An antique board game with a magical/wizard theme. The game was published by McLoughlin Bros., N.Y.: c. 1870. It measures 11.75 x 11.75 x 2 inches when in the case. Inside the wooden box is a spinner resting beneath a pane of glass. The directions are mounted underneath the glass. There are three "answer inserts" that hug the outer portion of the box, fitting around the glass. Three double-sided circular question cards are provided, each one corresponding to an answer insert.
After a question is asked, the question card is placed upon the glass pane and aligned such that the question asked is placed in the top (12 o'clock) position. The spinner is then magnetically moved, and points to the correct answer on the "answer insert." The directions read: "In asking a question, place the Question Card so that it will fit exactly over this Disc, placing the question asked at the top, so that the dot on the edge will be directly opposite the dot on the top of this Disc, when the hand will immediately move in a quizzical manner, and in a few moments stop, and give the correct answer."
The cover shows a wizard-type character pointing to an illustration of the sun, standing in a room filled with scientific equipment, books, and a globe. Fortune telling is an ancient human activity. People still devise methods to see the future, whether for lifetime planning or simply for fun. Game manufacturers know this, and produce fortune-telling games to answer the gaming public's desire.
The game is still in fine condition for its age, 145 years old. Bright colorful top and inserts. Age cracking and loss of lithographed paper. The wood box is very good, the sliding top fits well but care needs to be used when sliding out as there is a crack in the wood. An amazing find.