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10 Signs Of A Fake Psychic

by Evelyn on November 20, 2008

(Photo by bb_matt on Flickr)

Have you noticed the recent trend in getting spirit guide or psychic readings? Well, if you are thinking of hiring someone to do one for you, you may hit a blind spot. How do you know who to go to? How do you know how accurate a psychic is, before making a booking for a reading? There are so many psychics or intuitive readers online that it will be hard t to decide who to select.

I have also recently started offering soul profile readings myself. Basically, I conduct readings of a person’s soul profile and clear any stuck points he or she may be experiencing. In clearing the stuck points, the person experiences a lifting in energy consciousness.

Over the weekend, while contacting my client for her reading, she pointed out that had she not known me personally, she would not have known whom to approach. Based on what she said, I decided to do some research on the web.

Below is the result of my research on some guidelines for you to determine who NOT to go to for a reading.

Do Not Hire This Psychic if:

1. He or she looks peculiar with black cape, menacing eyes, wiry hair and all. Most real life and genuine psychics or intuitive coaches look very ordinary.

2. He keeps shaking black crystal ball and says, “Ask again later”.

3. His idea of an “out of body experience” involves whipped cream and women’s clothing.

4. His spoon bending requires two pliers. (Read about my spoon bending powers here!!)

5. During card-reading, she asks if you want to “hit” or “stand.”

6. He or she insists that your astrological sign is “The Armadillo”.

7. She tells you that a ghost is stalking you, affecting your energy attraction to luck and prosperity. Then, she demands $500 to chase away this ghost.

8. Psychics Magazine rates her just below fortune cookies but just above your mom.

9. She shakes her crystal ball and then predicts a large snowstorm.

A Fake Or The All Accurate Psychic?

On the other extreme, if you cannot stomach the truth, don’t hire this one below either….

10. One afternoon a man was wandering around a fairground. His kids were at the ferris wheel and he had some time to kill. He chanced upon a tent with a sign outside that says “psychic readings for $10”. Thinking it was cheap and that it would be quite fun to get a reading done, the man went inside.

The tent was dark; except for the light that was coming from the crystal ball on a table right in the middle. There was a gypsy woman seated. She beckoned him to sit down.

“Ahhhhh…” said the woman as she gazed into her crystal ball.

“I see you are the father of two children.”

“That’s what you think,” said the man gleefully, all ready to prove her wrong. “I’m the father of three children.”

The psychic muttered under her breath, cursing at the suggestion that she could be wrong. She gazed intently into her crystal ball again.

After about a few seconds, she finally broke out in a grin and said, “That’s what you think!”

Your Comments Please

Do you go for readings? What is your favorite type: palm, tarot, spirit guide, soul profile, astrology, etc? Why do you choose to go for readings? Has any prediction in your future or fortune proven accurate?

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Caroline November 20, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Great post! I am a Reiki Practitioner and often use intuitive soul cards in the session. These are different, because there are no words (just artwork). The purpose is to look at the card and intuitively “feel” something. They are meant more for soul healing. I don’t use tarot because the negative connotations and attachments to the photos. I also stay away from “prediction”. I have gone to psychics that are very accurate and a few that are just plain weird and try to scare you. I say do it for fun…but don’t base major life decisions on a crystal ball. It’s all about trusting yourself…

Caroline November 20, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Hi again…just in case anyone is curious…here is a link to the cards. Hope you don’t mind. They are very cool.

Kelly@SHE-POWER November 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I like the joke – ha, ha! I have been to many psychics over the years, but have only ever seen someone who was recommended to me. Luckily a few of my friends are also into psychic readings, so I am never short of a referral.

In receiving readings, I prefer tarot, numerology and psychometry myself. Psychometry is when they hold something of yours and read it. I can give readings using palms, runes and psychometry, though I’m a bit out of practice now and I’ve never done it for money. A close friend does, but it’s a hard job because if you’re feeling troubled or unwell yourself it’s very hard to do and you live and die by your reputation, so you need to be consistent. I’ve only been learning more about astrology recently but it definitely interests me. I had my chart done years ago and it definitely sounded like my personality. I also come from a family of mediums so I have grown up with psychic phenomena my whole life. I don’t even think of it as unorthodox and am totally surprised if I come across someone who is anti.

Good luck with the soul readings, and I am just loving the direction this blog has gone in. I feel like I am a part of someone’s soul transformation journey and it’s fascinating.

Kelly :)

Tim Brownson November 20, 2008 at 8:12 pm

That was really funny Evelyn and not at all what I was expecting.

I am 99.9% convinced psychics are ALL fake. I have seen one on TV or heard of one from friends that didn’t use artfully vague language and employ cold reading techniques. I do believe that some don’t know they’re fakes and have genuine motives, but not one has ever replicated anything close to psychic abilities under strict lab conditions that I’m aware of.

Having said all that, I do think there is the potential of the human mind to do a lot more than we currently realize.

Evelyn November 20, 2008 at 8:32 pm

@Caroline, fascinating about the Soul Cards. I was just exploring the site that you’ve highlighted. I’ve not heard about this before. Thanks too for sharing about your personal experiences with going for readings.

@Kelly, I never knew that you came from a family of psychic mediums. How interesting!! It may be in your blood to do readings.

I find it amazing myself. What started out as an experiment to investigate into the law of attraction led me on a path of self discovery and spiritual growth. It’s certainly been exciting so far!! I’m happy to be able to share what has happened. Most certainly, I value your support!

Evelyn November 20, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Tim, what were you expecting…LOL?

Well, I do know a couple of friends who are psychics…so I cannot say that all of them are fake. My question is that must a thing be proven in a lab before it can be considered real?

I’m also convinced that we all have intuitive abilities that we can tap into. Some call it the sixth sense. Others call it psychic. Essentially, it is an ability to pick up information that bypasses our conscious mind or logic.


Wendi Kelly-Life's Little Inspirations November 20, 2008 at 11:04 pm

That was pretty funny!
I had a lot of preminition stuff happen to me when I was a kid. Things like dreaming that the store across the street was on fire, waking up screaming because a girl was trapped in the fire…telling my parents about the dream, only to have the store actually catch fire the next night for real. (yes, there was a girl and she got out)There were several of those types of things. As an adult, I would say that I have remained a highly intuitive and empathic person but have never gone any farther then that to actually try to develop skills to do readings or predict anyone’s future or peak into their past.

Irene | Light Beckons November 20, 2008 at 11:53 pm

Hi Evelyn,

That was a wicked twist – you must be in a playful mood today! When it comes to psychic readings, I prefer recommendations by word of mouth, from sources I trust – incidentally that’s how I get my clients too. Ads that scream “#1 Psychic in the World” and other blatant claims are the ones I’d run far far away from (and what’s with that ego??). Glad you’ve finally taken the plunge into the world of healing. :)

Stacey / Create a Balance November 21, 2008 at 12:02 am

Very funny post. I don’t do readings but I’m intrigued by your soul profile work. Tell us more and how much you charge. Can you do it virtually or do you need to meet with your clients face-to-face?

Dot November 21, 2008 at 12:56 am

This made me laugh. I could add a great deal to that list!

Avani-Mehta November 21, 2008 at 12:56 am

I haven’t gone for any kind of readings so far. Have been curious occassionally but never felt strong enough to try out.

Annette Hennekens November 21, 2008 at 1:17 am

What a great post. I love your wit and sense of humor. Really, it’s all about trusting yourself and inner voice. When can I get my soul reading, sister?
I’m looking into your future and I see. . . .
Prosperity and abundance! You must now pay me one arm and half a leg!
Just kidding. Seriously, I do see prosperity and abundance in your future, and I know you DESERVE it!
Love, light, & abundnace,
Annabell Millionaire

witchypoo November 21, 2008 at 1:39 am

I’m psychic, clairvoyant and a healer as well. Of course, my best source of business is word of mouth. Those who are curious ask the craziest questions. “Are you for real” comes to mind.If I wasn’t, would I admit it?

Jannie November 21, 2008 at 5:07 am

I think word of mouth is the best way to find a real one.

Maya November 21, 2008 at 6:37 am

Never met a psychic! When I do not understand something it scares me a bit… as much as I would like to believe in psychic abilities, psychics themselves scare me a bit :)

Evelyn November 21, 2008 at 9:33 am

@Wendi-Kelly, hmmm….based on your history of predicting future events….I am going to have to ask you to consider exploring your gifts further. You’ve already got a wonderful business or career cut out for you as a psychic!!

@Irene, hahaha…you should know by now that some of my posts do have twists in them. The twists keep me young mentally!! I’m sure that my readers love the challenge too!!

Yeah…there is a lot of blatant advertising. I was amazed when I went trawling round the web. Honestly, I would have a hard time knowing who is for real and who is not.

Thanks for your support and encouragement about doing soul reading work :-)

@Stacey, I don’t have to do readings face to face. I’ll write to you to provide the details.

Conrad Hees November 21, 2008 at 9:43 am

Your readings sound interesting…I’ve never heard of a soul profile before :) funny post

Evelyn November 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

@Dot, how about writing a post on your site with more of your tips?

@Avanti, well if there comes a day when you would like to hire one, you’d know which post to read on some great guidelines!

@Annabell Millionaire, thank you for your support and encouragement. I love what I do and I’m already very abundant as it is. The pictures on your site tell me that you are too :-)

@witchypoo, that question being asked to you made me laugh too!!

Evelyn November 21, 2008 at 9:54 am

@Jannie, so I don’t suppose you would do a google search to find a psychic for readings? Yeah…like what I’ve been wondering…how would we know which site is the one to make a booking on? Word of mouth or referrals seem to be best!

@Maya, I’m wondering what your root fear is about. Do you fear that psychics would know your innermost secrets? Or are you afraid that they will predict all doom and gloom?

@Conrad, perhaps I’ll share more about what I do in a future post. Thanks for liking the jokes here!

Cath Lawson November 21, 2008 at 12:24 pm

This is hilarious Evelyn. But you are right – there’s so many dodgy psychics around. I called a telephone psychic from an ad I got through Cosmo.

And he turned out to be a pervert. I was so annoyed that I’d paid someone to make lewd suggestions to me. But instead of asking for a refund – I wrote a letter about him to Cosmo’s letter page and they printed it.

Daniel Richard November 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm

That #10 gypsy is spooky! The only time I ever got near to a psychic was when I play mind magic with my friends. :) November 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm

It’s a shame so many people exploit the emotional pain of others.

Evelyn November 21, 2008 at 7:22 pm

@Cath, what a horrible experience it must have been for you!! It just shows that we should not trust ads.

@Daniel, is the #10 gypsy spooky…LOL?

@Mind-Mart, it’s not just the psychics. A lot of salesmen use the same tactics too!

PeaceLoveJoyBliss November 21, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Hi Evelyn, your post highlights, in a humorous way and by way of contrast, the wisdom of choosing a reader you can trust to safeguard your privacy, who is well connected to a peer group of professional readers, and who has a track record of providing satisfaction to clients by way of glowing testimonials. In my experience of having a soul profile reading and a spirit guide reading, I found that a rapport with the reader is a nice bonus (I made sure I knew my reader beforehand, over a period of weeks, through the reader’s blog and blog site).

Although I wouldn’t say I have a favorite type of reading (I haven’t had enough readings to say for sure), I do see their usefulness in bringing more awareness to the connection that exists between the eternal Self and the temporal personality, to more fully express the personality creatively and intuitively in the temporal plane. I also see the usefulness of readings in establishing a more harmonious, effective relationship between Self and personality by way of intuitive insights from Self, to have a smoother, more conscious, more purposeful, more fulfilling path through life.

I’m somewhat surprised by the number of commenters who seem oblivious to the value of clear, accurate readings of soul life. There’s much that could be done to educate them on the benefits of such readings. Having said this, I can also appreciate the skepticism of those who lack the requisite background in spiritual metaphysics. I’ve been there, too.


A Mama's Rant November 21, 2008 at 11:26 pm

I know you meant this post to be tongue in check (and it made me chuckle!) but the best way to get a good psychic is to get a referral from a friend or to go to one of those psychic fairs communities have. If there’s a fake, the other readers/practitioners will spot him/her immediately.

Lance November 22, 2008 at 2:43 am

Very funny Evelyn! So…should I stay away from psychics then? Or…maybe they do know something!! I love it!

Marelisa November 22, 2008 at 4:11 am

Hi Evelyn: I’ve been working on developing my intuition for awhile now, although sometimes its hard to separate what your intuition is telling you from what you want the truth to be. I think it’s great that you’re doing soul readings. (And by the way, my astrological sign is the Armadillo :-) ).

Evelyn November 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

@Christopher, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I guess you are saying that it boils down to building a rapport with the intuitive reader who accesses your records? Perhaps a post to clarify what soul reading can do is in order!

@Mama’s Rant, great recommendations!! Thanks!

@Lance, have you got a reading done before? It can be very interesting!!

@Marelisa, hahaha….thanks for letting me know about your astrological sign!! It’s true…accessing intuition is not quite easy especially if we have been utilizing more of our left brain. That’s why I view soul reading work as a good exercise for me. I love working on projects and approaching what I do with a great deal of curiosity, fun and adventure!

Steve C @ November 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Hi Evelyn,

So you taught us how to spot a fake. How do you spot a real one? I like your sense of humor, hilarious.

Evelyn November 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Steve, since you asked….*blush* *blush* I am the REAL deal…LOL!!!

Seriously, if you are to ask me, I don’t view as who is real or who is not. I think of psychic readers as a scale in terms of skillset. Perhaps, it also stems from my belief that all of us can have access to the same set of abilities. It’s all a matter of training and practicing awareness. Of course, if a psychic is not that accurate but guarantees that he or she is, then I’m likely to say that this person is faking his/her achievement results.

On the reverse, when I do my readings for others, I approach the work with a sense of adventure and curiosity. I’m looking to improve my intuitive abilities and find greater clarity on behalf of the subjects, who are seeking for answers.

Love, light and truth,

Simple Meditation November 22, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Excellent content and style…keep up the good work!

Diane November 22, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Thank you! All I did was laugh…too funny! Thank You!
No I have never been to a reading… I already know! Ha!
I have done soul memory workshops! Tarot cards, no thank you! Angel cards, kind! Psychic? Mentalist? I am a mom of course. Get early warnings? Yes! Ask if it can be changed or not? Yes!Believe in intuition? Yes! Reiki is awesome!Proof? On psychics…. Actually there are studies on it.
Mom’s and dad’s prove it everyday! Fairs….be very careful!

Lance November 22, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Hi Evelyn,
Have I got a reading before? No, I haven’t. I guess, I’m intrigued by the idea, but still a little skeptical (that probably doesn’t surprise you, right?)…convince me. (I think I have a pretty open mind, in spite of being skeptical)

Davina November 23, 2008 at 5:12 am

Hi Evelyn. That joke was hilarious! I’ve been to a psychic twice.

She reads cards, and while she’s giving you the reading she receives messages from the “other side”. She writes down names that come to her and asks you if you know anyone by that name.

Sometimes it’s someone who’s passed on who is now a guide. Sometimes it’s someone in your life. Sometimes it’s someone you have yet to meet.

On our first visit over 10 years ago, she told me she was suddenly having trouble breathing, and ask me who Margaret was. That was my grandmother who had passed away years before (who had severe asthma).

She asked me (on both visits) who Bill or William was; she saw him wearing army fatigues. I didn’t know who this person was. Then, after the 2nd reading I had with her, over a year after the first, I found myself visiting my grandmother’s grave (family plot). I was amazed to see the name of her father…. William… on the tombstone. He had served in the war.

She also told me on our second visit (I was living in Toronto), that I would be living in Vancouver in 5 years. I had no desire to move. Was making lots of money and very happy. Then, I started meeting people from Vancouver and became curious. I went to visit and fell in love with the city. The Universe supported me with many “coincidences” and I was living in Vancouver before 5 years had passed.

She even picked up on my gluten allergy, at least 10 years before I even was diagnosed or considered I even had a problem.

I believe she is the real deal.

Evelyn November 23, 2008 at 9:25 am

@Simple Meditation, thanks for your encouragement and support :-)

@Diane, thanks for sharing your thoughts and the fact that you attend soul memory workshops! You’re not quite the norm as you can read from all the comments posted to this post.

@Lance, the only way to convince you is to have a reading done. Please check your email.

@Davina, judging from how accurate she has been, it seems that the psychic you’ve consulted with is the real deal. Pretty amazing what you’ve shared!

It’s also great that many of your choices are being supported by “The Universe”. Awesome!! I’m happy for you :-)

Miss. Bridget November 24, 2008 at 3:25 am

Dear Evelyn

A zodiac horoscope article said I was going to get married that was many years ago while I was working for the Department of Public Social Services that was in 1988 As of this day now I am not married and it is November 2008 the day doesn’t matter but the point is horror scopes are nothing but horror because I saw a sitcom and this girl went to a palm reader andd used a tarrot card to predict her future and it was death. That is why I do not read horror scopes or zodiac signs because they do not come true and I do not trust tarrot cards because they are nothing but satanic death wishes.
Miss. Bridget C. Biggins
P.S. Turn to the LORD and HE will give you a better life style and HE won’t wish nothing negative on you to happen.

Evelyn November 24, 2008 at 10:54 am

Dear Miss Bridget, I can see why horoscopes have become horror scopes in your case. In general, tarrot cards have a 60% accuracy rate and much depends on the intuitive skill (or guesswork) by the reader. Therefore, there is a huge margin of error and in getting the reading wrong.

Readings are best made by a responsible person; that is, for anyone who is still hoping to engage one. I approach mine differently. I only access records of the past and current of the soul to remove blocks and restrictions to more empowered living. The aim is to help the client enhance his or her energetic levels and to open up spiritual pathways. I do not do predictions of future events!

With love, light and truth,

Bev Martin November 24, 2008 at 11:34 am

As a practicing intuitive and medium, i particularly enjoyed this article. Very funny! I agree that referrals are best, and as the practitioner i appreciate that when someone is referred by a person who knows them well and wants the best for them, they come in to the session with an appropriate attitude, which is, in my opinion, relaxed and curious about helpful guidance and spiritual tuition. A practitioner should be compassionate and respectful of the clients own wisdom. The practitioner should aim to be helpful while respecting the greater wisdom under which he/she operates.
This was fun, thanks..

Robin November 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Hi Evelyn – I haven’t ever had a psychic reading as such. I have had a few astrology readings, and I think the woman i went to was very intuitive, and the readings were very useful.

I do my own tarot cards now and then – I don’t like to do them for other people. I usually do those sorts of things just to get more in touch with myself (it doesn’t necessarily work!)

Evelyn November 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm

@Bev Martin, how nice that you visited my site!! Thanks for imparting some of your insights here!

@Robin, it sure helps to go to the women whom we can trust in. I have a stack of tarrot cards too myself and like you, I use it to help develop my intuitive abilities and not for doing readings for others.

sharon November 25, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Bvery true there is a lot of fake people out there and this gives the field such a bad name.
I read your spoon bending post a while ago, and I was completely taken by it. Amazing stuff, such is the power of our thoughts! Love your blog by the way, keep at it.

Malcolm December 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

Great post! All that Hollywood mumbo jumbo is such nonsense, I find it hard to believe people go to purported psychics with all the props and costumes.


Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. December 30, 2008 at 9:01 am

Hi Evelyn,

This was funny! Thanks for the tips on psychics. I’ll be looking out for these quacks, especially the one shaking a crystal ball and predicting snow.


Evelyn December 31, 2008 at 10:12 am

@sharon, thanks for your support!! You should try the spoon bending exercise. Anyone can do it!!

@Malcom, I guess the props and costumes help make these psychics look more real!! Hollywood certainly have a hand in creating the image of how a psychic looks like in our minds.

@Flora, glad you had a laugh with this post :-)

voggibilm March 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm

very intresting

lillysharm January 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

me and lilly do believe in this sort of thing sorryyyy :) xx

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