Cracked.com had an interesting and truthful article on magic tricks psychics use. Read it here.
While written as a humourous read, like most of their satirical articles, there is truth behind the words. I thought it would be good time to give you the real truth on psychics…. they are all fakes.
Take it from someone whose career is based on the study of deceptive & illusionary techniques, pyschics are basicially individuals who employ the same techniques but assert that their powers are supernatural or from a spiritual origin. In fact, ask any competent magician who has studied the craft for years, he/ she will say the same thing.
Unlike most magicians who employ a wide range of deceptive techniques in their repertoire of magic acts, most psychics are less sophisticated and use the same old tired and tested deceptive methods to pass off as the real thing.
I’ve encountered some of these “psychics” several times who claim to be fortune tellers and each time saw through their “magic” methods which were very rudamentary sleight of hand moves.
The reason why people do believe in the “psychics” is the because they want to and/ or do not know what to look out for. Many turn to psychics as a last resort or for hope. This is a great motivation to want to believe that the “psychic” can help them with unnatural means.
Another reason is that most laymen would know what to look for in terms of the execution of deceptive techniques. Many times, they also visit the “pyschic” in their home tuff where the entire room may be rigged to their advantage.
The lead character in the popular TV show, “The Mentalist”, often debunks the work of psychics as well as he was a TV fake too.
JamesRandi, a noted magician, writer and debunker of psychics, has also spent much of his career debunking psychics. He has a “One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge” which no one has won to date. Read more about this here.
If you know a psychic and believe that he/ she is the real thing, let me know or ask him/ her to take Randi’s challenge. If he/ she is legit, it will be a breeze.