As police cry deceit, Salem psychics see trouble

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Here in Witch City, there has been a lot of talk recently about a New York man who paid a local psychic $16,800 to protect him from a curse.

One local witch says the problem is that there’s no such thing as a curse, and if you believe in them, that’s your curse. A local warlock says it doesn’t matter if you believe in curses or not — you can’t say with conviction that another person’s convictions are wrong.

And the Salem Police Department — well, they say none of that matters because the city ordinance clearly states that psychics can only forecast the future and read the past.

Curses are a strict no-no.

But the controversy does not stop there, for a police detective has dared to utter what is a loaded word in the local occult economy: fraud.

For those who make their living selling psychic services to paying customers, the term lives on a slippery slope.

“If they’re a fraud, then we’re all frauds, and all religion is a fraud,” said Christian Day, a local warlock who owns two witch shops in Salem and is known for riding around town on a Segway in his full witch regalia. 

Written By: Billy Baker
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22 COMMENTS

  1. From the OP:

    “If they’re a fraud, then we’re all frauds, and all religion is a fraud,” said Christian Day, a local warlock who owns two witch shops in Salem and is known for riding around town on a Segway in his full witch regalia.

    The Bard himself couldn’t have put it better !

    • In reply to #1 by Mr DArcy:

      From the OP:

      “If they’re a fraud, then we’re all frauds, and all religion is a fraud,” said Christian Day, a local warlock who owns two witch shops in Salem and is known for riding around town on a Segway in his full witch regalia.

      The Bard himself couldn’t have put it better !

      If only all “Christians” would consider this….

      He continues on.

      “They’re not regulating the priest who absolves you of your sins and tells you to put some money in the collection basket, or the old lady who sends all her money to Pat Robertson. They pick on us for one reason: They’re afraid of us. They’ve always been afraid of us.”

      He’s right. When authorities stop bending over backwards for the traditional religions and start to become afraid of them, they’ll be toast too.

  2. Fools and their money.

    local warlock who owns two witch shops in Salem and is known for riding around town on a Segway in his full witch regalia.

    However much of a fraud this man is, he’s got style I can recognise.

  3. Extorting money by threatening eternal hellfire is just as much a con as fortune tellers and spiritualist mediums. Christianity is state-promoted humbuggery.

    It is child abuse to threaten children with torture and torture of their families if they don’t do as they are commanded. It is the sort of thing commanders of child armies, pedophile priests and Catholic mothers do.

  4. My mother believed in witchcraft and the stuff that they dispensed called “umku”.Apparently this foul stuff could be put into food and drink and make one sicken and die.It could also be buried in one’s garden (probably in the dead of night) and cause one no end of ill fortune.

    To get back to the article, these people are relieving the gullible of vast quantities of money, which is horrible.But what’s the difference,between them and the churches? Both strip people of money for very poor returns.Both grow rich on the misery of people.

    Wonder if the police detective is a Christian….

  5. ” Fatima’s fortune-teller license had expired more than a year earlier…”

    You need a license to scam people? That’s hilarious! Shouldn’t Fatima had been a little bit more forward-thinking in planning the renewal of her licence? Oh, my mistake, she couldn’t have seen this mess coming.

  6. ” Fatima’s fortune-teller license had expired more than a year earlier…”

    You need a license to scam people? That’s hilarious! Shouldn’t Fatima had been a little bit more forward-thinking in planning the renewal of her licence? Oh, my mistake, she couldn’t have seen this mess coming.

    • In reply to #7 by Aztek:

      ” Fatima’s fortune-teller license had expired more than a year earlier…”

      You need a license to scam people? That’s hilarious! Shouldn’t Fatima had been a little bit more forward-thinking in planning the renewal of her licence? Oh, my mistake, she couldn’t have seen this mess coming.

      Some years ago while I was on my way to work, I passed a bookshop, and noticed that Mystic Meg (she is, or was, a newspaper astrologer her ein the UK who also appeared on the National Lottery results show making vague statements about who might win) would be there that lunchtime signing copies of her new book.

      I happened to return at lunchtime, and to my total lack of surprise, found her sitting at a table with an unhappy expression on her face and a large number of books, all unsigned and unsold, and no one was queuing or showing her any interest. The irony of the situation made me giggle uncontrollably for much of the rest of the day.

      As for Fatima’s fortune teller’s license expiring, that indicates she lacks para-normal foresight, normal foresight, and hindsight too.
      I predict she will or already has gone out of business

  7. In reply to Roedy, post 5. I used to go to Sunday sermons by the aged vicar who would cry out from the pulpit, ‘forgive us lord, wretched sinners…’ it was great comedy. My mother said I ought not to attend if I was going to laugh throughout.

    • In reply to #9 by Smill:

      In reply to Roedy, post 5. I used to go to Sunday sermons by the aged vicar who would cry out from the pulpit, ‘forgive us lord, wretched sinners…’ it was great comedy. My mother said I ought not to attend if I was going to laugh throughout.

      This reminds me of going on vacation with my sister to Boston eons ago. The priest pronounced Lord with his Bostonian accent as Lard. “Praise the Lard.” “May the Lard be with you.” “The Lard said…” “The Lard is good.” I couldn’t stop laughing. It was almost as funny as the time when we went to church in small town New Hampshire. When people were turning to shake hands to say “peace be with you” the priest kissed my sister on the mouth. haha

  8. How many people in how many places over how many years have paid money to organised religions who are unable to substantiate in any meaningful way their fraudulent promises of everlasting life, paradise etc etc?

    By all means lock them up. All of them. Till they all stop peddling this tosh.

  9. Practicing fortune telling without a license?
    jesus christ, what sort of mafia runs that place.
    Everyone knows to practice fortune telling you need a license, shit, practicing fortune telling without a license, that’s just crazy.
    Fortune telling without a license, in America of all places, Wtf, how the hell did that happen. I thought America was civilised.
    Fortune telling without a license, we are all going to hell in a hand cart..
    Fortune telling without a license, lock them up and throw away the key, everyone knows if you are going to tell fortunes you need a license. God this makes me so angry.

  10. “If they’re a fraud, then we’re all frauds, and all religion is a fraud,” said Christian Day, a local warlock who owns two witch shops in Salem and is known for riding around town on a Segway in his full witch regalia.

    Finally a psychic who tells the truth.

    • In reply to #17 by crookedshoes:

      “If they’re a fraud, then we’re all frauds, and all religion is a fraud,” said Christian Day, a local warlock who owns two witch shops in Salem and is known for riding around town on a Segway in his full witch regalia.Finally a psychic who tells the truth.

      Absolutely; albeit it’s told by a wind up artist.

      S G

  11. Always cracked me up to see billboards pronouncing ‘Psychic Fair – these dates at X Auditorium!’

    Why advertise? Just frequence the vibes via vortex energy to the occupants of inter-planetary craft.

  12. you can’t say with conviction that another person’s convictions are wrong.

    Yes I can if I have overwhelming evidence that your convictions are wrong. If you have the conviction that the earth is flat, I can say with complete conviction that your conviction is wrong.

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