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Sylvia Browne is one of the most popular, self-serving, and blatantly callous "psychics" out there. She is the leader of an allegedly Gnostic church called the Society of Novus Spiritus, based around the teachings of her channeled "spiritual guide" Francine; she promotes both a mother and father God, and claims to teach Christianity the same way Jesus did. She publicly espouses both Afterlife (and afterlife communication) as well as reincarnation.
 Career highlights and problems
Sylvia was a regular on the Montel Williams syndicated TV talk show, until it was cancelled by CBS, where she was known for claiming to speak with the dead and famous for several notorious flameouts (including mis-predicting the outcomes of the Shawn Hornbeck case and, on the syndicated radio show Coast to Coast AM, the Sago Mine Disaster). Her method of "psychic" operation seems to be simple cold reading.
Browne attempted to claim James Randi's Million-Dollar Challenge, but after agreeing to the initial terms she has made no further effort since 2001. In addition, those who have consulted with Sylvia ($850 is the current going rate for a phone call) have stated that she seems quite fond of lecithin supplements for some reason.
Due to her disproportionate fame for her cold reading ability, she managed to attract the attention of a Robert S. Lancaster, an anti-bullshit writer who started a two-year exposure campaign to point out just how crap a fraud she is.
 "You had one job."
- Sylvia Browne made a spectacular mistake when she used her "powers" to gain insight into the outcome of a mining accident. First reports suggested all but one of the miners had survived so Browne said this was not a "gloomy moment" and predicted that they would all be found. Later when it became clear in fact all but one of the miners had been killed she changed her story and said the dead miners were crazy to report they were alive and she meant their bodies would be found. Most people would consider finding bodies a very gloomy time. 
- Browne went on The Montel Williams Show to inform Louwana Miller, mother of Ohio kidnapping victim Amanda Berry, that her missing daughter was dead.  As it turns out, Berry was very much alive.  According to Joe Nickell, editor of Skeptical Inquirer, "The [Ariel Castro abduction] is a test case for all psychics. Why didn't one psychic wake up in the middle of the night and know where they were?" 
- She once predicted that Bill Bradley would win the 2000 U.S. presidential election and that the Reform Party would come in second – neither event occurred.
- She also predicted that she knew Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were "hiding in caves." Hussein was found in a "spider hole", which technically was a cave, but bin Laden was hiding in a mansion, surrounded by an army base.
- She predicted a guilty verdict in the 2005 child molestation trial of Michael Jackson – Jackson was acquitted of all charges.
 Runs in the family
Browne's son, Christopher Dufresne, is also in the business of psychic readings. Sylvia claims that her son's psychic abilities are equal to her own. While Sylvia charges $850.00 for a 30-minute phone reading, Christopher charges $500 for a 30-minute phone reading.
 See also
- ↑ Stop Sylvia Browne is a site containing many, many exposes on Sylvia.
- ↑ http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/component/content/article/3-newsflash/1404-randi-foundation-responds-to-qpsychic-nikki.html
- ↑ Sylvia Browne: Psychic Guru or Quack?
- ↑ Psychic Defective: Sylvia Browne’s History of Failure
- ↑ Sylvia Browne reveals she’s a hypocrite as well as a fraud. ;TV Psychic Misses Mark on Miners
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- ↑ Sylvia Browne's Failed Amanda Berry Prediction Returns To Haunt Her
- ↑ Browne, Sylvia (2000). "Predictions for the year 2000". Sylvia.org. Archived from the original on August 8, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20060808203706/http://www.sylvia.org/home/2000pred.cfm. Retrieved 2006-08-18. Template:Dead link
- ↑ http://www.fraudtech.org/real_psychics.htm
- ↑ Coast to Coast AM, The Other Side, October 22, 2003. Saddam was captured on December 13.
- ↑ In 2004 Sylvia Browne wrongly reported Bin Laden Dead
- ↑ Dear Sylvia, September 9, 2009.
- ↑ Setoodeh, Ramin (January 14, 2005). "Psychic Sylvia Browne's Predictions for 2005". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 2007-02-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20070211211432/http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6826824/site/newsweek/. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
- ↑ http://readings.sylviabrowne.com/