NBC Reveals Psychic Secrets
As you may already know, I write about skeptical topics for this newsletter
and elsewhere, and reality TV for other venues. In April, the two came
together as a veteran reality TV producer put together a show on NBC that
unmasked "psychic" tricks. Secrets of the Psychics Revealed reached
over nine million viewers according to early returns, and was the second-place
ratings finisher in the coveted young adult age group. In other words,
it got the word out to a lot of people!
If you saw those Fox shows with the "Masked Magician" a little while
back where he exposed magician's secrets, you kind of understand the concept
here - except that this one was much, much better, and it exposed magic
tricks that "psychics" claim are much more than that.
Several different "psychics" performed tricks - either in front of a
live studio audience who thought they were at a "real" psychic show, or
in one case in a location that mimicked a street-corner psychic "shop."
The show jumped from one to the other, first showing the performance and
then explaining how it was done.More