Toni-Banan Film Stars

Issuing Company: Toni-Banan
Country of Issue: France
Year of Issue: 1930s
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set: 5 cards in set (+ bag with rules)
Card Size: 3 3/16" x 4 3/4"
Issued as insert with what product: Herbal Teas

Notes: This is a set of 5 cards that is designed to be used as a mind-reading game. Cards are numbered as follows:

The main card is "A". This would be shown to participants, and they would choose (without saying it out loud!) their favourite star. Then they would have to say whether this star could be found on card 1, 2, 4 and/or 8. When "yes", the number at the bottom corner would be noted, when "no" the card would be discarded. Noting and then saying out loud the total reached, card A could be used to work out which star had been chosen, by counting down from top left to bottom. Then you can seem to be a mind-reader, by correctly "guessing" the chosen film star.

Here's an example. Let's say you (secretly) choose Marie Bell. The mind-reader asks: Is the star on card 1? You say yes. The mind-reader notes this number. Is the star on card 2? You say no. The mind-reader discards the number. Is the star on card 4? No. The number is discarded. And what about card 8? Yes! Also noted. Now the mind-reader adds up the numbers 1 and 8 to make a total of 9. Then, using the main card A and starting top left, he counts down 13 numbers to reach the name: Marie Bell! High jinks ensue, at least for a couple of minutes, until people work out what's going on or simply get bored.

There is a similar German card set issued by Richter. For the Richter set, German collector Nick Bolton reported that the cards came with an information envelope that explained the game. The Richter set shows different film stars, but is played exactly the same way as the Toni-Banan set.

Thanks to Serge Plumecocq for help with this checklist.

Main card A (from top left to bottom, 15 names)

Gaby Morlay
Maurice Chevalier
Charles Boyer
Noel Noel
Mona Goya
Henry Garat
Marie Bell
Jean Murat
Suzy Vernon
Rene Lefebvre
Marie Glory
Albert Prejean
Madeleine Renaud

Card number 1

Gaby Morlay / Marie Bell / Florelle / Suzy Vernon / Annabella / Marie Glory / Mona Goya / Madeleine Renaud

Card number 2

Maurice Chevalier / Jean Murat / Florelle / Suzy Vernon / Noel Noel / Albert Prejean / Mona Goya / Madeleine Renaud

Card number 4

Charles Boyer / Rene Lefebvre / Annabella / Marie Glory / Noel Noel / Albert Prejean / Mona Goya / Madeleine Renaud

Card number 8

Henry Garat / Rene Lefebvre / Marie Bell / Marie Glory / Jean Murat / Albert Prejean / Suzy Vernon / Madeleine Renaud

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