Fortune telling maestro Tung Mo Chieh Passes away at 101, leaving a legacy of accuracy and wisdom

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Tung Mo Chieh

22nd April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Tung Mo Chieh, the renowned fortune teller who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s, has passed away at the age of 101. Born as Shum Kwan-fai, Tung arrived in Hong Kong in 1959 and gained a reputation for his accurate readings, serving numerous celebrities such as James Wong and Ni Kuang. Wong himself had praised Tung’s precise predictions, while Tung also provided fortune readings for Hong Kong artist and writer Ma Wing-shing, with one famous line, “A golden dragon shall rise from humble origins when the wind and clouds converge,” inspiring Ma to establish his own successful career.

Described by his family as a “true legendary figure,” Tung Mo Chieh’s passing was announced on Facebook on the evening of April 20. He was celebrated for bringing 101 years of love and wisdom, embodying strength and diligence while remaining selfless and without complaint.

The family’s post further depicted Tung as an “unsung hero” whose life was filled with resilience and kindness. They expressed that his spirit would forever bloom in their hearts, and even in eternal embrace, his love would continue to guide them.

Tung Mo Chieh’s journey as a fortune teller began outside of Hong Kong. It is said that at the age of 25, after a failed cotton business in Shanghai, he was taken in by Wei Qianli and introduced to Wang Huaijie, a master of fortune telling through divination blocks. Within three months, he began his own journey as a fortune teller.

Upon his arrival in Hong Kong in 1959, Tung initially focused on providing readings for dancers. As his business flourished, the prices for his services increased, and waiting times grew longer.

Notably, Tung Mo Chieh had a distinctive approach to fortune telling. Visitors had to be introduced by acquaintances and often had to wait for up to a year to receive a reading. Even for urgent cases, the waiting period could extend to several months. Tung only conducted individual readings, and he never advertised his services in newspapers, emphasizing that he did not offer free consultations.

During a fortune-telling session, Tung would study the client’s birth details, then consult various handwritten books to craft a personalized fortune book, meticulously piecing together sentences based on the numbers derived from the divination blocks.

Tung Mo Chieh, known as a “semi-immortal,” had provided readings for notable figures such as James Wong, Ni Kuang, and Pamela Peck. Wong had once shared his own fortune book, accompanied by a personal letter, praising the accuracy of Tung’s predictions. In the letter, Wong expressed his belief that the fortune book had been incredibly beneficial and invaluable.