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Do "psychics" exist?
Yes, there are psychic people
19%
 19%  [ 16 ]
No, it's *all* a load of rubbish and trickery
18%
 18%  [ 15 ]
There might be such a thing, but I don't trust self-proclaimed "psychics" (stage psychics, strange American women...)
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 62%  [ 52 ]
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PostPosted: 12-03-2014 10:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Unforeseen losses force Irish Psychics Live into liquidation
Realm Communications Limited to be wound up despite predicting a return to profit in 2012
http://www.irishtimes.com/business/unforeseen-losses-force-irish-psychics-live-into-liquidation-1.1720861

A liquidator has been appointed to the firm behind Irish Psychics Live, which was founded by former journalist Tom Higgins.

A document lodged with the Companies Office confirms that Eamon Leahy of Leahy & Company, Fairview, Dublin has been appointed as liquidator arising from a resolution of the members of Realm Communications Limited.
The liquidation of the firm follows eight months after the company, which was behind what was Ireland’s most high profile and controversial premium phone line service, ceased trading.

The appointment of Mr Leahy also follows a Revenue Commissioner’s notice in January confirming it had petitioned the High Court to wind up Realm Communications Ltd.

The premium phone line business was established in 1998 and built up a large cash pile over the years before Mr Higgins and his wife Theresa Dunne cashed out in 2009, sharing a dividend payout of €9 million.

Mr Higgins has declared his intention to be the first Irish person in space on board Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactia after paying $200,000 for the privilege.

Callers to the premium phone line were charged €2.40 per minute for instant psychic readings. The rates were the subject of calls to Liveline and an on-air spat between broadcaster Pat Kenny and Mr Higgins.

The website for Irish Psychics Live - no longer operating - stated that it was “operated by genuine Celtic psychics, the most psychic race in the world. Only the most spiritually gifted individuals are selected to participate in this site”.

Mr Higgins sold Realm Communications Ltd to Gavin Hickey and Maxine Payne in 2009 and the most recent figures show that after his departure as director, the firm quickly became loss-making, recording a pre-tax loss of €315,225 in 2010 after recording a post-tax profit of €1.1 million in 2009.

This arose from the firm’s income plummeting with the abridged accounts for the 12 months to the end of April 30th 2010 showing its gross profit declined by 72 per cent from €4.27million to €1.19 million.

The figures show that at the end of the period, €805,714 was owed to Revenue through €479,332 in corporation tax, €191,407 in VAT and €134,975 in PAYE/PRSI.

The firm had net liabilities totalling €809,956.

A note attached to the accounts states that “the net assets of the company are negative and the company has reported a loss in the year compared to profits in previous years back to 2003”.

The note adds: “In the subsequent period, the management accounts indicate a return to profitability, although the turnover has reduced substantially and the balance sheet remains insolvent. It is expected that the company will continue to be profitable and return to solvency in the 2011-2012 year.”

It is not known how the firm has fared since financially as the directors have not filed any accounts in over two years with the last accounts filed in December 2011.

Mr Leahy today did not return a call for comment.
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PostPosted: 14-03-2014 23:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

She didn't see this coming.

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An accountant and taxation service provider has made a settlement with the Revenue Commissioners for under declaration of VAT and income tax. ...

Also featured on the list is Carol Byrne, a clairvoyant with an address at Coolmaine in Oylegate, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, who made a settlement of €163,000 with Revenue for the under declaration of VAT and income tax. ...
http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2014/0314/602347-tax-default-revenue/
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PostPosted: 18-04-2014 21:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one has the potential to cause more pain and suffering than most of these charlatans. Full text at link.

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'Cell Block Psychic' TV Show Is 'Abhorrent' To Those Who Work With Victims

A new TV series featuring a psychic who allegedly talks to spirits connected with convicted murderers and crime victims is coming under fire from those who work with grieving families.

"Cell Block Psychic" features Maine-based medium Vicki Monroe attempting to communicate with the otherworld to provide closure to the loved ones of murder victims.

Monroe uses a technique of speaking with the dead known as cold reading. Spirits supposedly send images or phrases, and she asks the people she's talking with to fill in the blanks.

Cold reading involves asking leading questions or making general statements that can apply to anyone. It has been used for hundreds of years by magicians, mentalists and self-proclaimed psychics like James Van Praagh and John Edward.

Kristy Dyroff of the National Organization for Victim Assistance finds the whole concept of the show "abhorrent." She thinks the series wrongly suggests that people who have lost a loved one to a violent crime can find "closure."

"It doesn't appear as if [Monroe] has any training in dealing with crime victims," Dyroff, who saw a clip of the show, told The Huffington Post. "You never talk about closure. It's unattainable and frustrates the victims. We encourage them to find a 'new normal' because they'll never go back to what they had."

Monroe claims that she has talked with the dead since she was a kid and that her psychic powers have enabled her to solve numerous cases. ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/cell-block-psychic_n_5160303.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird%20News
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PostPosted: 19-04-2014 06:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear, I can see the writs flying already -
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Monroe uses a technique of speaking with the dead known as cold reading.
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Cold reading involves asking leading questions or making general statements that can apply to anyone. It has been used for hundreds of years by magicians, mentalists and self-proclaimed psychics like James Van Praagh and John Edward.



Laughing
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PostPosted: 19-04-2014 10:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

escargot1 wrote:
Oh dear, I can see the writs flying already -
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Monroe uses a technique of speaking with the dead known as cold reading.
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Cold reading involves asking leading questions or making general statements that can apply to anyone. It has been used for hundreds of years by magicians, mentalists and self-proclaimed psychics like James Van Praagh and John Edward.



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In the US you can say things like that. Of course the Psychics could always prove that they are genuine.
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PostPosted: 19-04-2014 17:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Came across this just now. It's from last year.

What I'm really thinking: the clairvoyant

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People often criticise my "job" and ask why, if I could truly communicate with the dead, I would pass on seemingly innocuous messages. I want to say that I'm in a powerful position and would never abuse it, and that it's not a job you pick – the job picks you.


Ooer! Shocked
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