World renowned psychic Sylvia Browne predicted that a kidnapped child named Shawn Hornbeck was dead. On February 26, 2003, Sylvia Browne appeared on the Montel Williams show and two of the guests were Pam and Craig Akers. These were the parents of recently found Shawn Hornbeck. Sylvia told the parents that their son Shawn was no longer alive and that his body could be found near the boulders. She also stated that the kidnapper was a dark skinned man.
Shawn Hornbeck was found alive and he was not discovered in a home with a dark skinned man. He was instead discovered in a 43 year olds apartment. This person was a white male pizza manager named Michael Devlin. How did Sylvia miss the mark on this prediction and why did she have to tell the parents of this child that he was dead? What was Sylvia really seeing?
Sylvia is not the only psychic that has predicted and given inaccurate information. The best psychics in the world are often wrong. Psychics like: James Van Praagh, John Edward, Char Margolis and others have been criticized by Spepdik.com. Legendary psychics and mediums such as: Nostradomus, Edgar Cayce, Mother Shipton and others have not always been correct with their prophesies and predictions about the future. Why do psychics and prophets sometimes make mistakes and can these mistakes ever be avoided?
The reason why psychic readings are not always accurate is because our nerves and human reasoning get in the way. The best way to give a psychic reading is when you are relaxed and your mind is clear from all distraction. When a psychic is very clear headed, they will usually give a more accurate psychic reading. Most psychic readings are usually given cold and that's why they often get messed up. The modern day psychic reading usually goes a little something like this: the client calls the psychic on the psychic hotline and asks the phone psychic to tell them what they see without giving them any information at all except for a name and date of birth. This is extremely difficult to do because the psychic is usually very nervous because they fear messing up the psychic reading and getting hung up on. They don't want to say the wrong thing and usually they will say what comes off the top of their head. When a person is nervous, they have around a 50/50 chance of getting something correct. This is why a teacher always tells their students to not get nervous before their exam. Nervousness causes someone to forget information and it's been known to cause an overreaction.
Edgar Cayce was famous for giving psychic readings in a sleep like state. He was obviously very relaxed when he did his psychic readings and he was able to help thousands of people because of it. He did not work on the psychic hotline and most of his clients came directly to him for the reading. While in a sleep like state, he was able to pick up on accurate information and give it to his clients. Not everything that he said was 100% correct. However, he is famous for predicting many unbelievable things for his clients.
Television psychics are usually put under pressure to give answers quickly. They are in fact live on the air and their time is very limited and therefore there is a great deal of nervousness. If you watch Sylvia Browne, she is able to answer every person's questions under 30 seconds at a time on the Montel Williams show. She is obviously not in a relaxed state because she has cameras pointing at her and a live studio audience. She also has millions of viewers sitting at home watching her and she knows that when the show airs, she has to create and interest. If not, she will loose her audience.
Television psychics usually fish for information. They may say something to their studio audience like, "I am seeing the letter M and it is attached to someone that died of heart disease." The skeptics like to call this "fishing for information." The psychic may indeed be fishing for information or they may be able to see the letter M and the word heart disease through their sixth sense. Either way, the psychic is hearing something and is in hope wanting to help someone from their studio audience. If the psychic gets nervous to much, then they may blow an entire taped show. If you want to be on television, then it will cost you millions of dollars to get there and you must be able to win your audience over or else you will not have a television show any longer.