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Published 3 years ago with 24 Comments

Guy Goes Undercover To Prove Storefront Psychics Are Full Of It

I have never understood how so many psychic storefronts can survive in Manhattan.

 

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  • pixelboot
    +5

    I really didn't see that coming at the end! I'm completely skeptical of psychics and I'm pretty sure they're full of balogna, but that creeped me out a bit.

    • GeniusIComeAnon
      +4

      If there's one thing these psychics have to be good at, it's reading body language. It helps you know what to say or when to change course. It also helps you notice someone acting like their on camera! :P

      • CrazyDiamond
        +3

        Almost everyone is really good at reading body language, but it usually stays in our unconscious mind. I'm thinking she was noticing him turning over to the other guy and speaking through him, as if he had an audience.

        • pixelboot
          +1

          Oh that's a good point, I didn't think of that. I'm very skeptical of psychics as a whole, but also can be very gullible at times too. I've never seen a psychic, but I think if I had the opportunity to, I would take it. Just for the entertainment value in it, because I like being excited by things like this. I want it to be real so badly, even though I know it's impossible. It's fun to pretend and think about.

          I kind of think it's more so people with similar attitudes that are fueling the psychic industry, and hopefully it's not so much people that actually put weight in to the things they are told. Kind of like going to a "haunted house" at Halloween - you know that zombies and ghosts aren't real, but it's still kind of spooky and fun to pretend while you're there.

    • Gozzin (edited 3 years ago)
      +2

      I'm definitely sure they're full of bologna..They engage in what's called cold reading. Nothing shocking here at all.

  • idlethreat
    +4

    If psychics were real, they would be doing readings in a really nice house, instead if in some apartment, crappy store front, or on the side of the road.

    • Nerdeiro
      +4

      Some of them do. Just like every other profession out there, some are wildly successful, other just hang by their fingertips.

    • GeniusIComeAnon
      +2

      There were some on tv a while back. They made millions of dollars pretending to speak to peoples dead relatives. James Randi actually exposed a lot of them. Or at least "exposed" something that most people knew was fake anyway.

      • b1ackbird
        +3

        That's right! I remember that streak of this nonsense. Let's see- there was John Edwards right? On SyFy (the beginning of their slow steady decline to being a reality tv based network ignoring real SciFi), and then there was that old Quack on Montell Williams? Sheila something. People are so gullible.

        Con: "I feel like someone in your past has moved on..." Sap: "Oh my goodness! How did you know?!" Me: Change channels with Rage Quit SFX.

  • GeniusIComeAnon
    +4

    Is anyone really surprised though? I bet none of these psychics even know black magic or have satanic contracts!

    • CrazyDiamond (edited 3 years ago)
      +3

      Ulysses Everett McGill: What'd the devil give you for your soul, Tommy?

      Tommy Johnson: Well, he taught me to play this here guitar real good.

      Delmar O'Donnell: Oh son, for that you sold your everlasting soul?

      Tommy Johnson: Well, I wasn't usin' it.

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  • Appaloosa
    +3

    So......I'm not gonna be rich?!!!

  • mrmulder
    +2

    There is this great documentary, "an honest liar", about the famous magician James "the Amazing" Randi, who has spent many years to expose fake psychics and others who claim paranormal powers. It is available on Netflix Canada:

    http://anhonestliar.com/

    I highly recommend watching it.

  • fanficmistress
    +2

    I was amazed to see how many psychics were in the city. They seemed as common as Starbucks.

  • Civil
    +2

    Do you really need to go undercover for this sort of thing?

    • b1ackbird
      +1

      Seriously. I'd think that most of these people who would believe something like this are dying off- but then again this latest generation is pretty gullible. I still have to remind my son that Wikipedia isn't a verifiable source of information. Its a good pit stop to get started but you don't just trust whatever someone posts online.

      I feel like people need Real Life Troll training.

      • GeniusIComeAnon
        +4

        I don't think the new generation is any more gullible than the previous ones. Have you ever heard of the War of the Worlds broadcast back in 1938? Tons of people legitimately thought aliens were invading. No one would believe that now. I think the past couple generations have questioned things more than any generation in the past.

        • b1ackbird
          +1

          I'd like to agree with you- I do recall reading about the War of the Worlds incident. While funny- it was during a time of great national interest in UFOs, aliens and war. A world war was on the horizon and people were a bit antsy. I'd think if something like that happened today people would have videos of the skies in an instant proving it untrue. But if say a news report was posted on Facebook about a Black Hole entering our solar system (or something else the lay man couldn't verify easily) people would loose their minds- even if came from a source like The Onion. I really want to say that people are much more scientifically minded but I don't think that's necessarily true. People have just replaced their stagnant values & ability to think for themselves on to Facebook or Fox News' shoulders. There is no culture of deeply thought out and analyzed research anymore. People just expect answers to be handed to them and that is where these kinds of con artists thrive.

          • GeniusIComeAnon
            +2

            I can agree, but I don't really see that as any different from past generations. There's never been an entire generation of scientifically minded people nor a widespread culture of deeply thought out and analyzed research. We likely won't see one for some time either.

  • Urbanknight4
    +2

    "You will be married in your 30's"

    "Sooo... 10 years ago..."

  • imkane
    +2

    Haha good stuff, thanks for sharing

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