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Good Thinking Investigates: Palmistry
Palm readers have operated in seaside towns across the country for many years, with many people putting their trust in the readings the receive – especially in times of need.
In the absence of any proof that palmists have any ability to accurately advise on the future, we decided to visit to a palm reader in Blackpool to find out whether that trust was well-placed. Our three-part undercover investigation series begins by showing just how many questions get asked by the palm reader (not the sitter!) during a single £30 reading...
It became quickly apparent to us that we were being asked far more questions than we were being given answers, and much of the information we were given was generic and unremarkable. With this in mind, we decided to partner with the Merseyside Skeptics Society and return to our psychic to put her accuracy to the test.
In part two of the series, we presented our psychic with sitters who had real health issues, and fictional gambling issues - both of whom received highly dangerous advice, showing just how much harm readings like these can do to vulnerable people.
In the unmissable final part of the series we compare the language used across all of our readings, and uncover an interesting and quite damning pattern...
Our investigation neatly illustrates why it's always important to be skeptical about the claims of palm readers, psychics and others who claim to be able to predict the future.