NYC Party Planner
had the opportunity to talk with one of New York's most popular and
charming psychics. Fahrusha reads regularly at Joan Rivers' parties
and has read for a variety of celebrities including David Letterman,
Ivana Trump, and Lee Iacocca. This is the first installment of "Party
Secrets of a Psychic." Fahrusha sees a party in your future and
shares her insights, not from her mastery of the tarot cards or even
her exotic world travels, but from her experiences at special events.
NYCPP: Do you refer to yourself as a fortune teller
or a psychic?
Fahrusha: That depends on my audience. I usually use
the term psychic reader. But when I'm working for kids or younger people
at a birthday party or Bar Mitzvah, I might call myself a fortune teller.
If there is more than one person reading at the job, the palmist would
be called a palmist, the card reader would be called a tarot card reader
and so on. I do tarot, palmistry, handwriting analysis, crystal ball
and rune stones. Sometimes I even do tea leaves or coffee grounds. These
are examples of different sorts of mediums.
NYCPP: How do you decide which medium is the most appropriate
for a specific group?
Fahrusha: My forte is tarot reading. I generally read the tarot cards
at a party. People enjoy the cards because they deal with the present
time frame. Not with childhood or what will happen thirty years from
NYCPP: How does this work?
Fahrusha: I spread out ten cards. You can use three
or five or seven, but I usually use ten. This allows me to finish the
reading within a set time. I know that it will take me four to six minutes
at a party to do a reading if I use tarot cards and I'm not dealing
with specific questions.
NYCPP: How many people do you see in an hour?
Fahrusha: Because I spend between four and six minutes
with a person, I can safely do ten people in an hour. Usually more.
When people have waited in line for ten minutes, if you don't give them
at least four minutes they feel cheated. They don't feel like they have
gotten anything for their wait. Sometimes, depending on how many people
are around, I'll allow them one question at the end of their reading.
But I have ways of getting people up after their time is over. Occasionally,
I have to say, "Thank you very much..." But when I say "Good
Luck to you," they usually understand that the reading is completed.
NYCPP: Do you always have something to say to an individual?
Fahrusha: Yes, because the cards provide information.
And I am confident because I have a very good record of accuracy in
my readings. But of course not a hundred per cent. Occasionally, I might
talk about someone as though this person was their brother. He might
be, in fact, a very good friend. Like a brother. You have to be a little
bit flexible about that.
NYCPP: What can a party planner do to facilitate successful
Fahrusha: The main thing that needs to be addressed
when using a reader at an event, is putting them somewhere where people
can hear what they have to say. The biggest problem that readers have
at events is when they are put next to the speakers. A wild disco is
right in their face. Then everybody is wasting money. The reader isn't
heard. We end up shouting and losing our voices. The guests get frustrated.
They will step outside of the main room to be read, but most planners
don't realize this. That's a shame since ninety-five per cent of women
and, I'd say, seventy-five percent of men want desperately to be read.
NYCPP: How can a party planner best arrange the set
up for the readers?
Fahrusha: Each reader should have a separate table
with two chairs. They should generally be in the same area of the room.
Not so close as to interfere. It is better to have one line. When you
have two lines people often get in line again to go to the second reader.
A good idea for company picnics is to hand out a ticket that says "This
card entitles you to a reading with a psychic - time permitting."
One ticket stops them from standing in line twice.
NYCPP: What else can be done to accommodate as many
guests as possible?
Fahrusha: The planner of a large scale party may want to offer
more than one kind of reader. Perhaps they'll want a tarot card reader,
a palmist, a numerologist, hand writing analysis, or an astrologer.
There is one problem with this. Sometimes a group of the same ten ladies
get in line over and over. They end up hogging the time. The other alternative
is to offer the same thing. Like two Tarot card readers. Then people
will be satisfied with only one reading. These issues should be discussed
with somebody that is a professional. Every party has specific needs.
NYCPP: Sounds like psychics are wildly popular. Tell
us why you think this is.
Fahrusha: Beyond the psychic aspect of it, it's simple.
What's better than talking about yourself and having someone else talk
about you in a kind way. Someone who tells you how great you are.
NYCPP: What is the main thing people want to know,
besides how great they are?
Fahrusha: The biggest things are: how's my health,
or the health of someone dear to me, something about my love life, and
money, often job related. 'Will I be happy?' is the lousiest question.
Someone could be happy in jail while another is unhappy with servants
waiting on them hand and foot. Young boys often try to trick me. They'll
ask me what year their mother was born. I am not answering a trivia
quiz. But the most difficult question comes from my private clients.
We get into discussions of fate versus free will.
NYCPP: Are you outlining a predetermined fate for them?
I tell them the circumstances of their immediate future. And choices
that they may have. I can only tell them that certain outcomes will
come from certain choices. As human beings, we have to operate as though
we have free will.
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