With John Edwards (alleged psychic medium) in town today, we thought we ‘d remind everyone that it’s okay to question his abilities and wanted to give some tips on what things to look for to help you spot if he’s genuine or not. There is currently no concrete evidence that any psychic can truly speak to the dead. They are for entertainment value only. Don’t be afraid to question those that claim psychic mediumship.
We’ve also included a fun BINGO card you can print off if you are attending his event and take with you. Don’t forget to count the hits vs misses as well, it might surprise you!
GENERALIZATIONS INSTEAD OF SPECIFICS.
Psychics will often use generalizations or things that lots of people will agree with rather than specifics. Generalizations will sound like ‘’I’m looking for someone who lost a father figure from cancer’’ or ‘’I’m being told this person loved music’’. These types of statements will relate to numerous people, thus increasing the chance of the psychic receiving a ‘’hit’’ Look for more specific statements like ‘’Harvey Senior passed away three weeks after his 87th birthday from a complication from pneumonia. He’s telling me he enjoyed showing his grandson Logan his baseball cards’’
DOES THE PSYCHIC SEEM TO BE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS RATHER THAN GIVING THEM? WERE YOU ASKED FOR INFORMATION?
A common tactic will be to get the audience to work for them, instead of offering specifics. One way this is accomplished is by asking for someone born in a certain month, under a certain ”sign”, or only giving a first letter of their name. This is called cold reading, where the psychic is actually going to have you give them the information by fishing it out of you rather than having anyone on the other side actually relaying specific information to them.
Prayer cards and/or information cards for follow ups (that include phone numbers or addresses) are all ways that the psychic can quickly research a few people in the audience prior to their show. Asking for details during a reading ‘’John is saying something happened to his leg, does that make sense to you?’’ are all ways to get information from you to make you feel like the reading had more ‘’hits’’ than it actually did.
HOW MANY STATEMENTS ARE ACTUALLY CORRECT?
Pay close attention to whether the psychic receives all hits or has to keep trying to get someone to relate. In many cases the misses outweigh the hits, an obvious give-away that they are simply guessing and looking for people to accept the statement. Human nature means we only remember the ‘’hits’’ even if they are generalizations.