Talk:Sylvia Browne

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(I'm in such a snarky mood, i'm sure I'll get deleted eventually today, grins). Ok, who the frick has a channeled spirity thingy called "Francine" Can't you at least give your spirty thingimagig a cool name like Belizabar or Malchekezadec or Zithra or Joe?--WaitingforGodot 15:02, 24 July 2008 (EDT)

Could someone tell me what the blooming heck happened to Looks like somebody hacked it.

No idea. There's a discussion about this at Crundy 19:05, 29 October 2008 (EDT)

she's fully booked for 2011[edit]

Sorry folks.

Is she a sociopath?[edit]

The signs are there. She disgusts me, anyway. (Legal bit: No one has said she's a sociopath)Scherben 12:51, 13 December 2011 (UTC)Scherben

Effects of StopSylvia seem grossly exaggerated or at least underdetermined.[edit]

Currently, the article includes the following paragraph:

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. Due to the relentless efforts of Lancaster, Browne's popularity dropped, and it is postulated that the knock-on effect of the negative press was a factor in the cancellation of the Montel Williams show.

Now, I love Lancaster's work and am a big fan of his sites, but this paragraph seems to have no obvious justification. Yes, Lancaster created a site and some time thereafter, Williams was cancelled and Browne's popularity suffered, but I strongly doubt that Lancaster's site caused those two events. At least, show me some evidence. It's pretty plausible to me that Browne's popularity suffered because Montel lost his show and so she lost her TV audience. Montel lost his show for any number of reasons, but probably not simply because he had a weekly (?) guest that was criticized on a website mostly visited by skeptics (I'd wager, though his published emails show that some true believers also show up there). I'm going to remove the speculation of Lancaster's effects on Browne's popularity. Phiwum (talk) 15:09, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Proof that she predicted her demise correctly[edit]

88 = 8 + 8 = 16 = 1 + 6 = 7 = 7(7) Q.E.D.---Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 13:00, 23 November 2013 (UTC)

Can't argue with that. Big apology time, everyone. --Scherben (talk) 22:04, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

Bad link[edit]

The stop Sylvia link in the references goes to a stop smoking ad page — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs