posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 07:34 PM
Penn and Teller had a show where they looked into John Edwards as well as some other so called psychics. Their research exposed a few things that
many people don't know.
1.) The technique used is called "Cold Reading" which anyone can learn to do and has been used for many years by various Con Artists and
Cold Reading: Involves the psychic reading the subject's body language etc, and skilfully extracting information from the subject, which can then
be fed back later, convincing the subject that the psychic has told them things they couldn't possibly have known!
Guide to "Cold Reading"
2.) All those who are guests on the show must sign a long contract that binds them legally to never be able to expose anything they witness while at
the show which may discredit the ability of the psychic.
3.) There are inside "spies", as someone else has pointed out earlier, who find out information directly from the people so that it can be used
4.) Besides the "planted spies" who directly recieve their intel, there are also people who do various types of background checks and research to
find any available information which might also help the reading.
5.) What people don't see, from the TV show anyway, are all the missed attempts or completely wrong 'guesses' that happen during the reading. The
taping of the show is actually very long compared to the 30min. or hour long show that is edited and broadcast for the public.
Penn and Teller also made a point to express their personal feelings towards these TV psychics and what they are doing and the way they do it. Simply
put, they were very angry and disgusted by the whole thing. As entertainers themselves they know the technique and how it's used. When used as a
means of entertainment they have no problem with it or those who use it. However, many of these so called psychics go to far they say. Many of these
people who get readings need real help dealing with the loss of family members and/or friends and not someone who tells them a bunch tales resulting
in short term fixing of long term emotional problems. On top of that, the cost required for these readings is outrageously high, often resulting in
serious financial trouble as well, on top of everything else. They (Penn & Teller), known around the world for their style of comedy mixed with
magic, see these 'cold reading psychics' as nothing more than charlatans who prey on people when they are in emotionally weakened states of mind and
take them for incredible amounts of money just as any common thief would do.
I'll keep my personal feelings and opinions out of this, so don't complain to me if you don't agree with what I posted above. Write to Penn and
Teller if you have problems with it. Whether or not you still want to believe in these TV Psychics is still up to you of course.