My least favorite modern palmistry book

I have many unfavorite palmistry books.  Some call themselves encyclopedias or guides for beginners. One former # 1 best selling palmistry book on is Palmistry: Apprentice to Pro in 24 Hours by Johnny Fincham (Amazon Sales Rank 49,710 at the time). This is one book that truly can’t be judged by its cover. The front cover describes the content as “the easiest palmistry training course ever written”. The back has five rave sound bites from expert authorities that know little to nothing about reading hands. The Daily Mail described Johnny as “Britain’s leading palmist” on the cover.

I will never recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn palmistry. Johnny begins by telling his readers to ignore hand shape. That’s the # 1 most important factor in reading hands. Knowing hand shapes enables readers to readily identify one of four basic Jungian archetypes (intuitive, thinking, feeling, and sensation) like a Myers Briggs psychological test incarnate.

Johnny confidently instructs readers to ignore anything that appears “normal” in the hands. Until you know what’s “normal”, all details are superficial. Details are important, but trivial without first establishing basic character. Each detail needs to be examined in the context of the whole and all other details at the same time. One danger of interpreting details out of context is in substituting one form of pre-determinism for another by reducing individuality to cookbook formulas.

Traditionally, an index finger is” Jupiter”. Johnny’s version is the “Mirror finger” The middle finger is “Saturn”.  Johnny’s is the “Wall finger”.  The ring finger is “Apollo” or Johnny’s “Peacock finger”. The pinky finger is “Mercury” or Johnny’s “Antenna finger”. Metaphor is useful, but much better when tied to real mythology. Too much esoteric, clever, and cutesy jargon is very confusing. Johnny peppers his book with pictures of celebrities, and then never really examines them. He mentions two case histories of clients, but then fails to produce relevant background information or basic understanding of their character. Johnny analyzes a variety of details, and then gives his client’s response as to how “wonderful” and how “right” he was. They can’t wait to sign up for his next workshop. Johnny’s “Secret Palmist Assignments” for his readers are superficial at best. If this is a best selling palmistry book for the 21st century, it’s reprehensible for me at age 65, not to take full responsibility for sharing my knowledge and experience with the public.

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Over the past thirty-five years, I've read tens of thousands of hands of people of every age, gender, race, color, size, shape, career, and socio-economic diversity. I've examined the hands of celebrities, billionaires, corporate executives, and the people who work for them. I've been in charge of the psychics at special events like the massive Bloomberg Company picnic on Randall’s Island and have worked at the Mayor’s country home and at Gracie Mansion. I've been a hand reader at PR events and family gatherings for the King of PR, Howard Rubenstein. I was the hand reader at Harvey Weinstein’s spectacular wedding. I've also read the hands of Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Star Jones, Kevin Kline, Kyra Sedgwick, Barbara Corcoran, Dave Brubeck, and Maurice Sendak, along with numerous other celebrities and their families. I've also examined hundreds of criminally insane people’s hands at a forensic psychiatric hospital in New York City over a two-year period. I've appeared on ABC The View, CBS Martha Stewart Living, CBS Evening News, FOX Good Day NY, Lifetime TV, Queens, NPR and WNYC. I've been featured in the NY Times, NY Newsday, The Daily News, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, INSTYLE Magazine, Family Circle, Modern Bride, Manhattan User’s Guide, and other periodicals. Because of my credentials in design and technology as well as my extensive experience with public appearances on television, radio, and in the print media, I'm uniquely qualified to promote palmistry. I offer five-minute reflections at special events, counsel countless couples, raise funds for diverse causes such as AIDS, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Schizophrenia, Arts Education, and the Environment. I taught Metaphysics 101 at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC for five years and have also spoken, offered workshops, and taught classes at the New York Open Center, Learning Annex, Source of Life Center, Hunter College, Pace University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount Manhattan College, Theosophical Society, East West Bookstore, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and The National Design Museum in NYC. I also have a private practice with over 1,000 clients.

4 thoughts on “My least favorite modern palmistry book

  1. On your point, I couldn’t agree more. You must always establish the character. Without it your threading and combinations are misleading. What a fateline means for a water hand has completely different connotations for an earth hand. I am grateful for Johnny’s finding on electric shock therapy.

    • I’m glad that everyone is out there doing what they’re doing. There’s room for everyone. You appear to have something valuable to contribute. I don’t want to mislead the public by giving them a quick fix. No one is going to learn much in 24 hours. We still all have to do the work.

  2. Johnny fincham lives in england and writes to magazines and says hes the best, he actually been rated at about 12th and is quite a disturbed individual all round
    and i agree totally with your analysis here, and his other book was plagerised from lots of other more talented palmists

    • I don’t know much about the guy. I hated the name of his book as it was misleading. Then I read it and hated it even more, which resulted in the little essay I wrote.

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