This 2009 video from The Science of Scams looks at psychic readings, and why they always seem to be accurate.
BBC3’s “Bullshit Detectors” put three people who claim to be psychic mediums to the test!
Tim provides the audience with a bit of Comedy, and plays a short ditty on Ron open minded:
I distinctly remember Rudy Colby (though forgot his name till asking Penn Jillette), who hosted “The Rudy Colby Experiment” as LABMAN! Interestingly enough, there was almost no mention of his signature hands on hips stance, eccentric hair style, and mad-scientist gimmick that I could use to track him down!
When I was younger I remember a time when Magic shows were all the rage each Friday or Saturday night. There would be a series, or a TV special where well-known magicians such as David Copperfield would perform.
Here’s a segment from Rudy Coby’s “Ridiculously Dangerous” where the takes the piss out of David Copperfield
Recently ABC has been airing Lawrence Leung’s “Unbelievable” series, which looks at a number of subjects. Tonights’ episode was on Magic, featuring Tim Ellis!
Channel 7 is also getting ready to air “Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic Secrets Revealed” – a repeat of a series that first came to Television back in 1997. (It will be available here for 7 days after airing from Channel 7’s Website) A revival in illusions and deception has been brewing with “The One” being aired shortly, and while it’s been suggested that the timing of this in Australia has something to do with John Edwards being challenged in Interviews, but I think it’s been coming since the airing of Fool Us in the UK.
It seems Magic has been making a steady come back since Penn & Teller began their new TV Series “Fool Us” in the United Kingdom; and I hope it continues!
Below Penn & Teller speak about the new series.
As noted in a previous post “Unemployed? Here’s Training, and a Free Toss to a Job Application!” Australia’s Channel 7 is recreating their psychic-search for “Australia’s most gifted Psychic” in a reality-format show called “The One”.
During the last airing of “The One” Richard Saunders of Australian Skeptics appeared as the shows’ voice of reason.
If you’re on the fence about it and unsure, before you go, I recommend researching “cold-reading“. You may have heard about this from TV series’ such as “The Mentalist”, in which the main character was a former cold-reading mentalist pretending that he was psychic, and TV series “Psych”, in which the main character uses logic and reason to solve cases for the local police whilst also pretending that he was psychic.
There are some excellent references to things such as the Barnum Effect and how it relates to cold-reading on the internet, such as this one from Dennis Dutton.
Cold Reading is the term of art used in the magician’s trade to describe the practical use of the Barnum Effect in the give-and-take of an interview situation. Though interest in the technique by professional psychologists dates from the late 1940’s, it has long been put to profitable use by fortune-tellers, clairvoyants, tarot card readers, astrologers, tea leaf readers, spirit mediums, and others who wish to convey the impression that they possess paranormal insight into the client’s personality, current life situation, and future.
There is this video of about Derren Brown giving an “astrology” reading.
You can become a member of the audience for “The One”, and I would encourage it, as I will be considering putting in an application for some tickets myself. – Just go HERE. Ticket Applications close June 28th, 2011.
All ye need do is spend 10 minutes watching this engaging educational video to learn the tricks of the trade! You’ll learn to be able to make people feel connected – and they’ll pay you handsomely for it!
* No guarantee of job satisfaction; people with moral integrity need not apply – unless you’re delusional.
Watch the following Educational Video about how you can be right 84% of the time without any skill at all! Hosted by Brian Brushwood (From Revision3).
“I’m sensing that the murder victim was a child or possibly an adult, whose name starts with a consonant or possibly a vowel.”
If you want to learn about OTHER tricks of the trade, you can see the entire video here.
With the Training Video out of the way, now you get a job as a psychic!
By far the most preferred route (who wants to deal with the ATO, Credit Card Systems, and supplying TFN’s anyway) for the MILLIONS of GIFTED entrepreneurs get yourself listed on the PSYCHIC DIRECTORY! Just by sticking to the training video, you’ll be 84% accurate!
Where’s that promise about a job application? Well! You can go be a phone operator at PSYCHIC JOBS AUSTRALIA! Just fill out the form, and viola!
You may even feature on Psychic TV!
You could try your hand at..
You can perform Live-Psychic Medium Stage Shows at clubs, social events, birthdays – just like a clown! The likes of Mitchell Coomes, Silvia whats-her-name-vulture woman, and John Edwards!
People will turn up to see your performance and ACTUALLY Believe you have paranormal powers! However, to really excel in this field you should take a secondary course in Cold Reading!
That wasn’t a mistake, you can be like retired Victor Zammit – AFTERLIFE RESEARCHER! All you need to do is reject reason and rationality, succumb to a myriad of false presumptions, then embrace the positive energies of logical fallacies!
If you’ve worked in a profession that’s legitimate, you can even make that a reason for people to believe you – regardless of the evidence! A wonderful example of an Appeal to Authority!
The National-wide Search for THE ONE is ON …. again!
The search for “Australia’s Best Psychic” is getting rolled out for a second time. The “reality” show “The One” was first produced in 2008 and judged by psychic Stacey Demarco and sceptic Richard Saunders (from Australian Skeptics and The SkepticZone Podcast).
This years’ show is yet to name a host, but production starts in June!
Not for you?
That’s OK. It’s probably for the best.
As a reward, enjoy this trailer for a new show to be premiered on ABC1 on June 15.
Hosted by Lawrence Leung – UNBELIEVABLE!