Sylvia Browne manages to be wrong one last time.

Sylvia-BrowneSelf-proclaimed professional psychic Sylvia Browne, whom I’ve written about previously, has passed away at the age of 77. Some 11 years short of her prediction that she’d die at the age of 88.

I mention her passing not as an opportunity to gloat or celebrate her death, but as a final point to the fact that she was a charlatan who made herself rich preying upon grieving and desperate people while providing no real benefit to anyone outside of herself.

Alas, she is (was) not alone in lacking the scruples required to not take advantage of vulnerable and gullible people. Plenty of other “psychics” will fill the void left by her passing in short time. The best we can do is to continue to point out their techniques and try to educate people to avoid being scammed.

SEB Mailbag: The Ironic Subject Line Edition.

There’s nothing quite like a good laugh on a Monday so here’s today’s SEB Mailbag:

From:
Subject: OHH the bliss of ignorance

You have got to be the most uneducated person that I have ever stumbled across. You should try one thing…. RESEARCH!!!!  It’s way to easy to slander someone these days. Seems the only thing that you need is a computer, internet, and a pea-sized brain (if that). Listen, Sylvia is remarkable and her work as a psychic is unmatched by anyone else. How do you explain everything that she has accurately predicted? (I.E. The three major hurricanes that devistated the southeastern US? OR all of the families that she’s helped (missing children, cold case files, illness)?
Why not get a real hobby Mr. Athiest? OR is the truth of the matter this?: You are jealous that she can pull $700/ half hour for her talent, while your stuck in a little, confused world making chump change (if that)??

Feel free to respond (only open to intelligent responses) or post on your site!!!

BLESSED TO KNOW THE TRUTH,
Liz

I found the subject line to be quite ironic. Not much point in responding as this person has obviously swallowed Sylvia’s bullshit whole. Just hope she put some sugar on it first.

How well did Sylvia Browne do with her predictions for 2007?

I’ll give you three guesses. Oh hell, let’s just watch this recap of her predictions on Montel Williams back at the end of 2006:

It must really suck to be a charlatan psychic in this day and age what with the Internet and YouTube. You’ll note that on her official website she’s had the good sense to stop posting her lists of predictions because folks like me were digging them up and listing off all the wrong guesses at the end of the year. Apparently Sylvia hasn’t heard of YouTube yet (still you’d think she’d just know about it anyway thanks to her spirit guides) otherwise she might stop making guesses on Montel and just stick to claiming she predicted something after it has already happened. I wonder how many people took her investment advice to heart and lost their shirts this year as a result? Think they learned their lesson?

Yeah, probably not.

Clip found via Heathen.TV which is quickly becoming a daily visit for me.

“Psychic” fraud Sylvia Browne is coming to Detroit.

Well, to Novi Michigan at least. I pass by the Rock Financial Showplace, an annoying name for a convention hall, on the way to and from work and I noticed that they’re advertising An Afternoon with Sylvia Browne on the marquee. She’ll be in town for one day on July 21st to suck up as much money as she can before packing away her bullshit and heading to Cincinnati Ohio to scam more folks down there. She’s not coming alone, though, she’s also bringing Colette Baron-Reid with her! Colette’s official title is “Intuitive Counselor” as opposed to Sylvia’s title of Psychic and that was a new one on me so I did some searching to find out what the hell an “Intuitive Counselor” happens to be. Here’s the definition provided by the folks at Holistic Junction:

    What is INTUITIVE COUNSELING? Intuitive counseling is a combined technique of counseling skills and intuitive abilities. Through intuitive counseling, a counseler uses his or her intuitive abilities to access information that may nor be known by the conscious mind.

    By accessing hidden past lives or past experiences, intuitive counselors enable a client to find resolve and move past situations that are blocking energy in their spiritual pathways.

If you’re scratching your head and wondering how that’s in any way different from “Psychics” then you’re not alone. A more honest definition can be found at About.com’s Holistic Healing site:

    Why do so many healers refer to themselves as intuitive rather than psychic?

    Although there is nothing wrong with being referred to as a psychic, the term itself has gotten a bit of a bad rap. I personally don’t like to be associated with the label psychic. I think the change in labeling may be to create a distinction between those of us who are interested in helping others with our intuitive tools from the stigma attached from the scamming fortune tellers who call themselves psychic. Because we are all psychic on some level this ability need not be looked at as if it is a gift or talent. It is a muscle that can be flexed or lay dormant. Everyone doesn’t use their intuitive natures professionally to help others…. some of us that do are more comfortable referred to ourselves as intuitive counselors/healers.

Translation: “Psychic” has lost some of it’s credibility among the overly credulous so we’ve invented a whole NEW word that means the same thing but sounds kinda professional and scientific like!

I’d be inclined to actually attend this event just for the laughs, but tickets cost a minimum of $50 for the Green Section and $75 for the Blue Section, the latter of which is already sold out proving once again that you can’t put too high a price on stupid. So if you are one of the millions of people who have cheezewhiz for brains and are desperate to find out that your dead wife/husband/son/daughter/dog/chipmunk/ant colony still loves you and is very happy in the afterlife then you’d better hurry up before all the Green tickets are sold out.