The interview with supposed “psychic” Ted Mahr published in the Olympian was misleading and irresponsible. Ted Mahr was disbarred in Washington State for bilking his clients out of $23,965. Even after he was stripped of his law license, he still advertised himself as a lawyer. He promised to provide legal advice to unsuspecting clients as long as they agreed transferred hundreds of dollars to his personal bank account. It was only after he was caught for these shenanigans that he realized he had “psychic” powers.
Of course there is no such thing as a real “psychic.” For years, the James Randi Educational Foundation has offered $1,000,000 to any person who can prove the existence of psychic abilities. Not surprisingly, no one ever claimed the prize. It is unlikely that Ted Mahr or any of the “psychics” attending his Galactic Wisdom Conference ever will either.
For most people, going to see a “psychic” is a benign experience. As long as fortunetelling and mind reading is placed in the realm of entertainment, it is harmless. However, many “psychics” claim to have real powers and often charge substantial sums. The consequences of these false promises can tragic: heartbroken parents hoping to find a lost child, grieving widows given conflicting stories on dead spouses, and desperate people fleeced out of small fortunes by charlatans.
Marco Rosaire Rossi
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