I promised I wouldn’t write about what happened last Saturday night and I’m a man of my word. But after that night, I can officially say that my investigations into the claims made by Anita Ikonen are now at a sorry end. All the evidence I needed to see was put before me and as much as I hate to judge … it’s over. This is the last word you will hear from me about the Ikonen Saga unless she manages to levitate over The Statue of Liberty.
I won’t belabour any more about her intentions or suggest further inappropriate insinuations about with who or where she or her ilk might spend their time, I will instead point out other people to fill in the blanks about what happened. It’s all on video. For starters, read about it here:
Now everyone can watch the videos and see for themselves. Be patient with the sound, but if it gets too hard to take, at least watch the last ten minutes of the Part 4 video. It’s quite revealing. And then there’s much more to put the cap on this epic (she’s finally been banned) at the JREF forum under “Put a Fork in Her, She’s Done.”
All anyone could ever want to know about this claimant has now been torn apart, dissected into tiny bite-sized pieces and totally eviscerated. As far as this drama goes, I don’t think Humpty-Dumty can ever be put back together again. If JREF wants to keep on “investigating” Anita, they will have lost my vote as unbiased impartial investigators. You don’t need to be a player to know you are being played. I have spent the last twenty-five years in the company of psychics of all stripes and I can confidently say that what I have recently been a party to leaves a lot to be desired – even as entertainment – which this silliness clearly is not. If anyone tried to pull off these sorts of naive shenanigans at a psychic fair, private party or store front fortune telling shop around here, they would be quickly asked to leave.
Anita is undoubtedly an attractive person who could go far – and many now wish she would. She has a certain charm and allure, but it’s my opinion such attributes would be better utilized in a modeling career rather than as a psychic – or a wannabe skeptic. As we waste more and more time paying attention to things totally unproven or outright falsified, (as the soon to be released IIG documents will reveal) real harm is being done to real people. Giving further attention to falsified claimants is like the wild goose chases police get led on by phony psychics when they might better spend their time and resources looking at real evidence. Imagining Anita’s game of x-ray charades going on in hospitals or medical facilities is just well, …unimaginable.
Why do we put up with this? If a person came up to you at a park bench and began to tell you how marvelous your intestines looked, wouldn’t you tell them to get the hell away? I would. Because I have made myself available to look at such claims, I’m given the dubious opportunity of dealing with many people who might otherwise be carted off to the bug house. It’s frustrating, but there’s no other choice. How else might we stumble upon something substantial? We probably won’t – ever, but that’s the deal. Either way, I don’t care what they look like. After they have failed; they failed, period.
We don’t see anyone offering further encouragement to Regen Traynor do we? He accepted his failure at IIG and quietly went away. Nobody made any further invitations for podcasts or dinner dates with him did they? Gee, I wonder why?
As skeptics who have found ourselves drawn into a line of bullcrap that rivals anything Geller ever tried to foist upon us. We should be ashamed of ourselves for pandering to such ridiculous cajolery. I hope that Anita will now go back to North Carolina feeling happily falsified, find a real job in real estate or modeling, get herself a purse chihuahua and disappear into the mists of Avalon from whence she came. She has a bright future as a pretty face and she should make the best of that.
And yes, I will admit that I was initially charmed into her game like many others. There is no doubt that when an attractive woman levels her smouldering Swedish green-eyed leer at you and you are unaware of the strings that might be attached to it, any red-blooded American male would be hard pressed to remain skeptical for too long. In such rare instances, knees begin to wobble and all the best intentions and convictions may get thrown to the wind. That’s how psychics work. Charisma can be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. Manipulative personalities who have successful careers as psychics or mediums are literally full of it. Anita is no exception and her animal magnetism can be disarming to say the least. I can understand how at other times in history women with these qualities might have been mistaken for “witches.” Fortunately, my days of rescuing or cuddling confused woo women has been over for quite some time. I’m immune.
As one skeptic wrote to me: “This is a psychologically disturbed person. She has serious emotional problems that require professional medical attention and we (individuals and the skeptical community at large) acting like we have anything to offer her is irresponsible. Like there is some intellectual high road we’re walking. “Maybe she’ll turn away from the “woo”!” Bullshit.”
As I stated in my post “Sex in the Seance Room,” these dissolute distractions are nothing new in parapsychology and I want to make it clear that Anita is not alone in her ability to spin a web of intrigue and scandal. Eventually at some point, the web becomes an unsustainable trap for the spinner. You can only bullshit for so long. In my case I might add; don’t bullshit a bullshitter. We are seeing Anita’s web unravel in blogs that are popping up all over the Internet denouncing both the simplistic conning that has been going on as well as her barrage of bizarre claims, contradictions and the inevitable excuses that follow each of her “tests.”
Anita Ikonen is an important case study we need to wake up to. As I predicted back in February of 2009, we are poised on the precipice of a whole new breed of ” psychics.” Expect to see many more like Anita: intelligent, attractive and oh-so-cunning. The days of rumpled little old ladies in lace dresses and gold cameos are over and now even the era of the new age tie-dyed hippie priestess has had its day. It’s a slick new modern highly trained “executive psychic” or university graduate who pretends to project a persona of befuddled skepticism that we have to be on our guard for now. If you don’t believe me, try Googling ESP Bootcamp and you can read for yourself what we are up against. The days of infiltrating their world is over. Now seekers of “higher knowledge” are working to charm even the most skeptical and get a foothold in ours. If they can sway us and get under our skin, they win. I’m not being paranoid here, just a realist. Witchery has a new name.
If it hasn’t happened yet, I’m calling for a complete blackout on Anita Ikonen.
What’s next? Will she blame us for a nervous breakdown – or worse? Unless we pull the plug on this exploitive situation, skeptics risk a whole lot more than just a waste of time. We as a movement will lose credibility in the hearts and minds of serious investigators and the greater public we strive to connect with. So let’s move on. There’s lots more serious work to be done.
Enough is Enough
“…who could predict then that from a little fibber you’d grow into a dangerous paranoid liar?”
-Eddie Lawrence, The Old Philosopher
P.S. Thanks to Arcturus Annie for the awesome photoshop pic and Susan Gerbic Forsyth for being there to catch the woo.