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Jul 29 2015

Good Thinking Investigates: Palmistry (Part 2)

In our last investigation, we visited a palmist in Blackpool, and were disappointed with the accuracy and the high cost of the reading that we received. Having visited our chosen palmist once, we partnered with the Merseyside Skeptics Society to find out how the palm reader would deal with clients in a genuinely serious situation.

Our investigator Alice suffers from Hypermobility Syndrome (a chronic and highly-painful disability), but she responds to the palmist as she would have done prior to receiving her diagnosis.

Everything Alice tells the palmist about her symptoms is true.

Our investigator agreed to a £30 reading. After a little general information, the reading turned to the topic of health.

Our investigator was told that her chronic, highly-painful disability was ‘nothing serious’ and that she would make a full recovery in a few months – and that she alone was responsible for how she felt. In fact, hypermobility is a genetic disorder which cannot be cured.

Given the irresponsible health advice we received, we decided to see how our palm reader would deal with an investigator who pretended to have severe financial problems and a gambling habit.

The palm reader directly encouraged a client with financial troubles to continue gambling, to expect a big win and to ‘do nothing different’. She also offered misleading information regarding serious health concerns.

We contacted the psychic to share our investigations and our concerns, but she declined to comment.

Special thanks go to the volunteers from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.

Find out what happened when we returned to the psychic one more time, as we reveal a shocking similarities across all of our readings in the concluding part of this Good Thinking Investigates.

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