A British “psychic” named Anne Germain has apparently been caught doing what faith-healing fraud Peter Popoff did when James Randi caught him in the mid-80s, using questionnaires and an in-ear receiver to give her information about the people in the audience she was conning. Citing a Spanish newspaper report, the Daily Mirror says:
It says it has seen copies of briefs prepared for Mrs Germain and allegedly handed to her before she met members of the crowd at her £60-a-ticket packed live shows and on her TV series.
In one encounter, it is claimed “spiritual medium” Mrs Germain had a dossier saying one audience member had worked at the family’s pottery business.
A section headed “deceased loved ones”, informed Mrs Germain of the name and age of the person’s relative as well as how they died.
In the subsequent show, the medium claimed to be communicating with the deceased and told the person: “She is showing different pots, plates and glasses.”
Mrs Germain, who uses a translator at her shows in Spain, confirmed to The People this week that dossiers had been prepared for her ahead of her events.
Popoff’s version of this was to have people coming to his faith-healing services fill out prayer request cards, which he then had his wife read to him through a receiver in his ear that the audience could not see.