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6 Ways People Try To Predict The Future


Magic 8 Ball

The Magic 8 Ball is an iconic novelty toy invented back in 1950 by Albert C. Carter. The functional component of the toy was inspired by a spirit writing tool used by the inventor’s mother who was a professional clairvoyant. It was initially marketed as the Syco-Seer and was encased in an opalescent orb resembling a crystal ball.

The Magic 8 Ball is simple to use.


Ask a yes or no question, shake the ball then view the sage advice pickled in it’s dark blue fluid. The Magic 8 Ball is not a reliable prognostication device so don’t use it for critical decisions like when to pull the plug on your comotose nana’s life support, for example. There are 20 possible Magic 8 Ball responses which are basically all variations of yes, no, or try again. Here is the list of Magic 8 Ball responses:

  • It is certain
  • It is decidedly so
  • Without a doubt
  • Yes, definitely
  • You may rely on it
  • As I see it, yes
  • Most likely
  • Outlook good
  • Yes
  • Signs point to yes
  • Reply hazy try again
  • Ask again later
  • Better not tell you now
  • Cannot predict now
  • Concentrate and ask again
  • Don’t count on it
  • My reply is no
  • My sources say no
  • Outlook not so good
  • Very doubtful

You can buy a Magic 8 Ball or you can try the virtual magic 8 ball. The online 8 ball version.

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