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JREF on ABC's Primetime Nightline, Weds. 10pm / 9pm Central PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday night at 10:00pm (9:00pm Central), ABC's Primetime Nightline will air a one-hour special on psychic abilities.

James Randi, along with JREF President D.J. Grothe, JREF's Million Dollar Challenge Director Banachek, and advisor Jamy Ian Swiss, worked with Nightline producers on two of the segments and participated in three days of taping, including the JREF's first-ever open Million Dollar Challenge event where hundreds of New York City psychics were invited to take our tests.

Watch ABC's 30-second teaser for the show here, click "Read More" for behind-the-scenes photos, and make sure to watch Wednesday night!

 

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oh good
written by paiute, August 16, 2011
And after 59 minutes, here will be the summary: "So are psychic abilities real? The truth is - we just don't know. Goodnight, everyone."
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written by eilish99, August 16, 2011
I am so glad you will be on this program. I only wish they had involved you in ALL of the episodes.
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When exactly?
written by ayhtida, August 16, 2011
Is this being aired on the 24th or the 17th of August? My TV listing shows Primetime Nightline on the 24th.

And yes - I second paiute's prediction of the summary of "So are psychic abilities real? The truth is - we just don't know. Goodnight, everyone."
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Always suspicious of ABC
written by MrIncredible, August 16, 2011
I hope this is not like the John of God thing a while back where it was 59.5 minutes of woo and 30 seconds of Randi.
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written by raider7, August 16, 2011
The trailer gives no indication of hope - it appears to be credulously endorsing the fraudulent psychics.
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written by Squid, August 16, 2011
I have some hope for this episode. Most shows like this would not run tests nor show the 'host' frowning.
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written by joed, August 16, 2011
My prediction is same as Piaute and ayhtida: "So are psychic abilities real? The truth is - we just don't know. Goodnight, everyone."
JREF is just going to have to do their own dvd of this type of public enmass testing. Then make dvd free to public. that atleast would get some real information to people.
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Sandbagged again
written by drbobgold, August 16, 2011
The teaser certainly makes it appear as if it will be pro psychic and anti science. I'll watch, but have little hope.
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Ty media
written by Rexhungus, August 16, 2011
I'll watch it but its more than likely just going to be middle of the road bland reporting. I really wish the mainstream media would take a strong stance on something. I blame them for a lot of the misinformation and backwards thinking that people have in regards to matters of science. I first heard of Randi thanks to watching Penn & Teller's Bullshit show. In fact it was on psychics and there was Randi calling out the bullshit. If only our media would do the same thing. To me the belief in the paranormal and psychic abilities is something that happens when you are a child or teen and you have an imagination. I am an adult now and find it an insult when people try to pass off childish ideas as legit. I created my own Facebook group that was intended to be dedicated to science and skepticism, it was amazing how much superstition people who joined it believed in. I finally left the group and told them to have fun sharing their ghost and psychic phenom stories. Why people try to keep the era of pre-modern science alive I have no idea. What we all need is a good bleeding, that will cure everything.
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"Watch ABC's 30-second teaser for the show here," you say ...
written by Holmstrom, August 16, 2011
...Where?
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Oops!
written by Holmstrom, August 16, 2011
Just watched it ...
Love the audio ... "Does he really communicate with the dead?" ... "Are these tricks or real miracles?"
You can bet ABC's answer will be "We still don't know."
They wouldn't dare go with the actual evidence or they would lose their woo-woo audience.
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Primetime Nightline - Beyond Belief
written by WendyH, August 16, 2011
I've been watching the shows - they are definitely meant to amuse the UFO-Psychic-OBE crowd. One episode was Twintuition, and a recent episode was about the reporters near death experience, and he even interviewed skeptic Margaret Downey. But I thought that was a very minor part of the story. The majority of the show was about the experiences of believers.
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/atheist-brain-margaret-downey-favorite-uncle-only-a-dream-or-really-him-primetime-nightline-14227610
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Have Hope
written by Richard, August 16, 2011
As someone with experience in testing "psychics" on TV, I for one am looking forward to seeing this report. Look at the clip again and maybe you'll get a better feeling about it. But, we shall see. At times it's all in the edit.
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written by daveg703, August 16, 2011
Oh ye of little faith! (Very little, but that's okay.)

@raider7 & drbobgold
The trailer gives no indication of hope - it appears to be credulously endorsing the fraudulent psychics.


I'm sure this is a well-planned move (and I support it)to lure the believer crowd into watching the show to get the rating stats up. If you consider the opposite approach, where the implication was that the show was to debunk the paranormal woo-woo, can't you just hear all those fearful believers' remotes clicking to some other channel? As skeptics we are not afraid to watch, whatever the implication.
Anticipating the usual bland, but hopeful nevertheless. smilies/smiley.gif
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written by Skeptigirl, August 16, 2011
Is this being aired on the 24th or the 17th of August? My TV listing shows Primetime Nightline on the 24th.


It's scheduled for 10 pm on the 17th here on the left coast of the US.
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written by live.the.future, August 16, 2011
And after 59 minutes, here will be the summary: "So are psychic abilities real? The truth is - we just don't know. Goodnight, everyone."


You're an optimist. I'm thinking the summary will more likely be, "So are psychic abilities real? The truth is - they probably are. Goodnight, everyone."
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written by HectorH, August 17, 2011
The trailer and WendyH's report of the content of previous shows in the series don't inspire confidence that this will be anything other than another unquestioning woofest. Worse still, I'd fear that JR will be presented as some sort of eccentric infidel.
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Fair and balanced?
written by SDGeoff, August 17, 2011
I'd like to ask these so-called "news outlets" one question.
With what do you balance truth?
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Good News! (See what I did there?)
written by OneDollarWilliam, August 17, 2011
There was a preview segment of "Beyond Belief" on last night's episode of Nightline, and what they showed was everything I might have hoped for. In the segment Nightline corespondent Juju Chang interviews Banachek, and he's able to really go off on psychic performers particularly those who claim to help police. Chang mentions the Sylvia Browne/Hornbeck Family debacle, and the fact that the FBI has never acknowledged successful assistance from a psychic. They touch briefly on Project Alpha*, show Banachek fooling Chang(the clip of the shocked child from the commercial turns out to be Chang's son surprised by Banachek's trick), then it's back to hammering the hucksters. This time it's JVP and the show Psychic Kids. Chang sits down with a former consultant to Psychic Kids, Lisa Miller Ph.D., and attempts to nail Miller down on whether or not Psychic Kids is abusive(speaks around the question) or fraudulent(ends the interview). The segment concludes by teasing the Million Dollar Challenge on tonight's episode. It really looks like the most promising skeptical content on network TV since Randi was on Carson.

*The Sci-Fi Geek in me loves the show Alphas (about people with superhuman powers), and wonders if Zak Penn (creator) is subtly showing a bit of skeptic.
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Where to Watch Online
written by EricHerboso, August 17, 2011
In case you, like me, long ago abandoned both cable and network television, you can find an online version of the show at http://abc.go.com/watch/primet...SH55131205. It's unfortunate that I can't just queue this kind of thing on netflix, but whatever. I can deal with ABC's go.com player for one night, if it means I get to see the jref shine.
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Uggggh....
written by dog1dog2, August 17, 2011
The un-rebutted "psychic" readings of the "skeptic" at the end made me want to absolutely vomit with rage.....and I probably would've had it not been so predictable.
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Un-rebutting
written by jveeds, August 17, 2011
Dog1 is exactly right though the show itself was very well done. In every case, up till the end, the psychics were busted -- even the home healers! But the final few minutes practically undid all the good of showing the psychics being debunked. What's worse, the two psychic moms, including the execrable Alison Dubois, now have priceless, un-rebutted national TV footage to promote on their websites. Worse yet, here in Phoenix, Dubois got a follow-up interview promoting her recent personal appearance.
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So proud
written by pkohlmil, August 17, 2011
I am just so proud of the job Randi, Banachek, Jamy Ian Swiss and everyone else did on this program. The ending was kind of poor but JREF wasn't there for that part. I think this was great.
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As I would have thought from ABC
written by Holmstrom, August 17, 2011
In the end, big woo with the psychics ending the show and wowing us with their readings of the ABC "skeptic." Ha! ABC knows their audience.
Never mind that we had just seen a promo for their new series: 'Sixth Sense.' Looked to me like just another "Gee Whiz!" entry from ABC about the "mysteries" of psychic phenomena.
While I certainly didn't think I would be rewarded by seeing some psychic arrested or publicly hanged, I was a bit surprised that ABC used the show to promote their new show about the usual drivel. Surprised...not shocked.
At least some of our stalwarts were able to show some of the idiocy prevalent in our society for an hour. I have a feeling 'Sixth Sense' will be painfully hilarious to watch.
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written by babaganouch, August 18, 2011
http://abcmedianet.com/web/bio...&bio_id=65
Here is a link david wright bio, at the end there is the name of his wife vic..vict.victoria as the psychic 'tapped-on' and that he has two daughter, it took me 30 seconds to find that out. Sure when you prepare yourself for an interview and got the heads up and yes his info are listed on the internet even though he claimed that they were not.oops...All a quack to make fools become believers of psychic deception.
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Another David Wright Bio on the Net
written by babaganouch, August 18, 2011
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=127805
BIO. David Wright ABC Anchor-the name of his daughter'Deanna'.

"Born in Buffalo, Wright graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and earned a master's degree at Merton College, Oxford. He and his wife, Victoria, live in Washington, D.C., with their daughter, Deanna.
WOW if they are psychic detectives it does not take long to google David Wright Bio,
all of them are hoisted on ABC web site. Funny...
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How to bust a psychic. Find out
written by babaganouch, August 18, 2011
http://www.insideedition.com/v...rsons.aspx

That is one of the best psychic detective buster episode ever, ultimate favorite
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written by skeptic62@yahoo.com, August 18, 2011
I was disappointed that Randi wasn't on any of the segment.
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Here are the ABC Anchor info online
written by marcopollo, August 18, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10...0bran.html
Easy to find lots of info on ABC anchor David Wright including that his mother passed away and was named Deanna, his whole life is on the NY time from father of the bride to his parents and wedding in Rome etc, even the priest name is on it.
Yet he claimed on national TV that his personal info are not available online. Duped.
There is some dishonesty going on with that ABC story. Yes he mommy died and all that info regurgitated by the pseudo-psychic are on that article from the NYtimes.
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written by Righteous_Indignation, August 18, 2011
Chris Fleming is just SO upset about this show, he's having a little hissy fit on his Facebook page and on the "Psychic Kids" Facebook page making all kinds of threats and challenges smilies/grin.gif

Just a few of his absurd, hysterical seeming F.B. quotes from him thus far:

Christopher Fleming:
Banachek is an ass and only supporting his own fame and beliefs. Easy for someone to make such an opinion that Psychic Kids was borderline child abuse when he hasn't taken even one second to speak with the kids or parents. Shame on Beyond Belief and ABC for this crap and putting this egotistical moron on TV.


Christopher Fleming:
Would love to see Randi and Banachic in a room full of all the children and parents from psychic kids and try to tell them they are fake. Lets see it! YOu nor anyone can refute experience. Nobody can disprove what these kids or families have gone through. Nobody! You and the people that believe in nothing and impose this on people through ridicule and slamming should be ashamed of yourselves.


In response to Lisa Miller walking off the set when asked about the pervasive public opinion that the show "Psychic Kids" was abuse

Christopher Fleming:
They should have had me on and asked the questions about the show. I guarantee you I wouldnt have run off, nor would I be pushed around.



Christopher Fleming:
...all you are doing is assuming and throwing everything into a box. shame on you, very unprofessional and you know darn well not all lawyers are bad, not all politicians are corrupt and not all paranormal tv programs are faked. Most haunted, yes. The rest, I can only speak for the shows I have been apart of and what I witnessed and as I stated I will gladly fight anything I have done in court and with a liar detector test. I walk the walk and I sure as hell talk the talk and I have 39 years of experiences collective and personal to support it as well as a 100's of people to support my experiences, claims, honor and intentions. So if you or anyone makes such claims that psychic kids that I have been apart of is scripted or faked in anyway, I will take it personal and I will stand up to you or any scrutiny.


In response to how the kids on the show ere screened psychic abilities:

Christopher Fleming:
I have made it perfectly clear on radio shows and interviews I have been on, even explaining in detail. Listen to some of my podcasts. Ryan one of the kids had drawn the exact location of the last area a missing kid was last seen, only the police had this information. He drew This exact location. This detail was not in the show, however I discuss this and have on radio shows. I have a copy of that drawing. He even drew a picture of the person before even knowing that we would be doing a missing person case. Add to the fact that these kids picked up details at locations, without knowing before hand they would be at these locations. Maybe if you watched the shows you would know this.


Christopher Fleming:
Not only that I have remarkable EVPS of responses from ghosts in direct correlation to what the kids were picking up and in response to our investigations in the houses we were at.


Awwwwww, someone sure is unhappy! smilies/wink.gif
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How about the rainbow
written by marcopollo, August 18, 2011
Obviously the late summer in Denver Colorado has plenty of thunderstorms.
Storms that quickly clear up and the Sun reappears a few hours later.
Therefore it is not so magical to predict rainbows during the rainy season,
especially if one has a taping, knowing what is the weather forecast for that day is quite important including rain or thunderstorms.
just like it is fairly common to see rainbows in Hawaii because of the common short storms or constant passing rainy clouds and are therefore predictable. Rainbows are very common in the late summer storms in the mountains of Colorado and the whole South-west (monsoon season). Just another passing show and enticing illusion.
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written by ayhtida, August 18, 2011
The link from babaganough above doesn't list the daughter's name. And also, it never listed the ABC reporter's mothers name...i wonder how the 'reader' got a hold of that!

JREF: If you're doing this on national TV, let the palm/tarot readers touch the participants' hands and still get it wrong so there is no excuse. Do we really think they can get 75% (9 of 12) correct by just looking at their hands?
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written by babaganouch, August 18, 2011
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=127805
Oops! My-Bad... here is the link with the daughter's name

"Wright joined the network in November 2000 as a correspondent for ABC News' Los Angeles bureau. Before that, he was a political reporter and a substitute anchor for KRON, then the NBC affiliate in the Bay Area. He began his career in public radio as a reporter and anchor at WBUR-Boston and KQED-San Francisco, where he hosted the award-winning statewide broadcast "The California Report." He was also a frequent contributor to NPR nationally.

Born in Buffalo, Wright graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and earned a master's degree at Merton College, Oxford. He and his wife, Victoria, live in Washington, D.C., with their daughter, Deanna.""

Let me know if you need more pointers, I found plenty online talking about David Wright's life story and family legacy...
BABA
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written by babaganouch, August 18, 2011
Here is the web page for the mother's name and father info too...
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10...bran.html

"bridegroom, 41, graduated from Harvard and received a master's degree in Renaissance English literature from Oxford University. This year he was part of an ABC team that won an Emmy for coverage of violence and starvation in Darfur, Sudan.

He is the son of Dr. John R. Wright of Buffalo and the late Deanna Wright. The bridegroom's father retired last month as a professor of pathology at the School of Medicine and Biosciences of the State University at Buffalo. He was the dean of the medical school from 1997 to 2001. "

Perhaps you did NOT read the article clearly, everything you need to know is posted on these web sites, try again it is self-evident facts... BABA
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written by babaganouch, August 18, 2011
Why is it so hard for mortal humans to accept that there is no after-life.
There is no soul or spirit. All that superstitious belief are from the bronze age.
Life is only NOW. There is no other time to exist than the present moment. No past life or future life. What happens to all sentient beings when they die? The elements return to their natural state. There is no spiritual entity. God, Gods, devils and demons,angels, spirits and Heaven are just mythology. There is no Creator, life is self-shining, self-creating and self-governing. The only purpose of Life is to reproduce itself, that is all Life is good for. That is what life does best naturally. To claim to talk to dead human beings or spirits from beyond the grave is laughable. Look for a soul or a spirit and it will not be found because it does not exist. Existence is what is happening right here and now. That is it. This is not a rehearsal. Of course if one wants to lie to themselves and to others what to do. Let them have imaginary friends and talk to bogus spirits for gratification and a fee and convince themselves and others that the false is real, yet illusion will never be reality. Spiritualism is just a business. That is what it is all simply about. Money.
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The Peter Pan Principle
written by NMaggio, August 25, 2011
Silliness, such as performed by "psychics" is a confidence game designed to feed on those who refuse to grow up. A large part of the population is incapable of moving beyond childhood matters. They are unable to accept that life is brutish, short and final. Enter the psychic to make it all better....for a fee.
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