Sibling psychics James Van Praagh and his sister Lynn are battling in court over who can use the family’s good name.
James Van Praagh, a former producer of the TV show “Ghost Whisperer,” claims his sister has started using her maiden named to cash in on his success, even though she took her husband’s surname, Gratton, four dacades ago.
James Van Praagh “is one of the most recognized spirutal mediums in the world,” he argues in court papers filed last week in federal court on Long Island.
But Lynn Van Praagh-Gratton claims she’s a psychic in her own rights — a “bridge between worlds” who has the “gift of communicating on the other side with those who have passed,” she claims on her website.
It’s also unclear what value the Van Praagh name still has. James’ reputation took a hit in 2008 when Barbara Walters debunked his claim she suffered from a blood disorder. Walters submitted to a blood test and announced on “The View” the result was normal.
Van Praaaaaaaagh. Can’t stand him. I don’t begrudge the one person in all our families who believe she’s psychic. I feel bad for those who mistake their excellent observational powers for supernatural ones. But I DISLIKE people who take advantage of the grieving: the celebrity psychics. They swear up, down and sideways they are gifted. Well, why not prove it to the world? No, the money is too good. Looks like that might run in the family.