431. If you take a baby in your arms for the first time, and at the same
time wish, you will get your wish before the year is out.
432. Take your Bible and wish. If it opens at and it came to pass, you
will get your wish.
433. Wish upon a candle on blowing it out. If it glows long, you will get
your wish. If it smokes, it signifies a death.
434. If a speck of carbon comes on the wick when burning, and you wish
for something, wet your finger and touch the speck. If it sticks to your
finger, you will get the wish, and vice versa.
435. Swallow a chicken's heart whole and make a wish. It will come true.
Pennsylvania and Ohio.
436. Throw an egg out of the second story window and wish. If it does not
break, you will get your wish.
Deer Isle, Me.
437. Throw an eyelash over your shoulder. If it falls from your finger in
doing this, your wish will come true. If it remains on the finger, your
wish will not come to pass.
438. Find a stray eyelash; place it on the back of the hand with a wish;
blow it off. If it blows off at the first trial, the wish will come true.
St. John, N.B., and Pennsylvania.
439. Put a loose eyelash on the back of your hand. It signifies a letter.
Wish from whom the letter may come, carry it three times around your
head, then throw it over your shoulder, and you will get your wish.
440. Put an eyewinker down inside your clothes, wish, and you'll get your
441. Put an eyewinker on the back of the hand, knock that hand with the
other so as to throw the eyewinker over the shoulder, and at the same
time wish. If the eyewinker is not seen again, the wish will come true.
442. If you wish on the first thing you eat in the season, the wish will
443. Wish with two paper slips or grass blades, the ends only being
shown. The longer wins.
444. Wish on a load of hay, and you'll be sure to get it.
445. Wish when you see a hay-cart, don't look at it again, and you'll get
446. See a white horse; don't look at his tail, but wish.
447. Wish on a calico horse.
448. You may wish on a row of empty barrels, or on a piebald horse, but
you must not look on the object a second time.
449. Wish on a load of empty barrels, and you will get your wish.
450. Write the names of one hundred people who (by request) have bowed to
you, bury the paper in a secret spot, and at the same time wish. If no
one sees you, you will get your wish.
451. Wish while holding a lighted match until it is extinct, and you'll
get the wish.
452. If by chance two use the same words, lock the little fingers, and
wish before speaking, saying Shakespeare at the end.
453. Let two persons break the wishing-bone of a fowl; the one who gets
the longest piece will get his wish.
New Jersey and Ohio.
454. If you say two sentences that rhyme, make a wish, then if you make a
rhyme unintentionally and wish before you speak again, your wish will
come to pass.
455. When you first see a sleigh in the fall of the year, make a wish,
and you will get it.
456. Wish at the first snowflake of the season, and you will get your
457. Put a ring on the finger of another person, saying, I wish it on
until such a time, and if it is not removed before the expiration of the
period named, the wish will come to pass.
Connecticut and Ohio.
458. When you see a falling star, wish.
459. To wish on a star, when you see the first star come out, say:
Star light, star bright,
First star I see to-night,
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish to-night.
Wish what you please and it will come true, but the wish must not be
mentioned to any one.
460. Count nine evening stars in succession, and you will have your wish.
461. Capture a floating thistledown, breathe on it, make a wish to see or
hear from an absent friend, blow in his or her supposed direction, and it
will carry your message.
462. Make a wish while throwing a leaf into running water. If it lands
right side up, you will have your wish or good luck.