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The Psychic Mafia

I am indebted to the Bad Psychics forums for pointing me at an online copy of the book “The Psychic Mafia“.  This book exposes the tricks of psychics and how they are used to con the unwitting.  I have reproduced the book on this site – you can start reading it by looking at the [...]

What Is Hot Reading?

You enter the theatre to hear what the psychic you have come to see can tell the audience.  You’ve paid your entry fee, milled around excitedly in the lobby beforehand and now the lights are dimming.  The psychic gives you the preamble – negative energies interfere with the spirits, no guarantees that your loved one [...]

What Is Cold Reading?

I’ve been pretty lax in my posting.  Back in 2007, I posted about the Forer Effect and had every intention of following it up.  Now you know why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions!  To rectify that, let’s talk about cold reading. With the Forer (or Barnum) Effect, we saw how making generalised, non-specific statements [...]

Richard Dawkins Interviews Derren Brown

Noted sceptic and atheist Richard Dawkins interviews British illusionist Derren Brown (part one free online)

News on Robert Lancaster

Who he? You may be asking.  Robert Lancaster is the mastermind behind two great sites: “StopKaz” and “Stop Sylvia Browne“.  If you read any sceptical sites, particularly the James Randi Educational Foundation site, you will know about him.  Read on and you will discover why the second reference looks like that. A note on Robert [...]

The Forer Effect (aka The Barnum Effect)

Read the following paragraphs and think on them for a few minutes and then rate the statement as it applies to you: You often try to leave an impression on your surroundings that you are stern and rigid, while you are actually an emotional and vulnerable person. Sometimes you are bright, communicative and social, but [...]