One should generally take the advice of phone psychics with a grain of salt. One woman believed her phone psychic, though, and now she’s furiously suing a telephone fortune teller for predicting her death.
According to Babe, a 35-year-old French woman named Magalie called a fortune teller hotline last July. She paid $33 for the call, and the clairvoyant on the line terrified her by telling her that she had heart trouble and would be dead in six months.
You never know who is on the other end of a psychic hotline phone call. I just Googled “How to become a phone psychic,” and found three separate “It Happened to Me” articles by women who had worked as phone psychics. They weren’t psychic, just fakes looking for money. There are enough “I was a fake phone psychic” personal essays in the world that if you called a phone psychic, it seems like you’d have a better shot of finding an aspiring writer than an actual psychic.
She really believed in phone psychics.
Magalie told the psychic she had been to the doctor for chest and stomach pains, but the doctor said she was fine. The psychic then said the doctor was wrong. She said Magalie had heart troubles, and she needed to see a better doctor or she would die.
In an utter panic, Magalie rushed to another doctor. That doctor told her that she was totally healthy and had neither heart nor stomach problems.
Magalie called the psychic back and told her the good news. The fortune teller stuck to her story. She said the new doctor was incompetent, like the first one, and that her prediction was correct and Magalie was going to die.
This psychic sounds like a real asshole. If she was trying to make a big splash and freak her client out, she could have said something about how the act of switching doctors meant she’d have better care, and that changed her fate so she’d never manifest the disease that would have killed her if she’d stayed with the other doctor. Instead, she doubled down on her stupid fake prophecy and caused this woman extreme anxiety.
The client was having so much trouble with the prediction — she really believed in phone psychics, so she thought this was 100-percent real — she wound up seeing a therapist to deal with it. The therapist said to sue the psychic.
Real psychics won’t predict a person’s death, apparently.
The president of France’s National Institute of Paranormal Arts says Magalie’s psychic totally went against the psychic code.
“Mediums should never predict someone’s death,” he said. “It is completely against our code of practice.”
He said his organization gets dozens of complaints every month about alleged psychics predicting people’s deaths to get them to pay more money for readings.
Magalie is suing for severe psychological trauma. The case is scheduled to go before a judge at the end of the month.
Do you think Magalie has a case? Or is it her own fault for believing in phone psychics?
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