Saturday, March 27, 2010

Paranormal Court

Psychic Robert Hansen has a great racket. He gets in touch with dead people that supposedly tell the friends and family in the physical world how to settle some dispute. Recently, TLC has backed him by putting him on his own show called Paranormal Court.

The episode I saw tonight showcased a couple whose daughter died from a drug overdose. The mom has turned the daughter's room into a shrine, leaving everything just the way it was when she died. The dad wants to turn the room into an office. Who's to settle the dispute? Robert Hansen, psychic-medium!

After some generic questions that sounded rather...well...generic (read: applicable to anyone who is obviously going on a show to speak with a 'medium' to get in touch with someone dead), he gets right down to it and lets the couple know it's ok to turn the room into an office. He's encouraging. He doesn't really seem opportunistic. He seems like he genuinely wants these people to know this information.

Here's my beef: How can you market this? I give readings on occasion to close friends and family when asked, but I have never - and will never - charge for this service. And, I'm not one of those pagans who's totally against paying for a service given, but to go on a television show and toy with these people's emotions? This I have an issue with. The whole thing seems silly, trivial, ridiculous.

Now, I know the question is a bit...hypocritical, against the mainstream ideas of paganism - if any ideas can be called mainstream - but how do we know he's not just making it up? I mean, they're looking for a solution to their dilemma. And, supposedly, he doesn't know a thing about it before he meets them, but that would be supremely easy to fake. I'm just wondering how this guy, and guys a lot like him, can get their own shows.

But, I'd really just like to hear your thoughts on his show! Do you like the idea? Hate it? Skeptical? Or, am I being overly cautious for no reason?

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Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

4 comments:

  1. I think the show's premise is an interesting (although sort of wonky) way to cash in on the current paranormal show frenzy. However, if this guy sticks to cases like the one you mentioned that could also be solved by a person who specializes in grief counseling, I'd grow suspicious. If he really is gifted, I'd like to (at least once) see him help someone with a problem along the lines of, say, finding an important missing piece of their late husband's life insurance paperwork.

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  2. I can pretty much guarantee that a story like that would NEVER get put on television. It gives far too much room for error. Anytime I've seen a psychic go a-famewhoring and tell people to look for money/valuables/etc. in a certain place, they're hardly ever right. In fact, statistics show time and time again that tv psychics are correct less than 25% of the time.

    That's just about as good as any random person making random guesses.

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  3. This sort of got covered off in episode 94 of South Park

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Biggest_Douche_in_the_Universe

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  4. I loved the show but I don't take it seriously. The people involved seemed to be relieved and get some closure so what's the problem?

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