Yep, you read it right. You don’t have to go far or ask for any of that fancy-smantzy “certified” stuff with this website. Why? Because the owner Bob Olson says his psychics are all genuine and legitimate, that’s why! The by-line reads: “Improving The Reputation of Spirit Mediumship.” Boy, there’s a big job I’d say. When I Googled “Best Psychic Mediums,” Bob’s site popped up faster than I could say boo.
Like other scam artists who say they are “on your side,’” or only use “certified psychics” and caution their potential clients with fuzzy admonitions of superiority and benevolence, Bob’s site spares no expense to remind us that:
“Important Notice: We get many emails asking if we have a psychic medium recommendation for locations not listed. Unfortunately we do not, but Bob Olson believes it is safer to get a “phone” reading with a genuine and legitimate psychic medium than an in-person reading with a possible phony or scam artist. Plus, phone readings can be better for skeptics since the medium can not gain information about you based on your appearance or body language.”
Well dang! If Bob believes it, it must be true! Bob Olson wouldn’t want any of those nasty un-genuine non-listed illegitimate psychic scammers out there to check out our shoes, jewelry or body language. Heck no! That would be too much work. The real legit psychics on Bob’s list will talk to you right over the telephone where there is no chance you could be scammed that way!
Additionally, good scout Bob Olson tells us:
“Bob’s mission is to lead people to the reputable and gifted psychic mediums so that anyone desiring to communicate with spirits will not be fooled by phonies, frauds and scam artists. He works hard to find the most experienced psychic mediums because there are so many inexperienced, although gifted, psychic mediums who do not yet know how to use their gifts responsibly.”
What a fine upstanding citizen Bob Olson is. He’s Robin Hood in a turban isn’t he? And such a leader among so much irresponsibility! Imagine him going to all that trouble and working so hard for all of us! His bio says he’s the founder of “Grief and Belief.” Now there’s a sure shot business for any enterprising entrepreneur. He has also written the forward to a book called “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Communicating with Spirits.” That’s right. I’m not making this up. I wonder if it’s an autobiography?
If my tone sounds sarcastic, I’m afraid my frustration in all this has allowed it to bubble to the surface of my mind. Like the exibits I mentioned last week at The Museum of Jurassic Technology, it’s getting more difficult day by day to sift through all the cons and know who is conning who.It has become impossible to keep up with all the woo without falling back to some level of humor. It’s how I cope.
If I didn’t know better, (and I’m not sure at this point whether I do or not) I might think that Bob Olson’s site and its founder are a complete hoax. I have made suggestions for guerilla operations that could take advantage of such cultural simplicity. Anyone can build a fictitious medium web page. The only problem with this plan is once the website is up and generating interest, then what? What do you do when you have merely attracted a bunch of sad psychic junkies; sting them? To what purpose could that possibly serve other than patting ourselves on the back over something we knew from the start is so easy to do? No, the truth is that the only reason someone would go to all the trouble is to get a new angle on conning the miserable people who are so desperate for help they would call a doctor named Whynot.
In his less-than inspiring message on grief and death, Bob also wants us to know:
“In approximately six years of investigating the possibility of life after death, I have discovered convincing evidence that there really is an afterlife, that we really do continue to exist after death, and that our loved ones continue to watch over us and guide us in the spirit world. But this is just the begining of my discoveries.”
Right Bob. I bet it is. He’s just recently discovered how to make a quick buck by conning the bereaved into believing he’s on to the real deal with all his genuineness.
And what about that “approximately six years?” Bob can’t even give us an exact time line about his investigations of life and death? Never mind the forty years Randi has spent taking these claims apart or the decades of scientific evidence about mediumship to the contrary. Bob knows all. He has a list and a website.
His list starts out with this glowing testimonial:
“The following psychic mediums, whom have been personally tested by Bob Olson, are all extraordinarily gifted with the ability to communicate with spirits. Just like celebrity psychic mediums such as John Edward and James VanPraagh.”
That statement makes everything just dandy doesn’t it? Each psychic has been personally tested by a six year veteran in the field and they are just like two of the biggest frauds in the history of charlatanism.
Could we be further up the creek without a paddle? Was this level of hokum we see every day always around? Or are we just seeing more and more of it as the Internet and stupid media become more and more accepted? The insanity just goes on and on and on: the Dodgers hired Russian psychic Vladimir Shpunt to send positive energy to Doger Stadium, Psychic Judy Hevenly has predicted that the ghost of Michael Jackson will hover over the 2010 music awards and BP’s CEO Tony Hayward wants his life back. Am I the only person floating around in some sort of alternate universe?
But wait. There is hope:
My Quija Board is spelling out a message for you right now. The letters are:
The spirits are telling me (genuinely) to save time and money, to discover your true inner self and increase your cash flow exponentially: accept either the Randi or IIG challenge and STEP UP TO BIG PAY. $50,000 or a cool million could be yours when you give us the same evidence you promise from your six years of investigation and hard work. Humanity is waiting. This could truly be the REAL begining of your discoveries.
…D…O… …I…T… …B…O…B..
AND THIS JUST IN: The episode of “Weird or What?”that Jim Underdown of CFI and I recorded last month ran last night (June 10) on The Discovery Channel at 8:00p.m. & 11:00p.m. I haven’t seen it yet, but have heard everything looked good. Just in case there are any magicians lurking out there reading this: this time out I didn’t reveal a damn thing. Any reveals were due to unflattering angles and pure conjecture on the part of the crew. So there!
AND THEN THERE’S THIS JUST IN: Today (6/14/10) I checked the Indiana News Extra Desk web page and lo and behold, former ABC staff medium and remote viewer Kelli Faulkner is no longer listed among the stations “experts.” I’m chalking this up as a big point for skeptics. We can make a difference! I’m not sure if this was Kelli’s own idea or whether ABC decided to pull the plug. Whatever. I may try to call Kelli again and get the story, but it’s likely to be her side of it. Keep Doing The Real Work!