Fortune-tellers, tarot card readers, palm readers, or just plain psychics, whatever they want to call themselves, they are very good at one thing: Levitating the money from peoples’ wallets and moving it across their table of deceit and addiction.
Parents warn their teens about online predators, the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases. But how many parents sit down and talk to their children about the lure of fanciful predictions? I’ve been around teenagers and their parents for ten years, and I’ve never heard the topic of psychic hotline addiction come up once. I have heard stories from teens that support my belief that these purveyors of crystal ball therapy need to be exposed for what they are: scam artists – very good, and perfectly legal, scam artists.
Psychic hotlines and quaint little home offices dotting the America’s landscapes have been responsible for teens altering commitments and changing life plans. But where is the proof that anyone should believe these modern day wizards? Well, there really isn’t any proof. In fact, for many years now, people like James Randi (you can visit his website at: http://www.randi.org/) have been debunking and challenging these charlatans to prove their power under controlled conditions; like water witching (also called dousing) a series of covered buckets to find the buckets that contain water.
Under controlled experiments not one psychic has been able to prove paranormal powers and collect the million dollar prize money The James Randi Educational Foundation has offered. No one has even made it past the preliminary stage of testing. Only when these psychics play on their stage, under their tent of manipulation and easy escape, do they have the courage and audacity to claim special powers beyond normal human capacity.
I would suggest teens stick to the greatest resource at their fingertips when looking for good advice and life strategies – the Holy Bible. The wisdom is sound, the message unambiguous, and you will be able to keep your allowance or minimum wage pay stocked away for more important things.
SDSTAFF Dex. How Come TV Psychics Seem so Convincing? The Straight Dope Science Advisory Board. 18, November, 2003. http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mcoldreading.html
James Randi. James Randi Educational Foundation.
29, September, 2006 http://www.randi.org/
Yes, they are good at taking your money. The Bible says this: Is.47:13-You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthy prognosticators stand up and save you from these things that shall come upon you. (14) Behold, they shall be as stubble, They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame. Dan.1:20-And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them (Daniel and his friends) TEN TIMES BETTER than all the magicians and astrologers who were in in all His realm.