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2013-05-08 11:59:39 PM  
LAUGHTER OL even David Blaine does the better cold readings than Sylvia Browne who charges the thousands of dollars for the fraud of this.  I do not have the problem with the best illusion of she and that is making the money of the individuals who are dumb enough to have the trust in the psychic disappear.  TA-DA OL!

She has also done the prediction of the flat tax many years in the row and yet people still have the trust in she. No one is the psychic individual.  Most children have the understanding of this.
 
2013-05-09 12:12:16 AM  
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2013-05-09 12:29:49 AM  
She was in Ohio. Potato potahto, y'know?
 
2013-05-09 12:45:06 AM  
Sylvia Brown is a fraud and a charlatan of extraordinary magnitude

/but if you're stupid enough to believe her bullsh*t, you deserve what you get
 
2013-05-09 12:51:07 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Sylvia Brown is a fraud and a charlatan of extraordinary magnitude

/but if you're stupid enough to believe her bullsh*t, you deserve what you get


Yep.
 
2013-05-09 01:18:56 AM  
In Italy, they gave some geologists SIX YEARS IN JAIL for not accurately predicting the timing and severity of an earthquake.
 
2013-05-09 01:22:44 AM  
If only there were a South Park episode(s) having addressed this sort of nonsense.
 
2013-05-09 01:56:34 AM  
I think the greatest tragedy was that the mother sprint years searching, never giving up hope. But all that stress finally killed her. She  will never have the happy reunion she longed for.
 
2013-05-09 02:13:13 AM  
Don't stop believing! Maybe there was psychic interference in the air that day! You don't know how those things work!

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2013-05-09 02:23:53 AM  
You know what's sad? People like Harry Houdini and other magicians and skeptics have been busting spiritualists frauds and psychic seance scams since the turn of the century, but people are still being suckered in by charlatans like Sylvia Browne.

At least back in the old days, spiritualists had to do a real performance to sell their scams complete with belt rigs that "levitate" tables, or table knockers or hiding cheesecloth in the mouth to pull out in the performance as "ectoplasm."

Nowadays, these so-called psychics just do a cold read - a simple dime store trick that any idiot can learn to do in an afternoon.
 
2013-05-09 02:24:11 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: a fraud and a charlatan


Should be the dictionary definition of "psychic".
 
2013-05-09 02:42:51 AM  
I'd no idea that Madam Cleo had a protege until now....
 
2013-05-09 03:02:54 AM  
This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses via chicken throat slitting and similar methods.


Obviously, many psychics prefer to solicit the money before the second stage, as due to the nature of Man's dark mind, it's hard for them to see the fiduciary trustworthiness of the client.


In summary, it's obvious that people like Sylvia Brown are the real heroes of our world. Sure, they get it wrong sometimes, but that is either interference, fiduciary failure, or even dark forces working against them. In the same way that someone policing our suburbs for free and getting blamed for unforseen consequences, such as the Zimmermans of the world, psychics fight the long hard struggle to have their truly legitimate services recognised for the community boosting life-embracing acts that they are.

As Sylvia herself said, "Only God is right all the time. My heart goes out to Amanda Berry, her family, the other victims and their families. I wish you a peaceful recovery."


The fact that Amanda is back from the dead due to Sylvia's prayers should make those who criticise her hang their heads in shame. My heart truly went into abasement upon seeing that some people will always point the finger at America's true heroes.
 
2013-05-09 03:11:14 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


Either you are the stupidest person on the planet, or this is some sort of a troll.
 
2013-05-09 03:22:23 AM  
She's no different from religious leaders telling people to give $$ to their churches and pray to some imaginary god for help.
 
2013-05-09 03:22:48 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses via chicke ...


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2013-05-09 03:42:04 AM  
I'm getting an A....Amy?,......Ann?......Amanda........Yes Amanda

resources2.news.com.au
 
2013-05-09 03:49:49 AM  
She's a psychic. Of COURSE she's a fraud. But if you don't sue all of them, it makes no sense to sue one of them. Especially when the advice she gave would be true in 99% of cases.
 
2013-05-09 03:52:46 AM  
My heart goes out to Amanda Berry, her family, the other victims and their families. I wish you a peaceful recovery.

I'm sure Amanda's mom will get right on that.
 
2013-05-09 03:55:33 AM  
In all likelihood, it's probably impossible to be a psychic. You would have to be aware of all possible probabilities that affect an event's outcome and that number is infinite. Then once you tell people what's going to happen, you affect those probabilities, which creates a whole new infinite set of contingencies based on the information you gave to them. The whole field would be impossible for the human brain to track with any useful degree of accuracy. In short, anyone who's a true psychic would probably go insane from the overabundance of information.
 
2013-05-09 03:55:42 AM  
Please Please please please...I hope there is some way to sue the fark out of Sylvia Browne and her ilk for distribution of false information, unnecessary distress or whatever they can hang on the witch.

I really hope there's a special hell for these conniving coonts.
 
2013-05-09 03:56:01 AM  
Psychics that charge a few bucks and tell you a bunch of vague shiat that doesn't hurt anyone and gives someone cheap hope: Whatever.

Psychics that do this kind of shiat: fark right off. This kind of thing is pretty deplorable.
 
2013-05-09 03:58:31 AM  
Good rule of thumb: don't pay your magic users until the spell works.
 
2013-05-09 03:58:49 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses via chicken throat slitting and similar methods.


Obviously, many psychics prefer to solicit the money before the second stage, as due to the nature of Man's dark mind, it's hard for them to see the fiduciary trustworthiness of the client.


In summary, it's obvious that people like Sylvia Brown are the real heroes of our world. Sure, they get it wrong sometimes, but that is either interference, fiduciary failure, or even dark forces working against them. In the same way that someone policing our suburbs for free and getting blamed for unforseen consequences, such as the Zimmermans of the world, psychics fight the long hard struggle to have their truly legitimate services recognised for the community boosting life-embracing acts that they are.

As Sylvia herself said, "Only God is right all the time. My heart goes out to Amanda Berry, her family, the other victims and their families. I wish you a peaceful recovery."


The fact that Amanda is back from the dead due to Sylvia's prayers should make those who criticise her hang their heads in shame. My heart truly went into abasement upon seeing that some people will always point the finger at America's true heroes.


The sane community frowns on your shenanigans.
 
2013-05-09 03:59:18 AM  

paulseta: Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


yup. you said it.
 
2013-05-09 04:07:58 AM  
Anderson Cooper had me rolling with laughter when he read her statement.

Anderson Cooper: "Sylvia Browne released this statement, which said: (then he reads her statement). She could have just said "I have no shame at all".
 
2013-05-09 04:14:51 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses via chicke ...


You're an idiot
 
2013-05-09 04:17:54 AM  

RexTalionis: paulseta: This is shameful.

Either you are the stupidest person on the planet, or this is some sort of a troll.


It could even be sarcasm, theoretically. Some would say that's at least 3 options
 
2013-05-09 04:21:14 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Sylvia Brown is a fraud and a charlatan of extraordinary magnitude

/but if you're stupid enough to believe her bullsh*t, you deserve what you get


I would not call a grieving mother searching for a missing child "stupid." "Desperate," on the other hand...
 
2013-05-09 04:21:32 AM  

RexTalionis: You know what's sad? People like Harry Houdini and other magicians and skeptics have been busting spiritualists frauds and psychic seance scams since the turn of the century, but people are still being suckered in by charlatans like Sylvia Browne.

At least back in the old days, spiritualists had to do a real performance to sell their scams complete with belt rigs that "levitate" tables, or table knockers or hiding cheesecloth in the mouth to pull out in the performance as "ectoplasm."

Nowadays, these so-called psychics just do a cold read - a simple dime store trick that any idiot can learn to do in an afternoon.


I knew you were going to say that.
 
2013-05-09 04:24:51 AM  

RexTalionis: paulseta: This is shameful.

Either you are the stupidest person on the planet, or this is some sort of a troll.


I think they are joking more than trolling. At least that's my feeling. But then I'm kind of snarky.
 
2013-05-09 04:34:05 AM  

doglover: Good rule of thumb: don't pay your magic users until the spell works.


It would be great if we could do that with doctors as well.
 
2013-05-09 04:34:52 AM  
Can this please be the straw that breaks the camels back? We've seen this irresponsible, ghastly practice for a long time and sat from the sidelines saying "idiots... fools and their money are soon parted", but people in the pits of despair will turn to anything for hope. I don't blame them, some go for religion, some go for crazy shiat, they need something to hold on to. These people exploit the most deepest, and emotional pain and trauma, and suffering known to us, and profit from it. They lie, cheat and steal. It needs to stop.

Can we please all just pile on immense amounts of pressure so that this con artist doesn't get off lightly, and never gets work as a psychic again? Or how about finally tackling it through regulation? A simple rule, only those psychics who can demonstrate their abilities in front of a panel of judges are allowed to practice as a qualified psychic. I choose the judges.

Psychic bullshiat has to stop, this is one of the most egregious abuses of trust and power I've ever heard of in this field. To think that the mother was so distraught afterward that she never recovered and died a few years later, ostensibly from the stress of it all, is just heart breaking.
 
2013-05-09 04:41:58 AM  

Epiphany: Anderson Cooper had me rolling with laughter when he read her statement.

Anderson Cooper: "Sylvia Browne released this statement, which said: (then he reads her statement). She could have just said "I have no shame at all".


With that closing line, I went from being very 'meh' about AC all these years to being a huge fan.
 
2013-05-09 04:42:53 AM  
Anyone who knows about psychics should also know that none are ever more than 80% correct. Most good ones tend to be 60%.

99% of psychics will not do things like predict when you'll die nor pick lottery numbers for you.

Psychics run in my family. None do it for money. None do it for fame. Actually, unless you knew them real well, you'd never know they have the gift. None have ever been over 80% correct.

Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on. A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost, like a watch, a coin, a special book. He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.

Often I'll consider psychic abilities as simply great perception, like the majority of the magicians do. Other times, I'm not so sure.
Aside from telephone psychics. The majority of them are fake, trained in cold reading.

True psychics don't need a bunch of mumbo jumbo and stage dressing -- like crystals and crystal balls and such. You ask, they answer be it in a diner or sitting on a bus.
 
2013-05-09 04:51:21 AM  

Abacus9: doglover: Good rule of thumb: don't pay your magic users until the spell works.

It would be great if we could do that with doctors as well.


We can. If you die, you don't have to pay. In fact, you can sue 'em.
 
2013-05-09 04:52:10 AM  

Rik01: True psychics don't need a bunch of mumbo jumbo and stage dressing -- like crystals and crystal balls and such. You ask, they answer be it in a diner or sitting on a bus.


Why would a psychic ever admit to being psychic?

Last I checked, Warren Buffet and Daniel Negreanu are doing just fine....
 
2013-05-09 04:57:43 AM  

Rik01: Anyone who knows about psychics knows that none are ever correct. Most good ones tend to be good actors.


FTFY
 
2013-05-09 04:59:19 AM  
Sylvia Browne is a despicable money grubbing fraudulent hag who profits from the distress and misfortune of others. If this episode serves any purpose at all, it should be to bring that fact to the attention of a wider audience.
 
2013-05-09 05:00:48 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses via chicke ...


On a scale of one to ten, you're a dumbass.
 
2013-05-09 05:05:02 AM  

doglover: Abacus9: doglover: Good rule of thumb: don't pay your magic users until the spell works.

It would be great if we could do that with doctors as well.

We can. If you die, you don't have to pay. In fact, you can sue 'em.


I'd be so pissed if I die.
 
2013-05-09 05:06:19 AM  

Rik01: Anyone who knows about psychics should also know that none are ever more than 80% correct. Most good ones tend to be 60%.

99% of psychics will not do things like predict when you'll die nor pick lottery numbers for you.

Psychics run in my family. None do it for money. None do it for fame. Actually, unless you knew them real well, you'd never know they have the gift. None have ever been over 80% correct.

Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on. A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost, like a watch, a coin, a special book. He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.

Often I'll consider psychic abilities as simply great perception, like the majority of the magicians do. Other times, I'm not so sure.
Aside from telephone psychics. The majority of them are fake, trained in cold reading.

True psychics don't need a bunch of mumbo jumbo and stage dressing -- like crystals and crystal balls and such. You ask, they answer be it in a diner or sitting on a bus.


You'd think that even with "only" a 60 percent success rate, at least one psychic in history would have done something really amazing for humanity with his powers that would be celebrated in every history textbook in the world.
 
2013-05-09 05:12:00 AM  
I am a psychic.

I see...

I see...

I see a lawsuit in Sylvia Browne's future.

Gimme $5000 for the reading.
 
2013-05-09 05:12:22 AM  
The FAIL part isn't with the Brown - she's making her money.

The FAIL part is that there's tons of people out there who continue to believe in this crap and give money.
 
2013-05-09 05:12:51 AM  
The military should announce that it will start to register and weaponize psychics. "Why are we not capitalizing on these psychics?" Everyone who's a self-professed psychic will be required to take a mandatory 8-week physically rigorous military course, then sent out to be telepaths, empaths or clairvoyants at active warzones. Let them know in advance that if they fail, they should be tried and sent to a military prison. If they fail and people die, the psychics will be shot.

I guarantee you, the business will naturally die out in a month and none of them will be sent out to war.
 
2013-05-09 05:24:37 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses via chicke ...


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-09 05:27:45 AM  

Aboleth: I guarantee you, the business will naturally die out in a month and none of them will be sent out to war.


How much was the bet, because you owe me as you've lost before it's started.
 
2013-05-09 05:27:52 AM  

paulseta: The fact that Amanda is back from the dead due to Sylvia's prayers should make those who criticise her hang their heads in shame. My heart truly went into abasement upon seeing that some people will always point the finger at America's true heroes.


9.5/10. I believed you until this line.
 
2013-05-09 05:29:33 AM  
I ran an occult bookstore for five years. I met hundreds of psychics. I wouldn't trust one if he said the sky was blue and the sun came up in the morning.

/Can't believe there's a movie about the Warrens coming out.
 
2013-05-09 05:31:45 AM  

Rik01: A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost


And parents are generally 100% correct when asked to locate their child's belongings.
It's not psychic, it's logic.
 
2013-05-09 05:34:25 AM  

Dadoody: The FAIL part isn't with the Brown - she's making her money.

The FAIL part is that there's tons of people out there who continue to believe in this crap and give money.


Like I said above,  people in the pits of despair will turn to anything for hope. I don't blame them, they need something to hold on to. These people exploit the most deepest, and emotional pain and trauma, and suffering known to us, and profit from it. They lie, cheat and steal. It needs to stop.

Don't turn the victim into the guilty party. Their ignorance, fear, emotions are being preyed upon.

Guilty of being ignorant isn't as bad as guilty of being a callous, heartless, con artist who preys upon the emotionally traumatised.
 
2013-05-09 05:36:41 AM  
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2013-05-09 05:39:25 AM  

Rik01: Anyone who knows about psychics should also know that none are ever more than 80% correct. Most good ones tend to be 60%.

99% of psychics will not do things like predict when you'll die nor pick lottery numbers for you.

Psychics run in my family. None do it for money. None do it for fame. Actually, unless you knew them real well, you'd never know they have the gift. None have ever been over 80% correct.

Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on. A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost, like a watch, a coin, a special book. He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.

Often I'll consider psychic abilities as simply great perception, like the majority of the magicians do. Other times, I'm not so sure.
Aside from telephone psychics. The majority of them are fake, trained in cold reading.

True psychics don't need a bunch of mumbo jumbo and stage dressing -- like crystals and crystal balls and such. You ask, they answer be it in a diner or sitting on a bus.


I had a friend who's sister would have dreams and nightmares about things that would later happen to almost exactly like she described in her dreams and nightmares. You can say that I'm lying or that what she saw could be explained, but the girl had serious mental issues about this stuff and committed suicide at 19 because of all of this.

There are things that can't be explained in our world. and I think that there are some people with "psychic" abilities. But none of these people are on TV doing shows and all of this crap. I believe that most of these people are people like my friends sister who don't know what the fark is going on and are being driven crazy by what they are experiencing.
 
2013-05-09 05:42:51 AM  
At least it's honest.

www.thebalancedmind.org
 
2013-05-09 05:45:11 AM  
Protip: if you want to con others into believing your nonsense you have to be vague.

For example: "no one will know the day or the hour I will return"


To ensure no one can prove you wrong make sure an afterlife is central to your claims so that the only proof you're a liar is the fact death is the end and thus you can't be called out by those who didn't reach an afterlife
 
2013-05-09 05:47:56 AM  
Protip: if you want to con others into believing your nonsense you have to be vague.

For example: "no one will know the day or the hour I will return"


To ensure no one can prove you wrong make sure an afterlife is central to your claims so that the only proof you're a liar is the fact death is the end. That way, the only ones who could call you out on it cannot.


Follow these andf n amount of logics reason and fact will sway people away
 
2013-05-09 05:48:40 AM  
Protip: if you want to con others into believing your nonsense you have to be vague.

For example: "no one will know the day or the hour I will return"


To ensure no one can prove you wrong make sure an afterlife is central to your claims so that the only proof you're a liar is the fact death is the end. That way, the only ones who could call you out on it cannot.
 
2013-05-09 05:51:23 AM  

RexTalionis: Either you are the stupidest person on the planet, or this is some sort of a troll.


It looked like satire to me.
 
2013-05-09 05:51:49 AM  
I want to be a "psychic" where clients would sign a contract that states I may or may not be correct.
 
2013-05-09 05:51:49 AM  
What? I only clicked add comment once!

Oh well
 
2013-05-09 05:59:05 AM  
She was worse than dead.
 
2013-05-09 06:02:20 AM  
"By the way,
Why is it OK
For people to pretend they can talk to the dead?
Is it not totally farked in the head
Lying to some crying woman whose child has died
And telling her you're in touch with the other side?
That's just fundamentally sick
Do we need to clarify that there's no such thing as a psychic?

What, are we farking 2?
Do we actually think that Horton Heard a Who?
Do we still think that Santa brings us gifts?
That Michael Jackson hasn't had facelifts?
Are we still so stunned by circus tricks
That we think that the dead would
Wanna talk to pricks
Like John Edwards? "

- Tim Minchin
 
2013-05-09 06:06:38 AM  
I would love to kidnap a "psychic" and then offer $1,000,000 to the first psychic that could find them.
 
2013-05-09 06:06:55 AM  

Rik01: Psychics run in my family.


No, they don't. It's make believe, nothing more. There were never any psychics before, there aren't any today, and there will not be any in the future. Quit deluding yourself, and once that is done, try to talk some common sense in to your family.
 
GBB
2013-05-09 06:08:57 AM  

Lanadapter: Protip: if you want to con others into believing your nonsense you have to be vague.

For example: "no one will know the day or the hour I will return"


To ensure no one can prove you wrong make sure an afterlife is central to your claims so that the only proof you're a liar is the fact death is the end and thus you can't be called out by those who didn't reach an afterlife


Jesus was a half-assed illusionist and con artist with a lucky backstory and some gravitas.  If it wasn't for the timing of his birth and his mother trying to explain why she was pregos without husband, he would have been just 1 of the thousand nameless bastards of the time.
 
2013-05-09 06:17:38 AM  
u mean DEAD tired from all that hot sex she'd been having
 
2013-05-09 06:17:53 AM  

paulseta: The fact that Amanda is back from the dead due to Sylvia's prayers should make those who criticise her hang their heads in shame. My heart truly went into abasement upon seeing that some people will always point the finger at America's true heroes.


RexTalionis: Either you are the stupidest person on the planet, or this is some sort of a troll.


Cosmic_Music: The sane community frowns on your shenanigans.


hardinparamedic: 25.media.tumblr.com


that one guy with the face: On a scale of one to ten, you're a dumbass.


I think that based on this catch, I'm going to have to award the coveted 10/10!
 
2013-05-09 06:19:52 AM  

GBB: Lanadapter: Protip: if you want to con others into believing your nonsense you have to be vague.

For example: "no one will know the day or the hour I will return"


To ensure no one can prove you wrong make sure an afterlife is central to your claims so that the only proof you're a liar is the fact death is the end and thus you can't be called out by those who didn't reach an afterlife

Jesus was a half-assed illusionist and con artist with a lucky backstory and some gravitas.  If it wasn't for the timing of his birth and his mother trying to explain why she was pregos without husband, he would have been just 1 of the thousand nameless bastards of the time.


Carpenter, too.
 
GBB
2013-05-09 06:24:59 AM  

suicide: GBB: Lanadapter: Protip: if you want to con others into believing your nonsense you have to be vague.

For example: "no one will know the day or the hour I will return"


To ensure no one can prove you wrong make sure an afterlife is central to your claims so that the only proof you're a liar is the fact death is the end and thus you can't be called out by those who didn't reach an afterlife

Jesus was a half-assed illusionist and con artist with a lucky backstory and some gravitas.  If it wasn't for the timing of his birth and his mother trying to explain why she was pregos without husband, he would have been just 1 of the thousand nameless bastards of the time.

Carpenter, too.


Right.  I forgot about his Monday-Friday to pay the bills.
 
2013-05-09 06:28:12 AM  

GBB: Right. I forgot about his Monday-Friday to pay the bills.


He lived for the weekends, though.
 
2013-05-09 06:32:41 AM  

paulseta: It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!

....
 My heart truly went into abasement

And with lines like this some people still don't think it's a joke? I had to laugh harder and harder as I read through that post.
 
2013-05-09 06:33:10 AM  
The part of that story that jumped out at me was that the mother died not knowing (or maybe misbelieving cos of this quack). And the daughter is free now, and her mother is gone. I hadn't heard that part. That's tragic.
 
2013-05-09 06:39:30 AM  

chrylis: paulseta: The fact that Amanda is back from the dead due to Sylvia's prayers should make those who criticise her hang their heads in shame. My heart truly went into abasement upon seeing that some people will always point the finger at America's true heroes.

RexTalionis: Either you are the stupidest person on the planet, or this is some sort of a troll.

Cosmic_Music: The sane community frowns on your shenanigans.

hardinparamedic: 25.media.tumblr.com

that one guy with the face: On a scale of one to ten, you're a dumbass.

I think that based on this catch, I'm going to have to award the coveted 10/10!


What's depressing is that wasn't even proper trolling, just a bit of obvious sarcasm.
 
2013-05-09 06:42:21 AM  

swingerofbirches: That's tragic.


The whole damn story is tragic, but if anything comes out of it, I hope it is that people think twice before they resort to seeking the aid of so-called Psychics to  find their missing loved ones. Either they are parasites or delusional, and in either case, they are in no position to be of any real help at all.
 
2013-05-09 06:43:36 AM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: What's depressing is that wasn't even proper trolling, just a bit of obvious sarcasm.


I was really disappointed in some of the regulars.
 
2013-05-09 06:44:40 AM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: What's depressing is that wasn't even proper trolling, just a bit of obvious sarcasm.


chrylis: I was really disappointed in some of the regulars.


Actually, given the behavior and beliefs of many prolific FARKers when it comes to supernatural and psychic beliefs, I'd say it's a Poe.
 
2013-05-09 06:45:29 AM  

Rik01: Anyone who knows about psychics should also know that none are ever more than 80% correct. Most good ones tend to be 60%.

99% of psychics will not do things like predict when you'll die nor pick lottery numbers for you.

Psychics run in my family. None do it for money. None do it for fame. Actually, unless you knew them real well, you'd never know they have the gift. None have ever been over 80% correct.

Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on. A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost, like a watch, a coin, a special book. He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.

Often I'll consider psychic abilities as simply great perception, like the majority of the magicians do. Other times, I'm not so sure.
Aside from telephone psychics. The majority of them are fake, trained in cold reading.

True psychics don't need a bunch of mumbo jumbo and stage dressing -- like crystals and crystal balls and such. You ask, they answer be it in a diner or sitting on a bus.


It's a little known fact that if you print something in bold, that it is automatically true, and cannot be questioned.

I've studied it out---throughout history, there has been an unproven but well documented connection between statements prefaced by daring, bold text, and those which are headlined with words no bolder than those of the statement itself.

Passages in the bible, for instance, which are headlined with bold text, are easily seen---without fail---to be the literal word of God, whereas those which make incorrect predictions and statements, are the ones which follow merely plain text.

The scientific fraud of Pons and Fleischmann, trying to perpetuate upon us the laughable notion of cold fusion was discovered not because of any error in their methodology or discrepancy in their data. It was revealed when further inspection showed that they did not begin their section headings with bold text, and therefore could not possibly be speaking the truth.
 
2013-05-09 06:45:35 AM  

Rik01: True psychics don't need a bunch of mumbo jumbo and stage dressing -- like crystals and crystal balls and such. You ask, they answer be it in a diner or sitting on a bus.


True psychics just need to:
1. Tell James Randi exactly what they will do
2. Do it
3. Collect $1 million

Of course, the excuse will be that doing it for money will upset the karmic purity of their psychic prayers to jebus budda and so it won't work...
 
2013-05-09 06:46:18 AM  
Yet Another Sylvia Browne Fiasco

Written by James Randi   - Tuesday, 07 May 2013 15:29

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight - three women who went missing over a decade ago and were presumed dead - have been found to be alive. This item especially interested me because in 2004, on the totally irresponsible Montel Williams Show, "psychic" Sylvia Browne told Amanda Berry's mom that her daughter was dead, causing her great shock and sorrow. And the mother, Jouwana Miller, went to her grave believing - only on Browne's word - that her daughter had been murdered. She died in March of 2006, and friends were of the opinion that her passing was hastened by Browne's totally uninformed and callous guess...

The gravel-voiced talk-to-the-dead woman (born Sylvia Celeste Shoemaker, 1936) who says that she sees and hears ghosts, used to be "Brown." She added the "e" in an attempt to distance herself from her former husband, Kensil Dalzell Brown, known as "Dal," with whom she was involved back in 1988 in a $1.3 million loan scheme involving a gold mining operation using the "psychic's" magical powers, a plot that sent Dal to jail and Sylvia to probation.

Literally for decades now, I have been directing attention to the fact that Browne has been a continual, proven, failure. This is only the most recent example.

Early in 2010, an article in Skeptical Inquirer provided an extensive study of Sylvia Browne's predictions about missing persons and murder cases, along with her messages and visions "from beyond the grave." It examined every episode of the Montel Williams TV show after 2002, when she began to be featured there regularly, and explored older cases in newspapers, finding 115 examples of these appearances and articles, and comparing them with the actual facts and Browne's oft-repeated claim that her accuracy rate, to quote her exactly:

     ...is somewhere between 87 and 90 percent, if I'm recalling correctly.

Sylvia's recollection - strangely - is very, very, poor. It was shown that in not one of those 115 records - some of which had to be recovered from data that had been deleted from video records and/or published documents - was she correct!

http://www.randi.org/site/
 
2013-05-09 06:47:17 AM  

hardinparamedic: Actually, given the behavior and beliefs of many prolific FARKers when it comes to supernatural and psychic beliefs, I'd say it's a Poe.


Almost, but the last paragraph really gave it away.
 
2013-05-09 06:47:33 AM  
 
2013-05-09 06:51:38 AM  

LordOfThePings: At least it's honest.

[www.thebalancedmind.org image 437x383]


deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-09 06:52:57 AM  

Slaxl: Can this please be the straw that breaks the camels back? We've seen this irresponsible, ghastly practice for a long time and sat from the sidelines saying "idiots... fools and their money are soon parted", but people in the pits of despair will turn to anything for hope. I don't blame them, some go for religion, some go for crazy shiat, they need something to hold on to. These people exploit the most deepest, and emotional pain and trauma, and suffering known to us, and profit from it. They lie, cheat and steal. It needs to stop.

Can we please all just pile on immense amounts of pressure so that this con artist doesn't get off lightly, and never gets work as a psychic again? Or how about finally tackling it through regulation? A simple rule, only those psychics who can demonstrate their abilities in front of a panel of judges are allowed to practice as a qualified psychic. I choose the judges.

Psychic bullshiat has to stop, this is one of the most egregious abuses of trust and power I've ever heard of in this field. To think that the mother was so distraught afterward that she never recovered and died a few years later, ostensibly from the stress of it all, is just heart breaking.


THIS! I honestly believe some people have special abilities, but most often they don't advertise it because they don't want to be associated with the charlatans, attention whores, and thieves. Usually its one of those "Cousin Julia has the craziest knack for finding lost things" or "My grandma always knew when I was sad, even when we hadn't been talking" kind of things. Often it might just be focused on one person or situation. People don't like to be perceived as different from others, and likely don't want to be questioned about these quirks, so they just don't talk about them.
 
2013-05-09 07:04:12 AM  
Uhh... that Facebook post of hers has 145,622 likes? I don't do FB, but that has to be a photoshop right?
If Jesus came back from the dead and had a Facebook account I don't think he'd get that many "likes".


Aboleth: The military should announce that it will start to register and weaponize psychics. "Why are we not capitalizing on these psychics?" ...
I guarantee you, the business will naturally die out in a month and none of them will be sent out to war.


The US military (and probably others) have tried it before in the past. They were particularly interested in astral projection. Some conspiracy theories still persist about that being the true Manhattan Project.
 
2013-05-09 07:06:05 AM  
Once again, Sylvia Browne more wrong than right. http://stopsylvia.com/
 
2013-05-09 07:10:46 AM  
Why are people mad at this psychic?  No such thing as psychic so don't be mad because you want to believe in magic.
 
2013-05-09 07:11:50 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses via chicken throat slitting and similar methods.


Obviously, many psychics prefer to solicit the money before the second stage, as due to the nature of Man's dark mind, it's hard for them to see the fiduciary trustworthiness of the client.


In summary, it's obvious that people like Sylvia Brown are the real heroes of our world. Sure, they get it wrong sometimes, but that is either interference, fiduciary failure, or even dark forces working against them. In the same way that someone policing our suburbs for free and getting blamed for unforseen consequences, such as the Zimmermans of the world, psychics fight the long hard struggle to have their truly legitimate services recognised for the community boosting life-embracing acts that they are.

As Sylvia herself said, "Only God is right all the time. My heart goes out to Amanda Berry, her family, the other victims and their families. I wish you a peaceful recovery."


The fact that Amanda is back from the dead due to Sylvia's prayers should make those who criticise her hang their heads in shame. My heart truly went into abasement upon seeing that some people will always point the finger at America's true heroes.


I'm just going to go ahead and assume this is satire. Even if you say otherwise.
 
2013-05-09 07:14:30 AM  

Rik01: Anyone who knows about psychics should also know that none are ever more than 80% correct. Most good ones tend to be 60%.

99% of psychics will not do things like predict when you'll die nor pick lottery numbers for you.

Psychics run in my family. None do it for money. None do it for fame. Actually, unless you knew them real well, you'd never know they have the gift. None have ever been over 80% correct.

Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on. A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost, like a watch, a coin, a special book. He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.

Often I'll consider psychic abilities as simply great perception, like the majority of the magicians do. Other times, I'm not so sure.
Aside from telephone psychics. The majority of them are fake, trained in cold reading.

True psychics don't need a bunch of mumbo jumbo and stage dressing -- like crystals and crystal balls and such. You ask, they answer be it in a diner or sitting on a bus.


Never more than  80% correct? Let me tell you what that's called; "Guessing"
 
2013-05-09 07:15:03 AM  

RexTalionis: You know what's sad? People like Harry Houdini and other magicians and skeptics have been busting spiritualists frauds and psychic seance scams since the turn of the century, but people are still being suckered in by charlatans like Sylvia Browne.

At least back in the old days, spiritualists had to do a real performance to sell their scams complete with belt rigs that "levitate" tables, or table knockers or hiding cheesecloth in the mouth to pull out in the performance as "ectoplasm."

Nowadays, these so-called psychics just do a cold read - a simple dime store trick that any idiot can learn to do in an afternoon.


I heard there used to be a "psychic" trick where they would talk with the dead and at one point during the "reading" they would have an accomplice dressed as a ghost come into a poorly lit room.  Houdini let it be known publicly that he was going to shoot the ghost if they appeared.  It never happned to him again.  Not sure if it is true.
 
2013-05-09 07:23:28 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: Uhh... that Facebook post of hers has 145,622 likes?


Never underestimate the number of stupid people in the world. Sylvia certainly doesn't.
 
2013-05-09 07:32:13 AM  

Rik01: Psychics run in my family. None do it for money. None do it for fame. Actually, unless you knew them real well, you'd never know they have the gift. None have ever been over 80% correct.

Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on. A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost, like a watch, a coin, a special book. He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.


I don't get it, is your family evil or something? They have super powers but they use it to find lost coins?
 
2013-05-09 07:35:32 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


[...]

8/10
 
2013-05-09 07:35:42 AM  

Rik01: Psychics run in my family.


No they don't. Gullibility, OTOH ...

Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on.

The thing is, people have a tendency to remember events that seem significant and forget those that do not. Your uncle makes a guess and is dead on? Significant. Your uncle makes a guess and is dead wrong? Insignificant and forgotten.

A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost, like a watch, a coin, a special book. He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.

If that's true, then have him / her ask James Randi about this $1 000 000 reward.
 
2013-05-09 07:37:56 AM  

liam76: RexTalionis: You know what's sad? People like Harry Houdini and other magicians and skeptics have been busting spiritualists frauds and psychic seance scams since the turn of the century, but people are still being suckered in by charlatans like Sylvia Browne.

At least back in the old days, spiritualists had to do a real performance to sell their scams complete with belt rigs that "levitate" tables, or table knockers or hiding cheesecloth in the mouth to pull out in the performance as "ectoplasm."

Nowadays, these so-called psychics just do a cold read - a simple dime store trick that any idiot can learn to do in an afternoon.

I heard there used to be a "psychic" trick where they would talk with the dead and at one point during the "reading" they would have an accomplice dressed as a ghost come into a poorly lit room.  Houdini let it be known publicly that he was going to shoot the ghost if they appeared.  It never happned to him again.  Not sure if it is true.


There was even a recent Fark thread about that...
 
2013-05-09 07:39:35 AM  
She was dead 'inside'. Good bullshiatters always prepare for stuff like this.
 
2013-05-09 07:41:14 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Rik01: Psychics run in my family. None do it for money. None do it for fame. Actually, unless you knew them real well, you'd never know they have the gift. None have ever been over 80% correct.

Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on. A relative of mine is usually 90% correct when asked to locate something lost, like a watch, a coin, a special book. He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.

I don't get it, is your family evil or something? They have super powers but they use it to find lost coins?


And books!  No one even reads anymore.
 
2013-05-09 07:44:47 AM  

suicide: Psychics that charge a few bucks and tell you a bunch of vague shiat that doesn't hurt anyone and gives someone cheap hope: Whatever.

Psychics that do this kind of shiat: fark right off. This kind of thing is pretty deplorable.


I can be helpful if used right. Making someone feel confident enough to try new things by telling them the Universe (or whatever) is looking out for them can help people do things they may not normally do (go back to school, apply for a better job, etc...). Of course, many of these manipulators abuse their influence.
 
2013-05-09 07:53:24 AM  
Psychic powers are not 100%. I am fairly certain that it's not even real. This is not news.
 
2013-05-09 07:57:42 AM  

chrylis: paulseta: The fact that Amanda is back from the dead due to Sylvia's prayers should make those who criticise her hang their heads in shame. My heart truly went into abasement upon seeing that some people will always point the finger at America's true heroes.

RexTalionis: Either you are the stupidest person on the planet, or this is some sort of a troll.

Cosmic_Music: The sane community frowns on your shenanigans.

hardinparamedic: 25.media.tumblr.com

that one guy with the face: On a scale of one to ten, you're a dumbass.

I think that based on this catch, I'm going to have to award the coveted 10/10!


I'll give it a 10 as well.

Sylvia Browne's statement was straight up manipulative bullsh*t and she should be sued for telling Amanda's mother that her daughter was dead.
 
2013-05-09 08:00:44 AM  

Aboleth: The military should announce that it will start to register and weaponize psychics. "Why are we not capitalizing on these psychics?" Everyone who's a self-professed psychic will be required to take a mandatory 8-week physically rigorous military course, then sent out to be telepaths, empaths or clairvoyants at active warzones. Let them know in advance that if they fail, they should be tried and sent to a military prison. If they fail and people die, the psychics will be shot.

I guarantee you, the business will naturally die out in a month and none of them will be sent out to war.


See how TFA mentions "Jon Ronson['s...] 2007 profile on predatory psychics"?

Read his 2004 book, "The Men Who Stare at Goats". Not the George Clooney film, which I haven't seen. The book, or the accompanying Channel 4 documentaries.
 
2013-05-09 08:02:42 AM  
She's a well known con artist, and quite a despicable person.  Don't forget also, though, that Montel Williams is a despicable shill as well.  promoting frauds and even payday loans.  fark him sideways as well.
 
2013-05-09 08:11:06 AM  
www.randi.org
 
2013-05-09 08:13:25 AM  
Rik01: . He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.
You mean like his name? weight? when he took a dump last? Not sure id call that psychic.
 
2013-05-09 08:17:41 AM  

AbbeySomeone: chrylis: paulseta: The fact that Amanda is back from the dead due to Sylvia's prayers should make those who criticise her hang their heads in shame. My heart truly went into abasement upon seeing that some people will always point the finger at America's true heroes.

RexTalionis: Either you are the stupidest person on the planet, or this is some sort of a troll.

Cosmic_Music: The sane community frowns on your shenanigans.

hardinparamedic: 25.media.tumblr.com

that one guy with the face: On a scale of one to ten, you're a dumbass.

I think that based on this catch, I'm going to have to award the coveted 10/10!

I'll give it a 10 as well.

Sylvia Browne's statement was straight up manipulative bullsh*t and she should be sued for telling Amanda's mother that her daughter was dead.


Then I should be allowed to sue my stockbroker.
 
2013-05-09 08:20:04 AM  

Rik01: Me, personally, I'm not actually sure about psychic abilities, being able to explain many as 'cold reading' but then there are those incidents where they're just too dead on.


I hit an 8-team college basketball parlay in vegas last time I went.  Doesn't mean I can manage the book at the LVH.
 
2013-05-09 08:28:26 AM  
maybe she was just telling that poor mom what she needed to hear.
 
2013-05-09 08:36:45 AM  
Anyone who believes in psychics should be committed to a stupid asylum.
 
2013-05-09 08:38:53 AM  
This lady is an f-ing whackjob. I would see her on Montel and she would just look at someone and then proclaim such imaginative bullshiat like, "You were an Indian squaw in your last life and you got raped by your chief." "You were a candlemaker in England in the 1820s and died of TB."

Totally WTF?
 
2013-05-09 08:39:36 AM  

meow said the dog: LAUGHTER OL even David Blaine does the better cold readings than Sylvia Browne who charges the thousands of dollars for the fraud of this.  I do not have the problem with the best illusion of she and that is making the money of the individuals who are dumb enough to have the trust in the psychic disappear.  TA-DA OL!

She has also done the prediction of the flat tax many years in the row and yet people still have the trust in she. No one is the psychic individual.  Most children have the understanding of this.


Hey! Good to "read" you, Meow!  Hope you are well and happy.
 
2013-05-09 08:42:54 AM  
I'm sure that psychic abilities exist. And someone above who described it matter of factly is right. I knew a girl who mentioned it in passing one day. "oh I can read peoples minds, not everyone, not all the time, but I get images and stuff"one time we were chatting online and I was begging her to it for me and she basically described the inside of my room, which she had unfortunately never seen, in good detail. I get why she would hide the ability, it makes you a freak. I don't get why people are so against the possibility either. Cold reading is one thing, but to think that out of the billions of people out there that noone has extra sensory abilities is crazy. Maybe they can't shoot fireballs or bend spoons or "push" you (I love firestarter) but you see great poker players, or someone like David Blaine and you think its possible they pick up signals from someone's mind. I think David Blaine can read or pick up signals from some peoples minds. Not like know their every though, but maybe pick stuff up. its hard to prove it scientifically though as it seems to manifest itself inconsistently even among those who have abilities. google don Decker. My buddies dad was there and saw it and he's a grizzled jaded hard nosed cop. Get a couple beers in him and hell go all silent about it and just stare off before giving you cryptic answers about "some shiat that makes you believe in the devil" as he puts it.
 
2013-05-09 08:47:32 AM  

Boxingoutsider: I'm sure that psychic abilities exist. And someone above who described it matter of factly is right. I knew a girl who mentioned it in passing one day. "oh I can read peoples minds, not everyone, not all the time, but I get images and stuff"one time we were chatting online and I was begging her to it for me and she basically described the inside of my room, which she had unfortunately never seen, in good detail. I get why she would hide the ability, it makes you a freak. I don't get why people are so against the possibility either. Cold reading is one thing, but to think that out of the billions of people out there that noone has extra sensory abilities is crazy. Maybe they can't shoot fireballs or bend spoons or "push" you (I love firestarter) but you see great poker players, or someone like David Blaine and you think its possible they pick up signals from someone's mind. I think David Blaine can read or pick up signals from some peoples minds. Not like know their every though, but maybe pick stuff up. its hard to prove it scientifically though as it seems to manifest itself inconsistently even among those who have abilities. google don Decker. My buddies dad was there and saw it and he's a grizzled jaded hard nosed cop. Get a couple beers in him and hell go all silent about it and just stare off before giving you cryptic answers about "some shiat that makes you believe in the devil" as he puts it.


I'm willing to be shown evidence.  So is James Randi, in fact his offer of a million dollars still stands for anyone who can prove that they have paranormal abilities under proper experimental conditions.  Why do you think that prize money remains unclaimed?  I'll give you a hint, it's because it's all bullshiat and psychic powers do not exist in any way, shape or form.
 
2013-05-09 08:54:01 AM  

optimus_grime: maybe she was just telling that poor mom what she needed to hear.


What that poor mom needed to hear and what she wanted to hear are two different things. Not that she got either from this callous old hag who stated her daughter was dead.

Look at this article to see how much solace she gave to other parents and relatives of missing people.

http://www.csicop.org/si/show/psychic_defective_sylvia_brownes_histo ry _of_failure

This is a very evil woman.
 
2013-05-09 08:54:40 AM  

SundaesChild: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Sylvia Brown is a fraud and a charlatan of extraordinary magnitude

/but if you're stupid enough to believe her bullsh*t, you deserve what you get

I would not call a grieving mother searching for a missing child "stupid." "Desperate," on the other hand...


Yep.  And that makes it worse.  She's a parasite, existing on the money of desperate people who are at the lowest points of their lives.  The worst kind of scum.
 
2013-05-09 08:57:50 AM  

nekom: Boxingoutsider: I'm sure that psychic abilities exist. And someone above who described it matter of factly is right. I knew a girl who mentioned it in passing one day. "oh I can read peoples minds, not everyone, not all the time, but I get images and stuff"one time we were chatting online and I was begging her to it for me and she basically described the inside of my room, which she had unfortunately never seen, in good detail. I get why she would hide the ability, it makes you a freak. I don't get why people are so against the possibility either. Cold reading is one thing, but to think that out of the billions of people out there that noone has extra sensory abilities is crazy. Maybe they can't shoot fireballs or bend spoons or "push" you (I love firestarter) but you see great poker players, or someone like David Blaine and you think its possible they pick up signals from someone's mind. I think David Blaine can read or pick up signals from some peoples minds. Not like know their every though, but maybe pick stuff up. its hard to prove it scientifically though as it seems to manifest itself inconsistently even among those who have abilities. google don Decker. My buddies dad was there and saw it and he's a grizzled jaded hard nosed cop. Get a couple beers in him and hell go all silent about it and just stare off before giving you cryptic answers about "some shiat that makes you believe in the devil" as he puts it.

I'm willing to be shown evidence.  So is James Randi, in fact his offer of a million dollars still stands for anyone who can prove that they have paranormal abilities under proper experimental conditions.  Why do you think that prize money remains unclaimed?  I'll give you a hint, it's because it's all bullshiat and psychic powers do not exist in any way, shape or form.


I do believe that authentic psychic abilities exist -- however, I do not believe yet that science has created the proper testing technology to capture/identify whatever energies emitting from a part of the brain while it is being exhibited, much less design accurate testing protocols to validate proof through controlled settings and repetition of results. Randi is definitely, in my opinion, on the exact right track, calling for unquestionable scientific proof.
 
2013-05-09 08:57:58 AM  
fireclown:
Yep.  And that makes it worse.  She's a parasite, existing on the money of desperate people who are at the lowest points of their lives.  The worst kind of scum.

Second to the worst tier, in my opinion.  The worst being the likes of say Peter Popoff et. al. who claim to have healed people.  These people then fail to seek ACTUAL medical help, which can be life threatening.  Then you have phony psychics (redundant) who defraud people and can cause emotional distress.  Then it goes all the way down to relatively harmless fortune tellers at renaissance festivals and such.
 
2013-05-09 09:00:38 AM  
ugh.  Recent Sylvia Browne FB post:

**snip**
As I stated earlier, I am so relieved that Amanda Berry and the other women have been found and are safe with their families. Of course I do feel very bad telling Amanda's mother on the show that I believed her daughter was not alive, and I'm so so glad that I was wrong. I had a vision of her being held underwater, but I had interpreted it to have a different meaning. She was not being held under water but was being held down.

I want to make this clear for all of the people who are upset about my prediction on the show that day. Most people writing or posting about this story have not watched the show. For those of you who want to know what I did say to her mother, following are my exact words from the transcript.

Amanda's mother asked me asked me if I was ever wrong and this is what I said to her.

"Only God is right all the time but of course I'm wrong," Browne responded. "But after 50 years of doing this work, I'd better be more right than wrong. I always say I hope I'm wrong. When it comes to this, I hope I'm wrong."
**snip**

MODS:  If this is a party foul, please delete the post.
 
2013-05-09 09:03:26 AM  
Several years ago I watched this lying coont on the Montel Williams show giving her predictions for the upcoming year. Scribbling like a maniac I managed to write most of them down. Exactly NONE of the predictions came to pass. Yet, here she is again on the tube several times a year with more BS. I guess people like being scammed.
 
2013-05-09 09:04:19 AM  

drxym: optimus_grime: maybe she was just telling that poor mom what she needed to hear.

What that poor mom needed to hear and what she wanted to hear are two different things. Not that she got either from this callous old hag who stated her daughter was dead.

Look at this article to see how much solace she gave to other parents and relatives of missing people.

http://www.csicop.org/si/show/psychic_defective_sylvia_brownes_histo ry _of_failure

This is a very evil woman.


http://www.novus.org/home/index.cfm

Here is info on her churches.
 
2013-05-09 09:07:10 AM  

nekom: Second to the worst tier, in my opinion. The worst being the likes of say Peter Popoff et. al. who claim to have healed people. These people then fail to seek ACTUAL medical help, which can be life threatening. Then you have phony psychics (redundant) who defraud people and can cause emotional distress. Then it goes all the way down to relatively harmless fortune tellers at renaissance festivals and such.



Yeah, but Browne is still awful.
 
2013-05-09 09:10:55 AM  

fireclown: nekom: Second to the worst tier, in my opinion. The worst being the likes of say Peter Popoff et. al. who claim to have healed people. These people then fail to seek ACTUAL medical help, which can be life threatening. Then you have phony psychics (redundant) who defraud people and can cause emotional distress. Then it goes all the way down to relatively harmless fortune tellers at renaissance festivals and such.


Yeah, but Browne is still awful.


Absolutely.  Can't argue that.
 
2013-05-09 09:18:02 AM  

Lorelle: She's no different from religious leaders telling people to give $$ to their churches and pray to some imaginary god for help.


Or a Senator saying if we raise taxes just a little, government canfix your problems.
 
2013-05-09 09:22:02 AM  

Boxingoutsider: I'm sure that psychic abilities exist. And someone above who described it matter of factly is right. I knew a girl who mentioned it in passing one day. "oh I can read peoples minds, not everyone, not all the time, but I get images and stuff"one time we were chatting online and I was begging her to it for me and she basically described the inside of my room, which she had unfortunately never seen, in good detail. I get why she would hide the ability, it makes you a freak. I don't get why people are so against the possibility either. Cold reading is one thing, but to think that out of the billions of people out there that noone has extra sensory abilities is crazy. Maybe they can't shoot fireballs or bend spoons or "push" you (I love firestarter) but you see great poker players, or someone like David Blaine and you think its possible they pick up signals from someone's mind. I think David Blaine can read or pick up signals from some peoples minds. Not like know their every though, but maybe pick stuff up. its hard to prove it scientifically though as it seems to manifest itself inconsistently even among those who have abilities. google don Decker. My buddies dad was there and saw it and he's a grizzled jaded hard nosed cop. Get a couple beers in him and hell go all silent about it and just stare off before giving you cryptic answers about "some shiat that makes you believe in the devil" as he puts it.


Good poker players have good intuition. Even they don't know exactly how they do it. They are just picking up clues subconsciously and going with their gut. It's not magic. We just don't know how they do it.
 
2013-05-09 09:51:11 AM  

Lorelle: She's no different from religious leaders telling people to give $$ to their churches and pray to some imaginary god for help.


Bingo
 
2013-05-09 10:07:11 AM  
I have a power similar to those that talk to spirits.

I can usually percieve living persons, and if they are not hard of hearing and can speak english, I can often communicate with them.

Now, If you go to a spirit talker and say I'd like to speak with my dear father, they can usually bring him right up.

I do not have that kind of commanded contact though.  If you come into my office and tell me you want to speak to your dad or David Spade, you had probably bring him in with you, or provide me his phone number.
 
2013-05-09 10:19:19 AM  

fireclown: I had a vision of her being held underwater, but I had interpreted it to have a different meaning. She was not being held under water but was being held down.


This is better than her usual suggestion of "she's near running water." Stream, river, sewer, parking lot after a rain, basement with pipes...  Maybe she was chained to an overhead pipe and the prediction was dead on. If that detail comes out watch for Sylvia Browne to claim she was accurate all along.  Except for the whole being dead thing.  Maybe she meant there were timesAmanda Berry wished she were dead.
 
2013-05-09 10:39:32 AM  
For more than 50 years as a spiritual psychic and guide, when called upon to either help authorities with missing person cases or to help families with questions about their loved ones, I have been more right than wrong

Am I hearing this right?  She is batting over 500 for more than 50 years?  She should be rich as hell predicting the market!  Or the Kentucky Derby!  Or.....
 
2013-05-09 10:47:31 AM  

meow said the dog: not have the problem with the best illusion of she and that is making the money


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2013-05-09 11:17:25 AM  
*ring ring ring*

Phone Psychic: Hello, Madame Carla here for all your needs.

Voice: You're not really a psychic, are you?

Phone Psychic: Of course I am!

Voice: If you were really psychic, you wouldn't have answered the phone. I'm not paying you shiat for this call.
 
2013-05-09 11:28:20 AM  
Browne is psychic. Only you have to go with the complete opposite of what she is saying. She declares someone dead? That person is alive. The man hunt is on. She declares someone alive? Call off the dogs. That person is pushing up daisies.
 
2013-05-09 11:28:54 AM  

paulseta: This is shameful.



You got a lot of bites from morons. thats a solid 8 of 10 because most never got it.

Nice Jorb.
 
2013-05-09 11:32:05 AM  
This is not even the first time this charlatan has told a parent their missing child was dead and been proven wrong. Too bad her clientele will continue to believe regardless, and continue lining the vulture's pockets.
 
2013-05-09 12:15:10 PM  

swingerofbirches: The part of that story that jumped out at me was that the mother died not knowing (or maybe misbelieving cos of this quack). And the daughter is free now, and her mother is gone. I hadn't heard that part. That's tragic.


Maybe a psychic as formidable as Sylvia Browne can put Amanda in touch with her dead mother.
 
2013-05-09 12:16:39 PM  
If there ARE real psychics they are most likely living anonymous lives somewhere. They have won a huge lottery jackpot or are playing the stock market in secret and are living a secluded life of wealth somewhere. Making money that way sure beats the emotional toil of dealing with grieving people every day. If you really wanted to help in those cases as well you could make anonymous tips to the police to help solve the cases.
 
2013-05-09 01:07:57 PM  
Over the years I have met so-called "psychics" who can predict/see the future, and I ask them the same two questions: (1) what are next week's winning lottery numbers, and (2) who is going to win the SuperBowl next year, so I can be the house before the football season starts. Gotta love the looks on their faces and the uncomfortable silence that they produce afterwards, which is then followed by some inane BS ramblings about the psychic medium.
 
2013-05-09 01:09:06 PM  
Make that "bet" the house....
 
2013-05-09 01:14:03 PM  

paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses via chicke ...


hostmypicture.com
 
2013-05-09 01:22:11 PM  
I still don't understand why someone who "advises the police" and gives declarative statements about crimes on national television that are UNTRUE and MISLEADING isn't being arrested for obstruction of justice, aiding & abetting, or at least her attempts to defraud.

By lying about her knowledge of this case, she misdirected everyone. She made it less likely the victims would be found, and very likely delayed their release from captivity. It could be argued that her statements about the fate of Amanda Berry led to the death of Amanda's mother, who gave up all hope after Browne told her that Amanda was dead.

She didn't just make a generic statement. She gave SPECIFIC INFORMATION that was of a misleading nature, and she had to KNOW she was lying when she made these statements.

She should be in prison, and her entire fortune should be seized and distributed to her victims, the law enforcement agencies who consulted her, and charities that focus on finding lost people.
 
2013-05-09 01:24:39 PM  

momojoboo: Over the years I have met so-called "psychics" who can predict/see the future, and I ask them the same two questions: (1) what are next week's winning lottery numbers, and (2) who is going to win the SuperBowl next year, so I can be the house before the football season starts. Gotta love the looks on their faces and the uncomfortable silence that they produce afterwards, which is then followed by some inane BS ramblings about the psychic medium.


Really? Whenever I saw psychics who were asked that question they always had their schtick down pat for those kinds of questions. Seems it would be one of the first thing the psychic learns. Or you could just be making the whole thing up.
 
2013-05-09 01:36:12 PM  

Madbassist1: Really? Whenever I saw psychics who were asked that question they always had their schtick down pat for those kinds of questions. Seems it would be one of the first thing the psychic learns. Or you could just be making the whole thing up.


Nope, not made up at all. Of course they had the shtick all lined up, but like I mentioned, it consisted of the mumbo jumbo crap when faced with the type of questions that I asked. And every time it was the same thing - deflecting attention away from my original questions.
 
2013-05-09 01:54:13 PM  

momojoboo: Madbassist1: Really? Whenever I saw psychics who were asked that question they always had their schtick down pat for those kinds of questions. Seems it would be one of the first thing the psychic learns. Or you could just be making the whole thing up.

Nope, not made up at all. Of course they had the shtick all lined up, but like I mentioned, it consisted of the mumbo jumbo crap when faced with the type of questions that I asked. And every time it was the same thing - deflecting attention away from my original questions.


I was just jerkin yer chain. I know what your saying.
 
2013-05-09 01:55:23 PM  

LikeALeafOnTheWind: Rik01: . He's around 60% to 70% correct when asked personal questions.
You mean like his name? weight? when he took a dump last? Not sure id call that psychic.


For $1.00 I'll guess your weight, your height or your sex.
 
2013-05-09 02:21:39 PM  

ZeroCorpse: I still don't understand why someone who "advises the police" and gives declarative statements about crimes on national television that are UNTRUE and MISLEADING isn't being arrested for obstruction of justice, aiding & abetting, or at least her attempts to defraud.

By lying about her knowledge of this case, she misdirected everyone. She made it less likely the victims would be found, and very likely delayed their release from captivity. It could be argued that her statements about the fate of Amanda Berry led to the death of Amanda's mother, who gave up all hope after Browne told her that Amanda was dead.

She didn't just make a generic statement. She gave SPECIFIC INFORMATION that was of a misleading nature, and she had to KNOW she was lying when she made these statements.

She should be in prison, and her entire fortune should be seized and distributed to her victims, the law enforcement agencies who consulted her, and charities that focus on finding lost people.


She owns churches?
 
2013-05-09 03:56:21 PM  
I knew a Russian woman once who liked to read cards for people (not for money, she said that spoiled it) and who once out of nowhere informed me that my then-boyfriend's best friend (whom she'd never seen and I'd never talked about) was going to end up in the hospital next week. The next week, he attempted suicide and was taken to the hospital for a few days. I still haven't figured that one out -- it was so specific, not just "Someone you know will have problems in the near future". But I think that if psychics do exist -- and that's a big if -- it's not an ability they can control and so is essentially useless for practical or money-making purposes.

As for Browne, she's scum, but I think you'd have to show that she really damaged the investigation somehow. Do cops truly take her seriously? If anything, given her hit rate, they should probably be looking into the opposite possibility when she "sees" something. I can't blame the families, though; they're desperate, nobody is giving them answers and everything in them demands an answer. If the only person willing to offer an answer is a TV psychic, they may well convince themselves that it couldn't hurt to try -- and at least it would get their missing loved one's name on television again for a few minutes, and who knows who might see it? One thing I do wonder about -- according to one article I saw, the women were able to watch television at least sometimes; Berry and DeJesus saw coverage of their disappearances and the vigils which were held for them. I wonder if Berry saw Sylvia Browne "seeing" her own death? You would have a pretty good argument for causing trauma in that case; nobody could say that Berry was a willing customer of Browne's.
 
2013-05-09 04:25:05 PM  

RenownedCurator: I knew a Russian woman once who liked to read cards for people (not for money, she said that spoiled it) and who once out of nowhere informed me that my then-boyfriend's best friend (whom she'd never seen and I'd never talked about) was going to end up in the hospital next week. The next week, he attempted suicide and was taken to the hospital for a few days. I still haven't figured that one out -- it was so specific, not just "Someone you know will have problems in the near future". But I think that if psychics do exist -- and that's a big if -- it's not an ability they can control and so is essentially useless for practical or money-making purposes.


I'm going to go with the "you remember the one time she got it right" theory.

For argument sake, let's pretend there really are people who can see / know the future. How would that work? I mean, what are the mechanics behind it? What laws of nature would be involved?

I just can't see how it would be possible -- which is also why I can't believe in it.
 
2013-05-09 04:40:34 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Sylvia Brown is a fraud and a charlatan of extraordinary magnitude

/but if you're stupid enough to believe her bullsh*t, you deserve what you get


True that!  Nobody should be able to fault her for being wrong.  She is not an official authority on anything.  Nobody told you to watch her shows. Nobody told you to buy her books.  People do it because they want to believe.  Even if she gives you a prediction, you have the right to not accept it as fact.  She is an entertainer as much as any actor, singer, comedian, or televangelist.  You're paying her to make yourself feel better.
 
2013-05-09 06:24:45 PM  
Hm.  I dropped by her Facebook page during lunch.  Nearly lost it with her attempt at deflection.  Tried to do a drive by posting of the CSI page after work and I couldn't get there.  Tried to get to her Twitter stream.  Page not found.

Ding dong, the witch is dead?  (Hiding, obviously, but yay for public shaming in this case.)
 
2013-05-10 01:39:25 AM  

friedlinx: paulseta: This is shameful.


All psychic powers demonstrated cannot be duplicated by con artists, magicians and mentalists.

Psychic powers have been duplicated successfully under close scientific experiment many times. Their nature is not vague and insubstantial. Any con artist who has pretended to be a real psychic has been found out.


People claim that psychic powers are claimed to be had by con artists, and the scam runs in three stages which may be repeated if the victim is willing.

These stages may be combined or rearranged but all three stages will occur.


Stage One: The psychic proves their powers. This can include:-


Telling a client facts about their life through special powers.

Telling a client facts about their life through full trance medium powers.

Performing an impossible feat of physicality. Swamis often claim walking on broken glass, hammering a nail into one's face etc. are proof of special powers.

Have previous clients recommend the psychic. The previous clients are the many, many satisfied customers.


Stage Two: The psychic provides a psychic service. This can include:-


Removal of curses (e.g. slit the throat of a chicken and spray them with the blood - the most common)

Revealing information about the person's personality (e.g. palmistry)

Providing advice as to how the person could act in the future (e.g. tarot)

Tell the person their future. (e.g. crystal ball gazing)

Providing unknown information (e.g. position of a lost person)

Holding a conversation with a dead person or pet.

Stage Three: The psychic will solicit a donation. It's only fair that people are paid for such mastery of magic!


The person will be asked to donate to the psychic.

The person will may have to give up an 'offering' for removal of a curse.

The victim will purchase a lucky charm, which is lucky.

The victim will pay a set fee or per minute via phone (most of the best psychics are on the phone lines, although it's hard to then, for example, remove curses ...


 You're Y'all an idiot


/sorry, pet peeve
 
2013-05-10 11:09:27 AM  

dopekitty74: Slaxl: Can this please be the straw that breaks the camels back? We've seen this irresponsible, ghastly practice for a long time and sat from the sidelines saying "idiots... fools and their money are soon parted", but people in the pits of despair will turn to anything for hope. I don't blame them, some go for religion, some go for crazy shiat, they need something to hold on to. These people exploit the most deepest, and emotional pain and trauma, and suffering known to us, and profit from it. They lie, cheat and steal. It needs to stop.

Can we please all just pile on immense amounts of pressure so that this con artist doesn't get off lightly, and never gets work as a psychic again? Or how about finally tackling it through regulation? A simple rule, only those psychics who can demonstrate their abilities in front of a panel of judges are allowed to practice as a qualified psychic. I choose the judges.

Psychic bullshiat has to stop, this is one of the most egregious abuses of trust and power I've ever heard of in this field. To think that the mother was so distraught afterward that she never recovered and died a few years later, ostensibly from the stress of it all, is just heart breaking.

THIS! I honestly believe some people have special abilities, but most often they don't advertise it because they don't want to be associated with the charlatans, attention whores, and thieves. Usually its one of those "Cousin Julia has the craziest knack for finding lost things" or "My grandma always knew when I was sad, even when we hadn't been talking" kind of things. Often it might just be focused on one person or situation. People don't like to be perceived as different from others, and likely don't want to be questioned about these quirks, so they just don't talk about them.


I wouldn't call that "physic". Some people are more intuitive than others, that's it.

Cold readers learn the techniques of intuitive people and pass it off as physic.
 
2013-05-10 11:25:10 AM  

badhatharry: Boxingoutsider: I'm sure that psychic abilities exist. And someone above who described it matter of factly is right. I knew a girl who mentioned it in passing one day. "oh I can read peoples minds, not everyone, not all the time, but I get images and stuff"one time we were chatting online and I was begging her to it for me and she basically described the inside of my room, which she had unfortunately never seen, in good detail. I get why she would hide the ability, it makes you a freak. I don't get why people are so against the possibility either. Cold reading is one thing, but to think that out of the billions of people out there that noone has extra sensory abilities is crazy. Maybe they can't shoot fireballs or bend spoons or "push" you (I love firestarter) but you see great poker players, or someone like David Blaine and you think its possible they pick up signals from someone's mind. I think David Blaine can read or pick up signals from some peoples minds. Not like know their every though, but maybe pick stuff up. its hard to prove it scientifically though as it seems to manifest itself inconsistently even among those who have abilities. google don Decker. My buddies dad was there and saw it and he's a grizzled jaded hard nosed cop. Get a couple beers in him and hell go all silent about it and just stare off before giving you cryptic answers about "some shiat that makes you believe in the devil" as he puts it.

Good poker players have good intuition. Even they don't know exactly how they do it. They are just picking up clues subconsciously and going with their gut. It's not magic. We just don't know how they do it.


I have a crackpot theory that good intuition and "going with your gut" are examples of our "reptilian" brain working out what the conscious mind filters out.

Whatever triggers it could be a smell, very slight change in behavior, a mild nervous tick, etc, the reptilian brain alerts the conscious brain with an uneasy feeling or a vague sense of "something ain't right here". That has saved my ass a few times.

It's definitely not psychic or supernatural.
 
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