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Professional Standards Among Psychics

CA PsychicsLast night, as I was falling asleep, I heard on the radio an ad I had never heard before: Click here for a link to the ad audio

It was for California Psychics, apparently a huge organization that has its hands in everything ‘psychic’. I did a little Google search and found that they’ve been around for a while, and they’ve been discussed recently, such as on the JREF forums.

The part that I find extremely fascinating from the radio spot is this line: “At California Psychics, we thoroughly test our psychics to make sure they’re professional, have real gifts and communicate clearly.” I’m not sure whether to laugh or turn my head to the side and grunt, much like a dog does when it can’t figure out what the hell is going on. Ok, I understand the professional part; you don’t want some crazy person running their mouth off to a customer like they’re in a liquor store–that drives the customer to hang up the precious pay-by-minute phone call. This goes for communicating clearly too. Nothing weird about that. Gibberish doesn’t make the money either.

But “have real gifts”? How do they even do this? How is this even verified. Some sort of committee? Do they combine their powers, ask Captain Planet if the applicant is legit, and then have a psychic party? I like how the gifts part is shoved in between two normal and regular job applicant qualities. Perhaps they were thinking, “if we throw it in the middle, people won’t hear us talking crazy on the radio”. Let’s be honest, if someone had “real gifts” don’t you think they’d be cashing in on James Randi’s generous donation to their personal psychic fund? In the ad, the woman speaking describes the process, but it is very vague and non-committal. Also, it could be an actor/fictional person. Either way, I see no real gifts.

Furthermore, at the end of the ad is an invitation for a free reading. If the reading isn’t the best I’ve ever had, it’s apparently free. Speaking for myself, that would be the case every time.

So next time you here this radio ad, remember that it is the duped paying the advertising fees.

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4 Responses to “Professional Standards Among Psychics”

  • You aren’t being fair. I checked out their web site if you want to go to work for them. It is clear that they don’t want beginning telephone psychics. They want to make sure you’ve settled in your mind all those pesky ethical issues, such as keeping people with not much money on the line as long as possible. And they want you to have got your patter down.

  • Lawrence Patihis:

    Nice to see posts back on the site, let me know if I can help.

    Perhaps the psychic’s “real gifts” they are referring to is the thing psychics do to comfort people about their dead relatives. For example psychics tell customers that their dead relative is at peace or that they are watching over them, or that they are proud of them.

    Not that I think they are really “real gifts”, of course, it is a monetary scam no matter how clearly they communicate.

    I wonder how many psychics understand they are lying, and what proportion of them really are hearing voices. No comment on the latter. :)