“If a man carefully examines his thoughts, he will be surprised to find how much he lives in the future.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People have been fascinated with the unknown for thousands of years, and curiosity has led many to seek advice from fortune tellers, mystics, psychics, and others who claim to possess a ‘sixth sense,’ or extrasensory perception,” wrote Joanne Mattern, author of Mystics and Psychics. “To constantly look toward the future is very much human nature. In the course of any day, people are thinking about the next instant, the next hour, the next day.”

Today, many people are still curious about the unknown, whether it be their deceased loved ones or their own futures, and the entertainment industry has monopolized on their desire to know more. Recently, there are even reality television shows that feature self-proclaimed psychics, such as Long Island Psychic, starring Theresa Caputo, who talks to the dead. During it’s first season, the show averaged 1.3 million viewers per episode. New episodes of Caputo’s show aired last night on TLC.

Other psychic reality television shows that have been popular in recent years include America’s Psychic Challenge, Psychic Kids, and Mary Knows Best. 

Mattern wrote, “We have always wanted to see into the future, to know the unknown, to predict the unpredictable. And because this desire to know what might happen is so strong, there has always been a place in history for mystics and psychics.”

Now, it seems, not only is there a place in history for psychics, there is also a place on television, right up there with American Idol and Jersey Shore.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information on some of the world’s most famous clairvoyants, check out Mystics and Psychics by Joanne Mattern (ISBN 9781599351483)

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