Palm readers have operated in seaside towns across the country for many years.
Many people put their trust (and hand over considerable amounts of money) to psychics – especially in times of need.
In the absence of any proof that palmists have any ability to accurately advise on the future, we wanted to find out whether that trust was well-placed, so we visited a palm reader in Blackpool…
We feel our investigator was pressured into paying for a more expensive reading than he was comfortable with, paying £30 for a reading which lasted just 5 minutes.
Other readings on offer cost as much as £50 and even £100.
The reading we received was inaccurate, vague and included 22 questions in under 5 minutes. The palmist showed no sign of the supernatural insight she claimed to be able to provide, and left us concerned that a vulnerable customer could be exploited.
We contacted the psychic to share our investigations and our concerns, but she declined to comment.
Find out what happened when we returned to the psychic with a customer who had serious concerns about her health, in part 2 of this Good Thinking Investigates.
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