8 December 2016

Yvette Fielding and Karl Beattie Caught Bullying and Humiliating Innocent Teenager on Twitter

Yesterday (7th December 2016), Yvette Fielding was lucky enough to go to a spa!
It was all going well until her Ladyship Yvette was annoyed by another client at the spa.
She tweeted out the following to her 52,000 followers


Source: https://twitter.com/Yfielding/status/806478370888384512

What followed was lots of people attacking this random person, being nasty and so on.
But thing took a nasty turn when she took a "sneaky pic" and published it online.
I have edited the lads face to protect his identity. Yvette did NOT edit it, instead wanting to humiliate the lad.


Even Yvette's husband Karl Beattie joined in the bullying, by quoting her tweet and sharing with his 26,000 followers the following.


Now the problems began when someone pointed out that this young man might have some kind of disability, or have some kind of special needs. A lot of people were offended that Yvette and Karl would use their celebrity as a way to humiliate and bully an innocent young man on Twitter to their combined 77,000 followers.

Of course after it was brought up that this lad might have some kind of disability, Yvette quickly deleted the photo, but then also went into defensive mode, and even tried to play the victim herself!

Karl even live streamed himself on Periscope attacking people for daring to suggest that Yvette or himself had done anything wrong.

You can watch that video at https://www.periscope.tv/w/1RDGloAanXmKL
I have also made a copy of the video below incase he decides to delete the Periscope video


Karl also posted the following Tweet, again trying to deflect from the fact his wife abused an innocent young lad on Twitter and tried to humiliate him.


Since this all kicked off yesterday a debate has been raging as to whether or not what Yvette did was ok or not. Would it be ok to humiliate and bully an innocent young lad on twitter if he is not disabled? Or is it only wrong if he is disabled or has some kind of special needs.

Is the young lad disabled or does he have special needs? I honestly do not know. But let us look at the facts.
A woman in the public eye, who has over 50,000 followers on Twitter decided to take a secret photo of an innocent young man, in a spa, she then published that photo, along with other abusive tweets with the sole intention of humiliating and bullying him.

At best this was Yvette abusing, humiliating and bullying a young lad, at worse this was the kind of discrimination that has landed certain people in a lot of hot water, I am reminded of the recent case of a model " Dani Mathers" taking a "sneaky pic" of a 70 year old woman in a changing room “with the intent to invade the privacy of that other person”  Dani Mathers is now having to go to trial and could face 6 months in prison and a fine.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/04/dani-mathers-playboy-model-snapchat-gym-locker-room-lawsuit

Clearly what Yvette did is not as bad as taking a photo of a naked 70 year old woman to body shame her, but Yvette did take a photo of a teenager, with the sole purpose of humiliating and shaming him. And by taking the photo she did invade his privacy, especially if the spa they were in is a private members spa, then there is an assumption of privacy. Her photo could very well have broken the law. And I have been told that police have been informed and are investigating, although I doubt anything will come of it, unless the boy and his family were to complain, but I doubt they are even aware of what Yvette did.

Also Bannatyne Group (Owners of the Spa) are now investigating to see if their own privacy rules were broken. Best they could do is ban Yvette and Karl from all Bannatyne businesses!

Regardless of whether or not he has special needs, what she did was wrong, and instead of apologising for getting things really wrong, she is now playing the victim, getting lots of sympathy from her followers who now claim that Yvette is the one being bullied! Yes the irony there is amazing.

Lets hope that these nasty comments by Yvette and Karl come back to haunt them! (Yes I did just say that)



So what do you think? Leave your comments below.

30 November 2016

Was Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live a Success or a Failure?



After last year's Most Haunted Live (which you can see HERE) was surrounded by yet more claims of fraud and generally bad publicity all round for UKTV, this year UKTV decided to relegate Most Haunted to a pre recorded online only stream for one night, and replace it with a brand new shiny show called Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live, this was their main test for a replacement show since clearly Most Haunted is not the ratings pull it once was.

First they decided to bring in UK Haunted, a Ghost Hunting group with a dubious track record, but generally quite well regarded by gullible children and middle aged housewives. And then throw in some Z List "celebs", and see what happened.

Unfortunately the very first night the show got exposed for faking, and after that the show never quite got going, just really poor production, boring celebs, and a lack of interest from people which was clear to see on social media.

But all that matters is the ratings as we all know, so was the 5 night spectacular a worthy replacement of Most Haunted Live, or a big pile of stinking horse manure? Lets take a look at the ratings on UKTV Owned channel W.

Night 1 - Thursday 27th Oct - 209,000 Viewers (add another 50,000 for W+1 only for this night)
Night 2 - Friday 28th Oct - 206,000 Viewers
Night 3 - Saturday 29th Oct - 192,000 Viewers
Night 4 - Sunday 30th Oct - 183,000 Viewers
Night 5 - Monday 31st Oct - 131,000 Viewers

Note: W has a +1 channel, only Thursdays episode shows as in the top 10, adding an extra 50k viewers, all other nights dont even make the top 10 meaning the 1 Hour later airing got less than 10k viewers.

Just take a close look at the final night, that was HALLOWEEN night!! And it got the lowest amount of views. And to put it in perspective Masterchef Australia, got more viewers than Celebrity Haunted Hotel on every night it aired in the 7pm or 8pm slot.

Speaking to my contact at UKTV I asked what the producers of the show had said behind closed doors, regarding their hopes for the show, its future and those involved, they expected that the show would grow in viewers each night, that was the hope, but they actually LOST viewers from episode to episode!

Regarding the main celeb hosts, no surprises there, you always know what you are getting with someone like Christine Lampard, so the Producers were happy with her, but what about the UK Haunted crew members, did any of them impress the producers? Well only Emily Exley and Alex Duggan made a good impression, and UKTV might be interested in using them again, but for the rest, here is what I was told.

Miki York, was too wooden and not a natural in front of the camera.
Jolene Lockwood, an ego out of control, with tickets on herself, they really did not like her.
Barri Ghai, he made such a small impact that people kept forgetting his name, and often when mentioned to staff, they would reply with "who?" The funny thing is he could be brought back on to TV not because they like him, but purely by accident when looking for someone who works in the field, and his name comes up.
Alex Gibbs (The fake medium), they referred to her as the "TOWIE wannabe", so that is the impression they have of her.

So there you have it. 
Celebrity Haunted Hotel was a complete disaster from start to finish. Terrible ratings suggest it wont be brought back any time soon. Although UKHaunted don't care, since they have put their prices up for "Ghost Hunts" and proudly boast the "as seen on TV" banner on their advertisements, but the truth is, they got their big chance to replace Most Haunted, and failed miserably.

So the question remains, will Most Haunted be given another chance to do a Live show? The regular show is incredibly cheap for UKTV to purchase, roughly £5000 per episode! Yep that is all UKTV have to pay for it and yes it costs MORE Than that for Antix to make too!

How about they commission a "Skeptics Do Halloween Live" for next year. here is my pitch, we get a bunch of the top UK skeptics, and try to scare them. Could be fun!



20 November 2016

Another Fake Psychic - Exposing the "Hollywood Medium Tyler Henry" (PART 2)


Another look at the latest medium getting some popularity in the US!

Make sure to check out The Chamber Boys

Another Fake Psychic - "Hollywood Medium" Tyler Henry Takes Advantage of Tragedy (PART 1)


Tyler Henry, the Hollywood Medium is fake, like any medium. But what he does is disgusting.



Make sure to check out The Chamber Boys

28 October 2016

Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live Exposed - Caught Faking on Day 1



Not that anyone cares, but Most Haunted was replaced this year by UKTV due to the "rope incident" from last year and the bad press they got, well they replaced it with Celebrity Haunted Hotel, with various "celebrities" and the idiots from UKHaunted would be the "Crew"

Well the show has been universally panned on social media for how awful it is, but whats worse is that on the very first night the show was caught cheating.

If you spot anything dodgy on the show, feel free to let us know by leaving a comment under this article, please include links to screengrabs of videos, you can also Tweet us @TheBadPsych 

Here are some videos

Video Backups incase the above get removed




14 October 2016

Celebrity Haunted Hotel Crew leaked

If you already follow us on Twitter @TheBadPsychthen you will already know who will be running the investigations on Celebrity Haunted Hotel on UKTV channel W. I wont spoil which celebrities will be on, as that will actually be a nice surprise for some people, but the Most Haunted wannabes, I have no problem spoiling!

The question now is, "Who is the Celebrity Haunted Hotel Mole?"


    

21 June 2016

Gary Mannion Finally Comments On Being Exposed as a Fraud in the seance room


After constantly removing any negative comments from his social media pages, Gary Mannion has finally made something of a statement regarding the videos that 100% show him faking a physical mediumship seance.

Here is what he has to say

"Gary Mannion
Statement: A bigger statement will come soon for now what I will say is. In regards to the seance in question. The room was searched before the seance started, I was searched by 2 independent people, I was tied up by 2 independent people, we had the end cut of the cable ties as we normally do so that they could be proved to be the same cable ties at the end. I went into trance, I woke up at the end of the seance still cable tied. At the end of the seance the 2 people who tied me up were asked to recheck the cable ties and everyone else was given the chance to check the table ties before they were cut off. My team also state they were in control throughout the seance. 

A bigger statement will come sooner. In the mean time I understand people have a lot of questions but if your going to put hurtful nasty comments I will simply block you. This whole incident may of thrown the spiritual movement into disarray and i think thats a good thing. Those who have been to my seances before judge me on what you have experienced for yourself. Going forward I will strive to gather as much evidence as I can and continue to work in more and more lighted conditions. A bigger statement will follow in the near future if thats not enough for you feel free to unfriend me and not comment to my posts!"

So basically he is claiming that him walking around in the dark was merely spirit controlling him, and that he is completely unaware of what was going on.

Well with regards to him being tied to the chair with cable ties, firstly magicians have been escaping their ties for years, there are many methods. Sometimes a chair will have removable arms that simply lift up allowing the psychic to slid their arms out, however in Gary Mannion's case, we already know how he removed himself from the ties, as one of the people who tied him up has spoke out, here is what they had to say.

"TrilobyteMKR
I was one of those two people. The 'mediums' hands were hanging off the chair so the only place for the cable ties was half way up the forearm and not tightly around the wrist.  I can promise you I will never be so trusting in the future."

So if you cant picture this, basically Gary Mannion would position his arms in such a way that he would be tied around the thicker part of his forearm as opposed to his wrists. Once the seance had started, all he would need to do is pull his arms towards his body, and the cable ties would have enough room in them that he could simply slip his arms out of them, and then back into them at the end of the seance. This would mean that the same cable ties would be on him at the end as were in the beginning. So his insistence that the cable ties were the same is meaningless, as the method of his escape has already been explained.

Often if a psychic/medium is tied at the wrist, then they will escape in one of two ways, the arms of the chair will detach and the arms with the cable ties on can simply slide off, or if the chair is a solid mould plastic chair, then an associate with scissors, simply cuts them off, and adds new ones at the end, this is the reason why they play loud music, or get people to chant or sing along, its nothing to do with raising the vibrations instead it is to cover up the noise of the ties being cut.

Remember believers, just because YOU cannot explain how a trick is done, does not make it any less of a trick. You being convinced does not equate to proof or true evidence.

Gary Mannion got caught cheating, and instead of just holding his arms up and admitting his fraud, he is trying his best to think of a way to cover it up. And yes that did work for Colin Fry after he was caught cheating in very very similar circumstances, but the difference here is that we have the video of Mannion cheating, and that video will live for ever!

If you have still not seen the videos you can do so at the following links

Waving a spirit trumpet about
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGwFPDCL4Vh/

Naked waving his arms about (NSFW)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGwEFciL4Tw

Touching a man and moving the chair he is sitting on
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGwDk6hr4Sr

Removing his shirt and swinging it around to create a breeze of body odour!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGwCuKcL4Rd/

20 June 2016

Competition: Win Ghosts on DVD


Ghosts do not exist in real life, but there is nothing stopping us from enjoying a film about them!

Ghosts is out on DVD on 27th June! and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to win.

Synopsis:
Six contestants win a competition to appear on a LIVE reality TV show at a secret location in rural England. The next ten hours will be spent on a paranormal investigation with a TV crew, searching for the truth behind ghost stories that haunt an old railway station museum. But something evil awaits them and soon they'll discover that they are not alone.

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To enter all you have to do is answer this easy question...

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Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

17 June 2016

UPDATED: Gary Mannion Secretly recorded cheating in the seance room at The Banyan Retreat Spiritualist Centre


Nicolas Whitham from Banyan Retreat (Address: Lake House, Maidstone Road, Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom) has secretly recorded Gary Mannion faking spirit activity in the seance room!

Now Whitman created a website anonymously (which I will not link too) and posted a load of videos, I dig some digging and found out he was behind it, I am guessing he and Mannion had some kind of dispute so Nicolas decided to stitch Mannion up, and break the age old spiritualist code of exposing one of your own.

Basically you get long boring videos of Gary Mannion exiting his spirit cabinet, wondering around the room, touching people on the head, waving a spirit trumpet about ala Colin Fry, But he also gets naked which is rather disturbing!

Anyway the videos go very long, so I thought I would upload the most interesting bits to my instagram - https://www.instagram.com/badpsychics/

Here are some direct links
Waving a spirit trumpet about
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGwFPDCL4Vh/

Naked waving his arms about (NSFW)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGwEFciL4Tw

Touching a man and moving the chair he is sitting on
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGwDk6hr4Sr

Removing his shirt and swinging it around to create a breeze of body odour!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGwCuKcL4Rd/

Now you can make of these videos what you will, we always knew he was faking stuff, but this is the first 100% video evidence of that.

I have already seen the usual excuses thrown about, but surely no one will still believe in him now?

Gary Mannion 100% proven fraud, Fake psychic!

And also keep in mind that Banyan Retreat also have hosted other fake psychics like David Thompson and Stewart Alexander, who use the exact same methods.

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UPDATE 17:50 June 17th:
The first comments from someone who was in the seance mentioned has come out.
Regarding the 3rd video mentioned above, the man who was sat in the chair that was pushed about etc has said the following:

Online name "iant"

"I am embarrassed to say I am the chap who had healing and also the chair pulled out into the middle. I am disturbed to think That Gary has done this most despicable thing. At the time I thought it was some brilliant phenomena, but now I have seen the video I now know that the whole evening was a scam. In fact having seen the video's I can see how easy it is to dupe people. 

Strangely enough most people in the room were duped except the lady next to me who saw through it all and actually requested that the spirit team bring on some real evidence. Gary's alter ego  (Control) what ever name he called himself, was a little thrown by her request and asked her what she wanted. She felt that the only real evidence is the appearance of a relative who could provide evidence of itself.

Garys attempt at this was poor and looking back now I can see why. "




30 April 2016

Fake Psychic Sandra Marks aka Catherine Marks to plead guilty to fraud


"A Central Virginia woman accused of defrauding multiple clients out of millions of dollars with her psychic readings business is expected to plead guilty.

Sandra Marks, also known as Catherine Marks, of the former Readings by Catherine on U.S. 29 in Albemarle County, will be pleading guilty in a federal court in Roanoke on May 17, according to her attorney.

Marks, 42, was indicted in April 2015 on 31 counts of wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. Ten months earlier, in June 2014, Marks’ business on was raided by federal authorities, who hauled away four vehicles and other items from the property.

The indictment states that Marks’ business offered services such as palm, candle, tarot card, astrological and spiritual readings to clients who had “suffered from emotional distress and mental disorders, or had recently gone through personal traumatic events in their lives.”

In doing so, Marks “unjustly enriched [herself] and others by obtaining money, jewelry and other things of value from her customers and clients … based on false pretenses, representations, promises and omissions of fact,” the indictment alleges. Marks would tell her clients that she had spoken to spirits and learned of a “curse” or “dark cloud” surrounding the clients’ families, the indictment states. She would then bury a box of the clients’ money or valuables and “cleanse” it through prayers, rituals or meditation, telling her clients that “money was the root of all evil.”

Marks allegedly told her clients that she would never use the money or valuables for her personal benefit and that once the items or cash were “cleansed,” they would be returned to the client.
According to the indictment, Marks received two pieces of mail, each containing $729,000, in 2011 from one of her victims,. The indictment also alleges she has received more than $2.1 million from five victims in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Colorado. “Cleansed” or not, Marks actually kept that money for her personal use, the indictment states.

Three months after she was indicted, Marks was arrested in New York and denied bond by a federal judge, who considered her a flight risk. She would go on to file a motion in October, asking Charlottesville federal Judge Glen Conrad to revoke her pretrial detention. Conrad said at the time that he needed time to consider the motion; court documents do not indicate that the motion was ever granted.

Marks’ case was set to go before a jury the week of May 9 in Charlottesville’s federal courthouse, but court records show the trial has been canceled and a plea hearing has been set for May 17 in Roanoke.

Marks’ attorney, Bill Dinkin, confirmed that she will be pleading guilty, but would not give details about the plea agreement."

Souce: dailyprogress.com

10 April 2016

Ghosts Are NOT Real - Jesse exposes the Ghost Hunters for the frauds they are.


At least one-third of all people believe in some kind of ghost, and TV shows about "paranormal investigation" are on every other channel. But WHY? Not a single shred of scientific evidence has ever been demonstrated for ghosts. Jesse exposes the Ghost Hunters for the frauds they are, conducts a ghost "social experiment," and asks if believing in ghosts might actually be DANGEROUS.

Check Out - http://podawful.com

7 April 2016

Proof of Ghost Adventures Fakery - EXPOSED!


Reddit user Yorambo noticed that the exact same scream is heard in two separate Ghost Adventures episodes.

Here is his post
"Hey you guys, long time Ghost Adventures fan here. Was just watching the season 10 halloween special, and realized something.. when Nick hears the scream when he goes into the oubliette, he is completely stunned. However, the scream is the EXACT same noise as they hear in the Lincoln County Hospital in season 11. Did anyone else notice this?"
Reddit

This is not the first time the show has been faked, and of course ALL shows like this fake stuff, they have to otherwise they would not get commissioned since nothing would happen.
I have seen some hilarious excuses from GA fans explaining this fake scream. One of the more ridiculous excuses was that it was a fox, and that fox screams always sound the same!

And you though the Most Haunted fans were dumb!

Anyway enjoy!



Video Backup incase above video gets removed.


Deluded energy shield master takes on a martial artist!


One of my favourite things is watching people who believe they can use Chi, or other Eastern mystical bullshit as a form of self defence, there are a few great clips out there. Truth is there is no such thing as an invisible energy shield, but it does seem that these idiots really believe in it, that is until they get punched in the face!

This deluded energy shield master takes on a professional martial artist and it ends predictably.

Video:

15 March 2016

Talking to the Dead: James Van Praagh Tested

Here is a classic investigation into James Van Praagh, showing exactly what he is, what he does, and how he does it

8 March 2016

Mediumship is Impossible, but will it always be?

Science tells us that mediumship is statistically improbable but will it always be so?

Lets first see what the official definition of mediumship is


Mediumship can be defined as follows: The process whereby a human instrument, known as a MEDIUM or CHANNEL, is used by one or more discarnate, spirit personalities for the purpose of:
Presenting information, verifiable or otherwise.
Causing so-called paranormal activities to occur.
Channeling forth certain types of energies.
Manifesting themselves for objective examination and/or identification.

Lets put it into simplified terms. Mediumship is a living person communicating with non-living person.

Now when I used the word impossible, I often get criticised, people will say

"How can you know it is impossible, have you tested every medium on the planet"
or
"You can't prove mediumship does not exist"

To answer the first statement, I don't need to test every medium on the planet, history has shown us that mediums cannot back up their claims.

And to answer the second statement, you cant prove a negative, can you prove that invisible midgets wearing pirate hats did NOT just sing a symphony on Jupiter? Of course not, but that doesn't mean it ever happened.

Science and specifically biology tells us that when we die, and our brain ceases to have activity, that's it for us, we are dead, no coming back.

As of today there is zero % proof of life after death.

Now here is my question, I know mediumship is impossible because science tells me so, but will it always be so?

Travelling to the moon in the year 1876 was impossible, travelling to the moon in 1925 was impossible.
But in 1969 it became possible after it was achieved by the late Neil Armstrong.

He did it not in a magic car, or by going through a wormhole he did it by using rocketpower.

So what does that tell us? It tells us that with technological advances, almost anything is possible eventually.

So how does this pertain to mediumship?

It is pretty clear to most intelligent people that mediumship in its current form is not only impossible but always will be impossible, but mediumship in the broader sense of the word "To communicate with the dead" may not always be impossible, how? well that's where we go back to science and the advancement of technology.

If mediumship is the ability to communicate with the dead, well what if in the future we develop a way to digitise our thought patterns, our very mind transferred to a computer, we would in a way continue to exist long after our body, our brain and our mind had long turned to dust. So to communicate with such a digitised version of someone could be considered mediumship.

What about if in the future we are able to communicate with a parallel universe, identical in every way to our own, except that life started on the other Earth say 20 years after it did on our own.

You could speak to your own dead mother years before her death in the other universe. Would that not be a form of mediumship?

There are many more ideas, all of which are rooted deep in science and technological advances, and not in spiritualism or the church.

So keep in mind when I say something is impossible, it doesn't mean it will always remain impossible, but it may mean that you need to redefine that what it is we are deeming impossible in the first place.

10 February 2016

Fake TV psychic Paula Barstow aka Lillyanne sends almost identical readings to dozens of customers


"A WELL-KNOWN psychic sent identical “letters from heaven” to dozens of bereaved customers who paid her to contact their lost loved ones.

Karen Brannigan handed £38 to medium Lillyanne in the hope she could contact her late mother.

She got a letter back with a message that the psychic claimed had come from the dead woman.

But Karen found out other customers had received the same message.

She said: “I knew right away that something was wrong. It just didn’t ring true.”

Lillyanne’s representatives claim an administrative error meant one letter had been copied and sent to multiple customers.

But Karen, who lost her mum five months ago, is furious and she fears many more vulnerable people could have been ripped off."


Read Full Story at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk

Here is the fake cold read she sent to multiple people in the hope they would never find out!


8 February 2016

Psychics In a Nutshell

Old clip of James Randi talking about the psychic fraud Sylvia Browne, this interview was on television before Sylvia died, as you will know, but the rule fits most or all psychics. Make up your own minds.

10 Reasons Psychics Aren't Real

31 January 2016

From Ignorance To Reason - From Spiritualism To Skepticism [ramble]


A ramble, felt like talking about experiences in general, not least religious delusions. excuse my unscripted ramble, a few errors are probable.

20 January 2016

Fraudulent Psychic Laurie McQuary Gets Exposed On Camera!


Are these people selling false hope? YES of course they are!
These people are grief vultures.
I wish the British media would take on these frauds and expose them.

Exposed in this video
Laurie McQuary

18 January 2016

Paul Zenon: Secrets of the Psychics



Please note this starts in Bulgarian, but once Paul comes out it is all in English



Translated from Bulgarian:
Presentation forum for popular science Ratio: http://ratio.bg

Paul Zenon is one of the most famous British magicians with extensive experience in the representation of different tricks, illusions, frauds and paranormal topics. It has several hundred appearances in television shows and almost 30 years experience in participating in public. Began to earn money as a street magician and learns how people can be fooled and manipulated. Then apply their practical knowledge of human psychology and attention to good causes like exposing pseudoscientific "stars".

Gender Ratio of Zeno presented the most common techniques of mediums, illustrated with examples from the past few centuries. Cold reading (cold reading) and pre-collect information about companion enjoy the same frequency as in the 19th century and television fortune-tellers today.

17 January 2016

Mediumship - Miracles or Manipulations - Starring Paul Zenon, Anthony Galvin and Sandra O'Hara



Miracles Or Manipulations takes a look at the world of stage mediums. With interviews from a real medium, skeptic, and a riveting seance in the infamous Hell Fire Club, this documentary is a fascinating look at a very controversial topic. Starring: Paul Zenon, Anthony Galvin and Sandra O'Hara.



Is There Such A Thing As Addiction To Psychics?

In this day and age we are often plagued by advertisements for various forms of psychics, whether they’re on television or a local party attraction. Those who manufacture cigarettes and alcohol can’t advertise with reckless abandon because of people who may become addicted but could a person become addicted to psychics?

People may imagine that the type of person who would become addicted to psychics are the elderly, the vulnerable, the kind of people that watch shows like Most Haunted while reading reviews of bingo sites, like those on pgbingo.com. The truth of the matter is that any person can become addicted to the feeling of a promise that otherwise seems unattainable.

This rush that the person gets when they believe that they are speaking to a relative is all too real and addictive. You believe that you are getting advice not from a stranger, not from the psychic/medium, but from your dead mother, your dead father. And whose advice would you want and trust more than those of people you loved the most, but are not with you any more. Nevermind the fact when they were alive you probably didn't take their opinion that seriously, but when dead surely all their advice MUST be the best advice, after all they have the spirit world to back them up! And this is the problem, the reality is you are not getting this expert advice from your dead mother, but from a stranger who is just telling you what THEY believe you want to hear.

The saturation of supposedly reputable psychics on television is another major problem facing our population. Although less now than in the mid to late 2000's. For the highly suggestable it won’t take much to believe these claims and from there it’s a small step before they engage in the practice themselves. Ask yourself, have you ever been to a psychic/medium and have them tell you that you also have "the gift"? Who doesn't want to hear that they are also special, and that they have magic powers like the person they believe in, it is all part of the con. These shows now come with disclaimers but it can be too tempting for people to forget their skepticism when faced with highly edited TV shows. Psychic Sally, Colin Fry and Derek Acorah have all been slated in the press for this exact practice, in which their editors take out any misses on the show. This turns a one in ten chance of them getting the questions right into a ten out of ten every time, which is incredibly deceptive, just think, a 30 minute TV show like Clin Fry's Sixth Sense, was actually filmed over a few hours, those camera shots of the audience nodding and looking impressed are often edited in out of context.

This happens in all TV shows, on Have I Got News For You, have you noticed how Paul Merton rarely laughs at jokes? Apparently he once found himself edited to look like he was laughing at a joke he never laughed at, and since then he tries not to laugh, so that he cant be edited in such a way.

Even at parties some hosts bring out a psychic to read everyone's future for their entertainment. The psychic's primary aim in this situation is to bring in repeat business and upsell to the party guests. They may get a few cold readings right and these guests will then be more likely to visit them. They give their business card to all guests and hope to get some of them as repeat customers.

These are just a few of the tricks that these psychics use to suggest that they hold some unworldly power. This power can be enticing for those who visit psychics, which then can be easily turned into an addiction. The fear of the unknown can be very real and by visiting a psychic people can stave this off and begin to feel a sense of control.

It is scientific and historical fact that Psychics do not see the future, and Mediums cannot communicate with the dead, but despite this people uneducated in the methods will still believe.

Psychics who hold themselves in high regard don’t come cheap either, so it’s a slippery slope as their customers become more dependent and can even be convinced to pay more. This is an addiction like any other for those who truly believe their claims, which is why we should be doing even more to debunk these fraudsters.

Think of psychics like you would a drug dealer, often the first hit is free, that gets you hooked, and then you keep going back for more.

My advice is don't even go for the first reading. The smartest people in society don't believe in psychics and mediums, and although we all like to think we are smart and cant be conned, we cant all be experts. I am an expert, and I am telling you that psychics and mediums are no more than a con.