When people experience the devastating trauma of a missing friend or relative, they want answers, but too often, those answers never come. Louwanna Miller, the mother of Amanda Berry, one of the three women who went missing in Cleveland, Ohio, wanted answers, so in 2004, she went on “The Montel Williams Show” to speak with psychic Sylvia Browne.
Browne told her, ”I see her in water … She’s not alive, honey” and “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.” After appearing on the show, Miller went home and began the difficult process of letting go of her daughter, taking down her pictures and selling her computer. “I’m not even buying my baby a Christmas present this year,” she told a reporter in 2004.
A year later, Miller died of heart failure. She died thinking her daughter was dead. Keep reading »
When I was 8, some friends of my parents had a party at their house. The main attraction was a palm reader they hired to entertain the guests. “You will marry someone from your childhood,” she told me. I squirmed at the thought of love or marriage; I still thought boys had cooties. This same palm reader also told a woman at the party that she would be separated from her husband of 20 years. A week later he died suddenly of a heart attack. Keep reading »
New Agey celebs such as Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, and Jennifer Aniston are big fans of psychic/author Laura Day, who wrote three bestsellers including How To Rule The World From Your Couch, which sounds amazing if it really worked. But according to Adam Robinson, the co-founder of the Princeton Review and Laura’s ex, she is nothing but a con artist. Robinson is suing Day, claiming that he supported her financially, wrote most of her bestselling books, and that she used his “psychological weaknesses” to manipulate him out of his money. Whatever the heck that means. Keep reading »
Sex addiction. Shopping addiction. Psychic addiction? This week in The Daily Mail, British TV executive Samantha Brick wrote all about her obsession with consulting psychics—between the ages of 18 and 36, she spent almost $40K consulting them, getting so dependent on their guidance that she couldn’t so much as paint her hallway without getting a reading. (Her psychic’s premonition: yellow.) Oh, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg with the decisions Samantha let psychics make for her. When she was 33, a psychic told her that she was going to move to Los Angeles and that her marriage was over. She initially balked. But when a week later, she got a job offer in L.A., she took it—and had divorce papers drawn up, since her psychic must’ve been right about the marriage, too. And that’s not all. When a psychic said her sister’s marriage was in decline, she spread the rumor to her family. Only it wasn’t true—and her relationship with her sister was forever damaged. When a psychic told her to quit her job and start her own production company, she did it and refinanced her house to raise the funds. Two years later, she was bankrupt and her home was in foreclosure. Keep reading »
Do you believe in psychics? Forty-one-year-old hairdresser Susan Herdman most certainly does. The U.K. woman decided to see a tarot card reader to see what 2010 might bring for her. The psychic’s prediction? Wealth and good fortune in 2010. Sounds a little vague to me … but Susan, a believer, was confident that the prophecy would come to fruition. Two weeks ago, she even updated her Facebook status to read, “I’m going to win the lottery!” I’m imagining her friends’ reactions: “Ha! Keep on dreaming you crazy bat!” But Susan is the one laughing now, all the way to the bank. This past Saturday, Susan hit it rich when she matched all six lotto numbers, scoring herself a cool million. “I felt shocked for a moment, but it’s all sunk in quite quickly because I always believed I would win,” said Susan. Now she plans to go on vacation, pay off her mortgage, and maybe pick up a new BMW. I plan to go see a tarot card reader and force them to predict that I too will win the lottery. Do you think that will work? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
I don’t know what you’re doing on Oct. 30, but I will (skeptically) be attending the first-ever Twitter séance—yes, a Twéance—led by British psychic Jayne Wallace. Séances have been going on in dark rooms with creepy lighting since the mid-1800s, but apparently the spirit-channeling ceremony is ready for a 21st century makeover. That’s why Angels Fancy Dress, a London-based costume company, came up with the idea to do a séance via Twitter. Here’s how it’s going to go down. Tweeters will choose which of their favorite dead celebs to contact and will ask them a question. They’ll get an answer from beyond Tweeted back to them in real time through Jayne. Holy ghost! I’ve messed around with the Ouija Board before (someone was pushing it, right?), but this is on a whole new level. Now I just need to figure out whom to contact—after this summer, there are a lot of options. [The Sun] Keep reading »