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article imageOp-Ed: News from the Astral Plane

By Alexander Baron     Dec 8, 2013 in Odd News
Bromley - The world of psychics and spiritualists is a curious mixture of conscious fraud and self-delusion. Both are reported upon here.
Are you a football fan? If so, how will your team fare this season? Why not ask our resident expert? More to the point, what will Boris Johnson do after his tenure as Mayor of London is finished. Why don't we ask him? Better still, why don't we ask the same expert? Who alien, as in from outer space. Well, several aliens actually, several types of aliens including cat people.
If you didn't take that seriously, someone else does, self-styled spiritual healer Stephany Cohen. Who is she? Well, according to the Bromley News Shopper, she is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc. Oh, is that all, you say? No, she knows these aliens are real not simply because they have communicated with her but because she has had sex with them, a claim she has actually made on TV. So it wasn't only the Earth that moved. Did they really give this woman ten minutes plus on a morning TV programme to spout such rubbish?
It's easy to laugh at Stephany Cohen but most so-called psychics are not harmless, delusional cranks; the proof of this can be found in their regular court appearances on not only both sides of the Atlantic but in both hemispheres.
Unfortunately, the latest report of psychic fraud from Down Under has not yet resulted in a court appearance, but it will when the authorities catch up with the man who scammed a Melbourne woman out of $90,000 over a period of 7 months. The psychic concerned calls himself Habib Bamba, and his victim found him through a newspaper ad, which begs the question why do newspapers continue to accept advertisements from such people?
Consumer affairs for Victoria are said to have received 13 complaints over the past year, though the real number of scams is said to be much higher.
In the United States, the authorities have had better luck. Last month, a report of two fairly high profile cases were reported by Associated Press. The cases of the two Sylvia Mitchells were reported here last month along with the death of Sylvia Browne; the American Sylvia Mitchell is reported in this latest release along with the case of Rosa Marks who is said to have extracted SEVENTEEN MILLION DOLLARS from her victim, the novelist Jude Deveraux over a period of 17 years. From the content of her website it is clear that Miss Deveraux is an extremely successful woman, but this case beggars belief on two counts: how could she have been so gullible, and how could her predator have been so greedy? What kind of advice or guidance could a person such as her have required from anyone except perhaps a doctor, lawyer or accountant that she would consult this individual for 17 years? Didn't she realise after one year, two years, five or ten that whatever predictions or guidance she was getting wasn't worth the candle? And wasn't a million dollars enough for Marks? Or two? Or five?
Finally, on the lighter side, football fans may remember that during the last world cup an octopus was used to predict the results of no fewer than eight successive games. Now this is being reprised in Somerset using Mini Merv the Psychic Hamster. This is only a bit of fun, and unlike some rodents, this psychic is unlikely to cost her owner more than her modest board and keep.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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