November 21, 2013, - 2:53 pm

Hmmm . . . Psychic Conundrum of the Day

By Debbie Schlussel

I am shocked–shocked!–that psychic Sylvia Browne was unable to predict that she would die yesterday at age 77. I mean, aren’t psychics supposed to be able to see into the future? Well, they are psychic in one sense: they can always predict that there will be some sucker who is about to give ’em their money in exchange for total BS.




Somewhere, the Amazing Randi and the ghost of Harry Houdini–both of whom worked to expose frauds and charlatans like Browne–are laughing . . . a lot. As they tried repeatedly to point out, the oft-quoted estimate about the birthrate of suckers (one per minute) was conservative.

Oh, and one other thing: Sylvia Browne never won the Powerball lottery as far as I know. Just sayin’.



28 Responses

If there were ever an honest poll re how many people believed in psychics, the results would be frightening.

Little Al on November 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

The Amazing Randi is still alive!

JL: OOPS! My mistake. Corrected. DS

Jimmie L on November 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I thought Randi was still alive and kicking!

CK: OOPS! My mistake. Corrected. DS

CobraKai on November 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    That’s just another one of the amazing things about him.

    Ralph Adamo on November 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I’m quite the skeptic when it comes to charlatan “psychics”. I used to *want* to believe (I was very interested in studying the occult “arts”, not the same as wanting to be a witch…) but as I got older, I noticed most of the women who loved this witchy-poo crapola wanted to avoid reality more than embrace it. Once that got into my head the “magic” disappeared for me. I soon embraced reality as being more healthy and Conservativism was not far behind that, thankfully.

The people who can’t accept reality and it’s hard hand (sometimes) are the sorts who embrace this type of nonsense. That must be remembered. Now you know why hippy chicks can’t get enough of this foolishness. I prefer reality.

Also, it disturbs me how much people embrace all this um-gala-gala regarding dead loved ones when they were not so nice, healthy and approachable when the loved one was still alive. It’s sad and pathetic, actually.

And really, these sorts say heaps more about the people seeking their help than the psychics themselves.

(Last evo they had another charlatan talk-to-the-dead scammmer (JVP) on “AM Coast To Coast” & the host mentioned he had to boot old Sylvia off his show for some reason…anyone know why? That’s pretty bad since he has a ton of whack-jobs on his show to begin with…)

Skunky on November 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Quite interesting how so many of those who believe in charlatan “psychics” of the ilk of the just-deceased Ms. Browne, almost always pooh-pooh those who believe in G-d.

    ConcernedPatriot on November 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      The Bible is quite clear re: psychics, mediums, etc. Could the sheeple that follow this type of garbage be called “Psy-chicks?” Basically, these charlatans appeal to people with very low self esteem. Witness the drones that sat in the audience at Hoprah’s TV show. When interviewed, these slavish fools would say, “I never do anything without listening to Hoprah.” Same could be said for the obamadrones. We now have another moron show – “Long Island Medium” geared to the folks with the IQ of a turnip. People swear by this crap – the same fools that make up the low(N0)information voter. I’m sure thay are all “Graduates” of a “Gummint” school.

      Victoryman on November 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

People who believe in psychics should not be allowed to vote.

Jonathan E. Grant on November 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

“Oh, and one other thing: Sylvia Browne never won the Powerball lottery as far as I know.”

Good point.

In L.A. (and I even saw one here in ultra-conservative and Christian Simi Valley) you can’t spit without hitting one of those little “psychic” (they’re all Armenians) shops or converted houses. They’re everywhere and there’s often a customer’s expensive car parked out front.

DS_ROCKS! on November 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    When you go to one of these psychics, they will give you a frerecipe for an omlet………”Steal two eggs…….”

    Victoryman on November 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

Perhaps you’ve seen signs saying “Reader,” that let you know that the people there are running a “psychic” or “fortune telling” business. My Daddy used to say, the more “Readers” that you see in the neighborhood, the more illiterates there are (as customers).

Ralph Adamo on November 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Right – they say “Reader”, not “psychic.”

    DS_ROCKS! on November 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

But Montel lives!!

Allen on November 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

The most sickening part of Browne being wrong about the kidnapped daughter being alive is that, after the girl’s mother killed herself out of grief, the rest of the family was stupid enough to forgive the “psychic” and continued to express belief in her “abilities.”

Harry on November 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I recall listening to an interesting theologian give a talk and he mentioned something about the prophets in the bible that I liked.

You don’t go and seek them out to pay them. They come to you and tell you the truth you don’t want to hear.

In the rare cases where a king seeks out a prophet, they usually start with something like, “Are you sure you want to know?”

luagha on November 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

James Randi on Uri Geller’s Reversal

Frankz on November 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Frankz on November 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm


i understand and
i fully agree

it can be soundly demonstrated in myriad ways
that there is no such thing as
precognitive clairvoyance

but just like gamblers there will always
be plenty of dopes who will fork over their money

btw much to his discredit
the amazing randi either/or founded or was
closely associated with a publication called
the skeptical inquirer

in spite of the name
that publication castigated climate change deniers
and fully endorsed without proof
the alleged phenomena of

greenhouse effect
global warming and
climate change

in a complete about face of their claimed
skeptical posture

prestigio on November 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

If only this fraud had predicted she would die, that would have guaranteed she would live forever…

Brian R. on November 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

We need to weed out the fake psychics from the genuine ones 😉

Or vice versa 😀

Infidel on November 22, 2013 at 12:52 am

what genuine ones

but don’t submit that question
to the so-called skeptical inquirer

they’ve made up their minds
about a lot of things

prestigio on November 22, 2013 at 12:56 am


in a statement to

congresswoman grace meng

i’m sorry you endured this

what do you expect
voting and
therefore endorsing

stupid-ass demorat policy

but of course we know
the republicans are always wrong

you’re a typical
stupid-ass demorat

this changes you

prestigio on November 22, 2013 at 1:06 am

She made a lot over the years with her books, appearances, etc.

Worry01 on November 22, 2013 at 3:01 am

Very interesting, and I think a quite correct angle Skunky takes in her observation of this phenomenon and its followers.

People have such frivolous minds. And where does it get us? Well, in to a lot of trouble, that’s for sure. And in no society has the frivolous part of the human mind been allowed to flourish as it has here in the USA. This of course, is a part of the mind Satan loves to play in.

I predict some day Jesus will return. Then the bullshit will stop. Hey Satan, what are you going to do when you can’t spread bullshit anymore, and wreck peoples minds? Interesting. Guys in the Middle East, you make them impossibly angry. Americans, you make us confused with self important melodramas and unimportant, silly distractions. But some day you’re going to disappear . . .

FOREVER!!! Thank God, Praise The Lord.

Another prediction from The Great Dumboni. That’s right, just picture me in a pointed hat, with a flowing robe and a magic wand, in a circus. The Great Dumboni will now call upon the spirits for a most profound prediction.

I predict, that if Debbie and everyone here lives until tomorrow, we will all be a day older than we are now.


Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 22, 2013 at 10:46 am

I don’t usually put much stock into the psychic thing, but years ago, for a laugh, my mom and I went to a reading. The psychic told me that before the end of the month I would trip, fall and sprain my ankle pretty badly. She also told my mom that she would be out of town when she had a flat tire (also by the end of the month). My mom laughed because she NEVER drives out of town. Sure enough, at the end of the month, she had to pick up her cousin at the airport two hours away and had a flat tire when they came out of the terminal. I tripped, fell and sprained my ankle so badly that I had to go to the emergency room — on the last day of the month.

Lilida on November 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

That’s because Lilida, there are true “spiritual” people out there, that get confused with the charlatans and fake soothsayers, I knew a sincere one in Louisiana, that just knew things, didn’t practice hoodoo or any of that mess but she definitely had a gift, in fact i need to fly back there and give her a visit, she is up in age now.

Big D on November 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This fraud was exposed in SKEPTICAL INQUIRER magazine.

Glen benjamin on November 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Go easy on Brownie; she just located Amelia Earhart down here shacking up with JFK.

F.D.R. in Hell on November 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

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