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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:33

A year after Amanda Berry disappeared in Cleveland, her mother appeared on "The Montel Williams Show" to speak to a psychic about what happened to her daughter.

Psychic Sylvia Browne, who has made a career of televised psychic readings, told Louwanna Miller on a 2004 episode of the show that her daughter was dead, causing Miller to break down in tears on the show's set.

"She's not alive, honey," Browne told Miller on the show, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. "Your daughter's not the kind who wouldn't call."

Miller told the newspaper that she believed "98 percent" in what Browne told her. Miller died a year later from heart failure.

On Monday, Berry was found alive after she broke free from a home in Cleveland where she says she has been kept for the past decade.

Browne did not return phone calls seeking comment today by ABC News. The Montel Williams show, through syndicator CBS, also did not return calls for comment. The show no longer airs new episodes.

A website called "Stop Sylvia Browne," dedicated to cataloguing Browne's purported failures at prediction, sprang up in 2006.

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#2 Growled

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:36

What a quack.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:43

I hate "psychics" with a passion, but I despise those who allow them airtime (unless it is to mock them) even more.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:43

Some people can be fooled by "psychic powers". I say it is all BS, don't believe someone can tell if someone is dead or not off the top of their head. It is just a way to make big bucks off of peoples sympathy. There are tricks to every trade.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:45

^ There are good and bad psychics.

I've always taken Browne with a grain of salt. :ermm:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:46

Define "good psychic".

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:50

Some people can be fooled by "psychic powers". I say it is all BS, don't believe someone can tell if someone is dead or not off the top of their head. It is just a way to make big bucks off of peoples sympathy. There are tricks to every trade.


Well, I don't believe in talking to the dead or any of that rot, and generally "professional" psychics are the worst of the lot. But I have seen enough evidence of psychic powers to believe in them somewhat.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:52

Define "good psychic".


Jane Roberts, Peter Hurkos, Edgar Cayce

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:00

Jane Roberts, Peter Hurkos, Edgar Cayce


Oh. Well that shut me up....

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:22

Jane Roberts, Peter Hurkos, Edgar Cayce


He said "define", not name. What makes a "good" psychic? Ones which makes vague enough statements that can't be demonstrated as false?
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OT: I read about this on the friendly atheist.

Apparently the mother's health deteriorated after going on the show. Next time someone tells you psychics are completely harmless, show them this.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 11:57

What a quack.


They're ALL quacks. Every single last one of them. Period.

^ There are good and bad psychics.


No there aren't. There are liars and better liars.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:11

There's no such thing as a "real" psychic, it's all BS. There's no such thing as "good" and "bad" psychics, they're all liars or deluded at best.

There's also no such thing as ghosts and there's very little chance there's a god (but no-one can prove it either way).

People have to start living in the real world and looking out for real predators like the ones now, thankfully, arrested.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:15

If you turn to this kind of stupidity to get your answers of course you're going to get burned. People just need to start using their brains and turn to answers that have some rational grounding.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:22

^ There are good and bad psychics.


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:26

^ There are good and bad psychics.

I've always taken Browne with a grain of salt. :ermm:


Serious? It's all fake man!