THE $100 DOLLAR PSYCHIC CHALLENGE 

I will pay you $100.00, or donate it to any charity you nominate if you can prove the following under simple test conditions.

Medium or psychic, sensitive, or clairvoyant

If you are a medium or psychic and can demonstrate that you can communicate with the dead, read someone’s future, or give specific information about a haunted location under controlled test conditions, you are eligible to take the $100.00 psychic challenge. All genuine psychics and mediums are welcome on this site. 

I believe most psychics are not frauds they are delusional. This means that they have an un-waiving belief that they have genuine abilities. With frauds their only belief is that they can make money from the gullible. But all psychics are frauds when they charge money for a service that they don’t in reality provide, and they should be treated like the petty criminals that they are.

Why is this challenge different from the others made to psychics

It is different because this test is offered by a site dedicated to the paranormal; it is not a skeptic site. I believe in ghosts, UFOs, the Loch Ness monster, and that there was a second gunman at the Grassy Knoll, these are not the views of a cynic.   

Why mediums and psychics

Because I believe that many mediums and psychics, including the most well known are at best deluding themselves and at worst nothing more then frauds. Using deception, psychology and standard cold reading techniques, many of their claims can be duplicated by anyone using the same methods that have long been practiced by magicians and illusionists. Many so called psychics andIf you believe you are are psychic then take the psychic challenge

mediums will read this article and self righteously point the finger at others, when they should be pointing the finger at themselves. In their world it seems that it is always the other person that is bringing their community into disrepute. I also believe employing them as part of a paranormal investigation when they are unproven, and then allowing them to prove themselves without imposing adequate test conditions, does nothing at all to further paranormal research. It simply fulfills the need and false expectation to regularly experience something “paranormal”, when statistically this is unlikely to happen and would not happen if a higher standard of proof was required then using a medium or psychic. Unless Psychics are used under strict control conditions, and held to some sort of accountability it’s simply wish fulfillment, and if people don’t question their use, it’s just another step down the same unproven path. I don’t believe that challenging psychics to be tested is damaging to those with genuine abilities. In the conventional world there are many vocations that have had their credibility increased by having them tested; this includes anyone from car mechanics to Doctors. Test and constant evaluation not only enhances the reputation of those with abilities but more importantly it weeds out those that don’t have them. Not one of the famous T.V psychics has proved they can talk to the dead. The reason for that is, they are nothing more then frauds, offering people false hope to in order to profit from their Venerability. Sylvia Brown, Chip Coffey, John Edwards, Derek Acorah, none of them have proved their claimed ability’s under controlled test conditions. None of them have taken a psychic challenge and passed it. 

The excuse that because of the nature of the “gift” they have, that it can’t be tested, is a fallacy. Its not that they can’t be tested it’s that they don’t want to be. Most people are not aware of the techniques some of these fraudulent mediums and psychics use and so believe that they have genuine abilities. And why is it that they can’t predict lottery numbers, “because they are not supposed to use their gift for personal gain”, but they can still charge you money for a reading that unlike predicting the lottery numbers doesn’t prove they have a “gift” at all. Having repeat clientele doesn’t mean you are a good psychic, it just means there are a lot of ignorant and misinformed people out there to take advantage of. 

Next time you see a medium or psychic on television or attend one of their readings, compare what they say, with what can be attained through entirely non spiritual means. Being able to duplicate something is not always an indication that it’s fake, but if they don’t offer any information outside of these perimeters there is a high probability that it is. 

General test conditions

Psychics/mediums will not be permitted to talk to, or see their subject. They can however be in close proximity to them if requested. If communication with the subject is necessary this will be done either via a third party or in written form depending on the agreed circumstances. Predictions must be beyond the laws of mere chance. Generalisations are not acceptable.

You can apply to take the test by phone.

Names, dates, address, and locations must be validated with at least one point of reference. For example a name, date or address must have a specific event linked to it.

I do not expect 100% accuracy. 30% is sufficient providing the information is not just generalization.

If contact is made with a relevant “spirit”, questions to be asked will include those specific to a hobby or job they may of had while they were alive. These questions will be of a technical nature that only someone that had extensive real world experience of these subjects could answer.

In the event of multiple predictions, those that are made and are wrong will be taken into account.

In the event of psychics visiting a haunted location I will take steps to ensure they have no prior knowledge of, or no ability to cold read it.

Only information that is verifiable will be accepted as evidence of ability.

These are just a general overview of the testing and some requirements will remain confidential to ensure accuracy of the tests.

I will even work with you to develop an entirely new set of testing protocols provided they are sufficient to eliminate the possibility of fraud or deception, either subconscious or deliberate.  The fact that after literally hundreds of thousands of visitors to the site some of which must claim to have psychic abilities still no one has taken the challenge, this speaks volumes.

Why ?

Research into the paranormal should also be about testing its existence, and by eliminating that which is fraudulent should surely enhance the credibility of those people and occurrences that are genuine. Of course a genuine psychic may actually tell you some of the same things that another psychic may have done through cold reading, but if that’s all they can do and they cant provide you with any specific information beyond the laws of chance and generalization, they have no psychic ability.

It is the responsibility of the legitimate psychic community to prove themselves, if they wish to receive credibility and respect it is not a right, it is something that must be earned.

I have visited over 20 different psychics throughout the world over the course of several years; none of them have demonstrated any ability beyond that of being a cold reader. And while I acknowledge that this percentage is small in comparison to the total number of actual “psychics”, if you compare the failure rate to the results of any other service industry this is a high indication that the vast majority of psychics are fraudulent. What if you took your car to 20 different mechanics to have the brakes fixed, do you realistically believe that you would have a 100% failure rate?

Are these tests unfair ?

No, what are unfair is fraudulent psychics making money from people by deception. Most professions have some sort of tests to prove competence, why should those that claim some sort of psychic ability be any different. McDonalds have a Hamburger University, if its graduates can prove something as trivial as knowing how much salt to put on French fries, then surely people that claim they can talk to the dead should be able to prove their abilities.

Why $100.00 ?

While $100.00 is still a significant amount of money, it also means that the test will not be as stringent as if the amount offered was a million dollars. Psychics are always claiming that they don’t do it for the money; I will happily donate it to charity instead.

 What’s in it for the practitioner aside from the $100.00

If you prove you have the ability you say you have then your credibility is going to be enhanced far more with the support of a skeptic then with someone who is a serial believer. I will make sure I get the $200 back many times over in terms of publicity should I test someone that turns out to be genuine. The publicity will of course also be of great benefit to the successful psychic. Unlike many I believe a psychic with genuine abilities should be able to charge money for their service. Of course if you fail the test I will make sure that this also gets publicized.

But if you’re a cynic then your going to be biased

I’m not a cynic, I run a site devoted to the paranormal, I have spent most of my life visiting places and researching claims regarding it. Psychics will always claim that whatever test they are given someone will always find a fault with the results, so it is impossible for them to prove their abilities. Why is it that car mechanics, students or Doctors never make these same excuses?

I would be happy to give away $100.00 to someone I believe can demonstrate some sort of psychic ability. This challenge is ultimately about proving the paranormal not the opposite.

The excuses

“The abilities I have cannot be tested by conventional methods”Psychics should only be used in paranormal research once they have been tested

Yes it can, claims of spirit guides, and seeing spirits that no one else can see, cannot currently be tested by conventional methods. But what can be tested is the information that psychics claim to have received solely as a result of their claimed abilities. 

“I don’t do this for money.”

That’s fine I am quite happy for you to take the psychic challenge and not pay you anything, whatever the outcome.

“There are so many spirits out there that the messages don’t always come through clearly”.

So you actually claim to provide a service and in many instances charge a great deal of money for something that you can’t do consistently. That’s like going to a mechanic and have him only sometimes being able to fix your brakes, but still charging you full price. You are welcome to retake this test as many times as you wish until the spirit messages do come through clearly. Psychics often compare contacting the dead to “communicating through a crackly telephone line”. But in a real life scenario of this nature people wouldn’t usually try and make “small talk”, what they would actually do is attempt to pass on any important information first, and if they couldn’t do it on the first attempt, keep trying until they could. And likewise if you were to ask them a important question and you don’t get a immediate response you would keep asking the same question until you did get one. So why is it that so much general information is conveyed, and yet very little that is specific or important.

“The spirit may be passing on incorrect information”

If the excuse a psychic uses for their mistakes is that the spirit is passing them incorrect information, then we are all psychics. Everyone can claim they are receiving messages from the dead, and if the information is incorrect or irrelevant it can be blamed on the spirit not the fact that the person has no psychic ability. This is one of the most commonly used general purpose excuses made by a psychic, but a completely illogical one. A spirit could only prove its existence by passing on relevant and factual information through a medium or psychic, incorrect information would immediately invalidate such proof, so there is no reason at all that it would deliberately do this, the only possible reason is that the psychic isn’t psychic at all and using this as an excuse to hide their lack of ability. 

“I don’t have to prove myself to anyone, I know what abiltys I have”

If you had a genuine ability you would have no objection to proving it by taking the psychic challenge , by not proving it, it simply allows you to maintain your own delusion. Based on the premise that you know your psychic so you don’t have to prove it to anyone, including yourself, you could also call yourself a brain surgeon and you could actually believe it, until of course you had to perform an operation. 

“But if you go to anyone else that provides a service you don’t ask them to take a test” 

If I go to a Doctor or a car mechanic their proof is in their results, I won’t be cured if I am ill or my car won’t work. Both these and almost every other industry are heavily regulated to ensure their representatives are qualified to perform the job they claim, psychics are not. Other industry’s also have several avenues both government and private to peruse complaints, should the service not live up to expectations.

“If you don’t believe, it wont work”.

Actually what this statement means is if I don’t believe that you are psychic, despite there being no evidence to support your claim, it wont work. When I take my car to the mechanics he doesn’t say that I must believe that he can fix the brakes.

“No one can be right a 100% of the time “

I don’t expect 100% accuracy, 30% is acceptable. It is not the amount of information that proves ability it is the nature of it. I will accept 1% accuracy if I am convinced the information provided could not have been obtained through any other method apart from a psychic one. 

But isn’t this site supposed to be about the paranormal”

No, it’s about finding proof of the paranormal. Taking the psychic challenge would help to provide this proof. 

Terms and conditions

I will work with you to agree test conditions

I will not be liable for any expenses you occur

The applicant agrees that the results of the tests whether in their favour or not will be made public

I will make every effort to accommodate all applicants applying to be tested, but reserve the right to limit testing at my discretion 

 

Tony Hart-Wilden

 

Million Dollar Psychic Challenge – Skeptics Dictionary 

Tests And Games  – Psychic Experiences 

Testing Psychics – Darren Brown