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Psychic Fails for 2010

2010 has come and gone, and predictably, a slew of failed psychic predictions have also passed.  Let’s take a look at a few and see how well the psychics fared.  The author’s comments will appear in italics throughout the article…

Let’s start with Sylvia Browne.  On her site,, they claim “Sylvia Browne is without question, “America’s #1 Psychic,” an internationally known psychic and medium.”

Based on that, I would expect precise predictions with a very high success rate…

Sylvia Browne writes…

Around 2009 to 2011, I predict Americans will start working on what I like to call our “buts.” There are problems that we are aware of that make the global community smaller. We have liked to say, “Our system works”..but…

Not sure what she’s trying to say here… but let’s continue with some predictions.

…Children are not properly fed, clothed, educated, protected or given adequate medical care.

Pretty vague and general statement, but this has always been the case with any civilization.

…Many in our population do not have a place to call home.

Yup, we already know that.

…Some of our youth get more attention from gangs and drug dealers than they do positive role models.

Yup, we already know that too.

…People who are ready, willing and able to work cannot find decent jobs.

This has always been the case.

…Our elderly are not cared for properly either financially or medically.

Yup, we already know that.

…Some death row inmates are innocent.

Unfortunately, we already know that.

…Some elected officials and large corporations do not think of the welfare of the people as a high priority – they’d rather just increase their bank accounts.

Yup, we already know that. I’m getting tired of saying the same thing. Her predictions, so far, have been pretty meaningless.

I predict we’ll develop strong resolve and resources to address these problems and come up with some good solutions.

This is completely general and vague. Governments and social groups are always working to resolve the issues she’s listed. I’m sure they will continue long into the future. This is an utterly useless “prediction”.

I predict a great rise in skin cancer in children until 2010. There is a lot of media coverage about the UV rays and many products to protect people against them. But people are still often careless when it comes to the sun. Then again, people could pay attention – and reverse this prediction right out from under me. I would certainly be all for that!

Again, this is a pretty obvious statement – it’s not a prediction.  According to this document (which took me 20 seconds to find) ( , she’s stating what we already know:  skin cancer is on the rise and has been since at least 1980, and it is common in the young population.  But then read this prediction again carefully:  “Then again, people could pay attention –  and reverse this prediction right out from under me.”  So she can’t lose – she’s “predicted” both possible outcomes.  That’s like saying:  “I predict that when you flip that coin, it’s going to be Heads or Tails.” 

I predict the President elected sometime between 2008 and 2020 will die in office from a heart attack. The Vice President who will finish their term will have an unpopular and mistaken intention to declare war on North Korea. By that time, North Korea will have weapons of mass destruction. In the middle of efforts to declare war, I predict the Vice President will be assassinated.

Considering that heart disease is a leading cause of death amongst men, there’s a decent chance this might actually happen. Not exactly a precise prediction. How about a name of the president? How about a date? Who will the Vice President be? Details, please!

There will be a worldwide investigation into the Vice President’s death with both pleasant and unpleasant surprises. A lot of attention will be paid to one of the investigative congressional committees and serious accusations will be made regarding missing funds. Finally, it will be revealed that their accusations are part of a conspiracy to damage the American people’s faith in their government, with the media manipulated to “fan the flames,” and the committee will be vindicated in the end.

There’s almost always a scandal for missing funds with some politician, so this is a very general prediction. These scandals always challenge the faith of the people’s belief in their government, and the media always hypes these stories. Give a name, at least, of the Vice President in question.

I predict we can truly say “goodbye” to the common cold in 2009 or 2010. The solution to the common cold involves heat. Keep in mind that the body’s first response when we develop a cold is to come down with a fever. Many doctors today no longer rush to push patients to take temperature reducing medications when they come down with a fever, unless the fever is dangerous. They feel the immune system is the patient’s best medicine and should be given a chance to fight back. So as the immune system fights a cold with heat, the cure for the common cold certainly may lie in this first signal to heal.

Sigh, the common cold persisted through 2009 and 2010.

I predict that a small cubicle will become available in doctor’s offices sometime in 2009 and it will be heated to a very precise temperature. There may be a special vapor placed into the cubicle. Patients will stand in the cubicle for approximately five minutes and the rhinitis germ will be destroyed.

This did not even come close to happening in 2009 or 2010. Note that this is her most specific prediction, and it’s a failure.

Another wonderful bit of good news on the health front with this discovery – since this cubicle can easily take on the rhinitis germ, many people that have breathing problems with allergies and asthma complications will find some breakthroughs as well. We will see this cubicle discovery used for healing for those with breathing disorders. The cubicle will become available in 2009 or 2010.

Ok, enough with the magical cubicle. It didn’t happen in 2009 or 2010. Fail, again.

I predict hypnotic past-life regression will become available through a group of trained psychologists on both the east and west coasts of the U.S.A. in 2009. It will prove to be quite a success and will be widely practiced by 2011.

Maybe there are some people practicing this – it has been practiced before with terrible results. Also, hypnotic past-life regression therapy doesn’t work, because nobody has ever had a past life. So this entire prediction is based on a false premise, and therefore, cannot come true.

Sylvia Browne, you did a terrible job predicting anything in 2010 – why do people still buy your books?  Why don’t you take James Randi’s challenge?  It’s a free million dollars.  Check it out here.

Ok, let’s try another famous psychic, Psychic Nikki.  I’m only going to point out the big predictions that would be useful to know (so I’m excluding all the Hollywood predictions and all the insignificant predictions and the long list of extremely obvious “predictions” like “they’ll be major storm in the north east USA”).  Admittedly, this is a selected shortlist, because I don’t have the time or patience to go through the hundreds of insignificant and ridiculous predictions on her list.

  • Trouble on the moon’s surface and atmosphere.  Fail.  The moon has no significant atmosphere, only trace amounts of some elements. 
  • A hostage taking incident at a New York City bank.  Didn’t happen…
  • The Lost City of Atlantis will be found.   Wow.  Psychic Epic Fail.
  • A worldwide power blackout.   Swing and a miss.
  • A tsunami in Japan.   Sigh, didn’t happen.
  • Reptiles invading El Paso, Texas.   Not.  Even.  Close.
  • A plane will be hijacked at Toronto International Airport.   This didn’t happen.
  • Two cruise ships will collide in the Caribbean.   Nope.
  • Passing of Fidel Castro.   He’s still alive!  But he’s in his mid 80s and is obviously quite ill, so even if she got this right, I wouldn’t be impressed.
  • A very large earthquake in Seattle, Washington destroying a lot of landmarks and killing many people.   Didn’t happen…
  • Air Force One will be hijacked.   Didn’t happen…  This would, however, make a great movie.
  • Assassination of Barack Obama.   There’s a psychic fail, if I ever saw one.  He’s still alive and well through 2010.
  • Invasion of Iran by the US.   Didn’t happen…
  • Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Alaska.   Wow, can you be more general?  Alaska is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – there are always volcanoes and earthquakes.  Useless prediction.
  • A new species of fish will be found.   No kidding?  I thought we had found every possible fish species by now.  I can’t believe we’ll find yet another!!!
  • A terrorist attack in London, England, Los Angeles, New York, Scotland, Ireland, Toronto, Florida, and Chicago.   Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, and nope.  Maybe she should have listed a few more major cities.

Let’s try another psychic, to see if he fails.  Surely, we’ll see some success?

From Psychic Craig:

  • Bin Laden dies.  He lives!  Or we just don’t know if he’s alive or dead.  Kind of hard to verify this one.
  • Quantum physicists discover extraordinary way generate electricity from water.  Pssst, it’s called a “hydro-electric dam”, and they’re everywhere…   And stop using the word “quantum” to explain anything mysterious.
  • MP caught in indecent act in public toilet.   Maybe this happened; this is from a UK site, so I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in UK politics.
  • Important public figure revealed to be a member of a white supremacy movement with 2011 seeing a serious increase in racist attacks.  Not aware of this…  therefore I can’t confirm or deny.
  • Secret human cloning experiment attempts to clone famous person.  Didn’t happen… or maybe it’s soooo secret that we just don’t know about it yet.
  • X factor in 2011 will be won by a group of friends who were choir boys together. Sure?  This prediction has no value whatsoever.  And think about it – he could have easily done some research to see if one of the groups competing for the X prize grew up together and sang in a boy’s choir.  It’s entirely possible.
  • Celebrity is kidnapped and a ransom demand made.  Not aware of this… and I suppose it depends on your definition of “celebrity”.
  • Barack Obama expresses an interest in holistic healing and ‘world healing’ becomes a dominant theme and key phrase to his 2011 speeches. He brokers a historic deal between Israel and the Palestinians.  Let’s see if he starts doing this in 2011…

What about the things psychics failed to predict at all?  Here’s a few news stories that were huge in 2010, but were not predicted:

  • The earthquake in Haiti, and the rise of mobile donations during the relief effort
  • Massive floods in Pakistan
  • Chilean earthquake
  • Chilean miners rescued
  • Eyjafjallajokull Icelandic volcano eruption
  • NASA discovering Arsenic loving bacteria
  • Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, and ensuing mess (yes, some predicted there would be a “problem” on an oil rig, but for a prediction to be valuable, it needs to be accurate.
  • Guatemalan sink hole
  • Mount Merapi eruption
  • Chinese Yushu, Qinghai magnitude 6.9 earthquake

So it seems the world’s most popular psychics didn’t do well for 2010.  I’ll take a stab at it…

Here’s my predictions for 2011:

  • Sylvia Browne will continue to make loads of money by scamming people into believing she has psychic powers.
  • Psychic predictions made for 2011 will not come true, unless if they are completely vague and likely to happen anyways.
  • Some people will become very defensive when they read this article and will disagree with the content.
  • Some people will agree with the content of this article.


  1. Nicely done! But at the very least, you could have predicted that someone, sometime, somewhere would leave a comment! It might have made you more credible. *snickers*

  2. Yes, Bin Laden did die, but in 2011. I don't think that should count as a correct prediction since it was made for 2010. Plus, that's a prediction that many psychics have made every year since 2001… eventually, someone was bound to get it right. Even if it was the correct year, why not predict the day? The month?

  3. Predicting a tsunami in Japan is like predicting a snow blizzard anywhere in Canada. Some people are intuitive, some are scam artists, but only God knows what will happen. If you don't believe in God, then I guess you have to wing it. Wait a minute, we have to do that anyway! I guess these predictions are useless unless we want to live in fear every single day of what could happen. 😉

  4. Wow predicting a tsunami in Japan and the death of Bin Laden. Its time to post your article as the FAIL compared to her predictions.

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