A psychic appearing at the Hauppauge Public Library who purports to summon the dead is raising hackles among the living.
Hauppauge resident Dan Simon has challenged the library’s plan to spend $450 to hire psychic medium Adrienne DeSalvo for a talk, “The Afterlife with Adrienne,” scheduled before a full house tomorrow night.
Simon said he’s concerned about using taxpayer money for what he believes is someone scamming the district.
“I’m not comfortable with the library holding a religious event,” Simon said. “And primarily I feel it’s a scam. She’s pretending to contact people’s dead relatives.”
The library and patrons support the event saying they are bringing in another view, you don’t have to like it and they don’t endorse her actions. It is being billed as an entertainment event.
I think this is disingenuous since allowing her to appear is publicity and tacit endorsement. It’s also very popular so they aren’t going to get rid of it soon. The skeptical view is correct here but ignored out of what it seen to be just fun and entertainment. But Simon makes a valid point which applies to all psychics, “If people want to pay psychics, that’s their right. But for the library to pay her and market this event, I don’t feel it’s right.[...] The idea to be able to contact lost loved ones is very powerful, and I think she’s really preying on those emotions.”
Do the people leave thinking that psychic power is genuine? Some do. Do they consider it like a show? Just watch the emotion of the people involved and you will see it’s NOT just entertainment. Psychics are often called “grief vampires” by detractors because they do capitalize on a grieving persons strong feelings to connect to their lost loved one. There is zero evidence that they in fact do talk to the dead but plenty of evidence that this is just a ruse, sometimes deliberate.
Tip: Skeptical Inquirer and Amy Frushour Kelly