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Every day thousands of people look to psychics for advice, information and insight on their lives. There’s little doubt that some psychics can help people find peace of mind, but it’s unfortunate that amongst the truly gifted psychics around there are also several fakes.

People who at best have zero or very limited psychic ability but want to help others, or at worst set out to con their audience from the start – whether for payment or because they crave attention and they need to feel special.

Despite the number of fraudulent psychics around you shouldn’t let it put you off booking in to see one, but take a look at our top tips on how to tell if a psychic is real so you can choose how much of what they say to believe.

Tip 1 – Pay attention to the details

True psychics are able to give you accurate and relevant information on specific things which are not obvious, for example, they may mention the exact full name of a person from your past, or a place you spent a vacation.

Fake psychics cannot do that, instead they make general claims like: ‘I have an older man here, he passed due to a heart problem’, knowing that statistically it’s likely that a good number of people in the audience have lost someone who fits the bill.

In comparison, a real psychic may mention an older man, but they would add detail such as he passed on several years ago from a heart problem which he had known about but ever told anyone. He says that’s the reason he quit driving, even though he blamed it on his eyesight.

Tip 2 – Fake psychics talk slowly

Fake psychics speak this way because they are fishing for clues.

They make a statement and then either read your body language or wait for your response to adjust their ‘insights’; making statements like:

  • I can sense you have had heartbreak in your life. (Who hasn’t? If you are suddenly emotional or anxious they will ramp it up.)
  • It’s very recent, but you have spirits with you, supporting you. (If you look blank they try a different tactic.)
  • I’m getting the feeling it was not long ago, but it could be that you were reminded of it more recently.

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Tip 3 – Fake psychics demand cash to remove curses or spells

This is one of the ugliest aspects of fakery in the psychic sphere. People who feel they may be cursed following endless bad luck are vulnerable to suggestions that they could escape it if they pay for the curse or spell to be removed.

Of course, there is no curse at all, and a real psychic would help someone by tapping into positive messages, not scaring vulnerable people into buying protection.

Tip 4 – Be wary of too much insight into the future

Fake psychics cover up their lack of real knowledge by focusing on the future, as what they say cannot be disproved.


Having a fake psychic reading can be devastating both emotionally and financially. If you have any doubts, then consider these tips before making any life-changing decisions.

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson works for EHI Primary Care and writes about a range of Health topics.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.