Fortune telling is against the law in Pennsylvania and has been for more than 150 years. The antiquated statute was in the news recently when 26-year-old Jennifer Marks of Hermitage in Mercer County was accused of charging people hundreds, even thousands of dollars for mystic solutions to their everyday problems.
Marks was arraigned before a district magistrate last week on charges of fortune telling and theft by deception.
The statute which criminalizes fortune telling reads like something from a dime store novel. A person is guilty of the charge if they "tell fortunes or predict future events … pretend to effect any purpose by spells, charms, necromancy or incantation, or advise the taking or administering of what are commonly called love powders or potions."