Sometimes they use tarot cards, runes, or other tools, or employ alternate methods of divining information such as scrying or astrology. Psychic reading may offer guidance, inspiration, a fresh perspective, or strategies for dealing with challenges. The intention of mediumship is to let the sitter know that their deceased loves ones are still a part of their lives, provide closure and bereavement support, and diminish fear of death.
Loved ones in spirit may offer messages of love, support, and healing, or specific information understood only by the sitter. Mediums use psychic ability to connect with those in spirit, so yes, mediums are psychics. Consider just the small subset of victims who contacted Nygaard over a period of about ten years, which he took on as clients and for which he initiated a successful prosecution. In total, this amounts to over three million dollars.
Keep in mind that this was for just one set of prosecutions over the span of a single decade. Attempting to extrapolate this staggering sum to the total amount of money lost and never recovered by all victims of psychic fraud is beyond my capabilities. It is not only uneducated people who become the victims of this crime.
According to Nygaard, these con artists are experts at psychological manipulation, and having an advanced education does not inoculate one from falling for their well-practiced scams. Nygaard says that he gets calls from people like lawyers, medical doctors, CEOs, and college professors. They tell him their horror stories, but sometimes feel the nature of these crimes is too humiliating to bring to light. So from where is this pool of victims obtained?
How are there so many people who can be convinced to turn over huge sums to a psychic? In a Pew Poll of Americans, 41 percent of respondents said they believe in psychics. Never mind a pool of victims … this is a veritable ocean from which these con artists can fish for their victims. Why do so many believe in magic today? Like most psychological things, this is a complicated matter. Also note that the aforementioned Pew poll shows that religious Americans are over four times as likely to believe in psychics as are self-identified atheists. I asked Nygaard who was raised as a Lutheran and says he still believes if he thought that religious belief lends itself to making people fall victim to psychic fraud.
On these shows, thanks to a combination of favorable editing, cold reading, and other forms of deception:. And unfortunately these TV shows, each dedicated to a single medium, are just the tip of the iceberg.
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Besides these, there are countless appearances of psychics and mediums on daytime TV being given free rein to perform their act, unchallenged by people who know the techniques and tricks being employed. Some of these were highlighted in a wonderful take-down of psychics and their media supporters on a February segment of Last Week Tonight by John Oliver. The clips of talk show introductions for the psychics and mediums, which Oliver included, were exemplary of the credulous nature of daytime TV:.
And regrettably, the problem is not contained to just TV. Many influential media outlets, print and online, join in the selling of this nonsense to the public.
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By the way, how is William not prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license? And why is Paltrow not charged with something being complicit in medical malpractice perhaps for promoting his paranormal medical services? One example is this video which brilliantly exposes the cold-reading techniques used in live-audience psychic readings. On February 26, , The New York Times ran a story reporting on a sting operation run by Susan Gerbic and Mark Edward, which proved John was using information acquired from faked audience Facebook accounts during group readings.
Maybe it was the spirits John was in contact with. Maybe they hate the guy for misrepresenting them and disturbing their well-deserved slumber, so they accessed the faked Facebook posts and gave John the fabricated info to make him look bad. But these types of psychic takedowns do not happen frequently enough to counter the B. And those who have already been convinced to believe do not generally look for evidence that would negate their strongly held beliefs. Anecdotally, I fail miserably whenever I try to provide disconfirming information to a true believer.
They will not generally even look at it because they know I am wrong … because they have seen it on TV. So back to the victims like Ann. Not all psychics take large sums from individual victims, but enough of them do to keep Nygaard busy full time for the rest of his working life. True enough. I will even grant that some percent of people claiming psychic powers may be self-deluded, want to help people, and are not running intentional cons.
Self-delusion is a powerful thing. Well, you need to go to a medical doctor on occasion. And we know medicine is real and often necessary.
The difference is that psychic powers are not. There is absolutely no reason to take a chance on a psychic.
Believing that someone has these powers—when no one does—leaves oneself open to a disastrous con, for no good reason. How can we skeptics claim this with any assurance? The short answer is that we know the tricks that are used, and we know that no one has demonstrated such powers under controlled conditions i.