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13 Feb 2004

Psychics, telepathists, spiritualists, meduims, clairvoyants, etc
Is there any truth in the mystic works of Clairvoyants?
I’ve always regarded them as talented conmen but have recently had a remarkable experience.
A neighbour of a friend suddenly (out of the blue and without being prompted to do so) interrupted my conversation, looked me straight in the eyes and asked if I was familiar with someone with a specific name (a very unusual and uncommon foreign name). I could not even think of someone with a name that resembles it in the slightest.
“Anyway,” he said, “someone with that name is going to roll a stone out of your path soon”.
To my amazement, it really happened. A person with that name rolled a boulder out my path, let alone a stone.
Admittedly, it turned out to be someone whom I had actually been vaguely acquainted with since he works for the same company, (completely different, distant dept.)
I just could not recall his name when asked because it is so unusual and because I have no interface with him in the co.

Could the clairvoyant and this guy have known each other and been aware of something brewing concerning me and, unbeknownst to me, also been aware of a plan to assist me?
Coincidentally, they are both of the same foreign nationality.
Should I smell a rat?
Have I been conned?
Is John Edward (TV) a trickster?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear Spooky,
There is absolutely no truth in the claims of clairvoyants. I hhave yet to see any proper scientific proof of the truth of any of their claims, and I have sen far too much evidence of fraud and chicanery in their practices. They are inded talented conmen, and especially those who most profit from their claims, are prepared to go to great lengths, planting stooges in the audiences, and hiring researchers to dig up facts they can use to convince you that they're accurate. And especially when one is grieving and wanting there to be a way of contacting someone we have lost, it's almost impossible to avoid giving clues to such a person. They are also highly skilled at giving very vague answers, likely to seem around true for most people, and then, according to our responses, producing more specific responses. There are clear and understandable explanations for all the examples that get quoted, normal, every-day and non-spiritual explanations. An as their audiences consist of people who largely WANT to believe, it's not too hard to convince them.
It is indeed possible that there was collusion, deliberate or even accidental, producing the example you quote --- she may simply have been chating to this guy, and heard about something he was planning to do which would benefit you, and couldn't resist telling you about it !
I don't believe what John Edward does is genuine, and think it's appalling that the SABC is credulous enough to broadcast such claims, without properly investigating them. I have heard that in the USA his show is being dropped from the major channel that was broadcasting it. I do not believe he is a medium, only the latest in a long line of people with some basic skills in rking out what people want to hear, and then telling it to them.
You should look up ( he publishes great books and has a good website ) my American friend James Randi, who has been a master stage illusionist "Magician" known as the Great Randi, who has done brilliant work exposing such hoaxers and hoaxes, using his knowledge of the misdirection and other methods used by all professional magicians. And he has issued a routine challenge to all such folks, that if they can do something he cannot duplicate using mundane, non-spiritual methods, they can win an award of one million dollars. None of them have succeeded ! Remember the stories about thee wonderful Philippine healers who did surgery with only their hands, removing tumours and leaving no scars ? He exposed them as frauds, after duplicating for the camras exactly what they claimed to be doing spiritually.
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