Ciscop gives a very good example of how money may cloud judgement in anything paranormal or for that fact, just a good deed.
I agree with his statement about some so called psychics having excellent observation skills. Excellent observation skills can be considered a talent or 'gift' if the skeptics can accept that terminology and a good place to start when discussing psychics. I would also think that 'observation skills' would also be the first thing used by a cold reader to get their so called talents verified.
Brett explains it very well-
Brett -...but you and i know there are lots of fakes out there who use their "supposed "abilities to rake it in , either by charging for readings , appearing on TV , writing endless books etc -THESE are the people I rail against - they are conning people - and using the field for materialistic ends -( like wise those who use it to promote their own EGO ) - i have coined the term "PAYCHIC'S " to describe them
I have run into more than a few people who have gone to assorted phoney psychics who specifically make their living by giving people bad news. Let's look at this scam business for a moment. It doesn't matter what sort of shingle they put out... psychic, card reader, palm reader, witch, fortune teller etc. they obviously are touting some sort of so called paranormal ability, to the public. The information given may be rather accurate and downright good for a cold reading as they go. Then the scammer will begin the scam with some sort of negative prediction and observe the customer's reaction. One of the more common ones around here is "someone has put a curse on you" (Yes, people can be THAT gullible") and then the scammer will spring into action. Depending on the information collected, the true artistry to separate a person from their money, comes in with the 'cure'. They set the hook into the fish and they start reeling them in.
Can someone actually put a 'curse' on someone? Definitely! OK, all you skeptics, you can stop laughing now. Allow me to give you an analogy to explain this statement.
A Witch, VooDoo Priestess, etc. can certainly go through the motions and methods of putting a curse on someone. So yes, it can be done.
The same Witch, VooDoo'er etc. can also go through the motions and methods of suing someone over something non-existant. So yes, that can be done as well.
Does it mean that either situation will be successful? Not really. However, in many legal threats, will the outcome can create hardship, money loss and phychological stress? Yes. You may still have to address the situation, hire a lawyer, miss work, pay for this abomination and still wonder if this whacko will be convincing enough to convince a judge. Will something like this ever get to court? Probably not, but you still wind up being put in a rather precarious position temporarily.
It's the same psychological series of events when a believer hears about a curse. Neither of these scenarios have validity to them but they both are excellent ways of creating psychological stress. The curse is successful and becomes a real threat when it manifests in the persons mind. It becomes real.