Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sally Morgan's Psychic Skeptics

Sally Morgan is in hot water again after Derren Brown managed to expose her as a fraud on his Secret of Luck show. The ''medium'' went to visit a 'lucky dog' and confirmed its powers, unbeknownst to her that Derren had planted the dog and made up the rumor that it had any form of lucky powers.

After years of incresing success and popularity, especially with high profile celebrity admirers, Sally's career seems to be these days facing increasing scruitny. Recently she has been accused of having back stage helpers feeding information to her as audience members in Dublin said they heard a man reading out messages which Sally would seconds later repeat. Her reviews on Ticketmaster of her shows also show that her fans have been very disapointed and that her tv show really does show the best of her guess work.

In October of this year a skeptic group in Liverpool invited Sally to come and prove her powers, offering £1 million if she was able to prove it. Derren Brown has even been involved urging her it is more for a matter of science than exposure. Sally declined the invitation.

Is this the end of Sally Morgan's career? It is doubtful, no matter how much evidence is presented against her, people will still believe her. Derren Brown proved this in a documentary on mediums as he did the same tricks as mediums but explained he was just using guess work; a girl he tested his theory on still believed he was 'magic' despite him telling her otherwise.

All we can do is urge Sally to come forward and do this test, it could after all save her credibility and line her pockets with £1million; but with the amount of proof against her and the number of sold books and contracts with Living TV/ITV2, she is most likely to earn more than the million proposed and her credibility will always be strong with those who will believe almost anything.


  1. Excellent post, David. That scene was a classic example of a 'psychic' blindly reinforcing and adding to what people already believed to be true, despite it's actual roots. A minor point: "...Derren had planted the dog and made up the rumor that it had any form of lucky powers" - although you are correct about Derren planting the idea of the dog being lucky, the actual statue had already been in the town for many years.

  2. If she is fraudulent, with someone getting info and prompting her in the background, well that should be checked because there is a law against that. I believe it is called the fraudulent mediums act. Designed to stop frauds fleecing the public. However controlled testing of a psychic is quite another matter. the only ones who could show consistency would likely be the frauds. It is not a science. sometimes a connection comes and sometimes not, I would imagine if you were in a laboratory and nervous and uncomfortable the results would be a big zero.


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