Popular Norwegian psychic claims to have lost his powers

The popular Norwegian psychic, Joralf “Snåsa Man” Gjerstad, who has been challenged by James Randi for the $1 million dollar challenge, is claiming he’s losing his psychic abilities in his old age.

-I have lost the power.*

He’s become 86 years old, the man who claims to have healed 50,000 people with his so-called warm hands and clairvoyance.

Joralf “The Snåsa Man” Gjerstad is noticing that age is taking its toll. Vision and hearing has gotten weaker as has his well known powers.

“What I experienced in my youth and adult life with clairvoyance is coming to an end. I have to acknowledge that I’m old. And I know that old age can lead to memory loss and arteriosclerotic process. This thing where I’m suddenly told about what I should say, is fading. The Snåsa Man has lost his power”, Joralf Gjerstad tells Dagbladet.

The influx of clients has been huge after he became nationally known in 2008 after the biography “The Snåsa Man” written by Ingar Sletten Kolloen.

The 86 year old has now officially quit healing people.

Joralf Gjerstad has been under a lot of criticism in the last few years by the Norwegian skeptics. He once agreed to get tested but then declined the offer once he realized anecdotal evidence wouldn’t be considered.

He’s now published his third autobiography. It’s a bit convenient that he’s claiming to have lost his powers now. He’s in the public spotlight again, which will no doubt mean more people will call him and seek him out personally with healing requests. Skeptics will once again criticize him for his claims and lack of proof. He’s getting old and perhaps can’t handle all the various requests thrown his way, but he still wants attention.

This is an easy way to still claim he’s special, get sales for his book and dodge the inevitable testing request. You can’t test a power he no longer claims to have. I guess psychic powers fade just like our other senses as we age. Perhaps.

*Article in Norwegian

Source: Dagbladet

  7 comments for “Popular Norwegian psychic claims to have lost his powers

  1. RayG
    October 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    wait… a psychic… didn’t see himself losing his powers? hmmmm…

  2. snoma
    October 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    He never states that they just disappeared and that he’s surprised by this. Just that he claims his powers are gone. Whether or not he ever felt they were diminishing or if they just plain disappeared is something he never quite confirms one way or the other.

  3. Michael Simpson
    October 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    50,000 people? Where are they?

    • snoma
      October 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Good question. Many Norwegian skeptics have asked the same.

  4. Øystein N
    October 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Apparently his powers only stopped working for him curing diseases in the general public, he does clear his schedule if players from his favourite soccerteam calls…
    http://mobil.tv2.no/nyheter/innenriks/snaasamannen-rbk-vinner-serien-i-aar-3908478.html
    (Difficult providing a Google-translate from my iPhone, sorry.)

  5. Peter Robinson
    October 25, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Well, he’s ‘healed’ others, so why not ‘heal’ himself!

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