Psychics

Virginia town divided over magical beliefs

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One town in Virginia had a ban on fortune tellers and tarot card readers. Noticing that the rest of the country has plenty of psychic-based businesses around, the council decided to revisit the law. A good idea, for all the wrong reasons. Front Royal town council repeals decades-old law that banned ‘magic arts’. In Front…

O Canada… true sorcery practice in all thy sons command

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Did you know Canada has a law against “pretending to practice witchcraft”? What if you AREN’T pretending. And how can they tell? Fake medium faces sorcery charge… in Canada. An occultist known as Professor Alfoseny, accused of falsely claiming to be a medium, has been charged under an obscure anti-sorcery provision in the Criminal Code…

Coffey brushes off those annoying skeptics and concentrates on his fan$

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You know what? I’ve always thought Chip Coffey was yucky. No change now. He’s also a coward to continually dodge calls for him to show actual evidence for the ridiculous claims he makes. Why should he? He’ll just continue to enjoy the 300K people on his Facebook fan page and the many guest appearances he makes. Skeptics don’t…

Kamal-Ji, devotee of Sai Baba, charged with fraud

Yet another “spiritual healer” accused of fraud. I sort of like this trend, other than the obvious conclusion that people are still falling for this garbage. This person advertised via flyers and ads but many clients may have come via word of mouth. Since people are apt to trust “advice” from their friends, this is…

Psychic burned through client’s cash

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“Where’s the rest of my money?” “Oh, I had to burn it to remove the curse. It’s all good now!” A lawsuit alleges a psychic preyed on a vulnerable person. Not news, but let’s share. Psychic Claims She Burned the Money. A spiritual guide defrauded a grieving Florida woman of nearly $10,000 and told her…

Ronaldo’s injury supposedly the work of a witch doctor

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You can always count on sports to be connected to silly superstitions. A World Cup star is cursed! Ghanaian witch doctor claims he caused Cristiano Ronaldo’s knee injury. Ghana’s most influential witch doctor has claimed he is responsible for the knee injury that is threatening Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation at the World Cup. Nana Kwaku Bonsam – whose name translates…

Norwegian skeptics call sheningans on psychic’s help in finding dead body

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Self proclaimed Norwegian psychic Michael Winger claims to have been instrumental in the find of Frank Andrè Gundersen, who has been missing since early May. Although police have not yet officially declared that the dead body is actually Frank Gundersen. Norwegian skeptic (and friend of Doubtful News) Gunnar Tjomlid wrote about Winger’s claims.* Winger has video of…

Psychics scam vulnerable people: I KNOW I KNOW, not “news”

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NO WAY! Psychic readings are a rip-off targeting vulnerable people?!?! Quelle surprise! </sarcasm> Rip-Off Alert: Personalized psychic readings just a ploy – Las Vegas MyNews3 – KSNV. U.S. Postal Inspector Al Herzog says victims were told “they were going to get rich; they were going to have a big house, come into big fortune” in…

Nice to think we have paranormal ‘abilities’ but that doesn’t make it true

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette prints a rosy, comforting, credulous story about paranormal and psychic beliefs and people’s search for answers. Paranormal connections: seeking answers from the other side in Pennsylvania. From the famous and the infamous to the conventional and the kooky, many people seek to be enriched, entertained, improved or comforted by those who claim to…

Oma and Pa have a magic tree

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People gave money to a woman who promised them a miracle fix for their desperate life problems. You can guess how this all turned out. Badly. ‘Shaman’ took £1million from cancer victims to hang from ‘magic tree’ in Amazon – Telegraph. A bogus faith healer conned at least £1 million from victims who were convinced…