From the James Randi Educational Foundation:
Yet Another Sylvia Browne Fiasco
“Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight – three women who went missing over a decade ago and were presumed dead – have been found to be alive…in 2004, on the totally irresponsible Montel Williams Show, “psychic” Sylvia Browne told Amanda Berry’s mom that her daughter was dead…”
I do tarot readings and other “psychic/magic” stuff. It’s fun, and I’m told that I’m really good at it. However, I would NEVER, EVER make claims like these TV celebrity psychics do, and I would certainly not tell a desperate mother that her lost child was dead OR alive unless I’d seen them with my own physical eyes.
I’m not saying that some people don’t have a “sense” that gives them this kind of information, but I’m not saying anyone definitely does, either. While I’ve worked with plenty of other occultists who can do some neat things, I’ve never knowingly met anyone with the kind of power like Sylvia Browne and her ilk claim to have.
I believe that magic is real (but I won’t try to convince you if you don’t, so this isn’t the place to argue that point), but I’d rather study, practice, mix it with science and try to discover how it really works (or doesn’t work) than contribute to this kind of bullshit.
It’s shameful how criminals can ruin a fun, interesting thing while making a fortune on others’ pain and gullibility.