The terms “psychic” or “medium” are typically used interchangeably describing those who have “intuitive abilities to see the past, present and future events of a person by tuning into the spiritual energy surrounding that person”. While this occurrence to speak to the deceased is not a new idea, many people have their doubts about psychics and mediums alike. Their doubts are validated since these men and women were caught scamming people and making millions off their psychic claims, including Theresa Caputo, who was called out in brilliant fashion.
“Call me now for your free reading!” If you grew up in the ’90s, you have heard that phrase and you know Miss Cleo very well. Youree Dell Harris, who was best known around the world as Miss Cleo, got into the psychic game working with the Psychic Readers Network.
Her commercials were aired constantly and her tagline became a huge part of pop culture. Miss Cleo became a pop culture fixture and was parodied by popular sketch shows from Dave Chapelle Show to MAD TV. In 2006 she revealed in an interview with IndieWire that she is gay, and has been hiding it from her family and friends for decades, since she was 16 years old, for fear of exile and hate. Miss Cleo passed away from colon cancer on July 26, 2016 at the age of 53 with a net worth of $1 million.
Miss Cleo’s Company Under Fire with FTC
Miss Cleo is one of many psychics who came under fire for false promises and scams. In 2002, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint that customers were being swindled out of money, up to $300 a call, after misleading information that makes the call appear to be toll-free, with the reading being free as well.
However that is not the case, and the FTC stated, “We want consumers to know that when companies make a promise in an ad, they need to deliver,” said J. Howard Beales III, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Her company was charged with deceptive advertising, billing and collection practices.
Tyler Henry got his big break with his E! show Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, where he meets with tons of celebrity clients including Cheryl Burke, Khloe Kardashian, Boy George, and Margaret Cho. Most recently Tyler made news when he told a reporter about the future with President-Elect Donald Trump, “I’m watching him and I am not worried.” But even if he has made it big now, he started from humble beginnings at his high school in California.
Before starting the show, Henry would give readings to teachers and students at Sierra Pacific High School. It has been recently reported that Henry will be publishing a book soon. Henry said, “It will reveal what living life as a medium is really like” including what it was like to discover his gift and how it feels to communicate with the departed. His net worth is estimated at $1.7 million.
Uri Geller is one of the most profitable psychics having a career that has spanned over four decades, with a whopping net worth of $10 million. His notable career was featured on the documentary The Secret Life of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy? It aired on BBC. The documentary highlighted Gellar’s life as a psychic spy for the CIA.
Geller is most well-known for shocking and awing people with his ability to bend spoons with his mind. Geller has also attempted to use his “abilities” to try to help foster peace in the Middle East. He was given credit for helping to bring about an agreement between Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency disaster service, and the Palestine Red Crescent Society.
Even as a child, Chip Coffey felt that he had psychic abilities. First, he made a few appearances on the A&E series Paranormal State and that opportunity led to him hosting his own paranormal TV series, Psychic Kids. His true abilities have never been scientifically verified but he has quite the following of devoted believers that has earned him $750,000.
In addition to claiming clairvoyance, Chip claims he has said that he is “clairaudient,” which means he can hear the spirit world and clairsentient indicating he can “feel the emotional states of others, whether they are from the present, past or future.” People nowadays have a hard time expressing themselves on their own, so it is hard to believe he can tap into other people without effort.
James Van Praagh
James Van Praagh appeared on Larry King Live 1999 where he was promoting his bookTalking to Heaven. Since then, he has become one of the biggest selling psychic authors with a fortune of $1 million. After his appearance on Larry King Live, he was featured on popular shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, Unsolved Mysteries and Nightline.
In 2002, CBS developed and released the TV film Living with the Dead. The film was based on Van Praagh’s experiences. Soon after the film aired, he received his own paranormal talk show, titled Beyond with James Van Praagh. The show was unsuccessful and short-lived but he managed to become the co-executive producer of the CBS supernatural drama Ghost Whisperer.
Lisa Williams is the granddaughter of medium Frances Glazebrook. Williams got her opportunity to showcase her abilities in 2004 after meeting Merv Griffin. After giving a reading to the long-term hosts of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, she received two shows on Lifetime: Lisa Williams: Voices From the Other Side and Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead which helped her rake in $2 million.
She appeared on Deal or No Deal and America’s Psychic Challenge in addition to publishing three books. Williams has also launched a development school for people who want to seek training for spiritual development. It was called the Lisa Williams International School of Spiritual Development (LWISSD). Courses ranged in cost from $395 to $1000 per course.
Colette Baron-Reid didn’t start out as a Medium. Her career began by pursuing a singing career in Toronto where she started giving psychic readings. After gaining in popularity, Baron-Reid made appearances on Dr. Phil and hosted her own TV show Messages from Spirit. Baron-Reid didn’t give up singing, either. In 2001, she released the album Magdalene’s Garden.
Baron-Reid decided to use her diverse skillset to offer the public personal consultation services that include personal coaching sessions and business advisory, which she claims will give you a new perspective or a certain edge unlike anything else you will find. Her services range in price from $800 an hour to $4,800 which adds on to her fortune of $3 million.
Gary Spivey (worth $1.5 million) is probably known more for his wild hair styles than his psychic abilities. He had a small stint in World Championship Wrestling but more notably has made television appearances on talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Ricki Lake Show. Now, he maintains a weekly podcast titled Tapping in with Gary Spivey and performs live casino shows.
So, what is with the crazy hair? Spivey has said his love of distinctive hair styles started when he was in a rock band. While music was originally his passion, he decided he didn’t want to be a struggling musician, so he became a salesman instead. Maybe he utilized his ability to communicate with the spirit world to edge out the competition.
Sylvia Browne used to be an English teacher but ended up becoming a well-publicized psychic for all the wrong reasons. Her psychic career has been plagued with false and inaccurate predictions. Browne’s most infamous failed prediction involved Amanda Berry, who was abducted in 2003 by Ariel Castro. She was held captive with two other women, Michelle Knight and Gina de Jesus, who were all held hostage in Castro’s home. All 3 women would later be found alive in 2013.
In 2004 though, Browne told Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller, that she believed that Berry was dead. Unfortunately, Miller died in 2006 and was never reunited with her daughter to see the prediction was false. On November 20, 2013, Sylvia Browne passed away at the age of 77 with a net worth of $2 million.
John Edward is probably one of the most well-known psychic mediums in the United States. He used to be a ballroom dancing instructor before becoming a psychic. While Edwards is one of the most popular psychic mediums to date, even landing his own show Crossing Over with John Edward, he still has his critics.
Many have accused him of using mentalist techniques, like hot and cold readings. He would make vague statements to large audiences, knowing his “feeling” would eventually apply to someone. He has also been criticized for filming a special involving victims’ families from 9/11. Many people saw this as a disgusting exploitation of a national tragedy for financial gain, and the special was canceled.
Derren Brown decided to take an unusual angle to psychic predictions; he has actually been exposing false psychics for years through his various stage shows. His shows earned him two Laurence Olivier Awards in the category of Best Entertainment and helped him gain his fortune of $7.5 million. Brown has also been the subject of numerous TV shows and specials.
Brown gained notoriety when he claimed to have correctly predicted all six numbers on Britain’s National Lottery in 2009. Almost 2.7 million viewers tuned in for the live TV airing. Brown explained that he used the theory of the “wisdom of the crowd,” which utilizes 24 people and some basic math skills.
Allison Dubois started using her psychic abilities to help U.S. law enforcement in solving crimes, which was followed by the subsequent NBC drama series Medium. Emmy-nominated actress Patricia Arquette portrayed Dubois. Medium was cancelled in 2011. Dubois next project was appearing on the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Dubois attended a dinner party thrown by Housewife Camille Grammer, and the party would later be referred to as the “dinner party from hell”; Dubois’ strange behavior towards other guests at the party, stating to cast members, “I can tell you when she’s going to die and what’s going to happen to her family. I love that about me.” Her creepy insight has earned her $2 million.
Terry and Linda Jamison
Terry and Linda Jamison are famously known as “the Psychic Twins” and seem to accurately predict various terror attacks around the world. They have been the subject of various documentaries, includingThe World’s Most Identical Twins and Me and Psychic Children: Their Sixth Sense. The twins’ most accurate prediction are the events of 9/11.
While being interviewed on the Art Bell Show on November 20, 1999, they predicted that an attack would occur on the World Trade Center and government buildings by the year 2002. They also claim to have predicted the Boston marathon bombing, the Paris terror attack and San Bernardino terrorist attack. When asked about 2016 and the near future, they claimed to see more terrorist plots targeting New York and Washington D.C, as well as more chaos around the globe. Though given the current state of the world, a psychic isn’t necessary to predict that. The twins share a fortune of $500,000.
Erin Pavlina is a “psychic blogger” who has gained world-wide attention. Pavlina has tapped into an unusual market, standing out against Mommy Bloggers and Travel Bloggers. She has claimed to have had experience with “astral projection,” which she describes as “being like a helium balloon in your room, eventually getting out of your room and floating around your house or down the street.”
Her website slogan is “Come with questions…Leave with answers” but it is hard to feel like you will leave with answers from someone who can’t relate to everyday people – and to be honest, astral projection sounds like an acid trip. If you want to check out her service for yourself, Pavlina charges $300 for a phone reading.
Did you know that Wall Street has relied on psychics before? Well, Laura Day became one of the most sought-after psychics on Wall Street. She became well-known for warning clients to get out of the market one year before the 2008 financial crisis so, in a stock brokers mind, they had hit the jackpot with Day on their side.
Day made an appearance on Oprah, making her more popular than ever (do you know anyone who DIDN’T watch Oprah?)She wrote a 1996 book titled Practical Intuition and it quickly became aNew York Times bestseller. Day has made additional appearances on Fox News, CNN, and Good Morning America, while finding some time to give speeches all around the world. She charges $10,000 a month for her services.
Matt Fraser gained notoriety while touring the East Coast to sold out crowds. People flocked to his shows to witness him display his psychic abilities. He has been a guest on Fox News, CBS Radio, and WWLP Morning News. He released his first book titledThe Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability at the young age of 21.
Fraser compares himself the Haley Joel Osment’s character in the 1999 film, The Sixth Sense. At just the age of four, Matt began seeing and hearing voices at night. He did not embrace this occurrence until he reached his teen years. Today, he still holds readings for audiences and for one-on-one appointments.
In 1992, Maureen Hancock discovered her psychic abilities following a devastating car accident. Since then, she had written a book titled The Medium Next Door, and she has appeared on additional shows like the Ricki Lake Show, CNN, VH1, and is the star of the Style Network Documentary Psychic in Suburbia.
Hancock has addressed her gift, claiming she uses it for good and her purposes are to help others. While you believe it or not, because you are sure to pay a hefty price tag to meet Hancock, she said she “spends much of her time giving back by assisting those with terminal illness, sitting with newly bereaved parents, [and] aiding law enforcement- including the FBI.”
Michelle Whitedove gained a ton of notoriety when Lifetime TV named her “America’s #1 Psychic.” Lifetime TV Network seems to think they are the authority in verifying the supernatural by saying Whitedove was “the first legitimate psychic to prove her supernatural abilities by being tested on television…under the strict FCC guidelines to guarantee authenticity.”
If you are a skeptic and find yourself curious about what Whitedove can do, you can see for yourself if she really is the real deal (for $600 per session). She offers a week long cruise called the Psychic Adventures of the Sea that is all about reaching the great beyond. Sounds a bit far-fetched if you as us!
George Anderson claims to be an intuitive medium and has been called the greatest medium alive; that must be why he can charge an astounding $1,200 per session. He has held readings for more than 30,000 people over more than 30 years – so if you can do the math, you can also say “cha-ching!”
If you don’t believe in psychics, and think Anderson is a big scam artist, the people he has met with claim that he has helped lessen their pain after suffering major losses. Another notable claim to fame is Anderson was also the first medium to become a guest on the televisions series Psychic Channels.
Sally Morgan is a British television and stage artist and author with a net worth of $1.5 million. She claims she had her first psychic experience at the age of nine months and said she saw her first ghost when she was just four years old. Honestly, that claim just sparks questions because who can remember anything nine months old? Or even four years old!
Sally Morgan has been accused regularly of receiving information about her audience members from an off-stage partner, who would give her that information to repeat in her “psychic readings.” Many people have reported that they had overheard a male voice relaying information to Morgan during her performances. Some even said they knew this man was speaking to her from the control room at the rear of the theater. Sounds like a big ‘ol hoax!
The medium from Long Island entertains crowds with her sass and charisma. Although reviews of her shows, which she calls “experiences” are mixed, most could agree that she’s a great performer. Many people have challenged Theresa Caputo’s ability to communicate with the dead, including Inside Edition and Wired Magazine, but that doesn’t stop TV shows like “Bethenny” from featuring her and inviting her to give readings to guests.
In April 2012 she was awarded the “Pigasus Award” by the James Randi Educational Foundation, essentially calling her out for not being a true medium. She’s also been accused of fraud by paranormal investigators Ron Tebo and Massimo Polidoro.