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@lizard Concentrate really hard on sending her your phone number telepathically and then she'll call you.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm 0

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@Blushingflwr Accepting people's personal experiences or beliefs is different than accepting someone who is defrauding people. There is nothing stopping Ms. Bruckmann from calling herself a "life coach" or something similar if she wants to make money guiding or comforting people about aspects of their lives. Instead, she calls herself a clairvoyant, which is an outright lie. I suppose there could be a tiny chance that she believes her own BS, but you don't end up as a psychic to celebrities if you are not versed in the sort of chicanery that psychics have used for decades.

Now obviously we shouldn't expect The Hairpin to be the New York Times when it comes to what they publish, and the interview is indeed interesting and well-written. But what am I supposed to do with this as a reader? It is hard for me to shut my mouth and just enjoy the interview when, to me, the entire thing reads as a shyster spouting elegant lies.

This woman charges $190 for an hour on the phone with her. Maybe that's disposable income for most of her clients and maybe it isn't. Does it matter? Sylvia Browne told Amanda Berry's parents that their daughter was dead. Perhaps at the time she justified it in her own mind by thinking she was offering some sort of closure. People like Ms. Bruckmann make absurd amounts of money by toying with the emotions of vulnerable people. That isn't something to take lightly, even if most of us just utilize psychics for shits and giggles every once in a blue moon.

My hope is that Ms. Bruckmann reads the comments and has a harder time sleeping at night. It would be fitting.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm 2

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@j-i-a My mistake - I had assumed this article was unquestionably accepting of Ms. Bruckmann's supposed special powers, what with statements like "that's pretty amazing" and "the connection you have to animals..." Now I know that The Hairpin also does not take Ms. Bruckmann seriously. Thank you for pointing that out, although I'm still confused as to why she is worthy of an interview if we're all in on the joke.

So on second thought, I would like to help with this endeavor. If someone from The Hairpin would like to interview me, I will happily lie to you about special abilities I do not possess, you can politely humor me about said abilities, and we can all be proud of a hard day's work.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm 4

On Ask a Psychic

Ooh Exciting! Are there going to be any more "Ask A Charlatan"s in the near future?

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm 9

On What's the Worst Song to Have Sex To?

Butterfly Kisses. Definitely Butterfly Kisses.

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm 3

On This Wedding Season, Say Yes to Strangers: What I Learned From My Craigslist Date

See, this is why things are "based" on a true story or "inspired" by a true story: because you two are supposed to end up in love at the end. I totally would have forgiven you both if you decided to Mike Daisey this story for our benefit.

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm 2

On There's Now A Word For That Feeling

Is there a word for the desire to tell people to stop liking and therefore posting pictures of cute kids with surgical scars on Facebook, mixed with the fear that actually doing so will make you look like the biggest jerk in the world?

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm 2

On Chicago: Hot or Not?

@iceberg I'm a Chicagoan, but I still think the Chicago-Style pizza is an abomination.

A proper Chicago-Style hot dog is a little bit of heaven, though.

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm 7

On The Dropped-Ball Generation

"Do Millenials Stand a Chance in the Real World?" Oh, I'm sure they don't, because a fairly large recession during a time of great technological advances and enlightenment has got to be the hardest thing any generation has ever gone through.

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 9:25 am 22

On Smellies

Well, I'd be turning off Cinemax sometime around 11 pm, that's for sure.

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm 2