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TV “Psychics” Found to Actually Be Stock Photo Models

After seeing hashtags for a TV show featuring a “Psychic Wayne” all over Twitter, Irish student Alan Rice decided to see what all the fuss was about. Of course, within a few minutes he had already decided that the show was, in his words, tripe. But after watching a little while longer he noticed something else: the pictures of the other off-air “psychics” that people could call looked a lot like stock photos.

A quick screenshot and Google search showed that he was right:

Calls were about 3 minutes apart to Wayne himself and during those minutes he’d say that tonight was busy and that some of the other psychics were free right now but would soon be taken again. To me their photos looked like stock photos online and after several more minutes I decided to take a screenshot and reverse image search one of the psychics. Guess what? It’s not often, but I was right! You can see Pyschic Pat here.

Psychic Pat was in fact a bought stock photo! I quickly tweeted about this and from that I was pointed to the boards.ie thread about the show where I posted the same photos. Things certainly took off from there and some wonderful people there started finding pretty much all the psychics listed on their website from various places around the internet including, from what I gather, a personal Flickr photo. It really begs the question who are you talking to? And in some cases from what I’ve read you only get through to a hold message.

That’s right, it turns out some very expensive psychics, about $3.00/min expensive, also happen to moonlight as stock models (among other things)… well, either that or the whole thing was a big scam. If you want to learn more, check out the whole post complete with videos of the show and a full list of “psychics” and the Flickr or stock photos they pose under.

Con artists working on national television (via Boing Boing)


 
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  • http://twitter.com/retsinakis jim

    Why the hell would anyone think otherwise than it was a scam? It ain’t bl**din’ rocket science.
    A plague on the plonkers who pay for this drivel and feed stories like this. I am on the verge of apoplexy!

  • Amando96

    Should have totally used some blackmailing to get big bucks off of them.

  • Nualln

    So this psychic thing is all fake? No way. 

  • David

    Mr. Price does not understand what “begging the question” means.  Also, it should come as no surprise that a scam is a scam-all-the-way-through.  This will be more of a story if we set about determining if the psychic show paid for use of the photos or not.

  • Alan Rice.

    Thanks David for the grammar advice. I’m not great at languages, even English, so I appreciate the feedback and changed the sentence to “which raises the question” http://begthequestion.info/

    It’s no surprise that this is a scam from the ground up. I don’t believe in psychics in any way, but it’s the fact that it’s hard to disprove outright that makes the stock photo find quite important, as a piece of factual evidence. Gives an indication that something is not right, that can’t be dismissed as coming from a skeptic.

    I’d imagine that the show did not pay for them as they use a person Flickr photo in one instance. Also since this was published, photos have been replaced, many to “psychic” objects like candles and cards.

  • David

    Haha, I think we got our answer then, Alan – nice detective work!  It is awful that these “psychics” would prey on the weak in society; I think it’s great when they are called out by people strong enough to stand up for themselves.  Good on you.

  • http://twitter.com/OfficialDan Dan Howard

    Surly these psychics saw this coming…. baddumtish!

  • http://twitter.com/stoyanov stanimir stoyanov

    Nicholas Cage was quoted as saying, “You don’t say!”

  • TRphoto Es

    I’m a living proof of that.
    I did a few sessions for an ad company.
    And my mother’s picture was used as a Fortune teller…
    And i can assure you that she’s not!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ziplock9000 John Stock

    So what? meh