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3 Psychic Hotlines Put to the 'Ghostbusters' Test

Like you, I want to have advanced knowledge of future events that I can exploit to enrich myself financially, sexually or nutritionally (if I can get a heads up on where to find a McRib, I am on that mother).

Despite doing Kegel exercises regularly, Ive been unable to hone my own psychic prowess, so I figured Id have to turn to experts; people who charge several dollars a minute for access to their mysterious gifts. But could I trust these people? I cant abide charlatans, so Id have to run some tests.

In order to save money Id have to get my psychic friends to run a five minute gauntlet of psychicery to prove their worth. The challenge? In that time, I would ask them to tell me what I had in my hand, what I had for breakfast and give an answer to one more or less preposterous and wholly fraudulent question like a more naked Dr. Peter Venkman (oh, right, I'd be naked).Its on!

Telemedium

The Telemedium website had me hooked right off the bat. To start they were only going to charge me $1.69 per minute. Sixty-nine is hilarious on the Internet, Im sold! Plus, theres a long list of psychics I can choose from, its not even some random wahoo with specialized knowledge of unknowable events, its my choice. And what choices!

Tim there looked promising, and if anyone has seen the astral plane its gotta be this guy but alas, he was offline. Luckily they have about 90 psychics to choose from so I also ran Costanza here up the flagpole;

My final choice was this charming looking lady, because I was hoping for some psychic phone sex as I assume she already knows what I like (mostly degradation and threats).

Unfortunately she too was offline, so I had to settle for a middle-aged lady whose picture wasnt even available. Great.

The Test:

My new psychic friend was named Claudia and she spoke as slowly and deliberately as any drunk Ive ever met. I couldnt decide if this was because she was trying to milk my $1.69 a minute or because she had stroked out just before I called. I didnt really want to ask. Honestly, she should have known I wanted to know, but thats neither here nor there.

Since I didnt have time or finances to beat around the bush, I cut to the chase. In my hand was the one item I always have handy when Im doing research: a boxed set of the RoboCop trilogy. I asked Claudia to tell me what I was holding.

Hes a cop and a robo? This movie really speaks to me.

With only a minor stumble that I think was the beginning of a wha? Claudia quickly changed directions and explained how she connects with my spirit guides to glean information from me and they show her what I need to know, not always what I want to know. You crafty bitch.

I tell her it was all three RoboCop films on DVD, including the subpar third movie and for a second Im met with silence before she asks me what has been concerning me lately. Is there something thats being weighing heavy on me? Something Im stressed over? Damn right there has, what did I have for breakfast?

As though Im talking to an even-tempered and potentially medicated wall, Claudia continues as though I have said nothing at all. Shes getting that I have some concerns about money. Have I had some expenses lately that are troubling to me? Yes. My breakfast.

I havent seen this many greasy meat tubes since I was an altar boy (ba dum bum).

The clock is ticking and I refuse to question this woman about my sausage any longer (I had sausage for breakfast, incidentally). I jump right into the big guns by explaining to her my beloved uncle Jeremy was lost at sea two weeks ago while out tuna fishing. Is he OK?

Inexplicably this question slows her down even more and Im positive Ive wasted over $10 at this point. She tells me she sees water and darkness and it feels cold. She tells me my uncle was definitely in the water and now, wherever he is, hes lost. Hes partially crossed over but she isnt sure if that means he has died or possibly in a coma.

The Verdict:

I cut Claudia off before Im in to her for a full on case of beer or anything by triumphantly explaining that not only has my uncle Jeremy never been lost at sea while fishing for tuna, he doesnt even fish. Also, he doesnt even exist. Psychic your way out of that!

This is how they finally canceled Crossing Over with John Edwards.

She attempts to explain how the guides are showing her water in a desperate attempt to not have to do an about face to account for my fictional uncles fictional demise. I scream fraud into the phone and hang up, about $12 poorer but so much wiser.

Psychic Center

At the psychic center you can apparently get 10 minutes worth of psychic insight for only $1. How do these guys stay in business? The website features a very Twilight looking girl with a crystal ball which I feel is a good sign. Even if they cant answer my questions, maybe they can explain to me why anyone watches those terrible fucking movies.

They have 11 pages of psychics to choose from so I pick a woman who not only does humans but pets as well, because it seems appropriate for the Internet and, read out of context the way I wrote it there, looks all kinds of dirty. Bet she didnt see that coming.

The Test:

I learn quickly that, while you may think being both a pet and human psychic would maximize someones awesome superpowers, it in facts seems to make you borderline retarded. When I question her about the object in my hand, which is now my Chihuahua which I felt was appropriate to the situation, I get some cock and bull story about how she needs to use Tarot cards which will start giving her impressions about blah blah, sentence that goes on for like three more fucking minutes.

Once she finishes the jibber jab, I hit her with the breakfast question. I think she literally, word for word, says the same goddamn thing she just said to me when I asked about Mojo--who I named prior to Transformers coming out making him original and Michael Bay even more of a hack, thank you. She must have this shit written on the back of the tub of Haagen-Dazs I assume shes eating on her sofa.

My dogs dink is now on the Internet.

My pet psychic hasnt instilled a lot of faith in me yet but it all rests on the money shot. She missed the bus on Mojo but maybe she can redeem herself with this little gem: My kitten fell into a box and floated down the river behind my home and my pug ran after him and I havent seen either since. Are they OK?

The Verdict:

The savvy amongst you will have recognized my conundrum as the set up for the epically awesome kitten-and-pug movie Milo and Otis. Of all the kitten and pug movies Ive seen, its the only one.

Its a fraud, you silly bastard!

Ace Ventura takes it at face value and explains how the two animals have a real connection with each other which is why the pug followed and they know I will be OK without them but that other people needed their love and guidance so thats why they left. Even though the kitten was in the water he got out OK and the two are together and safe and theyre sending me a message to not worry. This shits deep.

I mention how I forgot one detail, that I dont have a kitten or a pug and thats actually a childrens movie. Immediately the tone becomes icy and she explains how if I provide false information she cant read the cards properly. I think thats pet psychic for youre an asshole.

Psychic Power Network

I had to up the ante because Ive been wasting too much of my admittedly not-particularly precious time and money on this. Its time to go for a sure thing.

This psychic had to be the real deal. Why? Because shes got a doctorate in metaphysics, which I bet is a thing you can really get. Thats like physics but on numerous levels and shit. Probably that means she can tell my future and build a perpetual motion machine that runs on faith and smiles.

The Test:

I took philosophy back in university because it was my dream to be unemployed, so I too am familiar with metaphysics. And if this psychic is anything like me shell be well aware of the philosophy tool I have in my hands a beer.

Nice dress ya got there, Father of Logic.

Im pleasantly surprised to discover this psychic is totally game for my test and in no time she begins scrabbling towards an answer. Its something important to me. Honestly, I cant tell her shes wrong. We may be on to something here.

Like my attempts to recreate the movie Up in a lawn chair, everything soon comes crashing down in a miserable heap when it comes to the breakfast question. She actually brushes me off by saying her gifts are to help with meaningful questions. Lady, it doesnt get more meaningful than Pillsbury Toaster Strudel. I used the little packet of icing to draw a dong on it. Then I felt bad when I had to eat it.

Toaster strudel, a gateway to gay.

Not a fan of her saucy attitude I try to zing her with my next question: I fell in love with a girl when I was in high school but, due to unforeseen circumstances, I ended up going to prison for killing her dad on a tuna fishing trip. After I got out of prison I couldnt find her. Will we ever be together?

I feel a faint glimmer of hope--not that she has psychic powers but that she may be a reasonable human being--when she asks me if that really happened. I assure her in my most sincere voice that yes, I went fishing with my girlfriends father and, quite by accident, negligently homicided him right there on the boat.

Like a trooper, the good doctor tells me that my lost love felt so much pain for the loss of her father and for feeling betrayed by me, even though it was an accident.

The Verdict:

This is the most touching and tragic load of horse shit I have ever heard. She should have abandoned metaphysics and gone into advanced hogwash with a minor in malarkey. Turns out that he never blamed me for what happened and felt terrible that I had to go to prison and everything. Man, thats a load off my mind.

It made my day when I found out this was a real book.

In order to wrap things up, I ask if it would change things if I made all that stuff up and if she feels bad that she has to lie to me to get paid. I go on to explain the irony of me lying to her to get paid and then ask if shes willing to drop the psychic routine and mix dirty talk with her thoughts on the RoboCop trilogy for me. The offer clearly overwhelmed her as I was immediately disconnected. She probably likes part three.

Conclusion:

Theres literally a pantload of other psychics I could contact, I even briefly considered calling Montel Williamss personal harpy Sylvia Browne but fear of her $850 price tag and the fact she might recognize my voice and try to eat me if I ever cross her bridge one day kept me away. No, this little experiment had to come to a disappointing end as I was forced to accept that, if psychics are real, theyre not clamoring to sell their talents for $2 a minute to tell me how much I was giggling when I drew that wiener on my toaster strudel. Seriously though, thats not like actually gay, is it?

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