|Psychics. Fortune tellers. Mediums. Most towns and cities have one. They are among the world's oldest professions.|
The ancient Greeks, even Roman emperors would hike for days to visit the Oracle of Delphi, a high priestess who told fortunes for a price. These days, across North America, it’s an unregulated $2-billion cash business and growing. And now, these so-called seers, purveyors of the paranormal, are the latest Hollywood reality genre, complete with high profile celebrity readings.
|Tori Spelling is the latest public figure to share her stories about the 'mental, emotional and spiritual benefits' she gains by consulting professional psychics. She says reaching out to psychic advisors “helps with the guidance of focusing my energy…towards my goals and what I want to accomplish.” |
Gossip sources say her need for money is her motivational 'goal'.
|69-year-old Israeli psychic Uri Geller sold his Berkshire mansion for £15 million in late 2015.|
Geller's Cadillac is covered with more than 3,000 bent spoons and forks which belonged to presidents, royalty and celebrities.
|Shady psychics are masters at exploiting victims’ weaknesses. Palmistry, psychometry and a crystal ball are tools of the trade. People who really know how to spin the yarn and tell a good story and be convincing, can make up to half a million dollars a year, easily.|
It’s a crime that goes virtually unchecked everywhere, even though fraudulently telling fortunes is a criminal offence. Police say victims won’t come forward, for fear of looking superstitious, stupid or staggeringly naïve.
|It may be more complicated than simply being gullible. Experts say it has some parallels to the classic addictions, drug addiction and pathological gambling.|
U.S. research shows one in four people believe in some aspect of the paranormal.