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Written by James Randi   

This notice appeared on Craigslist, where stranger things have not often shown up. It purports to be a casting call... I ask you to read it, and make comments on how the beleaguered "world-renown" medium would be able to come up with any details about the subject victim...

CASTING: TALK TO THE DEAD - FREE PSYCHIC READING

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE OTHER SIDE?

IS THERE A DEBATE YOU'D LIKE TO PUT TO REST?

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION THAT NEEDS AN ANSWER?

If you are willing to be on camera, you might qualify for an extensive psychic reading with a world-renown [sic] medium at no cost. These mediums can communicate with the other side to solve mysteries, end disputes and resolve questions.

To be considered, please email:

1) a brief description of why you would like to communicate with the other side. Specifically, what question do you need answered, or what debate do you need resolved?

2) a brief description of who you are and how you are related to the person who has passed.

3) photos of yourself and anyone else who would be involved in the reading.

4) an email address and phone number for us to contact you.

Due to the high volume of responses we are receiving, please be as descriptive in your email as possible. Do not apply unless you are able to attend a local casting call in Los Angeles. Any travel to LA would be at your own expense.

* Location: Los Angeles
* Compensation: The mediums performing the readings typically charge hundreds of dollars for half-hour sessions. If selected for this casting, your readings would be completely free.
* This is a part-time job.
* This is a contract job.
* OK to highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities.
* OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Wow! Such a bargain! "Completely free" sounds like a huge carrot-on-a-stick to snap at, don'tcha think? We can't wait to hear from you readers with your comments...!

 

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written by scubzer0, April 25, 2009
just send us any and all information listed above and we will simply restate it in various ways to prove you lost loved-one is trying to contact you!*

*results may vary depending on the extent of your grieving.
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written by MadScientist, April 25, 2009
Yeah, I think I'll sign up for that. Let's see ... all they're asking for is my complete biography - what a bargain!

It's rather sad that people fall for this, but people in great emotional distress may miss the clues that seem so obvious to other people.

The next question is: what are they up to and what can we do to foil it? If only there were more definite times and dates - wouldn't it be tempting to line up a few top class mentalists to do a show just across the road ... and slated victims of the sham can come in for nothing?
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written by Mjolner, April 25, 2009
Won't the slated victims be coming in for nothing anyway? smilies/grin.gif
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written by MadScientist, April 26, 2009
@Mjolner: smilies/tongue.gif That's cruel. I don't think it's funny because people get hurt, robbed of some money, but likely also robbed of memories - memories of friends and family lost which are tainted by these scumbag 'psychics'.
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written by Rustylizard, April 26, 2009
What a marvelous way to compile a valuable sucker list of gullible people.

Sign up! Then you start receiving spam subscriptions to the Psychic Times, cheap prescriptions for homeopathic Viagra, and other irresistible items you just can’t find anywhere else. Your phone rings, and you are the lucky winner of a free trip to Tahiti (just send a deposit of $250.00 to hold your reservation).

I must act now, while there is still time, and beat the rest of you forum readers to the punch!
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written by Cian, April 26, 2009
"DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION THAT NEEDS AN ANSWER?" ....

can the spirits tell me if the million dollar challenge will ever be won? ...... i'm getting an "n" word ....
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Digital Libertinism
written by Realitysage, April 26, 2009
Craigslist: In the land of cyberspace anarchy, anything goes.... smilies/cry.gif
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written by bosshog, April 26, 2009
I have a question I'd like to ask my dear departed mother:

Why did my daddy always call me "boy" while the milkman called me "son"?
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written by bosshog, April 26, 2009
A few questions more:
-How can you, while writing your ad copy, refer to the "high volume of calls" you are receiving ?
-If you are offering a service why do you refer to it as a casting call?
-Aren't casting calls aimed at actors i.e. make-believe characters?
-If you are offering a job why is the work performed by me the only compensation I'll receive?
-If a recruiter responds to this advert does he get 10% of my reading?
-Whuddaya tryin' tuh pull here anyways?
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Another question
written by bosshog, April 26, 2009
"Gee Wally - why is it, whenever Mom and Dad have a big fight in their room at night...Dad gets bluberry waffles for breakfast the next morning?"
"Aw, knock it off you little goof!"
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written by mama1974, April 26, 2009
Won't the idiots...um, clients who send fake info be "amazed" that they won't get a call back? Only a truly "gifted" psychic would know it's fake info...or anyone with a computer, a few bucks and 15 minutes.
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Why apply?
written by FirstTimeCaller, April 27, 2009
I should think that if they were true psychics that they would email me directly. "We sense that you will be in the LA area in the new future and that you have a desire to contact
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written by FirstTimeCaller, April 27, 2009
[sorry I used a less than sign in my post and it got chopped, continuing on...]

"you have a desire to contact [insert departed's name here]. We'd like you to join us for a taping..."
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written by knitwit, April 27, 2009
Sad thing is, way more will "apply" than will read or comment at this site.
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written by Alan3354, April 27, 2009
I might be interested, but I have to go to Nigeria to collect my inheritance.
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written by Alan3354, April 27, 2009
written by knitwit, April 27, 2009

Sad thing is, way more will "apply" than will read or comment at this site.


That makes sense, it's a chance to be on TV, everyone's goal in life.
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written by Vapor, May 02, 2009
Fishing
Cellphone
Hang up
"Are you still there?"
submit
apply
registration
categories
Don't call us will call you and serve you with a warrant.

This is an open beta test of Bait And Switch Systems (BASS).

no disclaimer needed smilies/smiley.gif

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