After Valentine's Day, it only got stranger. Callers asked about lost jewelry and I'd instead tell them about their children or partners, which only pissed them off. HR called and told me to stop doing that—if someone wanted "remote viewing," I was to tell him or her to call a psychic who had that skill listed on their profile. I was, and still am, impressed by how seriously my employer treated "real psychic powers" instead of just racking up minutes. But I also noticed that bad reviews never made it to my profile or anyone else's, which sickened me.
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.
So I applied to the phone-psychic job, more curious than optimistic about landing the gig. For my first "interview," I received a phone call from an older woman. I was supposed to tell this complete stranger about the life she was currently living and where it would take her. I shuffled my cards while she concentrated, wondering how the hell such a connection could occur over my iPhone. I told her what I'd told my friends and party guests: "Imagine I'm winding a music box. When it feels ready to play, tell me to stop."
-I want to thank you again so much for doing what you do. I haven't felt this free and happy in a long time. You are truly amazing and im so glad that you use your gift to help people like me that have such a hard time after loosing loved ones. I'll definitely be coming to you again in the future. Thank you for giving me the peace and happiness that i so desperately needed. ❤ you are absolutely amazing! -Amanda Pizani
My career as a phone psychic started the same way as most part-time jobs and regrettable sexual liaisons: Craigslist. I saw an ad saying "psychic wanted." I sent an email, they got back to me, and we scheduled a phone interview. I received a call 45 minutes later from an old woman faking a Miss Cleo voice. She asked if I had psychic abilities. I said something like, "I have as many as any person does." (That'd be zero, for reference.)
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