The Today show actually did some good reporting, renting out a brand new house that had never been lived in and bringing in “psychics” to check and see if there were any evil spirits lurking about and, if there were, mutter some mumbo jumbo and claim to have purged them.
But a duo named Susan and Rev. Joseph said there was negative energy in the house. “It’s negative in the sense that it could cause setbacks, it can cause financial setbacks,” Susan said. To purge it, they burned incense and chanted all over the house, and claimed to have trapped the negative energy in a bottle.
Despite their supposed abilities, the psychics were not aware that Jeff Rossen had been monitoring their activities from a control room upstairs in the home. When he revealed himself to them, he asked: “How is it possible that you were able to find all of this negative energy? This is a brand-new house, no one’s lived in it before.”
“It’s not a haunted house, but spirits roam in empty places, they roam in hallways,” Susan said.
“Isn’t this just hocus pocus to take advantage of homeowners?” Rossen asked.
“No, no, no,” Rev. Joseph protested. As the pair spoke to Rossen, one of their associates tried to block the camera and scooped up the cash the Rossen team had brought to pay them.
When another team of psychics arrived, they announced: “There’s a presence of two or three entities here … They won’t let you feel comfortable here, you’ll just be stuck. [You] won’t be able to find a job. You’ll want to move.”After the Rossen team agreed to let them help, they spat holy water, puffed cigar smoke, banged on the walls and rolled a coconut around. “Most likely there was domestic violence here,” a psychic named Medina declared. “Repeat to yourself, ‘the house is clear, the house is pure.'” Their fee was $1,021.
When Jeff Rossen identified himself, Medina said, “This is hilarious, I can’t believe this.”
“Well, it’s not really that funny,” Rossen said. “You’re charging people $1,000 to do this. That’s not funny.”
“Are you saying that I did anything illegal?” Medina asked.
“I’m asking how you can say there was domestic violence and bad spirits in this house when no one’s ever lived here,” Rossen said.
“It could have been from another time,” Medina said. She and her associates also predicted that Rossen would be “out of this type of job” within three months, and said his late grandmother wanted to speak to him. They insisted their readings were accurate and said they stood behind them.
Another psychic, named Sandra, announced, “There’s more than one spirit in this house.” She said the job would require a double session costing a total of $1,475. After burning sage and ringing bells, she said the bad spirits were gone.
Scams. All scams. And people make them rich.