Psychics successfully rebranding as “counselors” and “coaches” in Hollywood

Silly, but nothing much new here. Didn’t Hollywood types always rely on psychics and astrologers?

Why Psychics Are the New Must-Have Hollywood Advisors – The Hollywood Reporter.

Perhaps Hollywood’s youngest psychic at 28, John, who often travels to L.A. from his NYC home base, may also be among the most in-demand. He does as many as eight readings a day (at slightly less than $200 an hour) and is booked at least six months in advance. “I’ve been to many mediums,” actress Jenny McCarthy tells THR. “Thomas is by far the most accurate one. Spot on!”

HAHAHA. Excuse me for that outburst. Like anyone would trust what Jenny says…

But it seems that many are using psychic advisors for business transactions.

What a difference a recession makes. Last we looked into our crystal balls, Hollywood regarded psychics the way it does reality shows: entertaining, over the top and even necessary, but not a lot of truth or importance to them.

These psychic advisors work long hours and have to deal with demanding people.

They still often are surrounded by people in highly insecure, grumbly or even depressive states. “We tend to be spiritually evolved people,” says Cardelucci. “But let me tell you, honey: Nobody goes to a psychic when they’re happy.”

This is not actually surprising. These high-end clients want a trusted person to bounce ideas off of who do not have a stake in the outcome. They seem to be looking for someone to tell them which decision is OK. And in most cases, the decision will come out OK. That will give the client confidence and will result in praise for the psychic as “spot on”. Not really. It’s just you…

Notice they are calling themselves “intuitive counselors”, “empathic counselors”, “a coach, an intuitive business strategist”. Nice bit of rebranding there… for $200-400 an hour.

While the basis for this service is nonsense (there is no such thing as clairvoyance or ‘reading souls’, yadayadayada), the people are providing a service for their clients who are willing to pay for it. Whatever floats your boat.

  7 comments for “Psychics successfully rebranding as “counselors” and “coaches” in Hollywood

  1. Steve Chaput
    May 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Face it, just because you are rich and famous, it doesn’t make you smart. How did ‘cupping’ become such a big thing? Better to appear hip than intelligent, that’s a given among celebs.

  2. Graham
    May 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    What do you expect after Sylvia Browne’s screwing up yet another prediction.

  3. Chris Howard
    May 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Do you think that creative types (actors etc) are more prone to this kind of film flam?

  4. Chris Howard
    May 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I meant “flim flam” but “film flam” seems more apropos, no? ;-)

  5. One Eyed Jack
    May 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I think it’s a misconception that Hollywood is more susceptible to this than other walks of life. It makes it into the media and tabloids because actors get a lot of press. It’s well documented that business professionals and politicians use psychics as well. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were said to have consulted astrologers on many decisions.

    It’s easy to poke fun at Hollywood, but I doubt they are statistically much different than any other demographic when it come to gullibility.

  6. Chris Howard
    May 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Good point. That makes a lot of sense.

  7. One Eyed Jack
    May 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Now that I think about it, Ronald Reagan wasn’t a good choice as an example considering his acting background. :)

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