ICB: Psychics who want to find Jill Meagher
A surprisingly honest tarot reader at ‘Psychic Tarot Insights’ has tried to locate Jill Meagher.
Here’s the surprisingly honest (if understated) bit:
“Tarot is not considered 100 per cent accurate by law and I cannot claim to solve issues only show what I have in the cards.”
They go on to say that something must have happened quickly; that there was a male person, stronger than her; there MIGHT be a car… something something rural area something something eight weeks something something sex and weapons and south east and someone tall and strong. And a horse. Maybe a church. A dog. “Other possible links are deserts, woods, obscure valleys, caves, dens, holes, mountains, churchyards, ruined buildings, coalmines, muddy places, wells, houses, offices.”
“Perhaps some of this information will help I can’t be sure until information comes in to verify it.”
It won’t help. It’s just random information that could only befuddle a believer, impart false hope, or infuriate someone trying their best to see through the storm of information and misinformation surrounding Ms Meagher’s disappearance.
The Australian reports that a vagueness of psychics (is that the collective noun? Other suggestions include a ‘fraud’, or a ‘divination’…) have claimed to “have insight” into the case.
When people go missing or are murdered, psychic detectives move in. They approach police or families to offer their ‘help’. Sometimes for money.
Some are probably deluded, some are outright frauds, all of them are wrong. If something matches, it’s a fluke.
Some people are very skilled ‘mentalists’, they may be good at reading tiny facial twitches or cues, they may have good intuition. That’s as good as it gets, unfortunately.
In an excellent example of trickery, a Belgian ‘mind reader’ (above) has revealed his secrets, to gasps of disbelief. He hauled in unsuspecting marks, revealed all sorts of information about them – down to what should be very personal private information.
“Scary,” says one of his victims. And it is scary, especially when the mind reader dramatically pulls back curtains to show that a group of researchers (hackers?) on computers are responsible for gathering the information.
“Your entire life is online,” the ad warns. “Be vigilant”.
Well that’s one cat out of the bag; psychics use the internet. Most probably aren’t smart enough to work out your bank account number but most of them would be able to Google the hell out of you and find out the name of your beloved hamster.
Plenty of stage psychics have been busted doing ‘hot readings’, sneakily gathering information before the session. Most of them do ‘cold readings’, a scattergun approach where they rapid-fire guesses and a hopeful audience clings to the strikes.
“M, I’m getting an M, do you know someone who’s passed over who has an M in their name?”
“No, maybe it’s my hearing, maybe it’s an N….”
It’s a performance; it’s entertaining; I Call Bullshit. It’s bullshit. Psychics may well think they have something to contribute.
But if they think they have the right to approach a family that is bewildered, traumatised, or mourning, it’s clear they don’t have some extraordinary brain thing going on. It’s clear they don’t even have the basics of understanding.
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