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Wishing on a Wishbone

Hello everyone, hope you all have a great day. With Thanksgiving only a few days away, we decided to make today’s post about wishing on the ole’ wishbone. Come on you all have done it, and probably still do.

In all customs having to do with wishbones, it is taboo to put a finger on the head of the bone to give yourself a better grip. The person thus applying unfair leverage invalidates any wish he or she would make. In some areas, the wish automatically transfers to the other person. I can honestly say I have never done that, it’s cheating!!!

Two people should each grasp one end of a chicken or turkey wishbone. Each person pulls on the wishbone while making a wish. The one who gets the larger piece of bone (the one with the head on it) will get his or her wish. The wish must not be told to anyone. This tradition is common in the United States and elsewhere.

Another tradition in some places says that the person who gets the shortest piece will be the first to marry.

Wait for the wishbone of any fowl (chicken, duck, quail, turkey, etc.) to dry. Two people then grasp the bone and snap it. The one getting the piece with the head on it must quickly say lucky break and make a silent wish.

Two people each grasp one end of the wishbone and make a silent wish as they pull and twist the bone until it breaks. The person who gets the larger piece will get their wish; the other person must tell what their own wish was. This tradition is common of New Jersey.

A wishbone should be dried in the Sun and kept for a long time. Touch it any time you want to make a wish. This is common in Italy.

Have a greay day. If you have any questions feel free to email us at miraclesnmagic@comcast.net

Check out our Daily Wish Guide for more wishes. It is updated daily so be sure to keep checking back.


50 Responses to “Wishing on a Wishbone”

  1. Can you tell me what happens when 2 people make a wish whilst breaking the bone, and we both dont end up with the larger piece but the bit in the middle falls of?
    I was a bit freaked out becuase i asked my boyfriend what he wished for and we both wished for the same thing. So i dont know whether its a good thing or a bad thing. can you get back to me please and tell me. Thankyou xx

  2. Hi Anna, Thanks for the question. Honestly that has never happened to me before, but I would have to say that it means that both of your wishes will come true. As for you & your boyfriend wishing the same thing that means that the two of you are very connected. I don’t think it is a bad thing at all, in fact I would say that it is a very good thing.

  3. WOW… that is so amazing! My husband and I have been having problems this last weekend and we both wished the same thing. The middle broke off the wish bone also. Thanks for answering my question!!! I know things will work out for the best now!!!

  4. Your very welcome myka. Glad to be able to help!!

  5. How funny! The middle broke off on me and my fiance just now! I had to look it up to see what it meant because it has never happened to us before ever! I hope we both get what we wished for too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  6. My husband and I just broke a wishbone and the middle fell off – and it turned out we both wished for the same thing. I was worried it would not tide well for our wish and decided to see if anyone else had had this happen. This page has reassured me, thanks!

  7. My boyfriend and I just had the bone break and the middle piece fly across the room (we found it). But we had to look it up because we had never had this happen before! I guess it means we wished for the same thing! ^_^

  8. My husband and I just did the same thing – the middle came right off! Never had that happen before. He told me he didn’t really make a wish! That I had surprised him and he didn’t really have time to think of one before he pulled. Maybe it doesn’t count if one person doesn’t wish and the wishbone knows that????

  9. hello..
    What if the middle is broken and both of you (in a relationships) have a different wishes?…what does its mean?

  10. Me and my husband were breakin the bone it also broke in three pieces the pieces that where in our hands were the same size never in all my years have iI seen this, also our wishes where very close good long life together. I truely pray that for all of us.

  11. we truly hope you do too.

  12. My sister has liver cancer and my mother and I took the wishing bone and tried it also cracked and broke into three pieces, We were both horrified thinking that our same wish, my sister recovery was hopeless. It felt like a death sentence……..I am so glad to read here that it is actually a good sign…………

  13. this is very wierd, just yesterday me and my boyfriend broke one and the same thing? or does it mean we will both get our wishes?

  14. How long does the cures last is you got the bigger half and you told your wish to someone

  15. please help! is it unlucky to pull a wish bone on your own?

  16. i wish i getting the lucky break this thanksgiving

  17. I wish all that I wished in my email be granted very, very, very, very soon. Thank you.

  18. I oftern stop in church to pray for things and I light a candle also. I pray/wish for 6-7 things each time and wonder if you can do this on a single wishbone???

  19. What does it mean when the center of the wishbone explodes and both people get the same size?

  20. when you get a wishbone two peploe pull on each end and the one to get the bigger picae make a wish and breaks it angin and your wish well come thow . ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. From my recent experience the wish does not come true. At least that is how it happened for me. Could be a different experience for you’

  22. what if both people have their fingers on the head and i won?

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  24. can you make a wish alone

  25. My fiance and I were just making a wish and the same thing happened. The center broke off and went flying. I told her I would google it to see what it meant and I found your site… I went upstairs to ask her what she wished for and we also wished for the same thing. Amazing & thanks

  26. of course! I always do!

  27. My partner and I just pulled a wish bone and for the first time ever, the middle bit broke off (3 pieces all up). So we got the middle bit, and put it between our hands and held hands while we both made a wish. Pretty sure our wishes would have been fairly similar so I am hoping they come true. They’re very important so please keep your fingers crossed for us
    xxx from Australia xxx

  28. The whole thing split evenly. Even the middle peice. Perfectly in half. The whole thing. Wtf. Iv never heard of that. At all.

  29. just broke the wishbone with my love

  30. […] Works Cited Armstrong, Edward A. The Folklore of Birds: An Enquiry into the Origins of some Magio-Religious Traditions. London: Collins, 1958 http://mentalfloss.com/article/31579/why-do-we-wish-turkey%E2%80%99s-wishbone https://miraclesnmagic.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/wishing-on-a-wishbone/ […]

  31. same thing happened to me and my girlfriend today.she freaked out lol but we didnt make a wish.wish we had now ive read your comment.hopefully it means you both get a wish.

    garry and julie from scotland

  32. me and my friend break the wishbone even its not dry at all and i get the shortest one and he gets the bigger one .. is that true that when the one who gets the shortest will be the first to marry?

  33. I found a wishbone but it was very dry I hope my wish comes true..:(

  34. Is it ok to break and wish on the wishbone on the night of a full moon?

  35. what if 2 people pull the wishbone and the 1 person has the same size as the other?

  36. What do you do with the longer piece after its broken and make a wish?

  37. Keep it if you wish

  38. what happens if you find the wishbone already broken in the chicken?

  39. Good question. I’m just going to answer this as best I can..I think if the bigger part of wishbone seems less fragile than the small part, then make a wish. If it bigger part does seem fragile, then it probably isn’t worth it

  40. Hi my name is Rosselyn miller & my boyfriend And i just did a wishbone together. It came from a turkey. The last one i won in 2015. Well today . at 12:33am. Nov 29 wes. We split a wishbone together & we both broke even. Wow!๐Ÿ˜€ i have a pic of it. He is from new jersey & im from Pittsburgh pensyvina. We live in Fayetteville, nc.may both of our dreams come true๐Ÿ’•. I thought i share. Our wishbone. Thoughts with u all. Remember miracles can happen๐Ÿ˜‡ never tell your. Wish๐Ÿ˜‹

  41. My wife and I pulled each end of the wishbone and the head broke off while we both got the exact same size pieces of the wishbone. Has anyone ever had that happen or ever heard of it happening before?

  42. My husband and I just broke a wishbone, it broke in 3 pieces. The middle part flew into the air and landed in my hair, getting tangled, our pieces that broke off in our hands were the same size. We wished for the same thing. What does this mean?

  43. HELP!!!
    we just broke our wishbone, I got the bigger half. but also my half snapped in my hand… i’m thinking that is not a good .

  44. what if the wishbone breaks on it’s own when picking it up from the window sill?

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