‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan sends the lawyers in over suggestions she might not really be talking to the dead
You know who I don’t like? Spiritualists. Mediums, that lot. The ones who tell grieving mothers that they’re talking to their dead son: “Yes, I’m getting him now, he says he misses you but he’s happy.” Because, let us be honest, we can be pretty sure that they’re not speaking to anyone’s dead son, or granny, or pet dog. The kindest spin you can put on it is that they’re confused. Another possibility is that they’re cynically taking advantage of other people’s pain and vulnerability. There are several words for people like that, none of which is permitted by the Telegraph’s style guide.
Or at least that’s my take on it. I’m pleased to say that other people are more charitable. In this case, Michael Marshall of the Merseyside Skeptics Society, plus Dr Simon Singh and Prof Chris French. They’ve offered one necromancer a chance to prove that she is what she says she is.
You may remember that Sally Morgan, Ghost-Botherer to the Stars, got in a spot of bother the other week when it was alleged that the messages she was receiving were coming not from The Other Side, but from backstage, and being relayed via an earpiece: “David, pain in the back, passed quickly”, that sort of thing. Now, as anyone who’s ever watched a Derren Brown show knows, it’s perfectly possible to do very convincing spirit-summoning without any prior knowledge of the subjects, using cold reading, so it’s somewhat irrelevant whether Morgan used extra help.