Called charlatans, phonies, fakes, and scammers, many practitioners of divination receive a bad reputation due to the real problem of pretenders and people out to take your money. Read further for how to determine if your diviner or fortune teller is the real deal, or if they are taking you for a ride.
There are two main reasons fortune tellers get a bad name. The first one is that many of them pretend to have talents and are taking people who do not know how to discern the genuine diviners from the fakes for a run for their money. This is a huge problem within the divination community. The second reason is that the people who go to the readers have unrealistic expectations that, when they are not met, cause the people to decry the readers as fakes and frauds because they did not hear exactly what they wanted to hear. Let’s deal with the fakes in this article.
As a rule of thumb, any psychic who has a television commercial is probably fake. They are using the exposure they get on television to spread the fantastic tales of their success (which they have likely fabricated themselves) in order to get more people to fall for their tricks. It is a safe bet to avoid commercialized psychics, tarot readers, and hypnotists.
The second rule is that any diviner that promises to tell your future absolutely and with no variations is lying. There are too many possibilities in the stream of time for any one person to predict without failure the exact manner by which the life of a stranger will pass. Do not fall for this trick – it is based on the fundamental human desire to be prepared for events.
Every human wants to know exactly when they will die, or exactly how much money they will make, or when they will meet their soul mate. Listen carefully – there is no definitive answer to any of those questions. There is no one-hundred-percent accurate prediction. Anyone who promises you an absolute answer does not have any answers at all.
A classic trick done in the middle of readings is to say that the presence of the spirits or the power of the crystals or whatever the teller draws their information from is “growing weaker,” and that in order to strengthen the “signal” again, they need more money. The querent then scrambles to slap down more cash so that the reader continues, their signal strengthened somehow by the presence of the money. Please, please do not fall for this extortionist trick. That psychic is a liar. You are better off simply standing up and leaving on the spot.
By far the most infamous method a person can pretend to be a psychic is by doing “cold readings”– that is, they make generalized, broad statements that can apply to anyone at any time. If your reader ever says something like “I’m getting a name – something starting with an M…” that is your signal to pack up your things and walk out. Right now, try it – I’m thinking of a person in your life whose name starts with M. They are somehow important to your life – maybe a friend, or love, or parent, or coworker, or family member.
Just like that, I’ve started a cold reading on you, and it’s probably worked! You almost certainly know someone with a M-name who is in some way important to you. In the cold reading scenario, the scammer is looking for you to give them information without realizing that you gave anything to them at all, and then will make it look like they just gathered it out of thin air. Watch out for vague, generalized statements and statements that surreptitiously fish for information from you while not giving you anything you didn’t already know.