangladeshi.” Then he asked: “Do you know what pooja is?” I said: Yes, kind of. Look no offence but I am a Muslim, and I don’t have anything against hindhus. Just stop with the fortune-telling…Do you want the directions to the shops that may sell coconut or not?”

    He said: “OK…Yes…Which way?” Unfortunately, he wasn’t happy with my directions and so said Thank you. Good Luck. Bye.

    I thought today was so bizarre but reading everyone else’s comments opened a bigger picture of what really could have happened if I had listened longer. If only this happened in Croydon, I would have taken him to Immigration Office myself, kicking and screaming.

  • Rosy // Aug 13, 2013 at 3:58 am

    I had a young indian guy approach me in kilburn high road asking for west hampstead station wen I directed him he said I have a lucky face something about da past 3years has been up n down for me financially n health wise. Asked if I get a pain in my neck. Said I was good at heart I help people wen I can. I should give donations. I need more blessings. How I am distanced from relatives. There’s a lady in my life who’s gonna ruin it for me shud stay away. How I work hard but Neva hold into my money. N how i was gonna get a gud news in 7september. Den my name was written on a pier of paper while he had another paper asked me my favourite flower and how many bros I have told him rose and 3 den he told me to open my paper n c if my answer was in mine n it was. I was shocked. He told me if I have something to give him n be will give me his lucky stone n also told me not to tell anybody. U didn’t give him anything. To some if those people who wrote similar things has any thng gud happened as u been told? I dnt believe in dis crap.

  • Rosy // Aug 13, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I been really scared since dis has happened it was really weird. Can anybody explain it. I’m a Munson person n I am probably such a. Idiot for listening to his crap now I know not gonna help any dot Eva again.

  • Toni // Aug 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Hi! It just happened to me in Marylebone, London!
    Luckily i have only given him 5 pounds. When he said that i had to give him 100, 200 or 300 is when i started thinking that was a scam.
    However, somehow he guessed well my girlfriend’s name. i didn’t catch the trick.

  • Ben Jackson // Aug 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    This just happened to me and I was so baffled. He told me I had two bad habits and I would be successful in November and have the chance to travel. I gave him a £5 like a wally and he was asking me to go cash machine to get either £30-£60 or £150 to donate to his village!!!

    Never again!!

  • BF // Aug 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Just happened to me around an hour ago in Picadilly London. Same paper trick, kissed paper put on forehead, back of neck.. Looking like a complete twat in a suit and parted 10quid! I am so pissed off , but, at the same time, I admire him! He managed to convince me that he is a Yogi man! .. Never mind… Once bitten, twice I punch him! (I won’t buy I will just waste his time)

  • bhgoh // Aug 29, 2013 at 6:26 am

    The way to defeat the trick, if you purposely want to participate in it, is to make some ink mark on the crumpled piece of paper as soon as the psychic gives places it into your palm. Chances are that the psychic will stop the game and says that you have ruined the god’s message and will demand it back from you and warn you not to ink it again. If the psychic has been careless in not noticing what you have done, then you will be able to catch him red handed when he switches the paper and asks you to open it up. You can tell him that it is not the same piece of paper!

  • me // Aug 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Zurich, 23rd august 2013, I have lost my job , I have just been discharged from a job interview and I have lost a lawsuit which is costing me a small fortune. I meet this gentleman in the street and he goes like: ” You are a lucky man, I can see it from your forehead” and I go like “the you must be fucking blind dude, ask Ganesha to recalibrate your third eye”. Man he was mad at me, but I couldn’t stop laughing at his face, so after a while he went away.

  • T // Sep 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    The same thing happened to me last week in Ilford and when the guy stopped me and said you have a lucky face, I started crying as i just had an arguement with my husband, he told me to stop crying as he was here to help me, he did the same trick with the flowers and numbers, then he asked for money for charity which i gave , then he said that he would need to pray for me and wrote 3 amounts down and asked me how much i wanted to give, I didn’t have any more money with me so we went to the cash point and i gave hime £51, I gave it with a clean heart but now he keeps on phoning and telling me that he wants to meet again and more prayers need to be done which makes me feel so sad that people would try and get money from you when they know that you are down. I don’t think they are bad people and they definately do have a spiritual gift, I was suppose to meet him today and I found this website so that proves their is a god who has guided me in the right direction, before I would get conned out of giving more money.

  • sio // Sep 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Wow! I am so glad I have stumbled upon this page, as I have had the same experience last week – walking down Marlyebone High Street an Indian man approached me and began to speak very mysteriously. I don’t remember how he began the conversation but he wanted to tell me things about me. Among them he knew instinctively I have a double heart line on my hand – i had my hands clenched round my bag – he couldn’t have known – I was so amazed. I think while I was taking this in he said something about due to a heartbreak but I didn’t really listen as I don’t particularly buy that theory. He also knew I had a sister whom he asked, or stated – is very good to me. He said a woman and a man in my life don’t want the best for me because they are jealous. And regarding a family rift or misunderstanding that we should just relax and have coffee and chat about it. He asked me if I had heard of Auras and said most people’s were white but mine was blue. He said I needed to make myself happy and that I hadn’t been since 2009 I had been annoyed with myself and that really I need to make myself happy and not other people. He said my close friends are not really very good friends as they are jealous also.
    Then he said I need to make myself happy for my health’s sake, and that my health will/would/is suffering. At one point he said I am sorry your health is not good. He then did the piece of paper trick to hold in my fist and asked for a number below 5 to which I replied 3, and a flower of which I couldn’t think off-hand. He then said most people say rose or lily so I stupidly said rose – I should have gone for something completely different. So anyway he said 3 is travel and October, and so I would travel in October – and rose – actually I can’t remember what he said about rose, but regardless he asked me to open my hand and the paper had three written on one side and rose on the other – I was thinking this has got to be a law of averages trick – maybe I am a typically gullible fool, not to mention the other phrase that could fit on anybody that was you are quite emotional – you are very up and very down and you have been sad – you are not a depressed person you are actually a very positive person but you can be sad. I mean who wouldn’t relate to that? Finally he asked me to open up the paper and spoke about the numbers written in the corner which related to the amount of money he wanted for the ‘reading’ of course I said I had no money to give him – I looked him straight in the eye, but unlike previous posters – he didn’t argue, he just said ok and walked away.
    Afterwards I wanted to run back to him to ask him why he gives random people this information and then asks for money, because its not really very fair, but i didn’t.

  • movingtarget // Sep 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Same thing happened to me in Draycott Avenue in London 2 weeks ago. Fortunately I spotted the paper switch as the bit of paper he asked me to open up was smaller than the blank piece that he had told me to scrunch up earlier and hold in my hand before he took it and passed it back for me to reveal his prediction. So I told him he had made the switch and we walked away. He didn’t even protest! Amazingly my girlfriend and I continued left onto the Fulham Road and saw three other ‘fortunetellers’ chatting to other unsuspecting victims. I even told one group who had just walked away if they knew it was a slight of hand illusion from which I had just narrowly escaped. They were quite upset as I think they wanted to believe it was real. Don’t we all?!? The worrying thing of course is that there is a syndicate working the area…

  • AlAmeri // Sep 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Same thing happened to me today while walking in high st Kensington towards knightbridge an Indian man said “you are a very lucky guy”while passing by me so I stoped and said excuse me. ??? And he repeated what he said then started saying something about three lines on my forehead and there is a luck sign between my eyes and in the next 3 months ill be so lucky but I need to stop thinking and i have 2 bad habits which will affect my success so I just replied that i do not have anything to think about at all and I’m very successful and he walked away

  • A // Sep 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Same happened to me in a shopping mall in Singapore while I was a tourist. The same same, Rose, 7, some people around you is jealous of you… etc. Of course money the temple and the hungry Indian children…

    I am a fool. I gave him S $40. He insisted that I should round it up to $50 but I declined. He then offer to tell me more but I declined. I think S $10 would have been too much! Pls don’t fall into it like me!!

  • DavidLindsay // Sep 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    This happened to me about 6 hours ago in Mayfair, he definitely did not swap the paper as I had held it tight in my hands and I stayed at least 1 metre away from him the whole time. Very spooky experience which sadly turned nasty when he asked if I had am I poor, medium or rich in which case I should pay him £100, £200 and £300 respectively, also pushing me to get money from a cash machine. I am still baffled by how accurate some of the things he said, he said he needed money for the starving children in India. I gave him £5 and said he could have it as a donation for the children and a very good magic trick. He kept asking me to get more money but I walked off. I feel stupid for giving him any money, but at the same time, very freaked out by some of the things he said. I hope I bump into him again, and ask him to predict some really obscure stuff.

  • Priti // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Same thing happened to me twice in Singapore, once in March 13 in Suntec city and the latest incident was yesterday at One Raffles Quay.
    Two different men though.. The March guy was elderly& plump and the other guy was tall, young, thin.
    Same line “You have a blessed face. I can tell that from your forehead”.
    Just that both the times I didn’t stop to listen to them.
    First time I just laughed at the incident and thought it to be a weird experience, especially because when I met this guy I was super hassled about something and it was very apparent on my face. But when the same thing happened yesterday (once again I was a bit hassled), I got a bit curious and looked up online and guess what, there have been so many people who have had same experience and that too in different parts of the world. Guess, they have an expertise on finding their target well.

  • mark newbury // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    there are a groups of Indian/sri lankan guys who patrol the Mayfair area fleecing gullible tourists of a few quid doing the same lucky face story to get your attention,i work in the area and always stop if i see them talking to people to tell them its a con,they don’t like it but are hardly going to complain to the police.if you see it pass on the news that they are con men.

  • Silly Sarah // Oct 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I had that happening too here in The Hague. Met him on the street near home couple of years ago. Can’t remember what he told me back then, something about that I was lucky and some stuff that was true enough at that time, but I was on my way to somewhere. Still remember that I was stunned though that how can he know? Now, after all that time I met him again in the city centre of all people that are walking he told me I was lucky, also that I have some troubles with a woman causing me hurt in health and work. I am going to be 91, darnit I didn’t wanna know that! :D But the truth is, he did tell me some things he couldn’t possibly know, that I’ve been blessed by many angels in my life recently and that I know (which is true). I worry too much, but next month I will receive good fortune. Well, bring on next month then! Right atm I do have issues at work with a woman from HR who is making me miserable and wants to get rid of me cause I got a burnout so perhaps we will come to an agreement there and they pay me to leave. Anyways, when he asked money I told them that maybe god send him to me to give him a message too, to never ask for money and to leave it up to the goodness of people to give whatever they like. Left without paying anything. :D
    Still flabberghasted though!

  • Yogiman Jones // Oct 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Sloane Street, Knightsbridge. Got done by the Yogi Man today. A very clever scam and still no idea how he did the paper switch. I was expecting it and didn’t give him a chance to swap. Worth a £5 for the entertainment.

  • lucky13 // Oct 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I cant believe it happened to all of you guys. it happened to me a year ago in switzerland (ZH) as well and i totally believed it and even gave him a lot of money! i am kinda religious and believe there is a god. i was having a difficult time and did not know what to do with myself. i prayed and asked god for help and said i wished i could talk to him so he could tell me whats the right thing to do.
    a few days later i met this indian guy while walking to the train station who said to me “you’re lucky”. i was like “thank you?” and kept walking. and he was like “but you think too much.” which was true at that time.
    somehow we started talking. he told me god sent him so he could talk to me through him. and that if god appeared in his form i would be scared thats why he chooses the look of a human being so i wont be scared.
    i was shaking, a few days ago i wished i could talk to god and now there is that guy on the street telling me god sent him to talk to me??????
    he said he was my guardian angel. i asked him if everybody has one and he said just a few chosen people and i was one of them. i was lucky. he said he prays a lot and god showed him my face around a week ago. he knew he would find me this afternoon.
    i felt so happy and overwhelmed and saved?? and understood.
    he did the same trick on me like on all of you guys. to prove to me that he was not “human”.
    but i was holding the paper in my hand and there was no way he switched it out???? i just googled it now because i wanted to know how it worked. however i was holding it in my hand the whole time, very tightly. there is no way he could have switched it.

    after reading the post of cadillac pinkney. i do believe this was real what happened to me. even tho everyone else on here says it was a trick. i did feel blessed when that happened to me=)
    and yes he gave me his number too.

  • M // Oct 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I now feel paranoid that this website is just for collecting my data…

    Can’t believe I have just been swindled out of £50.00. On the 2nd time of running into the the Yogi….!!

    1st Time – Blackfriars but I had no money but kept the pieces of paper as I thought they meant something.
    2nd time (one year on), I have just met (what I thought was the same guy) but had some compelling insight into my future based on a phone call I had just had not 10 minutes prior to bumping into him….

    I feel stupid for falling for it if it was a trick to fleece people – and he now has my number, so if I start to get phone calls I will know where to tell him to go!

    Aggrieved!

  • Nik // Oct 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I can’t believe so many people are falling for this – no wonder they keep doing it!

    I’ve been told I have a lucky face or whatever numerous times, I just keep walking. I guess it helps I have absolutely no interest in knowing my future ahead of time – if true, it would be boring to know in advance; if false, it would be a waste of everyone’s time.

    The con is the same that fortune tellers use – they say something very generic that nevertheless might have a very specific meaning to some; they are probably also pretty good at reading your facial expressions to see if they hit a nerve with something.

    Don’t feel sad you paid them – these guys actually have some skill.

  • josep // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Heeeey! I’m feeling so stupid. It has just happened to me. Same guy with same tricks in Bangkok. Hahahaha his rate was 1200eur 500eur or 100eur. I said: “hey man i’m a bagpacker, no money!” He sAid…ok then do you have any cell phone for me.

    I gave him 2000 bht…jesus!!! At least i had fun with him. He is the Copperfield of yogis!!!! Im still laughing…thanks for sharing!

  • J // Oct 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Singapore- Bugis – mid oct 2013

    I was working in the shop and saw this yogi walked past and he walked back in again the shop. Telling me that from what he see from my forehead I’m damn troubled. Showing me namecard telling me things which is like (3 good things will happen on the 26 oct) which didn’t happen at all, even before I could react (cause I was sill busying with my stuffs) he write down a name on a piece of paper and crumpled it and handed to me. No, not flowers. But names. He asked me to write down the guy that I like. For once, I said, “i don’t think there’s anybody” he said “you sure ? Think about it again” then I thought for awhile and write down on a piece of paper which we both could see, and when I opened the crumpled paper, it’s the same name. P/s: that name that I wrote is difficult to spell yet he get it right. HOW COME? I was damn schocked. I just can’t react to everything yet.

    And then he told me I had a bad friend who’s jealous of me bla bla. Same thing. Names again. Correct. And when I double checked the crumpled paper he handed to me, I didn’t had the cursive “L” handwrtting but he did. Total I paid him $105

    Am I really being scammed? :/

  • K // Nov 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    This yogi tricked me big time, it happened to me 1-2 mths back while I was working at my shop alone, he did all e same numbers paper roll thingy, all correct, and he actually tricked me to believe I was cursed by someone when he knew my luck was very down some yrs back. I paid 700 SGD n he even asked me to buy something for him so he could remember me. I fell for it . :( anyways, yea there’s really a lot of things he could read from me so I half believed him n treat it as paying for e skills n erm…. Really hope that the so call curse was remove from me as he could really heat up my palm n get some ash to appear from my palm! I was totally speechless.. I dunno what to say.. He also told me his name is yogi n he would come look for me should the guy who owe me money were to pay me back..

  • Kate // Nov 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    One of these guys is still around in Hong Kong; he tried his scam on me near Admiralty station. He says he is from Singapore but his accent struck me as Bangladeshi. As if to legitimatize himself, he showed me a picture of him standing in between two Buddhist monks. He was wearing the same dark suit in the picture that he was wearing when he accosted me. What a wanker. I gave him 2 HKD for effort — basically 25 cents USD — and when he kept asking for money I just said goodbye and walked away. I long ago gave up on the idea that ANYONE has any clue about the universe: religious experts, fortune tellers, authority figures, etc. When he said, “You will have a lot of money soon,” I said, “I don’t want money!”

  • H // Nov 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Date: 30th ovember 2013
    Place: Winterthur, Switzerland

    His name: Rahul
    Paper tricks: yes
    Money alternatives: 150, 200, 350 swiss franc(~USD). I think he wanted money so that he (and some people in India) could pray for me.
    Gave me a luck stone.
    Told things about my future and past.
    Said: “Money come and money go, but you don’t meet yogi people every day.”
    Also said: “You have to cut your hair and nails every saturday to get good Karma”.

    I didn’t pay.

  • Rubyruby // Dec 2, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Oh yeah, Just happened to me. My colour was blue, with 3 sisters. I think blue and 3 is a recurring theme. Strange.
    But I do think they have ear pieces under that turban and an accomplice nearby looking up your personal records, emails, health records, Facebook data etc.
    if you wanted to take advantage of this and wanted to find something out about someone, you could give someone else’s name and you would find out all sorts of things.
    I believe also they are using Bluetooth to find out your ID. Mine was switched off so he asked me for my name and age. I also noticed his left sleeve looked bulky…. Why?
    Can some tech geek fill me in?
    All in all I must say it wasn’t a bad experience but I don’t appreciate random strangers knowing my personal information. What else are they capable of?

  • Shayla // Dec 18, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I had the same experience a little over 10 yrs ago, Indian man with strong Indian accent approached me on the bus saying I had a good heart, I will be very rich one day but ooooh I will struggle first and he kept putting his hand on his head saying ooooh you will struggle then you will be rich. He also said there are 2 females that are jealous of me and to stay away from men because they will always break my heart and I will never mary. I was disapointed and now 10 plus years on ibam still struggling really badly in life and my relationships only seem to last an average of 2 weeks men use me ever since he said this to me. Although he didn’t ask me for any money or do the flower thing, I really do believe he has put some sort of curse on men to make men stay away and or treat me badly because my relationships were normal before I met him, I feel so angry and it is unfair what he has done to me, I didn’t know him or fo anything to make him place a curse on me like this. :-(

  • Serena Magique // Dec 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    You are right, it is a scam and also the gifts are real.

    It happened to me too over a long time period, starting in the same way as you have described. I got close to the Yogi Baba in London to find out how he does this. They do have some spiritual abilities to read your paper etc.They practice a form of yoga that results in clairvoyance, for want of a better word. This is the simplest way to explain what happened and you can choose to accept or not according to your belief. They just happen to use this gift for money as this is how they make a living.

    I paid over a lot of money at the time and even though the readings are real, the source of the power is not from good/light. When I discovered this I cut all ties. I would strongly advise you to avoid them if they enter your path.

  • ben // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    hows this a trick? We know the routine, stop telling us your story’s. if the paper in your hand then you unravel it after they give you the information, wheres the switch??? ask your self this. can anybody explain how they do it ? it happen to me years ago he even told how much money i had in my pockets, explain that!!! Once again EXPLAIN how its a scam !!

  • helen dudley // Jan 2, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    That guy approached me in marlybone. He needs to be stopped. When he asked me for cash I ran down the street

  • Observed // Jan 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Well i am not sure about the paper switch.
    I tried this out in Bangkok – was happy to pay the 500 baht ($15) for the Guru happy face patter & reading.
    Taller “Sikh” but western style dress.
    Very accurate guesses to get interest.
    Then he prefilled out some answers on a small
    slip and in my hand crumpled up.
    THEN he asked questions re number 1-10, flower, wife’s name, age and kids & so on.
    Now I had licked my palm before he asked or could know these answers from me.
    The piece of paper with his previously filled out
    answers was damp in my hand.
    I then opened up that damp ball of paper.
    So it was not switched / the piece of paper he wrote on in his notebook was also there and dry and much larger. I quickly compared the writing and it was the same style but not identical in size or exact shapes. So not a duplicate copy or a paper switch like a basic magicians trick.
    So like others – I am interested in how this is done. It’s not a duplicate copy then switched as others have said as it was absolutely the original paper ball – prior to me answering 7 quite specific questions that would be very difficult to guess.
    And it was not a pressed copy – I checked that as well.
    And not hypnosis and not being bustled or subconsciously handing over the paper / i know those techniques and it was the same original piece of paper filled out by the ‘guru’ before he asked for the answers. 3 of the answers would have required detailed knowledge of unusual English spelling to get correct.
    So it’s a good technique but is not copying or switching or shaping the questions to prewritten answers.
    =>Given it’s a global sales force practicing this out there – there must be some better quality information on how this is done.

  • C // Jan 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I had this happen today, in Hong Kong. I was at the exhibition centre and met the ‘yogi’ who was smartly dressed. He did the paper trick, looked me over and scribbled down a few things, then tightly wadded it up and told me hold it. He then asked me 5 questions. A number 1-5, my favourite flower, My favourite 3 countries, how many brothers and how many sisters. When I opened up the crumbled paper I tore it accidentally. Of course, all the answers matched (albeit the favourite country, it was not addressed). If he did switch the paper, he switched it back, because I still the paper with the tear in it. I’m not convinced it was legitimate, but it definitely made me wonder. I didn’t give him any money.

  • JK // Jan 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

    This happened to me today near the mid levels escalator on Lyndhurst Terrace. An Indian gentleman, very well dressed in smart blue suede loafers asked me the same questions about numbers, flowers, etc. I had no money to give him except 2 HDK but said I’d meet him later when I had more cash. I’m debating whether to go back and meet him at the agreed time.

  • HGI // Jan 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    It happened to me in Zurich July 2013 and today (Jan 2014). On the first occasion I talked to the guy for a couple of minutes then walked away, I gave no money. The second time (today) I just kept walking when the guy started on about luck etc.
    The approach is unusual and made me uneasy because at first you’re not quite sure what’s going on. My advice would be to ignore them and give money to established charities.

  • Zz // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Got this happened to me today in Singapore. The word is blue and 3 on the paper. I was wearing a blue shirt and I guess the number 3 is a backup in case I do not answer blue. Got a lucky stone as well but paid nothing as I do not have much on me.

    Pretty good trick to make the person answer what the “Yogi” wants that he written on the paper.

    Pretty sure he is not legitimate.

  • LY // Jan 23, 2014 at 4:45 am

    It happened to me yesterday in Singapore at Ruffles Place.
    He is an Indian, speaks softly and well neatly dressed.

    I was astonished when he found my mom’s name, which is very complicated. I had a coffee and chat with him and he charged me SGD 500 for the consultation. I know you call me silly, but I paid. I was just so tired recently…

    Then he asked me to buy a mobile phone, dinner, lunch etc to get rid of the black magic someone curse on me.

    Please just be careful.
    He said that he will be in Singapore, another 10 days.

  • GAF // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Basel, Switzerland, January 27th 2014

    I just had the same encounter with a Yogi from India as described above. He did the paper ‘trick’ (flower, colour, number -> cactus, yellow, 7) but I kept the small paper (size of a stamp) in my fist while he was writing the answers down on a much lager peace of paper during the conversation. He also got names/ages of friends & parents as well as other information right. Puzzling!

    Further to the comment of ‘Observed’ dating Jan. 3rd 2014, ‘Given it’s a global sales force practicing this out there – there must be some better quality information on how this is done ‘, I wonder, what it could be?
    - clever ‘yogi scam’ (with contact opiate on the paper? – as suggested further above);
    - high tech scam (using social & digital network traces/information; the friends part makes me suspicious);
    - some people have access to dimensions hidden to ‘the man on the Clapham bus’; but if that were true, why can they not use their power to fight things such as rabies, hepatitis etc. in their home country? What remains is an explanatory gap…

  • prashant kumar // Jan 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I have faced same exp. just now Ex-The Saint asked me God name,Age,Flower name & numeric no.

    He matched the same answer to sell “jackal horn” but same time i searched this trick on my laptop & luckily find this website………….& not given him single penny..

    Thanks for the awareness ………..

  • iscream girl // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Happened to me in Bangkok, Siam Paragon shopping mall. Approached by indian man with a scar on his forehead (or eyebrow??) in Jan 2014.

    - you have a very lucky face
    -write favourite color on paper
    -telling you bad habits and pleasant stuff

    Already knew he’s a con man but “donated” 20 baht for his efforts hahaha. He wanted me to put more but i said no. His expression changed almost immediately.

    Classic.

  • EL // Feb 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Just happened to me in singapore, on orchard road in right across the visitor center.
    classic indian yogi look -turban, beard-, casual shirt, really not smart looking at all.

    approach me while im sitting down having a smoke and told me all about the “lucky face” shtick along with
    3 good fortunes in the following month, told me to not cut my hair, nails, and not to eat meat every saturday which happens to be the day i met him.
    also “tendency to be lazy” and ‘You help your friends but your friends haven’t helped you”.
    he pulled out a pen from his pocket wanted to wrote something down but (fortunately?) neither me or him have any paper.
    in the end, after a few more “fortune telling”he just said “it was nice meeting you” and left. no asking for money or anything. so i guess maybe i really do have a lucky face :D.

  • M // Feb 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    This happened today in Central, Hong Kong at 1330.

    The ‘Yogi’ told me that I have beautiful eyes and that I’m going to be lucky for the next three months. The paper trick was involved and I answered White 7.

    So I gave him all my money I had in my wallet because it was for his travel expenses and for the blind people in India. Honestly I didn’t want to give all my money but then he told me that ‘money comes and goes but you only see a yogi once in a while’ which convinced me to give all my money.

    So how much did I give? 80 hk dollars + 100 baht + 100 nt dollars + 10 patacas + 20 pesos = 142 hk dollars (18.30 us dollars)

    This was my first time to actually get scammed by a person who supposed to be a ‘professional yogi’ which I am very interested in their religious beliefs Hinduism and Buddhism which practice meditation and positive thinking that I actually look up and appreciate their practices.

    As I used to be a Catholic to Born-Again Christian and now exploring different beliefs, I have the tendency to respect all religions. However, at that moment when I got scammed by a ‘Yogi’, I did not really mind giving the money to him but I was concerned with his intention.

    What do you guys think?

  • diny naus // Mar 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I just scammed like that here in HK – very clever, and I couldn’t quite pin when the switch happened, but he got me!

  • Hope // Mar 3, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I also met this man in NYC..5 years later I still have the ball of paper he gave me . To this day I’m trying to figure out how he did it ! He knew so much personal stuff about me eg. Name of my ex name of current bf, year of separation, and reason. year my daughter was Born..and he also told me to watch my health and what I should do.. Hum the only way he could have known so much about me if he was a fraud would be that he hipnatized me.. Ohhh and I didn’t give him any money although he did ask ;-)

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  • GirlInThePark // Mar 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

    hahahaha js happened to me in the Hong Kong Park. Said my forehead shows my luck. i have a kind face…etc. he scribbles sth on paper then asks me what’s my fav number, fav flower, age aspect of life i’d like to improve, and then i answer him and he lets me open the paper and its exactly what i answered… haha i laughed a bit and gave him hkd10 for amusing me… he said I’ll meet someone in one month’s time. we’ll see bout that.

  • Clairemont // Mar 20, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Yogi was in San diego , CA and made his strike, was good and quick , took his picture and the photos erased off my phone! Still in disbelief !

  • OCguy82 // Apr 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Met him yesterday in Dana Point, CA. Not even going to say how much I gave him but whatever…hopefully he uses the money for good purposes. Seemed like a nice guy and gave me some gifts. Hit some facts dead on. Others could have been easily guessed based on circumstance and common sense. I started a new business 2 years ago and he says “last two years have been hard right?” Well…yeah. No kidding. Can’t think of any business owner who didn’t have a tough time the first 2 years. Anyway…no ill will toward the guy. He goes by Papinder Singh.

  • Unlucky one // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I pride myself with being someone that’s smart and I can honestly say that something like this has never happened to me until I fell for this exact scam a few weeks ago. I was walking towards my car in Alpharetta, GA USA. I guess I must have had sucker printed on my face because out of no where two Indian guys with turbans on their head came walking towards me. One of them started shouting out that I had a lucky face and I was very luckily and God had sent him to me. I smiled and said thank you and kept on walking to my car but the one Indian guy who had shouted out quickly approached me took through the exact same steps you’ve described. I actually foolishly went to the bank machine across the street and withdrew $300. He said if I paid the higher tier of the three, I believe it was $100, $175, $300, that he’d be able to clear away the bad energy from my life. I told him that I’d had been unemployed for a long time and couldn’t afford to give him any money but he insisted if I give him the money my life would change for the better. He took my number and next day he called me asking me to meet he was trying to get more money from me. By then I realize I’d been scammed and I told him I really needed the money back but he quickly got off the phone and I never heard from him again. I can belie that people can be so evil.

  • Morgan // May 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I heard those words a few minutes ago at the Pacific Mall in Hong Kong. I spotted this casually dressed Indian in my peripheral vision who at first seemed lost. man (He was dressed in blue Jeans and blue & White striped long sleeve shirt with the cuffs rolled up. He seemed to have disappeared and I went on about my business. About 3 minutes later, I heard a fast taking Indian accent from behind me “excuse me Sir, you have a lucky face”. I turned around and there he was. Without missing a beat he continued…”and by next month June three very good things will happen to you”. I said OK, thank you. He kept on taking, “there’s someone that is trying to undermine you…they smile at you but they try to hurt you. Do you know who that is?” I said no, I have no idea. He responded, “I know who that person is and I can give you his name, if you 5-10 minutes. I am an Astrologist and can read your palms and let you know exactly what’s going on in your life.” I politely declined and moved on.

  • V // May 8, 2014 at 2:48 am

    May 5 2006
    Met this well dressed Indian man in the walkway in Amersfoort The Netherlands.
    He said, You are very very lucky. I see it in your face. You are sooo lucky. I was shocked and said, thank you, and kept walking. I was afraid to look back but the moment I got inside my building I looked back out to find him b/c I thought maybe he’s saying this to everyone but it was just me. He went back to waiting for his bus. He was just a normal looking guy. Not scary or homeless or dirty. I thought, well he couldn’t have wanted to mug me b/c I didn’t have anything on me… no purse or anything. So strange.

  • Mr Foo // May 25, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    This happened to me today in Milton Keynes. A man said ‘you have lucky face’. Then he levitated 16 feet in the air, his head fell off and bounced on the floor and his body turned into a dragon. Then there was this massive flash and I woke up in the year 2014 (it had only been 1976 when I set off this morning). It’s really freaked me out.

  • Rob // Jun 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    It looks like Mr. Singh is visiting Toronto this summer. Blah, blah, blah lucky face, blah, blah blah, the last three years.

    I cut him off before we got to the pen and paper part.

  • Matti // Jun 16, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Greets from Zurich
    I do not have much time to spend on this now – but the trick described here is based on one well developed art, which is
    Hypnosis.
    The scammers – but honestly I prefer to call them entertainers, for they may be pushy but no more – and many have enjoyed the experience are gradually pulled into the conversation where “yogi” actually ASKS his three or five questions. He then changes the subject, delves int our predicamets in life and then glancingly, or on purpose asks us to let him look at us, at our face or into our eyes. THIS is the moment (they are able to use the tone of voice as well) when he erases our very recent memory and make it all look as if he had written the answers out of the blue, while it was us who had given them t him minutes earlier.
    They are carefull and well manered and this is ok – with such skills it would be easy for them to ask for the bank card PIN and then get hold of the card, yet I have never heard of such thin, while I heard dosend stories of the “yogis”
    Love.

  • Michael // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    These guys are around Mayfair these days. I met one a few days ago, telling me I had a lucky face. I didn’t trust him from the start, as, well, it’s London…. random people don’t really start conversations unless they are looking for money. He started to say a few things about me being lucky, but I had a frown and that he saw luck in my future. I stopped him and said I don’t believe in luck… I believe in Karma…. he didn’t understand the word Karma, so I said it’s a Sanskrit word, and I showed him some sanskrit tatoos I have on my wrist – which say “love” ” patience” and “truth”…. he wasn’t able to read them… and then asked me what my name was. I told him and then he took out his wallet with lots of peices of paper in it…. I knew something was up, as no one carries around lots of peices of paper like that….. so I said I had to go to work, and walked away. I just saw another one of them today, similarly an indian looking guy…so decided to Google it…. interesting to hear that it’s a bit of a trick/scam.

  • Conned too // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Same story, different place. I got conned today in at wall stree, New York City…. Luckily I don’t give him money instead offered juice from a food truck.

  • fool // Jul 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    i also met such a yogi in switzerland. they’ll ask you to blow the paperball whereon something is written – i guess there is some suspicious powder on the paper and by blowing it you’ll inhale it in the same time. from that moment on you’ll feel something warm and somehow connected to the yogi by the way he is talking to you – just for a short moment. really crazy cheats! check “scopolamine” on youtube.

  • David // Jul 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Amazing to find such an extensive blog in particular relating to the Indian guy that operates around the West End in London. I have just had an encounter with this guy and whilst I enjoyed hearing what he had to say (some of which I couldn’t understand due to his accent) I knew it would end in a plea for money. Who carries around a wallet with about 100 pieces of square paper? I was surprised that he wrote down ‘GH’ for good home as one of my answers as it wasn’t on the multiple choice list. In the end he showed me two pieces of paper with identical answers on them. I have no idea how he did the trick but I am looking forward to the three pieces of good luck he said is coming my way. Whilst this is a scam and I didn’t give him any money (despite his kind offer to escort me to the cash machine) I wouldn’t have felt cheated by giving him a few quid for entertainment value alone. That said, I do hope I never see him again!

  • Shelly // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    This just happened to me in Manhattan, NYC, and when I told my bf what happened – that this Indian man just guessed my favorite color, number and age – he was not impressed so we googled it.

    I was on my phone waiting outside of a bakery in east village waiting for the bf when a hefty tall and well dressed (pink linen shirt) and polite Indian man approached me and told me I have a lucky face. Said he was writing a book in astrology, blah blah blah. Told me I had to 2 faults, too frank with my friends and too willing to help – whatever- all that stuff is generic bs but I was bored enough so I kept listening to him.

    He said I was unlucky in love but changed his story by the time my bf showed up and said we were good for each other. I didn’t care too much for the fortune part of it but will still be amazed by the number, color and age! I held the paper tight the whole time, there is no way he swapped it!

    Anyway he asked for money for the charity that he comes from, I asked him for his card and proof, he flashed some type of card for me and now I wish in took a picture of it. Instead he gave me a website of his charity: http://www.gurunanakanthashram.org

    I gave him a $5 USD for his charity, but he mentioned that surely I could give more. Personally I often donate money to charities and I gave him the benefit of doubt that he was telling the truth so gave him a $20 instead. My bf says I got dupped but I guess at least for that brief 10 minutes of interaction with the yogi, I felt lucky and amused so lesson learned and hope he ends up giving my money to his charity!!

  • wow // Jul 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    The same thing happened to me today in holbon
    Indian guy in a turban approached me, however he said i had good energy.
    I stopped and said thank you to be polite. (Something about him made me stop) He said he was from LA and wanted to tell me some things. I was interested. He started telling me things which were true, how could he know.
    He did the paper thing, gave me a scrunched up piece of paper then asked me my age, animal and colour from the rainbow and started writing it down. He then told me to blow into the paper in my hand.
    After again he then told me more things about me then said
    once i open this paper if what you told me is on it you will have good fortune in September and then i can donate to him. He showed me pics of children and the oldest guru in india.
    He also said that he lives in a jungle when i told him i have no money hich i thought was weird because he approached me saying he was from LA. so i started thinking something was wrong.
    He did the money thing and ask me if i could donate, 100, 50 or 20. I said again i have no money and he said what about tomorrow. I told him i wont have for some time,(cant even pay my own bill) he again said that its not about the money and one day if we meet again i can give him a donation

  • James // Jul 16, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Welbeck St so not far from Mayfair a slim Indian man dressed in a suite, shirt, tie and turban. Stopped me and told me I was a kind man and helped people. I was taken aback, not by his insight but I was wearing a clerical shirt! Yes I’m a minister. I sort of admired his cheek! He quickly told me about my personal life. He
    then went on to talk about my marriage . “Am I right he asked” I teplied “not at all. I’ve never been married” and with that I smiled and told him I had an appointment to get to. Wearing a clerical collar in Central London is, regretfully a magnet for those seeking cash and often I do she’ll out a little But it’s the first time I’ve ever had someone wanting to tell my fortune. You gotta hand it to the guy – he had some nerve.

  • Autumn // Jul 21, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Saw this indian guy in a turban near savile row. Walked past me and said the usual ‘you face a lucky face’. This is not the first time that I’ve been approached, and I’ve been a regular viewer of this website, so I knew what was coming. He pulled me aside and wanted to read my palm. I said I didn’t have time for this, and then he searched his bag and started to take a pen out, but at that point, I said I knew what he was gonna do with the paper thing. He said he would give me a reading for £20′ but I said I didn’t have any money and walked away. I then watched him approached several other people on the same road. I also saw another indian guy doing the same thing on the opposite side of the road, so there must be loads of them operating in the Mayfair area.

  • Mehere // Jul 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Got stopped on Davies St Mayfair by an indian man a few months saying ‘you have a lucky face’, then he started saying something about my forehead and how lucky I am but I don’t know how to use my luck but told him I didn’t have time to chat and walked off.

    I was in Vienna over the weekend and got approached again by another turban wearer using the same lucky face line. This time I laughed and said I know, I’ve been told before. I wanted to see what he had to say for himself. He asked where I was from, said a few good things will happen next month then tried to give me a palm reading. At this point I refused cause I knew he’d be expecting money afterwards .

    Said to myself surely I can’t be the only one, must look this up on google & Voila.

  • Sarah // Jul 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Yogi fortune teller in Chang Mai, Thailand just sat down at my table in a cafe. Said I had a kind face and he read my palm – long life, strong heart. Said I listen to people and people do not listen to me. I was a kind lady but had a mans heart! (yes)
    Then he wrote on a small square of paper, crumpled it up and had me hold it in my closed hand. Asked me to write down a number between 1 and 5, I wrote 3 on large pad of paper and when I opened his paper the number 3 was written…he then correctly wrote my mothers name on a small piece of paper…..Said she had had a sickness one year ago (yes) and that he would pray for her if I gave him 500Baht.
    It was a positive experience for me. Funny to happen just after I’d read of Buddhist monks teaching the people to not believe in magic, superstitions. Overall it was positive experience.

  • Fab // Jul 27, 2014 at 10:59 am

    The key question that no one had answered, is how they do it????

  • Sandra // Aug 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Very interesting. I met a well dressed Sikh man in North Finchley near the tube station 3 days ago. I am a nurse on duty so had no money. He told me I had a lucky face and would have a lucky month. He said my boss did not appreciate me at all and the people I work with are very nice to my face but say nasty thing about me when I’m not there and I would find out about this soon. He said people are jealous of me which I said was not true but he disagreed. He said I was a very, very honest woman which people would say is my most negative feature as I have to say what I see which I have to say this is dead true. He said it is what people are jealous of as they wish they could stand up for truth like I do but also it is still my worst feature. He said I had a terrible year with love but this was over now. He then said I look very healthy on the inside but I’m actually very unwell underneath. “you are not very well at all” and it is all down my left side of my body. From my head to my neck, all down my back from upper to lower. All of this is true. I have a serious eye condition in my left eye and my back on the left is quite bad from two car crashes. He didn’t ask for money but did ask if we could meet as he could see so much more but I declined saying I didn’t want to become needy or weak and he accepted this well. Two days later a very good friend of mine called me to say she was in the office next to mine and she heard a colleague nurse tell my boss terrible lies about me re a conversation she had been privy too the week before. she listened for quite some time hearing all they had to say then stormed in exposing one of them as a liar and really had a go at them then phoning me to tell me. I was gob smacked to say the least! I couldn’t believe he had been so right so soon. Incredible. He did have talent for sure. Whish I had taken his number now as he offered.

  • orelia // Aug 9, 2014 at 1:35 am

    This same story happens to me on the 6 August 2014.I was coming from a shopping and it was in Antwerp Belgium.I was walking and an Indian man was passing by and said to me lucky girl.At first I didn’t react and I just continued walk away but later after like 3steps of walks I turned and ask him how he knows I am a lucky girl.He replied from your face.I just told him thank you and I continued my way.

  • K... // Aug 15, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Just met the lucky face guy in Geneva, Switzerland. On the bus 5 going towards the Airport. It was an interesting experience. But when he got my guesses wrong he asked me to put the white paper ball back on a flat surface and then switched it with a new one when he thought I was not looking. He attempted to pocket the other white paper ball. During the conversation beforehand where he made some good guesses about me I felt a little money wasn’t such a bad thing to ask. But when I saw that attempted sleight of hand I just decided ‘enough is enough’. Gave him 5 Francs and kept walking.

  • Tunc // Aug 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I’m from Istanbul, Turkey. I studied my bachelor degree and master degree in New York, USA. After completing my education, I moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2001 and joined Oil and Gas company. I was working in Central Office, doing Project Management. I was extremely feeling lucky to have that opportunity and because everyone was seeing me as asset and teaching me a lot. I was working happily and also enjoying my life in Malaysia. One day everything changed. When I was in office which is located close to Petronas Towers, KLCC located at beach club, I decided to go downstairs for smoke. I was facing mainstreet and smoking at the same time. A nice dressed looking indian man was walking from KLCC. When I see him, he smiled at me during his walk. I was like do I know him? Why he is looking at me like he knows me and why he is smiling at me like that. He kept walking than he changed his way and started to walk towards me. When he came he shook my hand and said I got lucky face since I got three main lines on my forehead. I didn’t beleive in the beginning. Than he offered me to walk with him. Maybe I did and would for the 1st time in my life but I did. We went to cafe nearby and sat down. He told me if I don’t believe him. After he asked me to open my right hand and he put a paper there. Than he asked me to open my left hand and he left a yellow tiny stone. Than he started to ask questions like what is my my age, what is my fav country, lucky number, when did I come to Malaysia, and final he asked Love. I answered all of them but told my gf’s first letter is B. After that he asked me to open my hand and take out the paper. When I looked down, I was shocked. It was all same! I was looking at him like wtf! He told me to open my left hand this time. He took the yellow stone from me. After he took the stone there was a mark left behind. He smiled to me and said just like he guessed. I didn’t understand it at all. He told me that I will set up a company which I was actually only concentrating at and he told me I will be very successful in future. But he said, money is not everything. Than he told me I would face difficulties in following February than october until end of year. He explained that he is actually helping children all around the world and showed me some pictures. He said his name is Yogi and he is a holly man. I said I left office by not taking my wallet. He told me no problem at all. I could give next time. Than he said I should keep the stone for good luck. But he said if stone would pass to different person or if I would mention to anyone, my all luck would also pass to him. I was totally freeze. I went back to home. I was only thinking about it and looking at the stone. I put it in my wallet to not loose it. So I was carrying it to work and home back. Next day, I saw different strange indian man in subway. There were maybe thousand people in subway but he was keep looking at me. It was totally weird. Subway stopped in next station and even he was walking down stairs, he was still staring at me. There was nonstop question mark in my head. What if he would curse me with that stone. Than I was saying what if its true. By the way, I’m a liberal modern Muslim. I thought about it again than I said I only believe God and if anything comes, I would rather choose it would come from God so I went into bathroom, throw into the toilet than I flushed it. Honestly, even now I don’t know that is it whether true or not. But what I can say is everything turned opposite way down in my life. I faced difficulties like he told me like I didn’t all my life that february and following october. I thought it would finish but those difficulties not only made me depressed but also changed my character little bit. After 16 months I had to sign out from company as of having so much problems with my upcoming manager and fights. I have started to work in different country and industry. What can I say is after I saw him, I haven’t felt the same I was before. I haven’t felt as smart, happy, hopeful or positive anymore. Although I tried to changed things unlucky kept coming. Maybe I exaggerated things are not as bad as I see, but it is what I feel. I’m just hoping I will find myself same and climb stairs as same as before. I would be please if anyone knowledgeable about this can describe me is it whether true or lie or what shall I do?

  • guru10at // Aug 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    vienna, austria.
    indian guy approached me and told me that i have good karma. told me that i had 2 bad years but now enjoy good success (which is tendencially somewhat true, depending on how one defines bad and success). showed my some photograph depicting him performing some nude medications. asked for my job and whether i have family. asked me to show him my hand – which i flatly refused. thanked him, wished him a nice day and walked away quickly. as a devout christian i avoid fortune tellers and magicians. as a street smart business man i avoid accepting any unsolicited service offerings that come without an upfront price tag.

  • city_worker // Aug 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Amazing how long this seems to have been going on!

    Met the same indian guy today at the bottom of South Molton Street (London), told me “i had a lucky face”. I stopped to say thank you and he started on what seemed like a pre prepared speech about my life. I couldn’t help but smile as i become sure he was going to ask for money or somehow swipe my wallet. He asked for my name at which point i said “thanks but i had to go”, he smiled and seemed happy enough and i went on my way. I rounded the corner onto SM st and i heard another voice from the other side of the road call out “Sir you have a lucky face!”. Now i was sure there was some scam going on and that there must be a group/gang of them so i raised my hand and shook my head whilst mentally checking i had my wallet watch and phone. All were there so no harm done, but i will not be stopping for them again.

  • Zooey // Aug 24, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Same thing happened to me today – Mayfair, London, 23Aug2014. An Indian guy said 3 good things will happen to be next month. Same paper trick with his leather pocket.

    He did blow me away by getting both my parents’ name, my age, favourite colour and animal, my problems, number of siblings right. He told me that my lucky star would come end of next month and I would get everything afterward, health, work, money. I would be rich and have a happy marriage with 3 kids. 2 boys and 1 girl…. At the end, he gave me a lucky stone. Comparing to all other people visiting psychic website, it’s an impressive experience.

    He mentioned that he needed money to travel and give food to the people. To be honest, I was in doubt about his charity things by noticing his iPhone and branded sunglasses but I was stupid enough to offer him £150. I should learn to be more careful with my money. But anyway, I’m glad to find this page.

  • Angel // Aug 25, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Just met the same Indian guy with a turban today in Manchester and going off from the previous post, looked like he jumped the city. Same like the ones post above. He said the same things; lucky face, hard worker, lucky stone, etc. He did get some money out of me and to be honest, I am glad he turned out to be fake. Some of the things he said were actually spot on but come to think of it, they could have been just lucky shots. Glad I found this site though.

  • Thomas Ho // Sep 1, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Happened to me in Singapore @ Raffles Place Shopping Ctr. was walking and the indian guy suddenly walk pass n said i have a lucky face. just try smile back at him. and out of curiosity i am waiting for wat he do next. he then come to me n said again that i have a very lucky face. Well and i guess the same thing n trick performed to me. im giving him 20sgd in the end. i was totally dont pay attention n cant remember clearly if he did change the paper given earlier.

  • Squiffy // Sep 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Same thing happened to me last night and it cost me £25. I kind of wanted it to be true but knew I was being conned. Cheeky little fakir!

  • Travelling Salesman // Sep 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I believe there are two parts to this trick. In Central London, this week: Indian guy sits down next to me, writes things down on a small bit of paper he tore from a pad and hands it to me while at the same time boasting of his powers to read foreheads. He then proceeds to ask for a flower, for a colour, a number (2, 3, or 4) and also asks what would I want to see out of life. Having much time on my hands, I proceeded to be humoured by what I sceptically expected to be a confidence trick. The answers I gave were Rose, Yellow, 3 and justice. He asked that I open the slip of paper, and he was correct but instead of justice, he had written the initials G. L. and H. When I said this last answer isn’t correct, he explained that the letter G was in fact meant to sound like J in his dialect. At this point, my scepticsm was at 11 but undeterred, he went to scribble on a new piece of paper, freshly torn from his magical pad. When he gave me the newly folded note which I clutched tightly away from him – I was determined to see remain alert and try to unhinge this charlatan. He posed the second round of questions: my age, name of life partner, and two other questions that I don’t recall. Now, my wife’s name is unusual and when he wrote it down, he made a mistake which I corrected. He then prompted that the second piece paper be inspected – to my astonishment, the answers were correct. He then went on to discuss two bad habits that I possess and to ask make some other statements on arbitrary personal and business matters. I wasn’t paying too much attention to him as I was trying to fathom what had just happened with the paper. For a start, there was no mistake in my wife’s name as there had been on the guy’s paper so the papers were probably not swapped under hypnosis unless he rewrote the list before the switch. This is plausible, as I remember him seeming to buy some time before having asking me to check the paper. He was mentioning how alike I was to my father’s father – this statement was actually way off the mark. Secondly, in general, I never forget anything – but the last two questions he asked, I have completely forgotten. Therefore, an explanation is hyptonism prior to the second round of questions and the more I try to recall what happened during those moments, there is a sense of deja vu as you might get in a dream. I didn’t hand over any money to him anyway, as it was still a trick of some sort – if he was truly clairvoyant, he wouldn’t need to ask the answers at all. The fortune-telling and generic life/business/family soothsaying are non-specific ramblings that are hit and miss. Yet the specific factual information he cannot provide, unless you volunteer the information. Hence, this would again indicate a cheap hypnotic trick and not some deep mystical awareness or cosmic knowledge.

  • ed alvars // Sep 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

    10years ago I came across a indivisual just like that in Baldwin park ca. but everything he told was true ,he said it was a waring of what was to come.everything he told happen my marriage, my illness,,he said I would have to make a chose one day .before I turned 45 of good and evil…..he said I’m a very smart person …but what ever choice I made I’ll be very power full with many followers ….I’ll be 45 in 2 weeks ..I’ve been a Christian for 5 years I had my ups and downs but now I’m living a consecrated life to God ,,strange as it may sound that was mychoice.. God Bless You!

  • L // Sep 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Hi
    Left my office today in Knightsbridge and bump into this guy who told me I was a lucky lady. I asked why? So went in basicly did same things as the others here described. Now the thing is I did not tell him anything and he kept telling things about me and my life which were spot on. It was not one thing, or two but 10 facts and some facts only me knew and nobody else. It was amazing! After that we sat in front of a church. It was very peaceful! We talked about life and the pursuit of happiness. I went home and reflected of what he told me. I was calm and happy. I am a religious person and I def believe he was sent by God to help me . Yes I gave him some money. The most well spend money I did.

  • M // Sep 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Germany city Singen The same think happened to me today it’s there a trick?I think it’s the same person or he has brothers but he know things about me .that’s strange he said about karma and he said that the this year I will have 3 lucky times .I ask his phone Nr but I dint have time to get it

  • Jane // Sep 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Hi,
    Same thing happened last week in South London. He was correct with every thing he said and told us that someone had used black magic on my husband. We threw away his number but would like to talk to him some more. Does anyone have his phone number by any chance?? We’re sceptical but need to find out more! Thx

  • Gian // Oct 4, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Hi,
    This happens to you in Zurich, Switzerland too. Yesterday late afternoon an ‘Indian magician’ approached me in Kreis 4 and told me the same story. I let him go with CHF 10.00 after he was insisting on more paper money.

  • Wajid Qureshi // Oct 9, 2014 at 7:14 am

    This happened to me recently in the North East of England, I drove past a guy and moments later he is at my door. (For the cynic I was in my BMW with a private reg…) This Fakir was like a medium, they perhaps have a special skill & can read people. They shouldn’t extract money but I guess some of us give what we can afford (alms). I wonder if a few of us who have met these guys were to meet – would we be similar / like minded people or random strangers…lets start a reunion / convention LOL ;-)

  • Mike // Oct 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hi all, same things happened today to me in a posh neighborhood in Paris. Very happy I found this blog, it was the first thing I googled when I came back to my desk after lunch. Exactly same situation happened (nicely dressed man, you have a lucky face approach, papers to be held in the hand, etc.).
    I may have some more information to add for the benefit of everyone:
    (1) I decided to give him some misleading information as answers to his questions, e.g. wrong name, wrong date of birth, wrong favorite color, etc. –> The result was that those information were on the piece of paper later on. So that’s further proof for anyone that’s it’s just a scam (just in case someone is still superstitious)
    (2) All the papers he opened in my fist had light blue traces e.g. carbon paper evidence (we did three rounds of questions/answers and each time traces of previous writing / carbon paper residue was there)–> My conclusion was that he just switch papers at some point when you look in his eyes etc.
    (3) When I told him to show me the white papers he was writing on he retreated in an abrupt way and did not want me to touch his papers.
    Overall nice experience and the guy was peaceful, but i did check my pockets/wallets several times that everything was there before i let him go.

  • Sharon // Oct 12, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Today I was walking to a healthy store in San Jose. Then this dude with a turban said I had
    a good aura and said I was blessed. He told me
    personal things about my life that were really
    honestly true. Then he said 3 good thing will
    happen to me the coming month. Then he
    asked me to go into his car to talk more about
    my future. Then I said no because I wouldn’t
    feel safe in anyone’s car so I just pretended to
    have to go and said a thank you quickly. Then
    I walked fastly away.

  • Sophie // Oct 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    So glad I’ve found this link… only last week-end in a little street just behing Harrods in London, this charming old Indian man who came out of nowhere, but seemed to be going somewhere, just walk by me as I was waiting for my husband to pick me up. As he walked he looked at me quickly and immediately said I had a lucky face… I smiled and thanked him, he stopped and told me I was going to live until at least 95… so I had my attention then… I started telling him that women in my family died very old and thought the better of it and stopped talking… he then went through the same ritual as described in all the above accounts… when the two pieces of paper matched and I thought he was amazing.. he then told me to put money in his wallet… I must admit that thought that I was being conned all along was in my mind and suddently I felt really angry and thought he had spoilt everything by asking me for some money… I told him I had no note, which was actually true… I made me smile when he told me to put Euros…I had told him I was French earlier… I said I had none, all I had was a £1 coin in my purse and a supermarket trolley coin… oh and my lucky one dollar bill… no way I would have parted with that! He took my coin and walk away wishing me good luck! I’m often in this area of London so I will look out for him and next time ask him what’s it’s all about, because I’m also curious!

  • LIU // Oct 19, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I have to admit that I still feel rather amazed by the trick. I was near Moorgate for my training course over the weekend and during class break I decided to take a stroll. A short Indian man with brown jacket approached me and said exactly the same “You have a luck face, I see star under your forehead”. I am not religious and loved all detective shows since I was a little girl. So many stories I have heard, “No way I would be tricked to give away money”, I thought. I ended up giving away 60 pounds.

    Same trick, the yogi man asked me for my favourite flower and colour. I was astonished when I opened the paper in my hand and saw exactly my answer there. Immediately I thought he had switched paper but he showed me the one that he wrote on, another small yellow note. He started talking about what he think has happened to me, lucky but with negative energy, etc. Whilst he goes on and on I looked into his eyes and see sincerity, and I just couldn’t stop trying to figure out how he did this. I thought to myself, if he doesn’t ask me for money and let me go just like that, then this is really a wonderful experience. Unfortunately he then opened his wallet and showed me pictures of some woman doing yoga posture and wrote on paper, 30, 60, 90 pounds. He goes “You are not rich, but you are not poor. Some give me 30, some maybe 90, for you, its 60″. Like I said, I am not religious but there are things that science can not explain, and I have given money for temples and monks before for good. “Let me just think of it as giving for charity” I thought. He walked me to the ATM and I got him the 60 pounds.

    He didn’t walked away immediately, which made me a bit relieved, as if he didn’t just talked to me for money (I later found out that he did..)

    He asked me again for my birthday, whether I have any brothers or sisters etc. This time I intentionally gave him some misleading information, as Mike did (previous post). I opened the paper and what I said was on the paper, same trick, but yes, wrong name of my boyfriend. “It’s a cum..” by then I have already given away 60 pounds. I was disappointed and sad about the time I just wasted on this person.. He kept talking, on and on.. I said I need to go. “Of course, I will pray for you for 21 days. For that I would suggest you to give me 100 pounds for that. ”

    To be honest until this moment I don’t know why I didn’t ask him for the 60 pounds back. I said to him that you did very well today man. I will not give you the 100 pounds and I am leaving. The 60 pounds I take it as for the moment that I was amazed by his trick. Still, it’s not a small amount of money.

    It is shocking to see the same thing has been happening to people since almost 3 years ago and yet we keep posting our experience, and the yogi man is still out there pulling out possible cum. I have given away my money and in my mind this is closure, I won’t be tricked again and I saw something quite amazing. But shouldn’t we involve the police or at least media to track down these yogi man to ensure that more innocent/good hearted people are not tricked? We earn our money fair and square, with lots of hard work and effort, same as everyone else who deserves to know this kind of stories and protect themselves..

  • silvia // Oct 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Singapore near raffles place. Happened to me and believed it until he asked for money, then i left. Luckily.

  • Keegan // Oct 21, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Wow this yogi man travels a fair bit, I just had the same encounter some hours ago in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. I asked the amount he wanted before he could start. He insisted I listened first. So I put rm 10 on the table. He did his whole you have a lucky face, passing me crumpled paper and then the magic. Was so curious bout his whole act that I went searching online for it.

  • carly // Oct 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I just had the same experience – Toronto, Canada. This guy did all the same things – piece of paper etc, gave me a stone etc. Then wrote down how much money he needed for prayer materials $100, $200 or $300 Canadian dollars! I told him i didnt have that kind of money and he said not to worry, there are bank machines around, just draw out that money! Anyway pretty left of centre – glad i found this because it all rather freaked me out.

  • M // Oct 22, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Had this happen to me recently too. 99% sure it’s the non-carbon carbon paper trick. Still, if I do in fact get $30k like he claims, I will gladly pass him $1000(the other 15k is going to my own temple, tyvm), and hope never to see him again.

  • Mary // Oct 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    It happen to a friend in Cape Town and i witnessed it today. He came up to me and said “you have a lucky face and touched his forehead” My friend got so excited and after that he took out a red purse with a zip and showed us his plasic laminated card. He said he read palms. So he sat down next to us and he took her name and my name told her she would live till 87 and i till 82.. He then proceded with the numbers and colours and then after he had given my friend her paper and i was the correct answer he wrote on the paper how 3 different sums of money. She said she would give him the highest amount. So he said he would tell her fortune but i could not listen. So they moved across about 2 meters from me.. anyway.. i went into the resturant and the chef told me he had had the same experience and we shouldnt give him money. But i said my friend felt the information that mr Swami had given her was.correct. I did ask her if she was sure and… well she gave him R1000. I felt sorry for him and i gave him a cellphone with a sim card. So once i thought about it later that day. As i had looked it up i tried to call him.. the phone was on but he didnt answer it. I sent a sms. But still no response.

  • ozzie // Oct 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    It just happened to me. I was so happy and then I thought, there has to be a trick to this. It cost me $30.00 ..LOL.. whatever it made me happy for 10 minutes.

  • ozzie // Oct 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    oh by the way it happened in Franklin Square NY, Long Island

  • Leo // Nov 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I met this guy (Indian,blue turban,well dressed,red dot on his forehead) in 2011 on a side road of Oxford Street London. I walked him passed when he made some remarks about my “aura” and I, for some reasons, went back closer to him. I struggled with his accent (I am not English native speaker myself) but I decided to stay and listen to him. I am an extremely skeptical person and I made it immediately clear to him that I wouldnt have given him a pence.He did not seem bother that and started telling me things about my life (too generic,really). Then he did the little piece of paper trick. I can’t remember what he asked me now but everything he asked me and put on his paper (my bit was in my palm) but is was something about my wife, children and so on. He then told me (apart from “you’ll be promoted” bla bla) that “I would have travelled a lot across Europe”. He also said I would have lived to 97! wow. While writing down figures on his little piece of paper(my blank paper was safe in my palm), he had to correct one figure I told him (he just erased on his paper). Outcome (after much blabla difficult for me to pick up):
    1) Whatever I have said it was in my “blank” piece of paper. And whatever it had been erased in his paper was not in mine (i.e. not carbon copy). However, if I remember well, his pen was black, my copy was in blue ink
    2)In 2012 I decided to “walk back from the UK to my native country (Italy)”.And from 2013 I am travelling a lot from UK to the Continent”
    3)He showed me a picture about some people in India but I didnt give him a penny even after his “trick”

    So, he said positive things about me, didn’t want a penny from me and did that “trick” with the paper. What can I say? A scam? maybe but how did he do it?

    On a separate note, I do believe there are person with “special” gift. One was a Catholic Friar who didnt know anything about me and yet he was 100% right about my life (and no money was involved) and a lady who did tarot to me very recently (fee applied) but was very accurate on my recent past and future.

    I don’t really know what to say. I do believe in God and I believe there are these gifted people around.

  • Ritesh // Nov 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Wow this is really insane but true.

    I am from India and I too had this experience today morning right at my doorstep.
    A bell rang and as I opened there was this sikh guy and he said he is here for a donation towards a prayer being arranged in the nearby Gurudwara. This is quite regular in India so I gave him 100 rupees.
    Then he said you have lucky life.

    Then he said he can tell me certain things and which I should keep only till me.

    He gave me a small paper and asked me to right my date of birth, my parents name and any one wish that I have. Then he told me to fold the paper and kept it with me.

    He then told me my Date of birth and My fathers name 100% accurate which he had written on a separate piece of paper.
    I was really amazed as in how he can guess that.

    Then he said that in the coming year two months are very favorable for me.
    I will meet the girl of my life whose name will start with letter ‘S’.
    He told me that I should not worry too much and I am very helpful to my frends and I should refrain a bit in going all out helping me friends.

    Almost all the things he said were really true.

    The most startling fact is that he could not have got any information about me or my family because I shifted to this place only a week back and nobody in my my neighbour know anything about me.

    He did asked me to give some money 3100, 4100 or 5100 which he will use for doing Ardass (Prayer) for me and before I could say that i dont have money in my wallet he said I know that you don’t have money in home and you have money in your account which you have kept for some specific purpose. (Again right as next month is my brother’s marraige and there are a lot of expenses coming up for that).

    He said to give money only if I will give the money with happiness.

    Before going he said that I will go abroad next year and he will come and ask for buying him clothes after I return back to India next year.

    I ended up giving him 3100 + 100 in total.

    Being a guy from India I don’t beleive in most of these guys who will ask for money saying they can tell your future but this was amazing.

    Also, Sikhs are known as people whom you can trust. You will not find a single sikh beggar throughout the world.

    It is amazing to know so many people throughout the world have experienced such things.

  • andy // Nov 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Smae thing today in Bangkok outside Wat Suan Phlu, near the Shangri La Hotel. A Sikh with a turban, maybbe 50 years old. Calm, gentle and seeming trustworthy. Exact same story as posted here many times (You have a lucky face, Good things will happen next month around Christmas, i.e. will meet a partner for life, will make lots of money the next 3 years etc etc.). Lots of mumbo-jumbo, but the fascninating thing was about the (in my case 4) questions, former lifepartner, mother’s name, profession, birthdate. He himself wrote these down on a small paper, crumbling it up, handing it to me to keep firmly in my hand. Then some more mumbo-jumbo before I revealed the answers, which he again wrote down on a new piece of paper. Then compare the two, 100% match.

    While I knew from the outset that this was going to be about money, I indulged him because it was entertaining fun and fascinating at the same time. There was talk about god and higher powers (which he even asked me if I believe iny any of those, to which I said no, didn’t deter him at all), but I still have no idea how he could have switched the papers. Also, if I remember correctly, there was neither time nor opportunity to write a second, correct version to slip into my hand after I revealed the correct answers.

    So even if this is a “scam”, it is money spent on an amazingly well done trick. We’d pay a lot to see David Copperfield, so might as well pay to experience this well done trick first-hand. I ended up giving him 2000 Thai Baht (which is 50 Euros), as I had promised beforehand., when he of course said I wouldn’t have to pay I he wasn’t 100% correct. I have no grudges.

    As for reporting these guys to the police as someone suggested here, what is illegal about what they are doing? They are not stealing, nor selling fake good, nor else engaging in fraud. They say they the answers on the papers will match, and they do. That’s all they sell. How they get there, whether through being psychic, or a “higher power” (as my guy), or by a smart trick, is irrelevant to the deal.

  • Unkown // Nov 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Singapore parkway parade – 16 nov ,2014.
    This happened to me and my friend when we were approached by a sikh indian guy who said good things are going to happen soon and asked us to scribble on paper . He seemed to be right and got 80 SGD from my friend and I can’t believe but I actually went to the ATM to withdraw money and give him 250 SGD. I have no clue what he does , but a simple advise is not to get into such conversations . I have learnt my lesson :( .

  • igotConned // Nov 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

    this just happened to me and my girlfriend in san jose, CA! it was interesting at first, but after 10-15 minutes i knew he was going to ask for money. he guessed the flower part on my gf’s paper. for me, he told me to choose a number between 1-9 and i chose 7. he was right. not sure how he did it. he might have switched it at some point. what pissed me off was that we were at a parking lot and he got in our car without asking…my gf gave him $5 just so he would leave. if i ever see him again, i will literally stab him. goodbye

  • Mars // Nov 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Look like is a group or same person try to show little trick to the world, I just now meet this guy in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, same thing looking at you said you have a lucky face and then same thing small paper and skill same trick, this time a bit different is told me do not share anything or idea to any one and I need pray to God at the early morning and then money will come to you.

  • Anonymous // Nov 26, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I experienced the same scam today in Khao San road, Bangkok. I’m always sceptical about things like these so I try my best to prove the legitimacy of them, plus i was intrigued as to where this was going. He said I had a lucky face and it was fate to meet me bla bla bla. He guessed my number between 1-10, stupidly I chose 7 which was the first number to pop in my head, that and the number 3 I would imagine are the two most probable numbers to guess. He said he would guess my mothers name, girlfriends name (by this time she had left his associate as she has no time for scammers), how many siblings and my birth year. So all I needed to do was circle my financial status to associate a donation, there was poor (3000 baht) medium (6000 baht) rich (9000 baht) by this time I was definitely sceptical about it being a con as he pulled me aside on the street with the full lucky face thing. When I said I had no money and I couldn’t afford to pay him any of these prices he didn’t believe me saying I had money on me (which I didn’t, the missus was holding the money) he then said I could give him an old phone or camera instead, again I can’t afford to give him any of these as I have photos on both and they are my possessions. I eventually agreed to buy a new phone (cheapest I could find) and give him that, if he correctly guesses all 4. He then pretends to check my palms, looks at my tongue and earlobe etc. scribbles something on paper without letting me see, then done the usual rolling it in a crumpled ball and in my hand. When he done that however he then asked me the answers as a proof paper, I decided I will give this guy false names to see how legitimate he really is, if he’s really read my palm and such he would have written different answers down. He then proceeds to ask me more questions regarding sex life, last time I’ve seen family, friends and my country etc. Scribbles them on paper then takes the original crumpled bit from my hand and puts the 2 together, kissing is and blowing on it then puts it back in my hand, so now I have two separate bits. Now whether the first bit of paper was blank and with full second bit of paper opportunity he extracted the information and done the old switcheroo I dont know? But the results came back with the false names. I agreed to buy him a phone, however he agreed to correctly guess the names etc. I left knowing he was a scam artist and with that I felt I had scammed him back….ironic though as before we got started he was asking if I believe in karma. Does he?

  • batiatus // Nov 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Hello, I am from Mauritius and one of my friend just phoned me and he was pretty freaked out. He encountered the same guy, smartly dressed, with leather shoes and did the same trick with yellow paper, aksing some questions and miraculously getting all the answers correct whilst the paper was still in my friends hand. He also handed him 3 bits of paper and sm kind of stone which after some time seemed to have put the pieces of paper back into a single piece. THIS IS A SCAM!! I am yet to figure it out but believe it involve some chemistry with the paper already senstive to some kind of ink. PLEASE SHARE AND INFORM ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO BE CAREFUL!!

  • E from Sydney // Dec 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the write up guys.
    I too am now a member of the lucky face club. Coming out of Wynyard station in Sydney today at around 1:25 pm this decent looking Indian guy in a turban said the magic word – ‘you have a lucky face’. I will spare you guys the details as the story sounded similar with the rest of the posts in this site with slight variation. I thought he had a genuine concern about my luck and my future but realised I was dreaming when yogi asked for money. So glad I didn’t fall for it, and feeling even better after finding this site.

  • Ged // Dec 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Got caught by him today, Ko San Rd (tourist central) Bangkok. Late middle aged sikh with turban. Did the whole you are lucky, have good Kharma, big heart etc, followed by the number and color. I gave him a few coins and went to leave. Then he said ‘if I tell you the name of your mother what will you give me?’

    I am usually a skeptic / cynic, not supersticious at all. But I was adpoted as a baby and spent years searching for my Mother. I found out her name a couple of years ago, but have had no contact….. I then fell for hit BS hook line and sinker.

    I gave him 6000 Baht (about £120) after being blown away at him giving the correct name.

    A couple of hours later thinking it through I worked out he’d switched the pieces of paper. I was half glad to realise that there was nothing supernatural going on, and half really pissed off at my self for being taken.

    5 minutes of subsequent googling brought me here. Oh well lesson learned. I had just been to a money exchange and changed £100 into Thai Baht, i wonder if he’d been watching the money exchange shop?

  • Kamal // Dec 26, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Was Approach by a yogi man today while i was parking my bike at the multi-story carpark near my housing estate at Beo Cresent somewhere in Singapore. And yes he did say “i had a lucky face” and the same great guessing trick which impress me but end up being persuaded by him to give him all my money.. felt cheated somehow i gave him SGD10 as that was all i have in my wallet. I was lucky not to withdraw money from the atm as i am sure he will try to get all that money into his hands. I somehow feel that he just have good illumination tricks under his sleeves and people should take a little more precaution.

    After the whole incident i feel that i have just been trick by one man that is full of tricks. But for some who been trick further as in the yogi man was able to now your family background, stuffs and your past. I believe that this people might be having relations with the jins/syaitans, correct me if i am wrong, as i have no intention to spread false information leading to accusing of innocent men. As a muslim, i learn that the only way other people can know your past is either you told them, they been stalking you or they get the jins/syaitans to help them as from what i Know jins and Syaitans have the knowledge of our past especially every sin we made. Therefore having that knowledge they used it to stray us from the word of Allah by making us trust them with their fortune telling tricks pouring some truth and a lot of lies to blind us. But one thing for sure they cannot tell our future no one can only Allah knows as he is the all knowing. Therefore never fall into such traps as one that know your past will never know you future for sure.

    In conclusion please do not fall into the words of another man saying your future is bright or dark. As no man, devil, jin or animal knows your future other than God, Allah. Thus, For those who came across another yogi man next time. Please don’t accuse them having relation with the devil as it is not 100% probable. What i am sharing with you guys is basically what i know and feel through reasoning and some facts. Therefore does not mean all yogi guys have relation with a devil. They are just another human like us and next time when you stop by them and being shown the tricks you do not need to trust them and when they as for money, take it as a tip for some magic tricks and a charity for those in need.

    I believe thats all i want to share people!! Anyway marry belated christmass!! And a happy new year!!

  • chad // Jan 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

    this also happened to me today for the SECOND time first i was at school in north hollywood ca about 3 weeks ago the second time which was today in beverly hills ca … if i get approached again im gonna learn the trick and do it on him!

  • lord muggins // Jan 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    i just encountered this guy in shoreditch and was so convinced he could actually read my mind that i parted with £121 of which i got from the ATM! wow….he was very convincing, this one got me with my own name, the flowers and numbers one, and my age….he also kept telling me i think too much, and to relax and not think so much….which is weird as i do think too much (and that’s when he had me….along with happiness, good person, blah blah blah), oh and that i work hard for money and let it go easily!…he must have been wetting himself inside….gutted its a con, but i’m smiling about it so oh well…..watch out for yogo london

  • HESSAAA // Jan 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Guys the same thing happened to me today at East London, near Brick Lane.

    I was walking, looking for a lighter and suddenly a man told me “You have a very lucky face”. I said “Thanks” and he asked me if I had wanted to know how he knew.

    Then he started telling me how he can read my aura and etc and I told him I’d believe him if he guessed my name.

    He wrote something on a paper, and put it in my hand. Then, he started to ask what my name was, where I was born, to pick a number (I picked 3). Then he showed me a picture of a few Indian Yogha/Guru men and asked me to kiss the paper and look at the Sky and put it on the face of any man on the paper. I opened the folded paper and it was my name. He then asked me for money, and initially, I didn’t wanna give him anything. Then I felt that he might curse me or something so I gave him £10. Then he sat down with me and wrote some stuff about stars on a paper and did the whole paper trick again, this time about me getting married to a guy, gave me a small stone and then asked me to give him another £21 because I am 21 years old.

    I didnt give him anything else and he just said “God Bless You” and walked away.

    I got so freaked out I threw everything he gave me away. Do you guys thing these people are legit?

    It’s impossible he would know my name because it’s a very Arabic name and its VERY RARE.

  • r from so. california // Jan 29, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I had the same experience prior on Sat. I was working at the office and he stepped inside. The man was smartly dressed and had a friend with him. He said he was looking for the owner and he knew the owner. But after he approached me and said I had a lucky face and did all those paper things. I was pretty tired right then since it was close to 4pm and I had already been a bit frustrated with the workload and plus was doing taxes for the prior year.

    He actually got me to cry since he said there was someone in my life who was pressing down on me and that person is not in my immediate family because she is jealous of me. He then continued on with the paper thing and said I had a misfortune back in 2011 and that my fortune will change with better wealth, health, and love. He then showed me amounts in which I would like to donate to the poor $30 or $50 and then another envelope to give to him so he can pray for me for 33 days. He also gave me a stone or seed that looks like a Li hing mui but bumpy like a lychee fruit outer covering.

  • Mandy // Mar 3, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I had a some-what same experience today in San Leandro, California. An Indian (?) man came to my car when I was about to leave. He told me I’m blessed, Im very blessed. He had a strong accent, it was hard to comprehend some of the things he said. Unlike some of these stories, he wrote something down on a piece of paper and crumbled it. He handed it to me. He then asked me to pick any flower – I picked a rose – then a number between 1-5 – I picked 3. He then told me to blow on the paper and open it. What do ya know? Its exactly what I told him. AFTER I had the paper in my hand. Trippy. He then followed with how my face and self look happy, but inside Im sad and not happy ( Which Is completely true). Then said that 1 man has broken my heart before. Which again is TRUE! Ive been with only a few men. He just told me how blessed I am and that the number on the paper is how many blessings I will have soon. HE NEVER ASKED FOR MONEY! WHAT!? I don’t see how this situation could possibly be a scam. Or magic. Just the fact that before he really talked to me he wrote these things on the paper. Its weird to me how all these stories are similar yet different. Some are probably scams of course, if they’re asking for money. But at the same time how do they know all these things about us?

  • Amber // Mar 3, 2015 at 6:27 am

    So glad I found this website as I had to google this. Ok so here’s my story- it happened in Fremont, CA was I was walking into a grocery store. An indian man (no turban) came to me and said the whole you have a lucky face to which I replied thanks. N

    He told me things about my life.. that were unusually spot on. He talked about how I regretted partnering up in business and not to do it this time around. (very true). Of course he talked about the boatloads of money I would make. He talked about the type of person I am.. very spot on details. He did the paper trick which didn’t do much for me even at the moment. Bc I was like.. really.. the number 3, Rose, .. ehh not that impressed. I’m sure those are common off the top of your head answers.

    Didn’t give him any money. I told him I would rather just donate it to the needy. He seemed upset at first but then said good luck to me.

    Scam? I would assume so. But many spot on details.. so the trickery is good. Who knows maybe they have a gift maybe they don’t

    If they don’t…It sucks because Sikhs are really good people and from the stories I’ve read on this website these people might be out here shaming them!

  • Josiah // Mar 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Same thing here in sunny Pasadena, CA. Taking a walk after lunch I got stopped by a “really friendly Indian guy in a black turban with a large beard” claiming he could see my aura and that I was going to be very lucky next year. He said my last two years had been really hard but that this year would be better. I told him that the last few years had actually been really good so this next must be fantastic! He started scribbling on the typical small sheets of paper, and handed one to me.

    Then he asked how many brothers I had: 3. Then he asked my favorite color and I said blue.

    I knew something wasn’t kosher but I played along. Then he asked me for money because he had “blessed me”. I told him I didn’t have any cash and he said “well what can you do for my people?” as he showed me an old picture of poor Indian people. I told him I could pray for them that they would be blessed just like me. Then he told me to look at the paper, and sure enough he had written 3, blue on it.

    I told him it was a nice trick, and to have a good day. He told me not to cut my beard because it had a good aura. Aww shucks. Thanks man!

    Don’t give in to cheap parlor tricks and a fake blessing!

  • Lucky Locky // Mar 22, 2015 at 4:53 am

    The yogi is now in Australia…

  • Andy // Mar 25, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I am glad I found this website and learned that ALOT of people had similar experience. It happened to me today in Hong Kong, I was taking a smoke break out of work (didn’t bring my wallet with me), and this Indian guy dresses in a nice suite came by and said I have a lucky face. (i actually experienced it two years ago) but want to see how he did the trick. He only asked for my favourite colour (which I purposely picked Pink which obviously is not my colour) and a number below 10. He then started to ask what’s my wish and that I will be making alot of money and will make my name in public. Of course, once I opened the paper it was Pink and the number I told him. He then asked for money and I told him I don’t have my wallet with me. He said he will sit there and wait for me to go out and get it. I keep asking him how he did that trick and he just told me not to worry about it. He said he will tell me everything about my life if I help him out with some money. I asked if he can tell me a little and I will see if it means something to me. He was abit shocked and said I am not respecting him. I told him I respect him but I just feel abit insecure. He then walked away..

    I really want to know how he pulled off that trick..

  • WQq // Mar 25, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Wow thank you for posting this site.

    I just had my encounter today at raffles city, Singapore entrance today. This guru is about 30s – 40s. He says he is a social worker coming to Singapore to help. He started with Lucky face and did e same things, predicting about my life and family, which I am amaze some r true, whilst the rest are not. But what’s mind boggling is how he could have known. And to end it off he did the rich ($900), middle($600) poor ($300) category n ask where I belong. That was e point where I told him off, that he has not been completely honest, and how can he be aspiring $300 from somebody who say he or she is poor?? He told me not to be angry and walk away.

  • Rich // Mar 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, he got me for $23 in downtown San Francisco, California, USA. He told me everything I wanted to hear. However, my storyline was different. Like: Stay away from ex-girlfriends, don’t leave California to live elsewhere, someone will partner with me in business to make millions and I should always listen to my wife and stay away from young girls. The latter point made me laugh. He was Indian and dressed as everyone described above. By the way, I selected Blue and “3″. I suppose I missed the paper-switch due to the fact I was so amazed by his false insight. On the bright side, $23 will help me save others.

  • BS // Apr 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Had my encounter today with the great Yogi at my door step! He said, he got my address in meditation. Same start – lucky face, etc. Rose + 3…He cant be the same person as I can see from posts above that he was in US on 27th so he cannot be in Leeds, UK on 02nd April unless he is really rich or a true Yogi. He mentioned that he is currently in Manchester…not sure why he took the pain to visit my house which is 60 miles from manchester. Not worth a travel for £5, which I gave him before he played all the tricks. I wouldn’t if he would have done it earlier. Hope he is not lucky as he was planning to visit another house nearby! Wishing good luck to the next house he visits. I took his mobile number just in case if anyone feels cheated. Don’t think he conned me but give me a shout if you had a bad day.

  • JR // Apr 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    There are 2 guys currently at the parking lot of the Westfield Mall in Woodland Hills, CA. Same story as everyone else. I even got a little souvenir that I am supposed to keep on my person. What gets you is the face, it’s just so innocent looking. There is definitely an art to this scam. Either they manage to remember each person’s “good luck” to come or they just tell the same stories over and over, and I’m betting on the latter. This guy had the nerve to ask me for more money the second time. What a joke!

  • guest // May 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    may 2015, very similar story in Zuerich CH , pleasant and polite indian fellow mid-30s age, says on the street that i have a lucky face. i figure some kind of scam is up, mainly expecting an attempt to distract me from a pickpocketing. He pulls a little wallet type thing out of his bag , with lots of scraps of paper. crumples one up and says here hang on to this. ok i have that in one hand. Then he asks me a few of the same questions others here get asked, number of siblings, name of a flower i like, something i want out of life.. the flower i gave was a very unusual name (not even english) , etc, the same deal where he writes them all down on his paper, and then later tells me to open my paper and written on it are the things he had written down on the other paper. He gave the same story about some good news to come soon etc etc, gave me some small plastic charm.. i was genuinely impressed with the paper trick, still trying to think of when he caught me off guard to switch the paper in my hand , and had figured he’d get around to asking for money sooner or later. i’d already decided ill give him a 5 franc coin i had in my pocket as the skill of the performance was genuinely worth something. then he did the bit about writing down three numbers saying regular people pay 100 francs, moderately well of pay 200, and rich people pay 300.. needless to say thats quite a lot of money, i offered him the 5 franc piece (still quite generous really) and after some protesting he was satisfied with this and remained quite polite and told me to get up earlier in the morning to pray.. then we parted. i did make a second check on my wallet just in case there had been an accomplice trying to pick my pocket, but nothing of the sort. i figured he earned the fiver for the well done performance.

  • nina // May 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    can I say something which I feel is Important which will probably not be believed but might be a warning to a few ppl here. But here goes:

    These fortune telling guys use something called a jinn. A lot of people don’t believe in it but they refer to them as spirits. However it is a common believe that every person has a spirit that accompanies them. These people have the ability to communicate with their spirits which in turn communicates with your spirit and tells them things. That’s how they know what your thinking because your spirit tells their spirit. Secondly to the poster who allowed the guy to take a picture. Please do not allow these people to take your picture or anything you have touched that belongs to you. If you do not give them money they can cast spells on you. I know you guys wont believe me but just trust that there are things in this world that do exist but we cannot see. It’s not magic but its through rituals and sacrifices these people are able to obtain the help of spirits. Its the concept like aladin and the genie. Neways whether you believe me or not just don’t give them anything like a picture.

  • Well // May 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Just got conned as well, right in the neighborhood I work in, in central Paris.

    Was busy, tired from a workout and going back to work.

    I was amazed that I got tricked, but I had especially poor attention at the time.

    That’s street magic, nothing special really, but it’s well done. Just feel weird to have fallen for it.

    I mean, I basically live here, I know about this stuff.

  • frozzie // May 19, 2015 at 9:53 am

    May 18th, 2015… Happened to me during my lunch time on the avenue Franklin Roosevelt Paris…
    After all these things : lucky face, numbers on paper, etc… I let him some money.
    In the doubt I said : if I’m wrong with you I’ll just imagine that you are only very kind and that I paid a lunch for you.
    But if you know me so much, you must know that I have a true memory.
    Then wherever you will be now, I’ll recognize you.

  • Nichola // May 19, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Happened to me yesterday… I’m amazed how many people on here do not believe… 4 pieces of paper right each time, no slight of hand, no tricks. I feel very blessed and grateful this holy man crossed my path and told me the things he did. The #parlourtricks as one might view them were only there to prove and show his authenticity in case you did not believe.

    Thanking the Holy Man / Yogi that crossed my path xx

  • Sushank // May 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Happened to me 15 min ago… the guy asked for money and i had to give him $10 instead of 100 that he asking… horrible and amusing at the same time.. i told him my age was 31 while it is 35… all wrong facts given to him, but exactly what was on the paper…

  • Ina // May 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I met an Indian looking guy, good dressed, in Frankfurt. He was walking in the opposite direction and told me ” you are a very lucky person, I can see it in your forehead”. Everything was so unexpected that I just thanked to him and continued walking. Before I found this page I was disappointed that I haven’t stopped and taked to him longer, there was something magical in it.

  • brooklyn // Jun 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    So I googled ” yogi man ” after encountering this Indian man near 23 rd street near 5th avenue!

    Same spiel lucky face, numbers and flowers on the page write down your wish.

    And at first i’ll admit is was nice to hear something positive!

    butttttt!!!! then he said 50 75 or 100 dollars…..of my hard earned cash FOH…………….. NOT ME NOT Mine

    I am not a tourist

    He didn’t get my money!

    i told him i had bills to pay..

    he pressed and pressed telling me go to the bank, and I wasn’t trying to let him know I was on to him so i said ill meet him another day.. lmao

    FOH

    Brooklyn stand up!!

  • D // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Same this same story in New Jersey ended up paying 😔

  • Niko // Jun 11, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Exact same con trick in Frankfurt on 10 June (maybe same guy as Ina, above). Smartly dressed dark-skinned Indian feller. Stopped me right in front of our office building. Became aggressive when I politely refused to give him any money. He shouted that it’s an investment in the future of my family and twice demanded to know why I wouldn’t pay.
    His props included 2 crisp 50 Euro notes in a billfold when he gets to the part where he asks for money.

  • Niko // Jun 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

    By the way – this scam has been going on for decades – see this blog post:

    http://cardopolis.blogspot.de/2014/03/more-on-lucky-face-scam.html

    or google for ‘lucky face’

  • EH // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I guess this guy is back in London now. Just had an encounter on StJames’s close to Jermyn street. Exactly the same spiel of course. I did not give him any money (thankfully!). He must be doing very well though as he was dressed very well. Shame that he can’t put his talents to better use. It’s certainly not good karma to be scamming people for all of your life!

  • Ab // Jun 15, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    i am from India and i have lots of experience with these types scams . Today i faced the same experience but i was aware of these tricks but i gave him 100 INR which ia about 2usd because i likes the way of performance. So i paid for his performance. I loved it.

    If you read the whole discussion above then you will find that most of the answers for flower are ROSE and mapped numbers which are odd like 3 or 9. The turbun colors play a very important role in your decision making .Most of faked yogies who weared Blue may impact your brain for decsion making.

    So there are prediction and number magic tricks which is a outcome of great hardwork .

    If you are not a technocrat and don’t know about how brain works then go for brain games episodes.

  • deep // Jun 17, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Same this same story in 38 strret ended up paying also got his number and spoke to him but now number is off..same decent tall good looking punjabi indian man.

    Same paper work age color number wish and other stuff..asked 100 $ for charity after showing his guru’s pics and some poor childern ended up paying 25$…convinced him ..don’t know if its true or not..but tht meeting was good…god knows who was he and what his intentions was….i believe in god so he will take care of everything…i just consider donation as charity for humanity..thts it…keep the forum updated guys…

  • deep // Jun 17, 2015 at 3:00 am

    38 Street Downtown NY on 4th May

  • Atlanta // Jun 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    same thing happened to me today!

  • Priya // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Just happened to me a few hours ago after work in london near Oxford Street. Parted with £50 and feel so silly now even though I told him I’m broke he escorted me to the atm. Then after he started saying I owe him 100! I said I thought it was only 50 which I gave you and he said yes the next 50 and tried to get my number to keep in touch and said he will be around that area every day so that I can pay him the rest ..
    genuinely worried as I don’t want him to harras me for more and neither do I want to be cursed!

  • Brooklyn near Marriot // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Yup, I met this yogi, just an hour ago at Brooklyn, NYC near Marriot. Though I didn’t like his insistance to give him more money, some of the things he said was very believable.

  • Max // Jul 2, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I met this guy on Dover Street, London. He was Indian and wore a head turban, and I remember he had very distinct crooked teeth. My encounter was in 2012, but i’m writing now as a friend also met him just now in 2015 in Knightbridge.

    He started with the whole lucky face thing, and showed me pictures of his family. He wanted to tell me about my future, but said he knew I would not believe that he could, so he asked me to test him… he gave me the 3 pieces of folded paper asked me to hold onto them tightly – just like others here describe… anyway the short of it is, he guessed my favourite flower the english poppy, the country i feel closest to other than the UK… Brazil (because of my partner’s nationality).. and also that it is economic success that I crave.

    There’s a lot of people here calling it a con, but to be honest, I don’t know how he did it.
    I donated him £10. A trick or mysticism I don’t care, it brightened my lunch break.

    I will say that his predictions on my long term future turned out to be true.

  • Twinmum // Jul 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Feel soo much better for reading these comments. It just happened to me in the City near Mansion House.
    Very pleasant red turban wearing guy who made too many close to home comments but the best bit advised me never to get my haircut on tuesdays or saturdays. That will stay with me at a cost…. only had change and he asked for paper money so gave him a few euro’s that I had. Still feel slightly stupid for handing over the cash but hey ho… life is a journey of experiences!

  • Mr M // Jul 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    So this happened to me a coupe of hours ago in South Africa. this guy knew things no one could have known and game me this so called lucky pebble stone thingy. He also said that he will be praying for 30 days. feel stupid since he got 510 bucks out of me and my number ! scary part is the Bible talks about this and how wrong this is. darn indians and their smooth talking.

  • Hav // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I just met a “Lucky Face” guy in Peckham, London, he was clearly very good at slight of hand and seemed to have me somewhat figured out, I’m 6′5″ maybe that’s how he knew I have problems with my back….. anyway at the end of it all he asked for £60 I refused £40, £20, £10……

  • jen // Jul 5, 2015 at 12:08 am

    small pink India
    white kurtapyjama and white turban
    I told him I wasn’t actually lucky. When he told me that I didn’t pray enough and satan was in my soul, I walked away

  • Anonymous // Jul 7, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Just met a young Indian guy early 30’s on Walton Street in Mayfair. Same speel as you have experienced. I insisted on keeping paper in my hand and not allowing him touch it again. All the facts were correct so I gave him a few quid and he gave me his number which I took a photo of. He was dodgy though and started following me home. I went into a supermarket to avoid him. His number is 07459 860936. If you meet him, report him.

  • Sona // Jul 7, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Same thing happened to me in Hicksville, NY a few weeks ago (just exactly like Deep said) and the other people from NY. He also showed me the picture of his guru. Even though he did the same flowers and number trick, he was pretty on about things going on in my life. There is definitely something to him!

  • iain // Jul 12, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I have also been conned on Oxford Street today. I am usually sceptical of these things, but it seemed real. I gave him £20 and that was that. I feel an idiot. This guy should use his persuasions in something more legal.

  • Ghansham // Jul 16, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Oh so its not just me :) who is lucky !!

    A bit of laugh and anger after reading all these comments, it happened to me as well near Bank Station today about 2:30 PM.

    An Indian guy in full suit (but not in formal shoes), suddenly started speaking while coming from the opposite direction and said your forehead is shining a lot and it is sign of good luck coming very soon your way.
    He asked me my fav color and number, both came right as written by him on a piece of paper written before asking me.
    But one thing weired happend, he asked me to put some money, I paid £5/-, but he insisted that I should give £31 and that is what he seek from a person like me.
    I told him that I don’t have enough cash neither any ATM card since I have just stepped out of my office for a short walk and going back to my office again. He didn’t look happy and a bit angry at me even said he will wait while I come back.
    But I insisted that I don’t want to pay any more money than whatever I have already paid and just left from there.
    After reading this article, I think I am really lucky as I only paid £5/- :)

  • Anonymous // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Lol @ lucky face club! Same thing happened to me last week, in Mill street, at the back of Gardens Centre, Cape Town. I had just got out my car, and was walking up the road when an Indian man wearing a black turban told me from the other side of the road that I had a lucky face and that I cannot keep money (”money come, money go”)I continued to listen to him while he walked with me inside the shopping mall. He wanted to sit down and talk to me for 30 minutes but I was in a rush and didn’t have the time. He intrigued me and seemed so calm and happy so I told him I could meet him the following week as I worked in the area. I had never had my fortune told before so was curious as to what he had to say. He said it was very lucky for me to have met him and that maybe he noticed me because I look like a child of God (don’t know what that’s supposed to mean). He said he’d make me a ring to wear.

    The next week I met with him, paid him his fee and he told me that I had been cursed, probably by a jealous ex boyfriend, and that I was living with bad luck. I am heterosexual, but he told me when I was younger a girl was interested in me and that there were 2 men currently interested in me, one younger than me, the other older. None of this really seemed to resonate with me. He wrote something on a piece of paper which he crumpled up and asked me to blow on 3 times before setting it on the table. He looked at my palm, told me a had a long life line, that I’d live to 79 and have 2 kids, a boy and a girl. He gave me He asked me to tell him a colour and a number between 6 and 9. I did this and then he prayed over a ring before giving it to me to wear on my left hand. He said I must wear it for 21 days, during which time all my bad luck will bind to this ring, and said on the last day I must throw the ring into the sea to be rid of my bad luck. Later he asked me to open the paper and sure enough, there was the number and colour. This didn’t really convince me as I thought it possible he had distracted me and switched papers at some point. He also gave me 2 small stones, one for my love life and one for my work life. He said to carry these with me always. He then told me that he would need R735 to buy prayer and meditation materials, including coconut water, incense etc. I wondered how it could amount to that much. He continued to tell me that I was supposed to be successful by the age of 25, but that after he prays for me for 21 days, I will see my life will start to get better and I will own my own company 4 years from now. He told me a couple more generic things about myself that could be true for anyone, then told me he feels there is something wrong with my health, and asked if I’d had stomach problems or trouble sleeping. I said yes to stomach but no to sleep and he then gave me a clean piece of paper and told me to crumple it up, hold it tightly in my hand while pushing on my stomach 3 times. I then had to blow on it 3 times and put it under my tongue for about a minute while he prayed. He then told me to take it out, open it up slowly, and there was a bit of dirt or sand on it. This really freaked me out, and he said it was a sample of the bad stuff in me, but that I still had more in me. He then said he’d give me a necklace to wear and that I must buy a bottle of water for him to bless and that I must drink it over the next 7 days. I had such a bad feeling after that and told him I can’t afford to give him more money but thanked him for his I really hope I don’t see him again as I know he’ll just ask for more money. So dodgy.

    Anyways, I am so glad to have found this page! Happy to know for sure now that this is a scam and will warn people of these Indian Sikh “fortune tellers”.

  • Anonymous // Jul 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Hi met the ‘lucky face’ guy just now on Welbeck Street in London. It was a very impressive act – gave me a screwed up piece of paper – told me the usual stuff, asked my lucky number, age, how many kids I had, the age of my wife. Then told me 1999 was the year I fell in love (which was the year I met my wife!) and then asked me to open the paper.

    On it was my lucky number, age, number of kids and age of wife, exactly as he had written on another piece of paper.

    No idea how he did it, can only assume slight of hand.

    He then asked me for money to tell me the name of a friend who was jealous of my success and family and when I showed him my empty wallet, suggested I went to the cash machine, at which point I thanked him for his time and walked off.

    Probably a con man, but a very good street act anyway and he is a bloody good guesser if that is the case.

  • Sonia // Jul 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Met a young Indian guy in the streets of Kowloon, Hong Kong a day ago, I ignored him at first but strangely enough he bumped into me an hour later at Harbour City mall (could have been following me but I didn’t notice).. Started the exact same story about being a student of yoga and gave me a piece of paper.. At that point I walked away, he troubled me quite a few times until I really blew up! Very creepy and troublesome!!

  • Peter aligianis // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I got this guy doing the same thing in Toronto
    Canada July 27 and being superstitious I gave him some money he was very persistent wanted to take me to the atm to give him more money he gave me some sort of green stone which I still have in my pocket told me I was going to be rich

  • Mk // Aug 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Location where I was approached
    Outside HMV, Milton Keynes shopping centre, UK.
    A Sikh man in his late 40’s wearing a Bandana. Carrying a wallet looking booklet.
    He started chatting to me in a foreign language, I told him I speak Urdu.
    Asked me the same questions….in the end asked me to give him money but I said I have no cash.
    He walked away politely, but I did feel a bit scared thinking how he knew so much about me or was it just random common things..either way no loss but left curious. As everyone did here I google and came to think site.
    If he could see the future than he could have found the lottery numbers and sat home comfortably and not ask people for money..so glad I was not conned of no cash😊

  • DCD // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Ran into the same Indian guy today… after he was supposed to tell me the name of a very close friend was supposedly very jealous of me… A passerby gave me the signal behind him to get away from him. I laughed afterwards and thought… I never fall for stuff like that!!! Lesson learned!!!

  • Amit // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    In Toronto too. But this guy couldn’t do this time. Most of his guesses were wrong! He said I don’t think of money, I said most of the time I have to think of money as I am work for a bank. He said your friends always fool you I said never. Then he asked me my favorite flower I said ‘Bird of paradise’ that he had never heard of and he asked me to change it and suggested something starting from Sun …I said ok Sunflower :-). Similarly he made me say number ‘2′ and finally my age. The guess of the age was correct but rest 2 were wrong. At last he showed me the paper with numbers and asked me to give him money but I refused as I didn’t get anything useful from him. Finally he left cursing me that if he gets 5-6 people like me then he will be without job.

  • Q // Aug 7, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Brilliant, same thing just happened to me in Mount Street, Mayfair! I didn’t notice him switch the scrunched up paper the first time but I did when he asked me additional questions, gave him a pound but he gave it back to me as it wasn’t enough!

  • Pablo // Aug 8, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Had 2 indian guys approach me today with the same shtick. I just pretended to not know English and merely cussed him out in Spanish. The stupid twat gave up and left me alone. Then not even 5 minutes later another one showed up trying his luck (pun intended). He of course got the same treatment. I bet these are the same bastards pretending that they are from Microsoft phoning your house warning you about the virus on your computer. These scumbags are a disgrace to their race.

  • cyga // Aug 9, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I just encountered the exact same modus operandi today in downtown Toronto. At the end, when he’s asking for $300, 200, 100… I told him that this was all too strange for me and gave him $2 for his trouble. He bargained for $20 as he said he needed to eat. I persisted on $2. Feeling a bit insulted, he said for me take the money back as it wasn’t strange at all. I took back my toonie and walked away. I don’t even give that much money to my own Church or buy lotto for that matter. Good to know of this site.

  • Bunnu // Aug 10, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Happened with me too. Was going out for walk after lunch. Picked me up, some Indian guy, started with you have lucky face. Last name Joshi. Seems he is in Sydney CBD these days.

  • bongski // Aug 12, 2015 at 1:32 am

    This same incident happened to me yesterday here in Bugis, Singapore. He not wearing a turban but in a business suit. He said he was a astrological student from India. Really felt good about my self for that 10mins of talking with him until he asked some donation for kids in India or his temple. Quite hesitant when he already asked for money. But gave him my $10 anyway. Hope that really goes to the kids he mentioned. Street magic is it? What sorcery is this?

  • Seanog1982 // Aug 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Hilarious that I googled lucky face and London and I found this blog.

    The same thing happened to me only 5 minutes ago outside my office just off Oxford Street. The guy who approached me was in his twenties.

    I wasn’t interested but I did notice that in his little wallet he had lots of pieces of paper. I wonder how often he gets lucky and talks somebody out of their cash if he’s out pounding the pavements all day ….

    Have a read of the Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini for some interesting discussion about what makes us “comply” in these kinds of situations ….

  • deep // Aug 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    good one guys for updating this ..thanks Sona…we will find him again..no matter he was a fraud or genuine case but one thing is sure he was earning good money for a single day…around $500 a day by telling fortune to 10-15 people on average…

    i think i should start the same as that wil give me xtra high income..lol

  • Elsa // Aug 18, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I met this guy today. He asked me to name a flower, I said gardenia, then he said another and I said iris then delphinium then daisy then finally rose. Then he said pick a number, I said 4. Then another, I said 2. Then he said open my hand and there was rose and 3- rose was the fifth flower I said and he said 3 is between 2 and 4- ha ha! I have him $25 because I thought he might need it and he gave me his number if I wanted a further reading. This was at Martin Place in Sydney. He also said that stuff about kind face, good luck in October blah blah blah

  • London Tourist // Aug 20, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Same thing happened to me between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park corner. Blue turban wearing Indian man, I thought he said something about my shirt, but was saying I’ll have good luck in 2016, and long life line.. the flower questions etc.
    He had those correct on the scrunched up paper but must’ve been a paper switch… who knows! Then he showed me his menu! No thanks mate. I had no money on me so seeya. Felt a bit odd after.

  • andy // Aug 28, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Have read the above comments with interest but would like to add my experience on the street fortune tellers, nearly thirty years ago and remember I never really considered them whatsoever until my brother Kevin told me that he had been approached by an old Indian in a turban offering to enrich him if he bought a silk scarf from him, when Kevin declined the Indian said “If I tell you your wife`s middle name will you be interested“ as Kevin did not ware a ring and his wife `s middle name was Anne ( with an e) he said okay, then the Indian says Anne and spells it out on a small piece of paper, Kevin was amazed and then had a reading with him, jump forward a year and we both meet the old Indian together in the street and he astounds me also ? I later learnt from locals that he often done the rounds around East London and was quite famous and a bit of a legend, around another year later he walks into our shop where I worked with several other guys, he say to one fella “give me five pounds and I will tell your fortune etc. but this fella says sorry but I do not have any money on me so the Indian replies “ yes you do and if I tell you how much you have will you go ahead “ the fella replies well I do not know myself but have a go, the Indian then writes down and says the exact amount around £42.37 ??
    it gets better as Barry the manager who at in his office was having an affair unbeknown to any of us but when the Indian chatted to him in private correctly told Barry among other things about the affair ! Barry denied it but the Indian said that he could even tell him the woman `s name and even her address, which he proceeded to do ???a week or so later my sceptic pal Pete was in the shop and in walks the Indian so I set the pair up and pay him £5 to give Pete a reading, well Pete went white and very quite after that, by now Kevin was seeing an unknown singer called Sonya from Crouch End and once again by pure chance the pair met him and the Indian gave yet another stellar performance even telling Sonya Clarkson that she would soon be rich and famous ( under 12 months later she was) Sonique is her stage name and became a hit singer and dj ( google her ) all in all this guy could tell you your past, present and future ??? He could tell you things like your passport number which he would write down for you to go home and check ?? i have honestly lost sleep trying to work out his abilities as I am certain it cannot be some form of trick…

  • stev // Aug 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    just happened to me — mellow looking wizard like Sikh dude – I asked him where he was from, he said India! I said –yeah- India it’s a big place a continent – he reluctantly said Delhi. Anyhow I work in Hackney london at a desk in a glass fronted shop – he just walked straight in and started talking mellow mumbo jumbo at me. I enjoyed the experience – the Derren Brown switcharoo with the crumpled paper. I thought it was worth £1.50, the funny thing is he then asked me if he could take a biro and then he helped himself to a pencil also.

  • Ian // Sep 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Looks to me like I’ve experienced the same thing. What I will say is however, I don’t believe this is the ’same man’ as everyone keeps calling him/it/the situation.

    I believe there’s a collection of them, all good at what they do of course, probably a business of some kind.

    He was terrific. Not just with his trick but with his ability to stop me dead in my tracks and have me make eye contact with him, enough for me to stick around. Those of you who haven’t heard of Derren Brown, look him up. Those of you who have will know that some people in this world have an incredible ability to read body language, and thus, make out like they can read minds. This appears to be the same thing.

    My story is a little different to any I’ve seen above however. The idea of coloured turbans influencing decisions etc cannot match with the fact he guessed my mother’s name (the question was ‘think of a name of someone you’re close to’) and instead of thinking of a number between 1-9 he said think of three numbers between 1-9. He was spot on (I thought of 987). Might I also add, that I don’t recall ever parting with my paper either. So, how did he do it?

    Another added difference was that he didn’t say ‘you have a lucky face’. He said ‘you have a good aura’.

    I didn’t pay him. I pay for things which I book through a ticket website or arrange to see. I did not ASK for a paid show, so therefore I left with my head held high and guilt free, because if he had’ve warned me in advance ‘you are about to embark on a paid performance’ – maybe things would’ve been different. I don’t like deceit. I don’t like lies. And that’s what it was.

    Which begs the next question… If a man can lie about the fact he’s charging me for a show I did not agree to pay for initially, does this make him a liar about the fact he’s got some ‘holy spirit’ behind him? Quite possibly.

    But, one thing’s for certain, he said “very soon on September 27th 2015 at the end of this month, good fortune will come your way and an opportunity to travel”.

    What he didn’t know (or perhaps did), was I will be arriving in California for the first time to go on a US road trip along the coast and the reason I’m going, is to hopefully find work out there for the future rest of my life. Now, that’s a pretty wild guess don’t you think? So, let’s see what happens after 27th shall we… and if good fortune DOES come my way, perhaps we need to stop being less cynical and listen to the magic that’s around us.

    It certainly makes for an interesting thread.

  • Jerry // Sep 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I met a yogi in Singapore .you know he is very good .he gave a stone .and my life is changing because it’s power of stone.i don’t care about money .i gave him 500$

  • Paul // Sep 13, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Great to find this site and I spent 2 eves reading all the entries.

    I had pretty much the same experience in New Delhi 17 years ago at Connaught Place near the market with a Sikh guru wearing a turban. He was looking over my shoulder and his eyes were quite out of focus. He started with “welcome back to India” which threw me as I had never previously been to India. I was thinking is this a reincarnation reference and he must be really talented if he could see this – so I was pretty uncritical right from the start!

    The questions I got were similar but not identical to others’. My mother’s name and the “name of the girl who broke your heart” were among them. Strange that he asked me that because I had experienced a very emotional split 3 years before and was still getting my stuff together so it was an apt question. All were answered correctly using the paper ball as with others above.

    I asked him about the method he used. He said it was from 20 years training in a yoga school in Kashmir. I paid him $20 or so in his diary book which had loads of business cards inside from grateful tourists.

    Afterwards at my hotel I tried to work out what had happened but couldn’t recall the order it all happened in. My Indian taxi driver said these guys were all cheats but I wasn’t so sure. The next day I thought I’d go back for another reading and try to see / expose the trick. Different Sikh guy was there in the same location with the same routine and the same successful answers. I still didn’t see anything odd but the strange thing was my memory afterwards was similarly confused about precisely what happened so I still didn’t suss it out! Still wasn’t sure about who wrote what in what order using the slips of paper etc. This was weird as the whole process is not too complicated. I suspected hypnotism. As an additional thing strangely he asked me if I had seen another fortune teller recently and that I shouldn’t visit them too often.

    He did add several predictions about me in the next 5 years meeting my future wife in an airport and she would later give me a present of a shirt and I would have 3 children. None of this has turned out accurate which I was grateful for as I didn’t have an issue with him accurately reading past info but want to make my own path in life!

    Overall I was impressed and reading the threads above if there is a team of these guys globally who all got the same training and nobody as far as I can tell seems to have caught anyone of them red-handed and cheating I think it is genuine.

    Even so I had the nagging feeling throughout and afterwards that something not especially evolved / spiritual was involved in the process. Or it might just be that it wasn’t right for me personally to deal with these guys.

    Anyway, just to satisfy curiosity it would be great if someone can really befriend one of these guys and get the full story – what is the connection between them, what is the training involved etc…

  • Hopeful // Sep 17, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Country: Singapore
    Location :Capitol (new mall beside penin plaza)
    Profile of Indian man:
    -approx 165cm tall
    -Slim build and fair skin (by Indian standards)
    -short curly black hair
    -well dressed (he wore a turquoise checkered shirt that was tucked in under pants with a brown belt on)
    -trustworthy voice
    -used a small turquoise coloured phone (probably an old Nokia phone or similar)
    -owns a large brown wallet

    Came up to me saying I have a lucky face and 3 good things will happen to me next week, but I also have 2 bad habits. He went on to say my first bad habit was that I was quick to be angered but easily calmed. Then he introduced himself as Raja, an astrologist from Haridwar temple in Mumbai, India. He showed me his name card, which was frankly in a sad state. A filmsy laminated piece of regular white paper which had his name as “Mr. Raja” (scam alert).

    Then he started asking questions, how many siblings, if I like someone at my workplace, what’s my religion etc. All this while, he was scribbling something on a small piece of paper over his large brown wallet. He then asked which religion I believe in and I said none at the moment. Then he crushed the paper and placed it in the palm of my hand and told me to put it over my heart and silently say the name of the God that my father worships.
    Afterwhich he asked me say out the answers to his 3 questions:
    1) name of my fav colour
    2) pick a number from 1-5
    3) nickname of my ex-girlfriend

    Answers: navy blue, 2, mouse

    He wrote down the answers on another piece of paper then told me to unwrap the crushed paper in my hand. Answers were the same except he spelt “navy blue” as “navi blue”. At the bottom were the initials H.P.S, which represents the 3 good news I will receive next week. Happiness, peace of mind and success in career.

    Then he did his poor man ($30), middle man ($40), rich man ($50) donation request but I wasn’t ready to part with my money yet. So I went on to ask him about my second bad habit, to which he replied that I share secrets with my friends easily but I should be wary because amongst my group of friends, there are 2 friends who are jealous of me. Piqued that I have let “fake” friends into my circle, I asked for their names but he said he has to pray for the answers. So I gave him my number, and donated $30. He said he will text me their names at 11am, it’s now 1.30pm and the realty has sunk :(

    Oddly enough, he kept reiterating that I must remember his name and that he helped me before we went on our separate ways. This is the first time something like this has happened to me and even though I’ve realised I was scammed of $30, the entertainment and hope I received made it all worthwhile

  • Sam // Sep 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Just happened to me in Sydney. Just kept walking and ignored the guy. Glad I found this post.

  • Juan // Sep 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Let me add myself to this exposure list. Today around 230pm Sussex Street, Sydney CBD. Was paying for parking at the meter when this Indian guy dressed in business pants and a casual white collar shirt said I had a “lucky face” etc etc as per above. Exactly the same, no different than all the others. “Take the paper and touch the front of your head and back of your neck”…… I told him I didn’t have any money to pay him and he said “money doesn’t mean anything to me”…. So when it was all over he opened his book and asked me to contribute something for his travels???? I told him that I said I don’t have any money. He then told me to go to an ATM to withdraw money. I looked at him and smiled and told him that I didn’t believe what he did and that I thought it was a trick. He affirmed that it was no trick. Suddenly a couple of cops were walking in our direction. I told this guy to show the cops. He then walked away with a certain haste. It’s sad isn’t it!

  • James // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    The same thing has just happened to me over lunch here in the City [London] just off Gracechurch Street.

    The man was a pleasant elderly Sikh gentleman wearing a suit and light blue turban who said he was a yogi.

    After telling me what a lucky man I am he proceeded to conduct the ‘trick’ twice. After the first time he requested money and I gave him three loose one pound coins but he demanded paper money. A five pound note was deemed insufficient. He wanted twenty! I declined and thanked him but could not justify in giving him twenty pounds.

    He then did the trick again with a number I selected, my year of birth, a colour I selected from a choice of three and he noted that health and business were important to me. Anyway, the paper in my hand all of this time, and as previously, accurately recorded my answers.

    He gave me a coloured stone as a lucky charm which he said I should put in my wallet and he then requested twenty pounds again before lowering this to ten which I again declined.

    The trick was impressive and I don’t begrudge handing over the eight pounds that I did albeit in contemplation that it was part of a scam. Little did I know what a nice little earner he is on to if it is the same gentleman jetting off between London, Singapore, Sydney et al to do this!

  • Syeed // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Happened to me today in Ilford, Essex. I walked past an Indian chap and he said I had a lucky face. That I would have my dream fulfilled in 2016.

    I asked him if this was what he did as a living and he said yes, showing me a folder full of articles and pictures.

    Chatted a bit and thanked him before walking off. I think he saw the look of gullibility on my face rather than luck.

    Just another scam, although to be honest I did feel kind of upbeat afterwards.

  • Yus // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Glad I found this site. I’m in Singapore. I was in my car which was parked at Farrer Park open field carpark when this same man described as one of the stories above came knowcking on my glass window and said I have a lucky face.
    Profile of Indian man:
    -approx 165cm tall
    -Slim build and fair skin (by Indian standards)
    -short curly black hair
    -well dressed (he wore a turquoise checkered shirt that was tucked in under pants with a brown belt on)
    -trustworthy voice
    -used a small turquoise coloured phone (probably an old Nokia phone or similar)
    -owns a large brown wallet

    I asked him why he said that, and he said he can read faces. Then I proceeded to ask him where he’s from and he said he was from a famous district in India. Then he walked away, when I asked him what he wanted. He had a red notebook with him, and a pen. Same trick…I guessed. A good thing I did not lose any money….so he’s right about my lucky face.

  • Esha // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Oops. This thread was started in 2011. Its 2015, and i think the Ghost is still wandering around.

    I met this man, at 10:30 am in one of Bangkoks Mall near Asoke. He said the same thing, Lucky Face + 3 good things + 3 good months + Mothers Name Trick.

    But, he also told me a lot of other things in my life. I was aghast! He told me

    Guys, beware, if you come across such a person, just run. Not because of he will scum you of your money, but because he is pysically very psychically powerful and uses his psychic powers to get to know your personal information. He told me about my aborted child before marriage. Now this was shocking.

    It’s very easy for psychically strong people to get into your energies and receive information specially if your psychic level on that particular day is weak.

    Also, i do believe this is no racket, either is a ghost operating, or either it runs in the family as a buisness. The tout i met, was very smartly dressed, Said he was from India. I being from India, obviously took more leisure to interact with him. Luckily, i was not carrying much money on me, and all i paid was 100 baht.

    He told me i have very sexually ungratifying life, and told me he can help me, the minute he said that, i got up, and started walking. When i came back to my room, i had this icy cold feeling all over my body, as if somebody was next to me, watching me. After researching i realised, i was attacked psychically.

  • Stilian // Oct 4, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    This hapened in Vienna, Austria on 03.10.2015, old Indian man with turban and beard, broun outfit and broun wallet , he calle behind me:
    - Sir, sir
    I turned to him and he said:
    - You are very lucky man
    I said
    - May be
    and I walked away

  • SS // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Same thing happened to me off Regent street (Burlington Gardens). Indian Sikh guy with a turban stopped me and said your luck starts in Nov/Dec. Then he wrote something on a piece of paper and gave me in my left hand and asked me to give him a number and colour (3-Blue). What happens? The number and colour appear in that piece of paper he asked me to hold in my left palm… and etc etc. In the end he asked me to put some “paper money” in his black leather book as I only had some coins.

    Don’t think it was all true although it did startle me at first!

  • Georgina // Oct 11, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Same happened to me today just 15 mins ago. I was walking pass Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, an Indian Sikh guy with a turban stopped me, he asked for my mothers name, where she lives and where my father lives, also asked for a color, favourite flower, a number from 1-10, he also told me something lucky will happen to me on December 27, 2015. I knew that in the end he’s gonna ask for some money but i offered to give him food coz i did not wanna give money to strangers coz they might do bad things with it. He was asking for $40 if i was poor, $60 is i was average and $80 if i was rich, but i said i was a student and i honestly do not have that much money to give away, so he said $20 but i still refused and he did not want the food i offered him so he walked away and took the stone and the paper back. He said he would use the money to buy candles to pray for me, praying does not come with a cost! he was using religion to take money from people while some people work hard to earn a living, unbelievable! I was kinda scared after coz he took personal information from me!

  • LSM // Oct 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I can’t believe this, I have been reading everyone’s comments since I came back from lunch at work!!
    This same thing happened to me! I am now £30 short!! I felt that he may curse me if I didn’t, he knew I had the money also!

    I felt very strange after leaving the indian man with the turban, and even now I’m not too sure how I feel! It is freaking me out a bit as he put the money and the little pieces of paper in his little book thing!

    I am worried that he might put some sort of curse or some weird thing on me as he has my name and a bit of my handwriting!

    I’m scared I also was given a little something I’m scared of that too!!

    I’m just scared and feel weird about the whole situation.

    This happened just off Oxford Street this afternoon : (

  • IWG // Oct 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    14th Oct 2015

    Happened to me today, Bank , London!!

    On each piece of paper he had 6 answers, combos of name, colour, numbers codes etc all 6 were 100% right each time
    He described my lIfe to a tee, 100% accurate while I stood there, what is happening to my home requirements what has happened to my career , names and times of things happened to me in the past, knew what I wanted, and why, I I tried never to even give away body language , described my Whole life 100% family members and numbers who is here and who isn’t now !! I could go on, really freaked me out !

  • MD // Oct 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

    22 Oct 2015

    I had this happen to me years ago off of Tottentham Court Road, London 2007-2008.
    Exactly the same thing happened to me as the posts submitted above with the numbers, the bit of paper and I gave the chap £10 – something I would never do. And when he walked away I felt a deep feeling of anxiety that I didn’t give him enough. He called himself Mr Yoga.

    I’ve lived in London my whole life and I would never ever get my wallet out in the middle of the street and give someone money. To change my mind so suddenly and the anxiety I had afterwards felt very strange.

    This sounds crazy but I believe now that he used a mild form of hypnosis. Along Tottenham Court Road is a series of trees (the bit going towards the Odeon cinema from the tube).
    It was a bright day and I remember the light shinging through the leaves of the trees hitting my face/forehead. I believe he used the light that hit my face as a means to hypnotise me and to play his mind trick.

  • SallySue // Oct 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Zurich, Switzerland. 28th of October 2015. Indian Fortune Teller’s Name: “Lucky”.

    First phrase: “you have a lucky face”. He was smallish, spoke in a heavy Indian accent, very low and incredibly fast, and wore an ornamental necklace with a large black stone on it.

    Unsurprisingly, the little man and his open greeting intrigued me and I was inclined to hear what he meant by it.

    The “con” was performed very similarly to what others have described. He said some complementary stuff such as that I was a happy person, I was healthy but also that I though too much while he was pointing at my eyes. This baffled me because I had some problems with my eyes very recently in connection with stress and anxiety.

    So, naturally, I was interested enough to keep listening. Then he started his spiel with writing stuff down – honestly it didn’t really make a lot of sense. He kinda lost me when he told me that two men loved me (I am married and have literally no contact to other men), I was only 60% happy (even though he told me earlier that I was a happy person), and that I’m not getting enough sleep (which is simply not true since I pride myself on sleeping 8+ hours every night). The pinnacle of it was when he went on to guess my color and he got it wrong! When he asked for my favorite color I told him maroon. He then said “no mixed color”, so I said red but on the paper he had written blue. So he just asked me again “another color” after which I said blue.

    He then asked for money and gave him 10CHF, which I had already anticipated. What bothered me is how he then pursued me asking for increasingly more until I ended up giving him all my “paper” money, just to finally get rid of him. Ultimately, he made about 20 CHF off me.

    The way I see it, the “con” is actually of a psychological trap in three parts. First, the guy (never a women, right?) gets your attention by saying something flattering always starting with “you have a lucky face” followed by statements such as “you are a hard worker”, “you’re not appreciated enough”, “you help others but others don’t help you”. In this way, it is not unlike a horoscope – telling you something so general that it has to apply to you in some way. It’s like saying “you have been hurt before” because literally all of us have.

    The second part is the “magic/illusion”. This is really nothing but clever guessing assisted by math and statistics. When he asks for a color, which can’t be mixed, he’s basically asking for either red, blue, or yellow – the primary colors. Statistically speaking, most people pick blue. This is why he wrote blue on my paper was thrown when I said red. The favorite number trick works similarly.

    In the final part, he starts begging/asking for money. At this point, psychologically speaking, you owe him something since he’s given you something meaningful – a truth, an insight into your very soul, entertainment – and he’s basically asking for recompense for a favor he’s done for you and you alone. So it’s up to you to pay him in that very instance.

    I half feel conned but another side of me admires the fortune-tellers for their insight into human psychology and their guts. In retrospect, all I can say is that I think I shouldn’t have given him so much money. Ah well – lesson learnt.

  • Enfid // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Melbourne – Australia
    Elderly “Indian” man (Approx. 60+), dark skin, scruffy facial hair going grey near the ears. Crooked teeth.

    I was working at my shop as he come in. “You have a lucky face, I see it”, he told me as he made his way to the reception desk. He introduced himself as a Yoghi, a fortune teller, and guessed that I’m from China. I’m Thai, to which he was able to say a few Thai words to me in the right context. The words I remember are:
    “Man” “Woman” “Wealthy person” “lucky”, and others along that ilk.
    He started his spiel and guessed a few things about me (which most I never thought of). He then proceed to tell me my fortune (which I’ll keep to myself). He gave me a ball of paper in the beginning, and also a charm made from a tree seed. He let me choose a number (3, by the way), and when I open the crumpled ball up (which was with me the whole time), lo and behold, it was 3.
    Of course I had been anticipating him to ask for money, and he asked for hundreds AUD, repeatedly as I was thinking and digesting the encounter. I decided to give him twenty, but he politely insisted at least 50. I started bargaining, and take it down to 25, at which he asked for my age (which is 30), and asked if I’m willing to give that amount. I agreed, saying “then we’ve come to a bargain”, and gave him the money. The whole time while giving him money, I keep saying “I’ll help you out”. He repeated the fortunes he gave me, then left.

    Reflection: I’m mostly a realist who think that there might be unknowns in the world that I don’t understand. Hence when something like this occur, I play along in a way, my brain in incredulous mode despite anything that he guessed right or all the good fortune he told me, and when I give money it is usually in the spirit of charity (”I’m not sure if you’re scamming me, but I’m giving you to help YOU”) and leave it.
    As to reading the Yoghi. He had a polite and friendly demeanour. An air of mysticism follow as he uttered the first sentence to me. There was a glint of…..darkness?…as I refused to pay so much and settled on a smaller donation. I did not feel any guilt nor fear of a curse after the encounter.
    I of course search up on the internet immediately. I noticed the words he know in Thai are very fortune-teller-esque words. He seem to play on the law of average for the number guessing (I noticed a surprising amount of people picking 3), despite not touching the paper after he gave it to me. Ofcourse, he did failed to guess a few things about me, like my nationality. I’m thinking it’s most likely a scam (the words con artist was in my head the whole time talking to him), but I decided to keep the tree seed and heed his advices he had given me anyway. It’s the first time I’ve been given fortune telling advice (conned?) this way before, so at least it was amusing to me.
    The ultimate test would have been if he asked for my favourite flower and it was written in the ball he gave me as he entered the shop, because it’s one nobody knows!

  • Itsmeav // Nov 14, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Still happening till today – November 2015 in Singapore! Raffles place.

    The whole lucky face, piece of paper, favorite color, name a flower spiel. He said I had bad luck this year and last year even though I worked hard. Oh the lazy mind thing came up too, which I saw from a previous post is quite a common one. This time he asked me for extremely personal information which we should all NEVER divulge like time of birth and grandfather’s name. He blew into the piece of paper and shook my hand.

    Of course there was the mandatory please donate to the poor children.

  • Eric // Nov 14, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I was approached by a man in Texas similar to what you guys are speaking of. He didn’t say anything inaccurate, and swore me to secrecy of the details of our conversation. If he’s scamming, he’s good. He told my wife things and me that were accurate. I gave him a foolish sum of cash, but hey, it was either him or the Golden Nugget, and I didn’t feel good after leaving there last week. He at least made me feel hopeful of better things.

  • Supernaut // Nov 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    8th August 2015

    I too had experienced this yogi guy near Anson Road Singapore. He did not ask me for colour, flower etc. He initially gave me a chit with the usual sibling details etc which he got right. Later he did get some very very specific information on the chit right. For e.g. my mothers illness, my aunts name, The name of the girl I liked which is a very very uncomman name. But his predictions havent come true so far. Lets see. Also my handwriting is very very different. The chits had different handwritings. Cant undertand how he did it?

    Has any of you got their predictions right?

  • Chris // Nov 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I met a guy like this too but I wanted you share that even whatever he told me its coming true Sam e as he told me a year ago.
    My wish to see him again in life

  • Sona // Nov 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Well, a follow-up to this (from June) and a message for Deep, because it may be the same guy we saw in NY. Everything he said in June has come out true—regarding a talk with a certain person that was to happen, my meditation, things about the kids, my personal life. The only thing he did not get right was something I pushed him to,which he was struggling to answer and I think he only gave me the answer I wanted. SO, I don’t know who he is but I hope to see him again on the streets. I know if it is supposed to happen, it will :)))

  • emma // Nov 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    This guy in the turban approached me in Hampstead yesterday. I am usually quite wary but this scam is obviously well thought out as he has a gentle approach and plays into our egos/vanity/vulnerability, whatever you wish to call it…. He told me I had a lucky face and somehow managed to sit down at my table without me knowing how. He was quite charming. I feel foolish that I initially fell for his scrunched up bits of paper act which contained info I had given him (favourite flower, no of siblings etc), until I realised afterwards he had been writing this info with one hand under the table as he distracted me writing on the table with his other hand so that it appeared that he ‘magically’ knew things about me. He bombarded me with questions and info to distract me, A classic magic trick. or scam trick in this case. I’m unsettled as to how he managed to make me open up. A lot of this is undoubtedly down to my insistence on being polite and being afraid of telling him I was uncomfortable and I wanted him to go away. When he asked me what my biggest sadness was, I told him it was that my child has a disability, he then told me my boy was cursed and he could make him better. I don’t know why I did not throw my coffee in his face at this point or at least walk away. These scam artists obviously know something about human psychology and how to get the better of us. Of course I knew at this point this guy was crazy, I was honestly outraged, but also slightly scared as he was so slimy. I was also embarrassed that I’d let it go so far. He told me to donate £300 to orphans which I told him I didn’t have, he told me to go to the cash point and he’d wait for me. I took the opportunity to leave. He then followed me for a while which I found a little scary. I was going to turn round and threaten to call the police if he continued following me, then he disappeared when a friend of mine appeared. An unnerving experience. These people get under your skin, I was entirely naive to allow myself to be my usual friendly self and open up to someone like this. I hate the fact that in future I will be more closed, but I’ll risk being impolite rather than scammed or worse…

  • Supernaut // Dec 12, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Thanks Sona and Chris for the updates.
    A local astrologer in India has made a similar prediction for me. No connection to the fortune teller. Lets see what happens. Will update in a few months

  • Beavis // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Same thing happened to me today in Singapore near Boat Quay. All he wanted was $770 to undertake an 11 day prayer session on my behalf to avert a future accident. That was in addition to the on the spot donation he managed to extract from me.

  • Jay // Dec 15, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Omg the same thing happened to men’s few days ago at Westfield Stratford. I was in the entertainment children’s store when this Indian looking guy said to me you have a lucky face, same thing you have money and luck coming your way, a few comments he said was true and I found myself listening to him well trying to as I’m deaf and didn’t have my hearing aid in lol. All I got was a small piece of paper tha he asked me to place in my pocket and not read it yet. My partner come to find me and my partner being 6.4 kind of made the man say ok thank you bye. Once I got home I opened the paper and it said Rose 5 Notnsure why it was meant to mean as he didn’t ask me to say a number or a flower 😕

  • Beavis // Dec 18, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Today around lunchtime I encountered another “You’ve got a lucky face” scam artist. This was near Ann Siang Hill in Singapore. I witnessed him approach 3 people with the same opening line. He carried an almost identical largish wallet to that carried by the previous scammer I met a few days before. Everyone he approached sensibly ignored him. Having been waylaid by another similar artist a few days ago I wonder if these people travel in groups.

  • phil // Dec 21, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I had this happen to me 5-6 yrs ago in birmingham i was with a friend in a jamaican food place eating when a sikh guy walked in and he was asked to leave by staff members but my friend called him over and spent about 10 minutes talking when they finished i noticed my friend was in shock so i called the guy over and he sat down and said open your hand he wrote down something and pit it in my hand and said close your hand and then asked me my age my partners age how long we have been together and how many children i had i replied 27. 26. 8. 3 he said now open your hand and look at the paper at no point did he touch it i open it and there was 27.26.8.3 he then says that proves im genuine he then pulled out a leather wallet and said put a gesture in the wallet i put £30 in he then told me lots of truths about myself all true he went on to say i would father and grandfather twins. And one of my sons would be a famous sports person and many other things that i cant remember anyway 2 years later my wife gave birth to twins and my son signed for aston villa academy and has been there for 5yrs and is doing very well so i find it hard to believe how a person can guess stuff like this

  • Geoffrey // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Tanjong Pagar, Singapore.

    Mr. Singh, 1,65, plumb. Same, same same story.

    I also don’t know how he does it, I believe he changes the paper. As he tries to get unfocused attention all the time, with different tricks, the talking, the blowing thing, raise hands etc as magicians do to kids ;)
    As somebody said previously, why do they ask for the information.. as if they could really guess it, they wouldn’t need to ask for it previously.
    Also paid the learn, forty SGDs.. ;)

  • Arielle // Dec 29, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I too at lunch time encountered this you’ve got a lucky face scam. It was at icon village, singapore and told me various personal details and did that number, flower thing. I was already skeptical in mind but had no choice to give a small donation to his poor children before i could get myself out of the situation. Well, keen to know how he did it as well..

  • John // Jan 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I have experienced this so called indian yogi in singapore recently.

    I was walking to my campus near Bras Basah. And this Indian guy (with turban) said good morning to me. As a good gesture, i replied him. He then said “i can see you have good karma”. This is something new that i have not seen on all the post above. He didn’t ask me anything on favorite flower or number. He wrote something on a piece of paper and he crumpled it and passed it to me.He then asked me for my name and number of family members. And guessed what the total number of my family is what he wrote on the paper that he passed to me.

    He also told me not to cut nails on tuesday and shave on saturday. At this point, i have the feeling of where he’s going with this. Sure enough, he pulls out a reddish brown wallet with some yogi pictures inside. And he asked me to make 3 donation (for god, and parents). I hesitantly pulls out $15 and gave it to him. He passed me a bead which my friend told me is called “rudraksha” which normally used for prayers in hinduism. And he told me to put it at home for good luck.

    After reading all the posts, i feel that the one i experience had a similar modus operandi. I kinda partially believed him but now i guessed it’s a scam afterall.

  • Tom // Jan 8, 2016 at 8:03 am

    This just happened to me on Cross Street in Singapore. I too got the piece of paper with all my answers on it. He then asked for $400 to help some kids in India…

  • Yanis // Jan 13, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Oh, I wish I read it earlier. Bangkok, Khaosan Road, 1000 baht and all “classical”: color, number, mother’s name after I told it to him….guy really finds naive victims from the crowd. Lesson learnt.

  • Teddy bear // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Few months ago in November more exactly this guy approached me in Queensway and he told me that I ll have three happinesses in my life, three roses on my face. lol. I asked what kind of happiness and he told me “money coming to you” I asked when and he told me straight away “December”. It s weird becuase I ve been using the law of attraction tehnic to win the loterry in December and I was gobsmacked. Why didn t he said January or March? Why December? Anyhow, to my embarrassment I believed him and tought this is my confirmation that I will win the lottery in December just I have manifested every day for the last 3 months. When December finaly came, I bought loooots of tickets. Needless to say, I won a shit. So both fortune tellers and law of attraction bullshit it s a nonsense. Well, I guess hard work didn t kill anyone. Anyhow, if I ever see this charlatan again, I will yell at him and tell him to give me my £4 back. lol At least I wasn t dumb enough to give him more

  • Stilian // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Hi everyone
    my post was

    Stilian // Oct 4, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    This hapened in Vienna, Austria on 03.10.2015, old Indian man with turban and beard, broun outfit and broun wallet , he calle behind me:
    - Sir, sir
    I turned to him and he said:
    - You are very lucky man
    I said
    - May be
    and I walked away

    I was looking around internet and my man was looking a lot like Yogi Bhajan

    http://www.yogibhajan.org/main/

  • Sv // Feb 14, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    It happened to me on the new year eve in Vienna. You have a lucky face. I am from India and told him. ..in hindi that he is not going to get anything from. me.

  • KK // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Today it happened to me at Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW Sydney Australia. This indian guy in turban said he is from Haridawar and asked me about my love life, health and desire in life..kept asking me if i have love in life as probably I did not have wedding ring on. He wrote something on paper, rolled it into a ball and gave me hold it and asked me for my favirote flower and 2 numbers..kept on asked what I desire in my life and whatever I want will get it..not to cut my nails on Tues and Thurs and not to cut my hair at all. eventually he asked me to open the paper ball and to my shock same flower name and number was on the paper..spooky!! and he said soon someone with S or M name will come into my life that will be lucky for me..any how then he said to pay him $101 and he will pray for me…anyhow I gave him only $10 and left as was getting late to work.

  • yogi victim // Feb 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Yogi man is in Malta.

  • Sc // Mar 23, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    A guy just approached me in a parking lot in Hermosa Beach. He used the “lucky face” line. He did say some generalized things about my life and I’m not going to lie, he was right. I gave him fifty cents because it’s all I had. He seemed stunned I couldn’t give more. I mean I had a roll quarters but I was saving it for laundry.

  • Sally // Mar 27, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I just had the same on Pitt street sydney.
    He asked for $50 and I said I only had my cards and a few coins. I gave him about $3 but he wanted me to go to a cash machine.
    I cleared off then!
    But he did get the number and colour correct on the paper and said I’d been unlucky last year. (I’ve had cancer but you’d never tell now I have hair extensions)
    He said there’s 1 person who loves me… this is true. But it’s not reciprocated.
    He said I was going to have luck in may… so I guess I’ll see then if he’s fake or not!
    Lol

  • karen // Apr 6, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Ok this just happened to me today at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton CA. He was a very well dress Indian guy. He said he traveled around the world helping people. He said I had a strong aura and proceeded to tell me interesting things about myself. He wrote something on apiece of paper and asked me to hold it. later on he asked me someone’s name, my birthday and my favorite flower. when he open the paper they were the same. he said he could help me but I needed to give him donation. $300 if poor, 500 if I’m established, 700+ if I’m rich. since he was traveling he needed the money now and we could go to an ATM. I thank him for the information that he had given him and I told him I had a meeting and had to go. so I left very quickly.

    I am happy that I found this website and I see that this scam has happen to many.

  • jon // Apr 7, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    please be aware this is hypnotic induction. it works
    by the fact of sizinf the victim to be preoccupied with thoughts as they walk down the street (cold reading the victim) approsch with smile, confidnce, , dressed well, and compliment unexpectadly (lucky face) and the induction happens somewhere after (i would guess they say gibberish and ask victim to look at their forehead or some other focal point) – i havnt figured as i was under. anyway they get the info and wrote in the paper and hand it to the victim to hold and the rest is about suggestion and confidence etc thing is i wanted to be tricked and learned how they do it but knowing the scam i dont do anythjng i dont want to do like hand over money. so he hypnotised me and kept asking for money and i refused and even say “no such thing as fortune telling” “i feel weired” “no you are not getting money “fuck you are good you hypnotised me”… next time i will observe the induction. so dear readers be mindful.

  • Jane // Apr 12, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I would love to read all the comments but there are so many. I feel my story is slightly different. Outside Plaza Singapura in Singapore, there was the “I can tell by your forehead that you are a good person” introduction from a plump Indian man with a pink shirt and a dent in the middle of his forehead between his eyebrows. He did the paper thing with me and then asked for money for children in the temple so I gave him some. He didn’t let me go, he asked me to sit down. I was widowed 25 years ago and have never found another partner. This Indian man said all my problems with relationships – or the lack of them – were because I had committed a SIN in a previous life. I was upset by this. He said I had been a Chinese lady and had aborted a baby. I was horrified. He said he would have to say 21 days of prayers for me. He listed 10 things he would need which would have to be new on each day. The cost would be S$70 per day, a total of S$1470. I started to cry, told him he was blackmailing me and I should call the police. I couldn’t stop crying so he said he would get me some water. I picked up my bags when he left and quickly walked away. I soon came to the Istana Palace and 2 armed police were outside. I did think about telling them but then I couldn’t think of what “crime” the man had committed. So I walked home. I told a number of friends. One was sure I had been hypnotised but I was sure I hadn’t. I was still thinking about my SIN till another friend pointed out that it would have been so long ago that abortions would not have been possible then. (I am quite old !) The Indian man said he was a Sikh but he had short hair and no turban. He mentioned God a lot. As with others who have left comments, he gave me 2 stones. One he said I should keep but one I was supposed to throw in a river. As I walked home, I threw them away into some bushes. I have met a number of people in my life who seemed to know all about me, especially right after my husband died – and these people really did. This is why I believed this man but I am so relieved to read through these comments and realise that it was all a con.

  • Garycarlton // Apr 25, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Same thing happened to me in Oxford st this afternoon at 520 . It was raining so had umbrella up in one hand and shopping in the other . This man come up to me and said I have a lucky face and then he said think of a number and a colour . Which he ask for I said number 4 and colour black and then he ask me about my job and family names and so on . He gave me a piece of paper and he said blow on it which I did and then he ask me for note paper money not a coin . And I said no I gave him 22 pence . He could see in my wallet that I had lots of notes he said I was going to live to 97 and he said he could tell me more if I gave him a note . I have adhd an then I just flipped I said I don’t want to live to I am 97 . I tell you what just fuck off you conn man . And the other number I want to give you is 999 just keep phoning them and thay will help you . Some people can easily be fooled by these people and loose lots of money I must admit at first I thought he was genuine. I soon clicked on . Don’t trust anybody .

  • Tatiana // May 2, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I am gutted my emotions are so mixed up right now. Sometimes I feel ok about it other times I wake up crying in the morning. What have I done? I ask myself. I had never heard of the so called “lucky face scam” until I had parted with £71 and phoned a friend to tell them what I had just done. My friend was very angry with me and told me I’ve been conned and that I am stupid and vulnerable. Infact the money I had was the first in two years since I had been made redundant. Just imagine it was my first wages and it wasn’t very much I had just brought a Sofa from a charity shop and was feeling quite happy when I was approached by a so called Yogi Man in Brixton London. I believe in God as my protector and pride myself in not having time for fortune tellers. But this guy got me I think I got hypnotised which is something else that I have never believed in.
    Anyway this guy really went to town with me, he did the usual paper trick and yep he was spot on, then he told me that I had a good heart but had a problem with my anger and that people were doing alot of black magic on me, he said that he could get rid of the black magic off of me but that it would cost £5 or £10 for some unknown reason I ended up giving him £10 out of my purse because I did not have £5…….He kept on quoting God and he said that before I get angry with people again remember that God is in their hearts too and he said that might help me to change, I’m not going to lie I thought that it was amazing advice at the time even though I haven’t even got that much of an anger problem just normal really, I am far from being branded as an angry character. Anyway then he did another trick with some so called Holy water in a water bottle lid, he asked me to look into the water and tell me if I could see a man or women in the water. I told him I could see nothing so he said I must tap into my spiritual side, I tried but still could see nothing so he explained it was because of the witch craft that ws on me. He put to pieces of what looked like red wool in the water and said that I must choose one to give to him and put the other one in my right hand and close it up which I did. He then told me that if evil spirits were on me then the wool would change colour he then said that his would not change because he is protected so the color of his wool would not change. He asked who must open their hand first I said him so when he opened it his wool was still red. Now when I opened my palm the wool had turned to black dust (strangest emotion ever) how the hell did he do that???
    Thats not all he then gave me a long piece of black thread and said that I must break it into three pieces he kept asking me if I want good relationships, a home and successful business and if I believe in God I obviously said yes. He told me to roll up the thread in a ball and place it in my palm. This is the bit he then said if the thread becomes one piece I must give him £71 so that he can pray for me to remove the curses on me, but if its in two pieces I pay £40 and still in three pieces nothing. Yep you guessed it the thread was in one, how again did he do that, my fist was crushed up in a ball however he did put his hand over mine at one stage and started blowing and banging but surley I would of felt if he had swopped the thread in my palm???
    So I handed over another £61 heres the really odd bit for that few moments I was so impressed I asked him for his number incase I new anybody else who could benefit from his services he said his name and gave me a number. That was four days ago now.

    3hrs Later

    I have just tried the number thinking that I as going to write next that it was a false number………well though and behold he answered the phone and has actually reassured me that he took the money to do prayers for me. He said £10 for himself and the other £61 for the items he needs to do the prayers.
    Once again I have been charmed by this man so much that I have offered to text him this website address so he can come and explain to you for
    himself.
    He had also remembered that I had told him that I had been made redundant and that was my first bit of money in two years, he’s answer to that was that God knows and that I will recieve some powerful blessings.
    So the moral of the story I still dont know but he
    seems very nice and in away I feel reassured as if I have closure and can move on in a positive way. After all it is all in the mind. So dont beat yourself up if it happens to you.
    Hope this helps someone.

  • Sergey // May 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I met this guy 4 times, this time on Dover street and before around Berkeley Square area. He kept telling me that I was a lucky man, but today he told me that something will happen to me. When I asked him why am I a lucky man or what would happen to me, he didn’t answer. I decided to record this on camera and asked him directly, once again, why did he call me a lucky man and whether he is or not threatening me. He went quiet, hiding his face and walking away. Eventually I managed to take a photo of his face and reported it to the local West End Police office. He never offered me to show his trick, but I found this quite distressing as he kept following me and this is the 4th time he approaches me. I don’t think this is a normal behaviour to approach people and tell them that something will happen to them and if you want money, you should earn it or play an instrument or sing or smth.

  • Psy-Q // May 17, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    It just happened to me as well and had me spooked, but here’s someone performing the same trick sans the crumpling of course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGeZzBruMgY

  • khopdi // May 22, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Ok guys the mystery is solved. We all got fooled and lost our money. The guy uses whats known as swami gimmick which uses a small lead/ink tip under the thumb.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_gimmick

  • khopdi // May 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Swammi Gimmick + Cold Readming and Msucle reading = Lukcy face Yogi. SO expensive lesson but I am learning mentalism thanks to him.

  • Ahmad // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Hello, I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The same thing just happened to me today. I was on my way for Friday prayer, and was crossing the road. This guy wearing a blue bandanna on his head, a blue shirt unbuttoned at the top, and jeans. I noticed he was wearing a small square shaped necklace. He looked a bit like a Pakistani/ Bangladeshi/ Indian, and speaks perfect English.

    He started off with “You have a lucky face”. I almost laughed when I read in the comments section that these guys use the same opening remark most of the time.

    He told me I looked rich, and that I have a rich heart. I just nodded plainly, mainly to portray my lack of interest in his game. He told me that he is a fortune teller, that he can tell me about my future. He said that I shall have a good fortune in a few months, and that something good is going to happen to me in December. Well I didn’t believe that, but hearing that from someone else somehow makes you feel good. Perhaps that’s just human nature?

    He then continued on telling me about my life, that I have been trying hard to succeed, but success seems to be running away from my grasp. The fortune teller then told me that there’s a woman who has a grudge against me, and think badly of me. This woman, whoever she is, has cursed me using black magic. And as I’ve expected, he told me that he can help me with this problem.

    But then he asked me “Do you have a car?” I said yes. “Let’s talk inside your car, and I can show you more” and at that point, I was very skeptical. Why would he want to be somewhere private with me? If whatever he’s doing is good, it shouldn’t be hidden away from others. And fortunate me, I didn’t drive today. So I told him no, and we kept on walking towards the mosque.

    Nearing the mosque, he told me that the weather was too hot and that he wants to talk to me in private, and he went back into some pylons piled up next to a construction site near the mosque. I became even more skeptical. Why does this guy need to hide from the public? I told him, we can talk here (on the roadside), but he insisted. Considering that there were still people around, and that it was still a public area, I was confident that this man wasn’t going to mug me or anything.

    So he pulled out from his pocket a leather wallet with cards and a few green gemstones in it. He pulled out a laminated card, and on it “Mr. Yogi Man” was written. There were some wordings describing himself (I think) below his name, but I was in a hurry to read everything.

    He pulled out a pen and a small piece of paper and started to write something on it. Then he crumpled the paper and gave it to me. He told me not to open it yet, and keep it in my fist. So I did. He then asked me to think about a flower, any flower. So I told him “Rose”. Then he asked me to pick a number from 1, 3, 7 and 9. I replied “7″.

    Then he asked me to open the paper, and yes, you guessed it, “Rose” and “7″ was written on the paper. I smiled, that’s a pretty good trick though. Although, I know that he was taking a chance there. Rose is pretty common, and if you’re stuck in a situation like that which you really would want to get away, you would think of the first thing that comes to mind, the most common flower i.e. rose. For some reason I think that most people would choose 7 over the other numbers, but I don’t really know how to explain it.

    So Mr. Yogi Man told me that he can help to pray for me in his shrine to get rid of the curse/ black magic. At that point of time, I felt I really need to go, so I politely told him that I really appreciate his thoughts, but I was not open to such “cleansing” ritual.

    I think he saw that I wasn’t going to budge, and he quickly pulled out another card from his wallet. It was a photo of a group of old skinny men, shirtless, wearing some sort of turban. He told me that he’s also helping these guys, and that he appreciate some donation. I wasn’t going to lie, if he had come to me earlier with that story, I would’ve donated earlier on without him having to pull the tricks. But I appreciate his effort, so I donated a few bucks, and we parted ways.

    I hope that this guy would find a better use of his skills. A fine young man, he is. Mr. Yogi Man.

  • georgia // Jul 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    This happened to me today, but he took the paper thing to new levels, I opened the paper and He had written down my date of birth and the name of two men I recently had in my life and couldn’t decide which one to be with. I am still really confused. I can’t see how he could have swapped the paper in my hand or written down so much information while we were talking and I was looking at him.

  • Zeussolino // Jul 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Just happened to me in Dublin IFSC. I was downstairs to stay with my colleague smoking (so no money) and he exactly made all the same show. touching his and my forhead, the numbers, colour (3 and yellow), the flower, my girlfriend name and blabla I will have a lucky 2017.
    He showed me the old guru man and the poor children in India; the hand shaking and so on.

    Finally he asked for money but I had no, and he was disappointed.
    He asked for credit card, I answered no again (it was true!); “nothing precious you can give?” I only had my mobile phone, so i replied no again. He wished best luck to me and left.
    He was an old Indian man, with turban, really good suit, warm smile.
    It was a good experience and even if it was a trick, if I had money I gave it to him, because it’s his “work” and he did it perfectly.
    I was in a magic world for some minute and I felt fine. Thanks

  • Laurens // Jul 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    just had 2 days of intensive seminar, so decided to go for a walk and find myself a beer around Oxford Street. It was already cloudy but no drips yet. As I walked somebody (indian in suit) approached me and said I had a Tiger face, smart and think to much (true story). I’ve travelled al around the globe so I told him beforehand that I wouldn’t pay. That was allright with him. But we went inside somewhere because it started to rain. I did his writing trick but I lost his little note during our talk. In the end I bought a cake for him around 3 pounds. Was a good trade for some entertainment :) ofcourse all is a scam but yeah it was funny

  • Anon // Jul 28, 2016 at 12:44 am

    So pleased to find this post. I moved to Mayfair recently. On three occasions random men have tried to open a conversation by commenting that I am a ‘very lucky lady’. Twice while I was sitting outside a cafe, and once just walking down the street wearing headphones, I don’t mind parting with a little money, it’s vaguely entertaining, but do feel like they approach me because I’m a young woman, walking/sitting alone. They also do it that creepy ‘you can trust me’ voice. Argh!

  • Mr. Allan D. // Jul 28, 2016 at 6:53 am

    eyyy… Mr. Yogi Man strikes again!

    I’m in Singapore,
    this time at riverside behind UOB plaza, near the fat bird statue,

    today is Thursday 2016 July 7th, was a drizzling noon, it was raining quite a bit in the morning.
    While enjoying my solitude with cup of ginger teh-O, I thought what a wonderful cloudy noon, not many other people around since all benches there are wet from the rain this morning, and suddenly

    A wild Yogi Man appear!

    Indian man with orange shirt, he strikes me with his stare, and say “You have a lucky face!”

    “well, thank you!” I said to him,
    and so the conversation continues with him doing fortunetelling about me, all good stuff,
    and the ritual begin, with him asking me to choose a number bellow 4, a color, my age, and my wish!
    and of course while me holding a small crumpled piece of paper,

    in the end after all his magic trick shenanigan, he open his wallet, ask me to put my hand inside it, and then he mumbled some kind of magic mantra.

    and then asked me to put some money inside that wallet, and I say “No, thanks!” :D

    That was quite a novelty that amused me a little bit. Glad to share this experience with other people, hope you guys wont be tricked giving money to this guy.

  • Dag // Jul 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Met the Indian guy 28 July 2016 at Park Ln in London. The description of the man and the trick fits perfectly (Rose, 7 and Purple). I’m convinced the little pink slip of paper wasn’t switched from the moment it was put in my hand until I unfolded it. I ended up paying £20 and my son is still laughing at me :-)

  • "Steve" // Jul 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    This just happened to me at Holburn in London. Made reference to the lines on my forehead being some sort of positive karma indicator or somesuch. Weirdly he was trying to have the conversation with heavy construction work going on, but struck me as a good sales person.

    Controlled the conversation but was definitely playing the odds, my heart was broken by a girl last year (I’m a guy who has been out of the closet some 25 years now lulz).

    I ended the chat before the paper thing started properly though.

  • Damien // Aug 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    The turban guy got me near Chancery Lane in London today. It was sunny and I was in a good mood, so I entertained his rubbish for a few minutes.
    He had me hole a piece of crumpled paper and then kept asking me for lucky colours until I said “blue”, which was what was written on the paper.
    He then told me not to shave tomorrow, or cut my nails next Tuesday and scribbled some rubbish about luck in the next 5 years, then asked for “just some coins”. I told him I had nothing and walked off. Sounds like some of the other commentators in this thread got a good little bit of street magic from this guy/one of these guys. I feel a bit ripped off that my show wasn’t an impressive one :p

  • DamienJ // Aug 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    The turban guy got me near Chancery Lane in London today. It was sunny and I was in a good mood, so I entertained his rubbish for a few minutes.
    He had me hole a piece of crumpled paper and then kept asking me for lucky colours until I said “blue”, which was what was written on the paper.
    He then told me not to shave tomorrow, or cut my nails next Tuesday and scribbled some rubbish about luck in the next 5 years, then asked for “just some coins”. I told him I had nothing and walked off. Sounds like some of the other commentators in this thread got a good little bit of street magic from this guy/one of these guys. I feel a bit ripped off that my show wasn’t an impressive one :p

  • Gaston // Aug 15, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Saw this guys by the name of Kamal Yogi 3 days ago in Toronto. Like many people he did the Rose, 7. What I can’t explain is the following. He asked to name three fruits. So I said grapefruit, apple and orange. He said to me if you had to remove one which one would it be. I said grapefruit. So he cross it off the paper. Then he said between Apple and Orange which would would you circle. I said Orange? So he circle orange. So we were left with Apple. Where he originally wrote 7 on his piece of paper. He asked me to put my thumb on 7 on his sheet of paper. He held my other hand and we did this praying for about 20 seconds repeating his words. He said lift your thumb and to my surprise the word Apple was underneath the 7 which was not there before….I was impress he gave me this little moon gem to keep with me. He also gave me his Indian phone number. It was a nice experience.

  • Timothy // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    ALL OF THESE ARE SCAMS. IN INDIA IT IS SO WELL KNOWN THAT THESE SORT OF CHARACTERS ARE SET UPON BY HONEST PEOPLE. IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO PAY FOR A LITTLE ENTERTAINMENT THEN SO BE IT, BUT THIS PRACTICE IS FRAUDULENT AND POTENTIALLY A CRIMINAL OFFENCE. IF SOMEONE IS COLLECTING MONEY FOR A ‘GOOD CAUSE’ ASK THEM THE NUMBER OF THEIR REGISTERED CHARITY. IF THEY DO NOT PROVIDE A REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER THEY ARE SCAMMERS!!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

  • VJ // Sep 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

    place : raffles city shopping centre, singapore
    time/ date : 1pm , 4 Sep 2016

    30ish, around 165cm, relatively fair skinned (by indian standards) yogi man from india in a shirt and jeans with his hair tied in a bun calls out to me on the escalator with the opening line everyone here has heard “you have a lucky face!”

    the fortune telling starts,blah blah blah says God/karma has led us to meet, we should go to KFC/Macs to talk for 2-3min and he will tell me my whole fortune…now as a girl you DON’T just follow any random stranger somewhere even in broad daylight unless you’re looking for trouble so I’m looking for ways to escape already

    no paper switch nor money asked…I’m sure i had a Very disbelieving look the whole time

    in any case i got away by saying i was going to meet my mum and if I don’t hurry over I’ll get a scolding (which is true, my mum is the exceptionally impatient sort)

    he let me off with a smile and handshake

    Googled to see any curses might follow :]

  • rubinesque // Sep 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    This guy is still around – met today outside Chuchill hotel in Portman square – he didn’t get any money out of me but was calming and charming – no turban but I keep going ov the scrumpled paper thing in my head tryna remember did he write it before or after or what? Anyway no harm done – didn’t tell me anything different but had a lousy day an for a short while at least he cheered me up with the thought things will change. Everyone has to earn a living somehow. Some do it at knife point. Some with numbers and roses.

  • Mehson Malek // Sep 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Same exact thing happend to my dad. He was in Knightsbridge when the man passed him and said “you’ve got a lucky face”. My dad turned around to find the man standing facing him. Dad then approached the man and said what do you mean?
    Man then told him in 3 months something big was going to happen to him. In a good way. So my dad sat with the man as he explained what he does “raise money for homeless people”. He showed my dad a book with photos of the man sitting and eating with the homeless. Then, similar with your stories, he asked my dad his favourite colour and a number between 1 and 5. Then he asked my mums name and same thing. The name was written and spelt correctly on the piece of paper. So my dad was amazed with what this guy had done.

    Then he asked for £100 to help feed the homeless but my dad only gave him £10 as thats all he had on him. The man was dressed smartly and didn’t smell bad or anything. I just think its a horrible thing to lie about the reason they’re “raising money”. Anyway, if this guy approaches again I’ll be sure to confront him.

  • Iain // Sep 12, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I just had a terrible experience with this today. Had exactly the same thing happen in Zurich. He started of by saying I had a good Aura but it was blocked…. He then did the whole paper thing which I belive to be the kind of magic Derran Brown is up to. It’s impressive but, in my opinion, just deception. The problem I had was that during the whole spiel he was telling me stuff about myself that made a lot of sense and that had recently been bothering me. I’d even been thinking about it just before he arrived – he said he could tell something deep was troubling me. Before I knew it I was hooked on talking to him and hoping he would in some way help me with my problems…. of course before long it became apparent he wanted money. I literally had nothing. And I mean nothing. Then he wanted my power bank that I had for my mobile phone. This seemed a bit on the criminal side. He then showed me pictured of dying children – huge guilt trip. Eventually he went and was very pleasant about the whole thing. I then carried on with my day. I’ve recently been struggling with anxiety and depression and have been trying to tackle it. Unfortunately when I got home the things this random guy had presumed to say about me hit me hard. I got very anxious and ended up in a real mess. The depression that followed was intense. All I can say is I want to find this guy and tell him how dangerous what he is doing is. Some people, including myself, are really trying to make a difference to our lives but may also very vulnerable. I am a straight forward person who is struggling with something and I feel deeply cheated. I realise It’s my responsibility not to be taken in by people like that but life would be a little more straight forward if people could just ask for money rather than pretending to psychoanalyse you, make you feel like you are in some way flawed and thenot offer fake hope. I’m very glad if people get some joy from this, but sadly I am not one of them and worry if there are others in my position who have had a similar experience. Not impressed!

  • Waldemar Barroso // Sep 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Rue du Vermont, Geneva, Switzerland, 14:00h.

    Happened today with me. Similar description and scenario of the indian guy wearing a turban.

    At the end I’ve said I had no money with me. Then he answered, “so you have your credit card”. He was not much happy with the coins I’ve offered but anyway said November will be a great period at job.

  • Charlie // Sep 25, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Man. Im so scared that they want my money. Im afraid of these people now.

    It happened yesterday in Clapham Common. A guy came to be and said that i was lucky and we spoke about the future and what i wanted… then after all the trickery with the paper and numbers and colours he asked for money and i gave him 55quid thinking itll go to charity. But the next day the same guy, Panna said that his teacher wanted to see me. So the next day i go at meet Panna and his teacher and he said to bring aluminium paper , water and salt. We spoke at the common and said he could take my problem away and then asked me for over 3K. I said no. He said he needs it for materials to pray for me. Then he said okay 350 quid now and rest later. I said i agree but i had to go home to get the money. They waited for me and clapham common but didnt return. I feel upset as i thought the money was going for a good cause….
    Stay away these people blackmail you and i feel like giving the number to the police.

  • Arun // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Damn! Happened to me too… In bangalore… Man with black turban …!

  • Gullible // Sep 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Just happened to me in Campden Street, Notting Hill. He started the conversation with “you have a great aura”. He touched on some strangely applicable details but I guess everyone has the same problems with life so it’s pretty easy to use. He then wrote on a piece of paper and crumpled it before handing it to me to keep in my pocket. After a brief conversation and some prophecies he had me write on a notepad 3 numbers between 1 and 9 as well the name of a loved one. He took the notepad back and we talked some more before he requested the paper from my pocket be removed and opened before I could open it he immediately took it from me and showed me to tap my head three times and passed it back (he accidentally dropped it on the floor). I picked it up and did the head tap thing and opened it. The numbers were exact but the name spelling was incorrect by one letter. After a story about him feeding poor children and showing me a photo I gave him all the shrapnel I had in my wallet (maybe £2 worth) and he asked about bank cards so I said thank you and goodbye.

  • De Silva // Oct 7, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Hi there guys, may my GOD bless this guru guy. Im from Cape Town South Africa. The similor thing happened to me yesterday. I was visiting a furniture shop and at that time was sitting in the seat of the owner. This guy came in looking for the owner. When he looked at me he said, in December 2 things good will happen to you. He ask to speak to me private, then everything happens, the small torned piece with the numbers and flower names, and money based on hungery children pics. I gave him money, then he wanted to give me a very small lucky stone, i didnt touched that stone and told him that JESUS is the only rock i need in my life. After everything i followed him a few steps behind to the door, as i came to the door he vanished. Then my colique told me my money was hanging out of my back pocket. As i checked it was still there, a R1000 was gone. I still feel funny inside, not a pain and not something that i can explain. BE VERY CAREFULL, DONT EVEN SPEAK TO THEM, HE TRAPS YOU THE MOMENT YOU SHOW INTREST. HE WILL EMPTY YOUR POCKETS.

  • Arisan // Oct 7, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Looks like I’ve been had as well! Met Indian guy in Piccadilly ‘lucky face’ paper trick (blue, 3 and rose). Told me next three years would be lucky and I’d been afflicted by black magic! He’d pray and remove it. Told me some personal things and like a bloody mug (because I didn’t want to be cursed!) I ended up parting with £100!

    Pfffftttt!

  • Jade // Oct 11, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Omg this just happened to me while i was having a cigarette break at my office building. Indian guy who says i have a very lucky face, like her sister. then proceed to tell me he’s from Hong Kong and tell me I’m gonna be super lucky next month! and the same paper trick. Holy! he asked for money but unfortunately, i can only offer cigarettes. LOL.

    Im in singapore CBD area!

  • Ade // Oct 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    This has just happened to me behind Piccadilly circus where all the shirt stores are. The guy was wearing a blue bumper jacket. He looked smart. I have read the whole trail of message and feel slightly depressed because I am from Lagos, where it is difficult to con people. I have a Master’s degree and would regard myself as streetwise but he out did me. He did the whole question routine age, number of children, what was I thinking of right now. I was careful and did not notice any change of paper as he still had the paper, he wrote on. I was only glad that I was not the one who parted with the most money on this page. I lost £20 and do not intend to tell anyone else about my sheer stupidity. May be I should though. I hope I don’t see him again because I shall have some magic for him too, and he shall see it coming.

  • AH // Oct 15, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Couple guys knocked on my door and said i’m a good person, which I can be sometimes. Done the flower and number tricks which they got right, but I still was not amazed..

    Then asked me to write down my mums name without them being able to see, he was also writing occasionaly on his notepad. Hethen showed me his paper that he’d been writing on and it had my mums name on it, totally blew me away!!!

    So I gave them £60 for the entertainment, well worth it as it kept my mind occupied the whole day!

  • roy // Oct 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    it happened to me in leicester square. Bloody he used me. I believed in him as my family back in India is going through tough times. Stupid me. But in the end he gave me a lucky charm?!! white stone. i now feel so so stupid.

  • csc // Oct 24, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Met an Indian with short hair cut near Bank station, london. Told me I will be lucky from February 2017 onward. Ask a color and number from 1-100. Got both of them right.

  • Jurgen // Oct 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Groenplaats, Antwerp, Belgium. 24 oct ‘16. 18:15.

    Indian guy, blue Louis Vuitton jacket.
    He had a clean look.

    Everything was like the stories described above.
    The only thing I’m thinking about is how he managed to switch the piece of paper. I held it in my hand firmly the whole time. The only moment I can imagine is when he blew on my hand. I guess I made it tough on him because he had to do that twice..

    I didn’t get robbed, got everything still in my pockets, always held a distance from him. Gave him €6, and I don’t regret it, it was a very good trick and it made me think for a while.

  • Mr B // Oct 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Same here in Zurich earlier today. I completely fell for it and gave him a reasonable donation. The more you give this guy the more he’s trying to cheat you out of – offering prayers for you over …days back in India and all this crap.

    He made me write down all sorts of things which I then had to hold tight in my hand without showing/giving it to him and he of course knew everything I wrote – all the names of loved ones, whatever wishes or problems I wrote down. The short and sweet of it is that he’s super talented and should be in sales (well he is, isn’t he) and I’m joining the list of gullible idiots all around the world that fell for this. He wanted to cheat me out of even more money and when I pushed back he tried to fix a new appointment to meet again at the same place in the future. Not sure what the morale of the story is…I guess I paid for some amazing street performance and I’ll move on.

  • Adita // Oct 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Many years ago, I came across one of these scammers who tricked me into parting with plenty of $$$. That caused me to be very wary, suspicious and cynical of strangers showing any trust or being too friendly.

    Needless to say, I was still faced with some serious personal issues/problems which were now confounded with losing money as well.

    So when I came across some peeps who offered “something for nothing”, I was very sceptical and wary of looking for the ‘catch’. Thing is, there wasn’t any.

    I couldn’t believe, in this day and age of constant individualism and competition to try and beat everyone else in just about everything, these folks genuinely wanted to help others who might be in a vulnerable position.

    No religious undertones, no ‘donations’, no ‘brain-washing or cultist nonsense – simply being there for someone else who might just need some support, advice or guidance from another.

    Now I am in a good place.

    If anyone wishes to simply try and get some help, contact these guys:

    http://www.seesfoundation.co.uk

    They are strictly confidential, professional and above board…always helps!

  • Pd // Oct 29, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I had this happen to me on October 28th, in Tottenham court rd, I was just sitting in cafe ( outside space) and he walked past me and said I had 3 things on my forehead which meant good luck or something.

    Description : 5′6″ Indian man with thick dark hair and big easy eyes.

    Did the paper trick but as far as I can remember he would put a scrunched up paper in my hand ( which I held tight shut) and then ask me the questions.
    Number between 1-7 ( not inclusive) – 5
    Flower : rose
    All of this would be in the piece of paper I would have in my hand as I would unscrunch it.

    Said some generics things already mentioned:
    Bad 6 months but now will be good
    I’m good to my friends, but they profit from me
    I work hard at work but am lazy otherwise

    He did guess where my parents live which is pretty obscure which is what freaked me out.
    And made me believe him.
    Did he whole poor, mid and rich lady : £50,£7″,£100
    I said 70 but he insisted on 100, not sure why I even went and took the money out, he did the whole picture thing , but just a random picture of a whole bunch of kids.
    I gave him £100, then he repeated everything he already had. Gave me a stone kept on trying to as for another £200 and I got annoyed and he “offered” to give my money back.

    In the moment I believed what he was saying and doing, said was a Yogi and gave me his number and said he could come to my house and put a picture up to give me good luck and bless my house and insisted I call him. I obviously haven’t bothered checking the number.
    It was totally out of character for me to even talk to someone like this so am very annoyed at myself for parting with this money, am hoping that it is put to good use.

    He did the paper trick

  • Sneha // Nov 6, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Very similar thing happened with me today. Sadly I see posts against yogis and Indians and I am a proud latter. Such people in the name of our ancient culture make people fool. One can easily call it a very smart trick to loot people’s hard earned money.

    So I was about to get to the metro when this Sikh guy stopped me asking for donation regarding an upcoming sikh festival. I happily gave him a ₹100 bill. He asked for more. I gave ₹50 extra too. Then he starts saying about my face. (I realise now that when he asked for the money second time, it was to test me if i can be persued). Like all you people I was asked to pick numbers, a bird and a flower. He got all right, as expected. As the first time I saw this live, I must say I did get interested. Then he writes random 3 letters. With the help of these he calculates to ₹3300 and says in order to revive my life from its problems, I will have to donote to his charity. I told him that I didnt have money. But he remained persuasive. I told him that I can show him I had nothing in my bag. He then “adjusts” to half of 3300. When I disagreed again, what shook me was his statement! He suggests me to go to the atm and get the cash.

    That was my limit. I threw off his paper. And got moving towards my metro.

    Such a pity guys, people have lowered themselves to such an extent.

  • Ana // Nov 14, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Lol… Just happened to me too just now, in Melbourne, Australia. I thought was quite weird for someone to tell me that i have a happy face. My response: yeah, i know, thanks i kept walking. He did too asked me if i wanted to know why, i said, no need thanks. Then i thought… wt? And checked on the net… Wowwww can’t believe. Glad i didn’t bothered to stop!

  • Daniel // Dec 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Also caught in Pitt St. Sydney as Sally above was earlier this year. Same man as he also asked for $50. I believe I was approached as I may have appeared disoriented and was coming down from an anxiety attack (but was not agitated), and he correctly assumed that my anxiety began from experiences in 2014 and 2015 and was influenced by money passing through my hands as soon as I’d earned it, and a lack of reciprocation from people in my life.

    He repeated a few times that January would be a very lucky month for me and that he would pray for me, and gave me a small seashell like stone to carry with me as a token to focus on in times of stress or something. From the crumpled piece of paper he placed in my palm he’d correctly written blue which was the colour I said when he asked for a favourite, which was probably easy as I was carrying a blue backpack and wearing a blue t-shirt underneath a grey hoodie. He didn’t ask about numbers or flowers.

    I knew I was caught in a con but didn’t feel bitter during or after the experience, it just felt surreal and weirdly comforting. I tried to only part with $20 when he asked for $50 but he insisted I give him another $20. I’ve parted with larger sums of money in worse experiences this year and just chalked this up to money I’d part with during my Christmas shopping.

    I usually always wear large headphones when walking through the CBD alone to avoid being approached by sales, charities, and homeless (let’s face it they’re all a con), and this was a rare moment when I wasn’t. I’m actually going to keep the stone on me in case this ever happens again.

  • jax // Jan 11, 2017 at 10:31 am

    this happened to me in a car park of a westfield shopping mall in Melbourne, Australia.

  • SD // Feb 2, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Aug 2009- Singapore

    I had just migrated to Singapore as a Grad student in NTU. I was very new to the country. Prior to that, I had been seriously ill back in India. I happened to meet a Sikh in Little India, who said that I had been very ill in the recent past. I naturally got curious. He said that my illness was because of black magic done by my relatives, and he predicted dire trouble for me and my family if I did not pay him money – S$ 2500, to be specific. He said that the money would be spent on removing the black magic from me and my family, and redirecting it to my Uncles’s family. I was not carrying cash, and he directed me to go to the ATM. I was really scared, and did as he said. To cut a long story short- he was not satisfied with that amount. Each day, he made me pledge a further amount, saying that all the amount spent would go waste (and a lot of calamities would befall) if I did not spend further. I paid him through various means- cash and gold biscuits. He kept in touch through phone, and kept giving me different advice, and kept asking me for money. I even got to know his name- Santokh Singh, as I wired money to him. And he warned me against mentioning this to anyone (even my family), as that could make the black magic stronger. He promised me a lot of professional and personal success in the years to come, if only I heeded his words.

    I eventually had to cut-off from him as he had become too demanding. But the effect of the incident left me drained completely. The combination of guilt, shame, and embarrassment was unbearable. As it is, I had taken money from my family under false pretense. Being a student, I did not have much money of my own. And there was the persistent dread that I was indeed afflicted with black magic.

    I had become a complete wreck. None of his promises came true. In fact, the exact opposite indeed took place. And the incident affected me so much that I alienated myself. Many years have passed. But that incident still lingers in my mind. I have not been able to develop a stable relationship, as I am afraid of this secret of mine. Neither have I been professionally stable. Unlike the above cases, I was associated with the s0-called mystic for more that three months. And it did me badly.

    I do wonder why Governments even issue visas to such people, without a background check. And if there are people like me, there should be a platform for them to come out, without the fear of being judged. And I also wonder why do these ‘mystics’ lack the basic compassion for humanity.

  • Joseph // Feb 19, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I also met this guy full of tricks. I just gave him 10$. According to me unless you are not giving them a big money its absolutely fine. I dont know why people are here with negative views. I think its just a street entertainment. Like we go to watch a movie so nobody let us there for free. Or when we go to disneyland. So chill folks. Dont think that shit like black magic or curse bla bla bla. Take it easy. Its entertainment if U like it, giving away few dollars not gonna make you poor. And if you dont like it just walk away. I am sorry if anybody dont like my comment!

  • syahir // Mar 14, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Yep, met the same indian guy like everyone described here just now in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia nearby KLCC.

    He greeted me with the same lucky face sentences, and asked for me to show my hand.

    Told him that I was busy, plus he’s looking fishy with one arm hidden inside his pocket all the time.

    Those in nearby area just be be careful okay.

  • TP // Apr 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

    a man with a turban approached me and said things like “you have a luck face” and “you are blessed”. He then continued with things like you have been in bad luck and gave correct dates and that he had more information.

    I met him in westfield stratford,

    He was a posing as a spiritual healer and collecting money for ajmer sharif charity in India. He did tricks with pieces of paper that he gave into my hand and asked me to keep my hand closed. Then he asked me various questions and asked me to write down the answers on a piece of paper (whilst I had the scrunched of piece of paper in my hand). He asked me then to open the piece of paper in my hand and to compare what was written on the paper with what I had written. The 2 papers were identical except (I think his hand writing was in capitals). No idea how he did this but I know I was tricked after reading about the same man duping other people in the same way around various locations in central london.

    He used “religion” and that I was not practicing to gain money from me which would be used to feed the poor people in India Ajmer.

    He also did another paper trick where the end result……resulted with a small black face on the inside of my hand and he claimed that was a demon that was following me. The demon face on my hand really confused me as it couldn’t be explained. It was the strangest thing I had ever experienced in my life. Totally bizarre. I felt really scared and confused by what I saw. The black face on my hand dissapeared very quickly.

    He at that point used my confusion to take money £1100 from me for charity.

    After reading about similar events on the internet, I know I have been tricked. He used special paper to trick me.

  • Leonardo // Apr 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Happened to me today, it kind of felt magical after the meeting with him, he looked trust worthy with a kind face , so when he said ” you have a lucky face”, I thought no harm listening to what this guy has to say about my luck, I actually do feel lucky these days…. I do believe everything happens for a divine reason…so I kept an open mind for all things…

    Where: wan chai Hong Kong tech expo
    Tricks or “magic” : square papers, number 3, rose , blue
    My “future”: meeting a person with a name “xin” in October, where he will steal my idea
    Other Comments: I have a jealous friend
    His name:raj
    What he wore: blue button shirt

    Iv spent a few hours reading ALL the comments above before writing this, and almost everyone says 3 and rose, this feels really spooky, read one comment about them being claravoiyant , or using spirits to conduct this trick, I kind of believe that so part of me is a bit glad I didn’t just left without paying him, I only paid hkd 100 (around 15usd) cause I’m short in cash , actually don’t rmb a period where I’m not short in cash, so too bad for him, he should have chosen someone with more to give! Also these indian men seem to make the same comment to everyone, “jealous friend”, “someone steals your idea”, it seems they just stick to that story since it’s the story that works for them, cause when he opened that brown wallet it has 500hkd notes, so I probably wasn’t the first one he caught at the expo.
    at first he wanted to talk in private, that was the part I put my guard up, but was also curious of what was this about , then I suggested we just keep walking ,as I always believe as long you have a good heart , even someone planning to con you won’t manage to get through you… then he managed to persuade me to walk to a less crowded area where there was a table, and he even took a brochure from one of the expo booths to use as his props, to pretend that he was discussing something about tech with me, so other people that would overhear our convo won’t step in… that’s the second reason I thought he was dodgy , some parts of our convo I don’t reli rmb, not sure if this was a hypno thing or it was my bad memory, then he went on to ask my favourite flower I said rose which is not ! But I don’t know why I said Rose, watched some YouTube video someone posted here it says 9out of 10 people would say rose , choose a number from 1-5 I picked 3 and my favourite colour blue , and asked for my moms name, it was Maria , and when he wrote it down he misspelt it to Marie and I corrected him and said it was with an A, then he added the A after the E, and when I opened that crumple ball of paper he asked me to hold still before asking my moms name, of course….it had all the right answers in it, but the weird thing was my moms name was written “marie a”, if he was really a claravoiyant why did he not just write “Maria” and had to write the E misspelling as well? Anyway I felt scared the same time impressed so I wanted to listen what he wanted to say to me, I’m like “luck, what luck, tell me !” But then when he asked me to give him his hand and told me to look him in the eye while he reads me while looking at my forehead, but I have had experiences where I book a palm reading and tarot card reading , or fortune telling, in Hong Kong it’s quite common to make these bookings and get readings , so I realised this must cost me a fortune! Then I told him I don’t want to be disrespectful to him , but if he is going to perform a reading I would only be able give him $100hkd (15usd ) then he bargained and protested at least $500hkd and that got me a bit pissed off, if I wanted a reading I would make my own booking, then I walked away and he followed me, and kept bargaining showing me the photos , I didn’t get to see them clearly , and then I offered how about I pay you by a gift, I’ll buy you a present and mail it to you cause if I only pay u $100for a reading I’ll feel bad cause $100hkd is too little for a fortune telling , but I don’t have the money….anyway long story short , I took 100hkd from my wallet turned around and left him , never looked back, thought he might follow me or sth so I was freaked out for half an hour, I even asked if I could take the little paper with me …and after leaving him I took the paper out still believing what he said about the bloke who’s gona steal my idea, now that I read all these comments, it’s a recurring theme I’m not going to take it so seriously, but the fact that i experience this con today made me question my energy, I always am proud of my good energy, I know like attracts like ….so good souls only receive the good energy…so am a bit disappointed to find out I ran into a scam….to whoever is feeling disappointed in experiencing this , just believe that all things happen for a divine reason, and no point warning other ppl here cause Iv never heard of this scam before today, only when you experience it you will google it, so what I can offer is , get a good sleep…and tomorrow will be shinier! And it happened for the best reasons ! Don’t forget that !

  • Vivienne // Apr 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I am from Australia and in Hong Kong for a Trade Show..an Indian man came up to me and did exactly the same as mentioned here. He told me poor people give him $1000hkd medium $2k and rich $3k..give him money and he will tell me more. I swear though that bit of paper never left my hand…so l am stumped. I have his business card if anyone is interested!…l told my husband and he sent me this link.. still no real explanation how its done…dont know if l feel duped or amazed. I am supposed to meet him tomorrow for more!

  • Rose // Apr 21, 2017 at 8:57 am

    To “The lucky face club”. This also happened to me in Melbourne at the DFO car park in Essendon. An Indian man approached me and went through all the same hoo ha. Even though I got caught in his spin, I still felt like I was going to get pickpocketed or mugged. I did not give the man any money and I just walked away. But I can’t help still feeling that this man intruded in my space and life without proper permission . His quick talking caught me by surprise and I’m really upset by it. Next time I see him or someone else doing it, I’ will be reporting it to the police or centre management at least! Or maybe, I just mess with their minds instead :)

  • QB // Apr 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

    well well well… today Toronto Canada out front of Rogers by Yonge and Dundas this afternoon around 4:30pm I was standing there waiting for my buddy to go for a break and was approached by an Indian man , well dressed etc same deal but not as detailed just the colour and a number he asked, so he wrote this on a small yellow piece of paper crumpled it up gave it to me before any thing happened. Then when it came down to reveal it I saw a crumpled piece of paper fall on the ground I said hey man you dropped your paper and he played it off, he basically pretended he was writing down other info but he actually wrote down what I said “Green and #2″ after he (gave me the paper at the start) I wasn’t aware of it in the moment and he asked for money say please place bills. then I was telling him listen I aint got bills he insist come on man i know you can give me bills I gave him 2 toonies for his trouble told him straight up I’m broke, he accepted the $4 and walked away. I was dumbfounded, then 5 minutes later I realize he switched the crumpled paper with the correct response on it and I’m not even mad, can’t knock the hustle. But I knew it was some bullshit no prayer spirit shit lol

  • NP // May 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    This happened in Croydon today. Same spheel you have lucky face, choose a number between 1 and 5, choose a flower, two men are in love with you, one for your physical aspects and one for your mind. blah blah blah.

    Then proceeded to tell me a woman has put a curse on me

    Handed me a card with the name Dev Swami

  • Torontonian // May 8, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Toronto Eaton Center, Canada. Well-dressed calm Indian man walked by and told me I have a light on my face and I am a very lucky man. Then I was distracted by a call, I thanked him while talking over the phone. “Your next month will be very lucky” – he said again. I thanked again and continued talking over the phone. He disappeared in a crowd of shoppers.

  • Pele // May 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    He’s back in the City of London – favourite colours, numbers, small piece of paper, lucky face etc etc – and please can I have £10 for blind children…
    Nice smiley man though

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