How fortunetelling captured the hearts of 20th century Australians

At the beginning of the 20th century, psychics and fortunetellers cast a spell on the Australian population. After a boost in popularity in other western countries, fortune-telling became both an exciting craze and an extremely lucrative industry for Australian women.

However, the excitement was short-lived as strong laws and an elaborate police operation led to its subsequent fall a short time later. 

Stef from 2SER spoke to Dr Alana Piper from the University of Technology Sydney about how magic captured the attention of Australians 100 years ago. To learn more about Dr Piper’s work, take a look at their article on The Conversation.

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