This week’s winner for the most absurd psychic claim goes to performer Robbie Thomas and his Psychic Justice Tour. It’s coming your way (my way actually) and I can’t wait to see what he’a got up his manly sleeve. According to his glossy press blurb, Robbie is known as a “psychic bloodhound.” I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of him before a few days ago. He looks dangerous and like he could do a lot of physical damage, so I’m going to be cautious in my appraisal of his powers. BTW: I really like where the all-seeing-psychic eye is located in the ad to the left, don’t you? I think that’s known as somewhere near the “Root Chakra” that “honors the earth.”
I’m not making all this up. Once again – this week’s story is stranger and more bizarre than any television plot. If you don’t believe me, check Robbie and his creds out for yourself at http://www.robbiethomas.net/
So what do you get when you cross Vin Diesel and James Van Praagh? Psychic Justice of course! Although the term “psychic justice” comes off to me as somewhat of an oxymoron, it looks like the whole “profiler” thing is getting a face lift courtesy of this “prolific author, radio personality and film star.” He’s also “world renowned.” Hey, just because I never heard of him or read one of his books doesn’t mean he isn’t world renowned- somewhere in the world. It’s like Dog the Bounty Hunter meets John Edward. I have to hand it to the guy – it’s a brilliant ruse.
Robbie ‘s promo ad says he ” does what other criminal psychics stop short of ” and “what victims of crime praise,” although the ad itself stops short of telling us what he does do exactly. Does he crush the crooks into tiny bits with his psychic powers? Bend steel in his bare hands or what? What does he do that victims of crimes praise? Is he Walker Texas Ranger with a pendulum or Steven Seagal with a crystal ball? I can’t wait to find out.
I’m open to just about anything and I love a good side-show act or a bit of geek, but when I read in his text that Mr. Thomas is a “superior K-9 who goes straight for the throat of injustice,” I had to wonder if he can self-inflict such wounds. Saying you are for justice is one thing, ascribing any ability to affect that outcome through psychic powers is another. Sorry Robbie, but to my way of thinking doing that sort of thing in a show arena format and taking money for tickets is just well, …unjust. A sentence or two later that colorful line about going for throats was carefully balanced by reminding us of Robbie’s “gentle spiritual nature.” After reading that I began visualizing Bruce Willis in a pink tutu. Robbie Thompson is the “righter of wrongs” according to Joe Johnson of the Central City Arkansas Police Department. Wow. Another impassioned quote tells us he is an “impactual” speaker. Dictionary.com doesn’t list that word, but I think I know what that person meant.
Police and family victims are invited to take part in “live case interactions” with Robbie and guest speakers who will no doubt offer glowing testimonials to make everything amazingly believable. We have all heard this hype before. Every psychic to hit the pike has cloned the cop/psychic claim. The Skeptic’s Dictionary sites the book, “The Blue Sense,”by Arthur Lyons and Marcello Truzzi, where they list several reasons how people without any psychic powers gain a reputation for assisting in the detection of crime:
“In many cases, most of the evidence in favor of the psychic detective is provided to the mass media by the psychic rather than by an independent source. Moreover, the FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children maintain that to their knowledge, psychic detectives have never helped solve a single missing-person case.”
Mr. Thomas, will you please name one single missing person that you found on your own using your psychic powers? You can post the details here anytime.
Where does this leave the victims of horrible crimes who have nowhere else to go and are willing to listen to anybody who says they have a direct pipeline to accurate supernatural insights? Those unfortunates now have a new caped crusader to line up for. It had to happen. How many people are actually comforted and reassured by this con? Probably thousands. Are thay really soothed and inspired by what they hear? I’m sure that many are, but that’s not the point.
The point is that if any Superman could be anywhere near as accurate as Robbie Thompson’s pre-show ads claim, he would put his mighty biceps on the line and sign on for Randi’s Million Dollar Challenge. Are you reading this Robbie? Let me be the first to challenge you “mano y mano.” I’m sure you could do a lot of helping and caring for many unhappy people with a million dollars in your pocket, not to mention the incredible publicity that would be garnered from a few weeks worth of your time. You might even get a medal from the police department.
So why travel all over the country with your “Psychic Justice North American Tour” staying in all those hotels, eating in all those bad restaurants and going through all that needless bother when in one swoop you could get center stage all over America and the world and get real psychic justice?
The money is in the bank waiting. The real world renowned publicity is yours when you are ready to put yourself to the test. JREF will be happy to work out a protocol with you as soon as you are ready.
In the meantime: BUYER BEWARE:
Be sure to scroll down to the very small print disclaimer at the bottom of Robbie’s advert. It tells the real tale and is such a powerful statement, it should have appeared in bold font at the top of the ad:
“The information provided by Robbie Thomas on crime cases is not meant to replace proper police investigations, but rather only to assist such investigation by offering potentially new insights on said cases. Families are encouraged to take Robbie’s information to their case investigator.”
The word “potentially” is key here. A fortune cookie can be potentially insightful too. No doubt having a kind compassionate person offer intuitive insights to families of victims of missing children or in other highly emotional situations could be a real benefit in some cases, but whether or not there is anything “psychic” or “spiritual” about this roadshow remains to be seen.
“We discovered that the work of the psychics was not just ludicrous and laughable, it was sinister and evil…. None of it ever led anywhere except to despair and disapppointment, misery and confusion.” – John Tate, father of Gennette Tate who disappeared in 1978 (quoted in “Investigating the Unexplained”, pg 42)