No doubt a great importance in the paranormal field is the problem of fraud. The field of psychic research and spiritualism has been so notoriously full of charlatans, such as the Fox sisters and Eusapia Palladino–individuals who claim to have special power and gifts but who are actually conjurers who have hoodwinked scientists and the public as well–that we have to be especially cautious about claims made on their behalf.
-Trenny - I just wanted to thank you immensely for giving me closure last night with my family. I have never been to a psychic and had no idea what to expect. You have such a gift that you shared with me and you absolutely blew me away. I am a believer now of your gift and I just wanted to thank you for such an incredible, priceless gift you have given me. I feel more at peace now knowing what happened in my brother's thoughts. I cannot thank you enough. You are amazing! -Shawna Jewell
From its earliest beginnings to contemporary times, mediumship practices have had many instances of fraud and trickery. Séances take place in darkness so the poor lighting conditions can become an easy opportunity for fraud. Physical mediumship that has been investigated by scientists has been discovered to be the result of deception and trickery. Ectoplasm, a supposed paranormal substance, was revealed to have been made from cheesecloth, butter, muslin, and cloth. Mediums would also stick cut-out faces from magazines and newspapers onto cloth or on other props and use plastic dolls in their séances to pretend to their audiences spirits were contacting them. Lewis Spence in his book An Encyclopaedia of Occultism (1960) wrote:
Karee had a sweet personality. However, many of the things she said were very inaccurate or generic. I came for a mediumship for my father, who passed away. She asked me if I knew a John or a Mark closely, which are very generic names. She drew a ring that he never had. He doesn't have a wedding ring, and has a ring that he hasn't worn in decades that looks nothing like that. She then said the diamond shape is probably the watch he has. But his watch is round. She then said maybe it's the little symbol on the back of the watch. He also didn't pick up on something I brought that he wore all the time on his body, that was very special to him and had so much meaning. There were so many things that were not accurate at all, about him and things around the house, his clothing, and even my mother. She said my father was in the military, which he wasn't. And that he wore a uniform. Then when I said no, she said my mother did. Again, no. Finally, she came to me. There were many moments like that. At the end, she said I was too analytical, rational, intelligent, anxious, and amped up, and that I needed to meditate more. She said my spirit was blocking my father's spirit, so it wasn't coming through well. I was really looking forward to being with my father. I felt much more depressed afterwards because now it just seems like he's dead dead, and his spirit is not around. At least she went over the hour, to 1 hour 40 minutes to try to contact my dad some more. Just as an fyi, most people and their phone numbers are Google-able, so people can be researched before they come.
The fraudulent medium Ronald Edwin confessed he had duped his séance sitters and revealed the fraudulent methods he had used in his book Clock Without Hands (1955). The psychical researcher Tony Cornell investigated the mediumship of Alec Harris in 1955. During the séance "spirit" materializations emerged from a cabinet and walked around the room. Cornell wrote that a stomach rumble, nicotine smelling breath and a pulse gave it away that all the spirit figures were in fact Harris and that he had dressed up as each one behind the cabinet.
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It's been about five years since I've taken money for telling someone his or her future. If a friend asks, I'll read their tarot for free because that's really what I think it's worth. I can't tell you dates, I can't see faces; I'm no good at finding lost treasures or interpreting your dreams. I can only ever provide about five to ten minutes of interpretation and the rest of the time is spent fluffing the info, teasing it out of each person to appear larger than it actually is.
To get the most out of a reading with a psychic medium, be ready for the reading to take you beyond your question or out of your comfort zone. You can ask a psychic medium to communicate or receive important messages from a deceased loved one, or connect with other spirits. In general, asking broader questions that can not be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ allows the reading to take a broader and more meaningful focus. Explore some powerful questions to ask a psychic.
We use our intuition all the time without realising it, we may even call it 'a gut feeling' but we have all experienced that sense of 'knowing'. It is us however who decide whether or not to develop our gifts further. Commonly, Psychics will tell you that they were 'guided' by spirit or the universe to follow a spiritual path; this is an innate part of who Psychics are. .