The amazing thing about these events is that they never have any real effect on the performer’s profitability. The devout will still line up for their psychic reading. I’ve always said that myth is a good thing as long as you don’t actually believe the myth. I do feel bad for the lady asking the question.

Look for people to come forth and explain how, actually, what Sylvia Browne said could be true. You watch.



  1. Ron says:

    When James Randi had a guy (can’t remember his name) do a bunch of fake psychic stuff and then months or years later they both told people how they did it and that it was fake, people still wrote in and said they really believed he was still real! I knew a magician who did a little ‘psychic’ bit as part of his act and had to drop it because people started to ask him to talk to their dead relatives, tell them the future, ect. This happens all the time; people believe what they want, not what is true. Seeing isn’t always believing.

  2. Smartalix says:

    There are none so blind that will not see.

  3. bac says:

    There is another video clip on YouTube with Browne on Montel that shows Browne faking it. The worse part of the video is Montel is trying to save the situation by doing a medical diagnosis to support what Browne said.

    I guess psychics are good ratings.

  4. Aaron says:

    She’s on TV so it must be true!…No but really he drowned in water….and that’s my last guess!

  5. pedro says:

    #2 Oh believe you me, there are!

  6. Ron says:

    Go question a die hard $cientologist if you see someone who will not see. Besides, the WTC was near the water and that is how he ended up in the water and he was a fireman with a hose… and um, next question please.

  7. gquaglia says:

    What do you expect from day time TV. Remember this programing and other crap that inhabits day time TV is aimed toward the typical white trash housewife who probably has little over a 8th grade education. Its no wonder crap like this, Judge Judy, Jerry Springer and Oprah are so popular.

  8. Greyhound says:

    This is a great public service that identifies and labels the True Believers.

    Now I do not have to live next to them and can cross the street
    when they are coming.

    Now I have to come up with tactics and strategies for escape
    when they pen me in at the grocery store…

  9. curmudgen says:

    Next thang youns will say is that wrasslins fake. Geez, ain’t nothin saycred?

  10. TheOne says:

    Just because she was off one one reading does not mean she was faking it. When it comes to dealing with the spirit world, not all are pure or telling the truth, some spirits are mischievous and will lie to a reader.

    Some times a reader can be reading for another person and not really know it. There may have been someone else there that this message applied to.

    Also just because you go to a reader does not mean that the person you wish to contact is there to come through.

  11. Kagato says:

    Jame’s Randi’s Foundation has lots of information for the sceptically minded.

    http://www.randi.org/

    And this specific site is all about gathering evidence of the deception Silvia Browne perpetuates.

    http://www.stopsylviabrowne.com/

  12. Tom 2 says:

    I miss Miss Cleo!!!!

  13. Mr. Fusion says:

    #10,
    FYI, it is a con. There is no “supernatural”. Only those who are incapable of accepting that where we are is all there is can understand this. Those who don’t understand are in denial.

    Whether it is a life in heaven with 77 virgins or sitting alongside St. Peter or re-incarnation as a frog, all these life after deaths stories are simply to convince people to contribute more to their “Church of Ignorance”.

    Sorry for the rant, but little sets me off like conning the most vulnerable, those in grief for a loved one.

  14. Axtell says:

    These people, these so-called ‘psychics’ are usually very good at doing cold reads of people, and making bland assumptions that could fit anyone. Read the horoscopes, and you’ll see the same thing. The language they use is so vague, so generic that it could fit for anyone.

    If these people were truly psychics or could foresee the future, they’d win the lottery and never have to work again.

    Anyone who believes this garbage is better off just throwing their money down a toliet and flushing repeatedly.

  15. pedro says:

    Mr. Fusion: “Those who don’t understand are in denial”

    And psychic believers are not the only ones suffering form denial syndrome of inability to cope with reality. There are a lot of human groups that suffer the same ills

  16. Alex says:

    This just baffles me that Montel, the great journalist that he is: wink wink, would allow her to continue lying to other after what she had just said. That was so sad.

    I still feel she thinks he is in water.

  17. It is an uncontested fact that it’s far more profitable to claim supernatural power through the name of Jesus Christ than in psychic ability. The richest scoundrels of Churchianity like Benny Hinn have proved that repeatedly.

  18. Donald Silva says:

    Sylvia may be the real deal, but no psychic can perform hour after hour with infallibility. Even the best claim only a 75% success rate, e.g. Petro of Sedona. And even that is an exaggeration IMHO. Furthermore, my own experience with most psychics is that they are mind readers. They feed you back what you are already thinking. There is Edgar Cayce and others whose readings are hard to refute.

  19. pedro says:

    #8 hhmmm mmm, excuse me while I catch some air….ready?

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  20. pedro says:

    make that 18

  21. Ron says:

    #18: Edgar Cayce? You of course realize that there is very little proof of any of what he did that doesn’t come from his die hard followers. I would like to see some hard data from scientists, not his lackeys. Here is one of my favorite Edgar Cayce ‘predictions’ (from September 1939): Adolph Hitler’s future is death. WOW! What a revelation! You mean the guy who just invaded Poland and started a World War will die?! Not the guy who just had half the world declare war against him! You made a believer out of me! Talk about going out on a limb!

  22. Mr. Fusion says:

    #18, None of them are on the level !!!There is no such thing as mind reading, clairvoyance, “crossing over” or any of that other supernatural garbage. They are all hucksters.

    There has yet to be ONE reported case that can be verified of any psychic actually predicting the future, reading someone’s mind, discerning the cards in a box, or talking to dead people.

  23. Mr. Fusion says:

    Oh how I hate stupidity !!! As if the monotheist worshipers weren’t enough, now we get the cross over crowd going too.

  24. xfir1 says:

    reminds me of a scene in Ghostbusters:

    “Do you believe in U.F.O.s, astral projections, mental telepathy, E.S.P., clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full-trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster, and the theory of Atlantis?”

    “If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.”

  25. ben says:

    It is kind of funny to think about because you can die from fire the same way from water. If I remember right from human bio something in your throat seals and you suffocate.

    If you guess a 100 the odds are your right more then once. I’m sure there is lost treasure she could find, or a dead body, why is she on day time talk if she is so amazing. Why isn’t she making millions?

  26. Mark says:

    The CIA and Dept of Defense have been working with psychics for some time. Apparantly they believe there is validity to it. Its interesting reading whether you beleive it or not.

    http://tinyurl.com/ymcg5c

    People who beleive they have all the answers, usually have none.

  27. Mr. Fusion says:

    People who beleive they have all the answers, usually have none.
    Comment by Mark — 12/16/2006 @ 10:32 am

    Well, I believe it is spelled BELIEVE. That gives me at least one answer.

  28. kris treagus says:

    of course there dozens of ways to explain how what she said may have been the truth (eg. thousands of litres of water pumped into the buildings to fight the fire, which could have inadvertently killed many people in the process); but the inescapable fact is the patently clear signs that Sylvia Browne was lying and she knew she’d been busted — the facial expressions, the change in voice pitch and the quick switch in topic away from the question… doesn’t take a forensic psychologist to work out she’s full of it.

  29. Rob Leather says:

    Fantastic. I love this kind of thing. We have our very own psychics and mediums in the UK. One such master of the chatting to the underworld is Derek Acorah. He appears in a late night TV show called “Most Haunted” and quite frankly its one of the funniest programs on UK TV.

    Lots of scenes of people falling over in the dark and then claiming psychic intervention. Wonderful!

    My favourite line is when there was a guest psychic talking to a “German Soldier” and Derek was asked “What is he saying?” to which the master of gab said “Oh, my spirit guide can’t speak German” – Masterful!

  30. Anne says:

    How does anyone know that she is ”off the mark”? There are many people who just ”disappeared” after 9/11 because they ”could” , and they were believed to be dead. Also, after the collapse of the buildings, there was tons of water being poured onto the fires,. How does anyone know that this fireman wasn’t alive after the collapse and ”couldn’t breath”, and was being covered with the water being used at the scene? Many who had been on upper level floors ended up at or near ground level and could have been ”in water” and also ”crushed” so they couldn’t breathe. I know that ”many” people do actually have psychic visions and abilities. I have had proof of it myself. I have a friend who is ”psychic” and she sought me out because she felt that I was like she was. I had never told ANYONE about myself, but she knew. I was in Germany with my husband when i woke him one night and told him that someone whose birthday was in March was going to be hurt badly. A week or so later, we got a letter from home telling us that my brother had been shot in the eye on the day after my dream. His birthday was March 1st. When this same brother became ill with lung cancer 25 years later, I was in a car with my husband, on my way to see my brother several hundred miles away. About half way there, I had a very strong ”electric shock” type feeling wash over me, and I reached over to my husband and told him, it is 8:23 and my brother just died. When we got to the hospital over two hours later, we were told that my brother died that night at 8:23 PM. I was so sure of it that I didn’t even get out of the car when my husband went in to the hospital to hear the news. I am not a fake, and I don’t make a living with this, but similar things have happened several times in my life. I just don’t tell anyone except my family.


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