reply to post by ChaoticOrder
After having read the entire thread about the video of the French psychic here:
I am still left with questions.
That thread was precipitously and in my view unfairly terminated by a moderator named SkepticOverlord, who labeled it a hoax without a thorough
We have two emails from the person who originally uploaded the video to Youtube, and he claims that he lost his job because he leaked the video to the
public, and that he was forced to agree to not release any more information about the footage. Very few people commented about his email
correspondence; it was as if the emails did not exist. Perhaps that was due to the fact that they gave credence to the view that the video was real.
The idea that it was a marketing campaign was ruled out by the original Youtube "HM" himself.
We also have several very rational, astute, and logical people on the thread stressing again and again that no proof has come forward to conclusively
show that the original video is a hoax. The only person who claims this is SkepticOverlord, and he does so solely by using his technical expertise.
However, another post is made by HeywoodFloyd, who worked in television production in 1980s, in which this supposed expertise is debunked:
Video Studio Recording: 1" Professional Videotape on an Ampex Tape Recorder. Audio: on Nagra Professional Tape Recorder at 7.5"/sec or on a Studer
1" Tape Recorder at 15"/sec ------------->> performance: 70dB S/N ratio, 20-20KHz frequency response +/- 1.5 dB The microphone: probably a Neumann
Condenser in cardioid configuration. After Post-Production, archived on a professional 3/4" U-matic video cassette. All this equipment was
standard in the 80's in the Professional Environment (TV Studios) I was working in TV Production, in the 80's. … by the way, in the case this all
thing is a hoax, it costed between $60,000 to $90,000 and required a crew of 9 to 12 persons (Professionals, not amateurs). This is a Professional
Production. And Professionals are expensive.
Given how close we are the end of the 2012, I find it incredulous that Skeptic Overlord shut down the original thread on this topic based *solely on
his own technical expertise.* If he was able to find at least three other individuals who were able to bring in technical or other conclusive evidence
that bolstered his argument, this would have been fair. But as it stands, shutting down the thread -- IMMEDIATELY after a new image of the psychic was
posted by another individual -- was simply astonishing. Shutting down conversation when a case is not closed, just after fresh evidence is introduced,
is always evidence that the person who is controlling the conversation has something to lose.
The original video seems so real to me as to be uncanny. I was 21 in 1980, and even if this wasn't the exact year (it was an estimate, as explained by
the mysterious but eloquent "HM," who originally posted the video on youtube), everything in the footage seems accurate in a material sense. (By the
way, straight legged jeans were all the rage by the late 1970s, as we were trying to emulate the punk scene out of NYC, wherein black or grey jeans
jeans were the ideal. This is for those people who claimed, rather ludicrously, that the jeans gave the shot away as a hoax.)
We are close to the end of 2012, and yet no one has been able to deliberately, conclusively, and finally debunk the original French psychic video as a
hoax. The strange, eerie similarity of the crooked finger in the psychic's images from two sources is noted. WHY, I ask, when ATS was so able to
quickly debunk a video from earlier in the year wherein an actor claimed he worked for NASA, WHY has no one been able to debunk the original video
conclusively? We still have no idea who this psychic IS. If it was a contemporary video, which is the claim being made by SkepticOverlord, where is
proof of the actor's identity, other than a newspaper article whose authenticity is questioned?
We have had MONTHS to prove his identity using facial recognition or other technologies, but it is as if our French psychic has simply vanished from
any contemporary visual records. Which makes me think all the more that the original video is no hoax. Whether or not this man is called Jacques
Nietzermann, we know no more about this individual than we did back in January when the original thread was posted.
edit on 25-11-2012 by
Thaxter because: Corrected grammar.