A Telephone Psychic Confesses

[Excerpts from my guest post at The Friendly Atheist.]

Erin Auerbach was a failed actress who came to Las Vegas for an exciting job opportunity that fed what she admitted was a strong ego: She was going to become a professional psychic. “The thing is, I’m not sure that I’m psychic,” she admitted to the interviewer.

“That’s OK,” he replied. “We’ll give you everything you need for the job.”

It seemed easy at first.

I attended one short training session… He stressed that we didn’t necessarily have to be psychic to do the job


[Read the rest of my post A Telephone Psychic Confesses at The Friendly Atheist].

ABC Nightline’s 2011 Test of Professional Psychics

Psychic stockbroker shocked that he can't connect to dead people when tested.

A “psychic stockbroker” and medium is shocked that he can’t connect to dead people when tested.  The magician Banachek conducts the test.

ABC’s news program Nightline worked with magician-skeptics James Randi and Banachek as part of its series “Beyond Belief,” in a fascinating episode called “Psychic Powers” on August 16, 2011. It focused on the James Randi Educational Foundation’s (JREF) Million Dollar Challenge, which would award a million dollars to anyone who could prove their paranormal claim.

The segment did not receive nearly the coverage and discussion it deserved, in my opinion, considering how rare such broadcast tests are due to the extreme difficulty of putting them together.  I’ve combed through blogs and podcasts to assemble a more detailed description than has been published so far.  Check out the video, then continue reading for an even more interesting look behind the scenes.

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