(Leo the Face Reader and model Magdalena Frackowiak’s in Terry Richardson’s “Chic Easy Pieces” fashion story in “Harper’s Bazaar”; photo above—and more!— from Image Amplified)
Growing up in Los Angeles, Chinatown has always been a favorite place of mine to eat, shop, and unwind. In particular, I like to hang out and shop in the Plaza across the street from the Golden Dragon Restaurant where they have a good Dim Sum. Looking through last month’s Harper’s Bazaar, I was entranced by the spread of photographs by Terry Richardson in “Chic Easy Pieces,” page 330, then immediately saw a face that I knew personally. Sitting with gorgeous Magdalena Frackowiak was Leo, the Chinese Face Reader who I like to visit at least once a year… (All about Leo and It Pun Fortune Readings after the jump.)
(Leo and I in front of It Pun Fortune Readings)
Leo has been doing Face Readings in the Plaza for over 30 years, works only two to three days a week, and is incredibly difficult to understand. This is what makes him so charming and adorable! The moment that you sit in his chair, and the price is agreed upon (usually $10) he will take your hands and begin an intense study of your palm with his magnifying glass. Then he writes some words or numbers on a Fortune Paper, and takes you through this lifetime with advice on when and who to marry, what sort of disposition you have, children, and career advice. Leo will also tell you the Chinese Horoscope depending on the year you were born.
I had given up seeing Fortune Tellers many years ago, when I learned that it was I alone that could guide a control my destiny, but seeing Leo is a weakness. I met him 15 years ago when my Nana and I had finished a yummy breakfast at The Empress Pavilion in the plaza next door. When we walked by the “IT PUN FORTUNE READINGS,” I was curious and listened in until Leo looked up and chased us out. Twenty minutes later, he was reading my face.
Since then I have taken numerous friends to see Leo the Face Reader, and firmly believe that it is the best entertainment and fun in all of Chinatown.
Have your face read at It Pun Fortune Readings, 436 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown, Los Angeles.