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Poll: Long Island Medium fake or real? (30 member(s) have cast votes)

Are mediums in general legit?

  1. Yes. (1 votes [3.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.33%

  2. No. (29 votes [96.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 96.67%

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scottym23

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The title pretty much says it all. This question was sparked by me seeing a commercial for the show Long Island Medium. My belief is that she's fake along with every other medium. The sad part is there's no way to prove it because mediums usually say beforehand something along the lines of I can't interpret what i'm seeing so you have to. In other words it's basically like saying just grasp at straws with whatever she says that has any general correlation to something in your life and run with it. What are your opinions on the subject?

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If you are asking me if I believe a person when the say they can talk to dead people. I'm going to ask them to provide some substantial evidence to support this extraordinary claim. Otherwise I cannot find a reason to believe them.

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Well, can we trick them by asking them to 'talk' to a 'deceased' person when they are in fact alive? It would be an interesting test, don't you think?

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Either that, or some long lost relative of yours that never even existed. :) The medium would have no way of knowing. I bet they would be able to contact them anyway though.....

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Haha yeah that would be a good test, never thought about doing that! The medium however would probably make up an excuse that someone you knew who was that same name died and she was talking to him or her by accident. They're usually quite good at coming up with bulls*** excuses on the spot, probably because when your profession is based on lies you need to have really good excuses for everything :P.

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If they are good at what they do, cold reading, they may very well pick up anything disingenuous like that. Try it on with Derren Brown, if it fools him then you are ready. :thumbsup:

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Most of these people are fake. The harsh reality is that if ANYONE actually possessed some sort of ESP or unique ability, they would likely be taken in by their government and forced into service or dissection. If someone really could get a reading from talking to the dead, they could obtain a ridiculous amount of sensitive data just by walking around a room filled with foreign dignitaries. The US and Soviet government were playing around with these sorts of things back in the 50s-70s, and almost all of their experiments failed completely.

There is also a fairly large prize up for grabs by the Skeptics Society that is open to anyone who will agree to subjective testing of any psychic ability. Most "psychics" have refused this test outright. Everyone who has taken it has failed.

While neither are conclusive proof that there aren't people with some sort of special ability out there, given the above those with such an ability would not be showcasing it in a public setting, or signing a TV contract for a small amount of money when a greater amount of money is just sitting on the table.

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I asked myself, "whats Long Island Medium" and then i asked google. And then i saw i wasted 1 1/2 Minutes of my life and 2 for writing this.

Is this real.... come on what year is it? 3000 B.C ?

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@ scotty:

Nah, you don't even have to tell them on the spot they got it wrong. Just post it on their Facebook wall!

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Is this real.... come on what year is it? 3000 B.C ?

It actually doesn't matter what year it is. People have always believed in this sort of thing because they WANT to believe it. They WANT to have this feeling that their loved ones are still around in some form, and still have a connection with their lives.

The problem is that you have a collection of douche bags running around using scam techniques to try and "ease" the suffering of those who can't let go of people who have died. You have people who fully believe that they are doing a GOOD thing by twisting and distorting memories and giving baseless hope. In an age where audiences are pre-screened, deaths are dutifully recorded, and microphones and earpieces can be made virtually invisible, the scam artist doesn't even have to be good at doing a cold read, they just need to have a crew in back feeding them information. Beyond that, it's all acting and putting on a show.




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