'Psychic' Nikki Is a Fraud

'Psychic' Nikki Is a Fraud September 19, 2011

Someone left a link to the archive of “psychic” Nikki’s predictions from past years, which provide all the evidence one needs to show that she is a complete fraud. Her technique is quite obvious — she throws dozens and dozens of entirely plausible predictions at the wall and, when a few of them stick, she declares herself a psychic. Let’s take a look at some of her predictions from 2010:

  1. Trouble on the moons surface and atmosphere.
  2. A hostage taking incident at a New York City bank.
  3. An avalanche at Whistler, B.C.
  4. The Lost City of Atlantis will be found.
  5. More ancient Mummies will be found in Egypt.
  6. Treasure from a Spanish Galleon Ship will be found under the sea.
  7. A worldwide power blackout.

None of those things happened, as far as I know.

  1. A tsunami in Japan.
  2. Reptiles invading El Passo, Texas.
  3. Another shooting, this time at a US Naval Base.
  4. A terrorist attack at Edwards Airforce Base.
  5. A fire on Broadway in New York.
  6. A famous castle will burn to the ground.
  7. Giant bats will attack a city in South America.
  8. Tragedy at an oil rig.
  9. A shooting in Copenhagen, Denmark in a popular shopping area – many people injured and killed.
  10. A terrorist attack in Germany.
  11. A terrorist attack in British Columbia.
  12. An oil spill destroys the Mississippi River.

She was off by a year on the tsunami, but how difficult is that to predict? Tsunamis are not unusual in Japan and she predicted that more than once; eventually it’s going to be true. Nor is a tragedy on an oil rig, there are several of those in a typical year. But there wasn’t an oil spill that destroyed the Mississippi River, or giant bats attacking a city in South America, or a terrorist attack on Edwards Air Force base. The more specific her predictions, the less likely they are to come true; the more obvious they are, the more likely they are to come true. Any of us could be a “psychic” using this method.

  1. A plane will be hijacked at Toronto International Airport.
  2. Two cruise ships will collide in the Caribbean.
  3. Passing of Fidel Castro.
  4. A very large earthquake in Seattle, Washington destroying a lot of landmarks and killing many people.
  5. Many rare white lions will be found in Africa.
  6. A major coffee chain will go bankrupt.
  7. A tragedy in the Rain Forest around a swinging bridge.
  8. A blimp exploding over a stadium.
  9. Danger around President Barack Obama.
  10. Assassination attempt against President Barack Obama.
  11. Assassination of Barack Obama.
  12. Yet another sex scandal in Washington, DC.

Again, wrong on all of it except the most vague and obvious things, like “danger” around the president — but no assassination — and “another sex scandal” in Washington. Wow, that’s really stepping out on a limb.

“Psychic” Nikki is a fraud, a con woman, fleecing the ignorant and the credulous.

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  • chilidog99

    “1.Trouble on the moons surface and atmosphere.”

    wha????????

  • MikeMa

    chillidog,

    Too much science fiction in Nikki’s diet. 😀

  • Ramel

    “1.Trouble on the moons surface and atmosphere.”

    wha????????

    Didn’t you know that the Martians are fighting the Neptunian Federation for the rights to beam mind control rays at earth to make us all vote for Obama…

    [/GBeck]

  • chilidog99

    8. A blimp exploding over a stadium.

    “Oh, the Humanity!!!”

  • DaveL

    Trouble on the moons surface and atmosphere

    Also:

    Doubts about David Barton’s integrity

    Concerns over Orly Taitz’ sanity

    Questions about Fox News’ impartiality

    A hiccup in the Guantanamo Bay Torture prosecutions

    Threats to the federal budget surplus

  • Doug Little

    8. A blimp exploding over a stadium.”

    So she read a work of fiction by Thomas Harris. Bravo. I didn’t know this was a common psychic technique… make prediction based on works of fiction. I’m waiting for the prediction of an antimatter bomb going off at CERN.

  • Pieter B

    I knew you were going to write this.

  • eleusis

    The moon has essentially no atmosphere. She can’t get basic, verifiable facts correct, but expects us to believe her unverifiable predictions. Well, they are verifiable after some time, it’s just that psychics have been doing this sort of thing since before the internet, when most people would forget and have no way to go back and check their earlier claims.

    One thing to notice whenever you see psychic predictions, which Ed alludes to, is specificity. The more specific you make a prediction, the less likely it is to come true, but also the more valuable it is.

    I can say with certainty that *someone* will be in a car accident in my city tomorrow, but then I’m not saying anything interesting. However, if I said that a 43-year-old man will be in a car accident at 2:12 pm on the corner of 4th Ave and 17th St, and it turned out to be true, that would be something.

    Most psychics don’t say anything more specific than what could be predicted from actuarial tables.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Nikki: Trouble on the moons surface and atmosphere.

    eleusis: The moon has essentially no atmosphere.

    No atmosphere = trouble. One for one. ZING!

  • Didaktylos

    Sex scandal in DC – politician admits sleeping with own spouse.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    A blimp exploding over a stadium.

    I wonder if she is aware that blimps are filled with helium; which, unlike the hydrogen used for the Hindenberg and other airships of a bygone era, is not explosive.

  • Doug Little

    Reginald,

    For your benefit she probably means something similar to the fictional terrorist plot laid out in Thomas Harris’s novel Black Sunday where the plan was to strap a large nail bomb on the underside of the blimp and set it off during the super bowl. Well that’s my prediction anyway.

  • Kevin S

    She’s really pumping up her stats with those tsunami predictions, though. According to Tsunami Alarm System, Japan gets hit by a tsunami at least once a year.

    So, like so many psychic predictions, that one would only be surprising if she got it wrong.

  • 386sx

    youtube page fail:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/PSYCHICNIKKI

    She didn’t predict that one. Lol. Actually a lot of famous people have failed youtube pages though. youtube’s music browsing page is completely worthless nowadays by the way. What the hell are they thinking. Stupid VEVO videos take forever to load and play too. No idea why. Maybe they don’t know how to encode stuff or something. /rant

  • lordshipmayhem

    “8. A blimp exploding over a stadium.”

    A morbidly obese fan drinks too much Diet Coke (or Pepsi) and breaks wind from his seat in the upper nosebleeds. Nikki declares her prediction came true.

  • I predict that lots of folks be laughin’ at Nikki for a long, long time.

  • Sastra

    Most psychics don’t say anything more specific than what could be predicted from actuarial tables.

    Oh, they’ve got dozens of techniques. I forget the exact term, but I read a book on cold reading written by an expert who said he usually stuck in one “dazzle” guess into every reading, a total long shot which would miss at least 99% of the time: your aunt was buried with the wrong glasses; you had a dog which had to be rescued by the fire department; one of your relatives was famous for playing Hamlet. All you had to do was hit once — and your reputation was made forever.

  • osteenq

    I don’t know how anyone gets past “giant bats will attack a city” without laughing themselves into convulsions.

  • garnetstar

    She’ll claim the Copenhagen one is a hit.

    After all, Norway’s not far from Denmark, or perhaps her psychic control doesn’t know geography.

  • Having even limited pre-cog powers would be such a useful adaptation, I’d suspect pre-cogs to become the dominant life-form fairly quickly. Instead, we see them scrabbling for a niche with other carnival mountebanks. Evolution sure is amazing, isn’t it!?

  • 8. A blimp exploding over a stadium.

    Maybe she should change her ‘vision’ to:

    A blimp crashes in a stadium; everyone talks like Donald Duck.

    Lighter-than-air craft generally haven’t used hydrogen since The Hindenburg showed everyone the problem with flying around a giant gas-bag of flammable gas. All the blimps she’s talking about are flying on helium.

    All this reminds me of the wonderful story of the newspaper astrologer who got fired, with a letter that began, “As you no doubt already know…”

  • Well she did predict “Problems with North Korea.” or that “More mummies will be found in Egypt” or “Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Alaska.”

    The vast majority of her lists are things that happen every year, if not every day.

    She seems to know a little about agriculture. The predictions that she says happen every year, but most receive little notice. There is always a new pest and a new disease.

    Although I had a hard time deciding which was more unlikely…..

    “Nancy Grace will receive many awards.”

    or

    “Giant bats will attack a city in South America.”

  • wscott

    I can say with certainty that *someone* will be in a car accident in my city tomorrow, but then I’m not saying anything interesting. However, if I said that a 43-year-old man will be in a car accident at 2:12 pm on the corner of 4th Ave and 17th St, and it turned out to be true, that would be something.

    I’d say it would make you a suspect. 😉

    Lighter-than-air craft generally haven’t used hydrogen since The Hindenburg showed everyone the problem with flying around a giant gas-bag of flammable gas.

    That problem was well understood long before the Hindenburg, but there was an embargo preventing Germany from buying helium in large quantities. [/uselesstrivialesson]

  • dingojack

    8. A blimp exploding over a stadium.”

    Rush Limbaugh will have coniption over a muslim daring to play in a football game and the owners of the stadium allowing it? *yawn*

    Dingo

  • Tsu Dho Nimh

    Many of these qualify as non-predictions because they have happened so frequently:

    Avalanches at Whistler (ski resort with lots of back country)

    Finding mummies in Egypt

    Sex scandals in D.C.

  • ambulocetacean

    Heh. Glad you enjoyed the link, Ed. Like Osteenq, I still can’t get past the giant bats…

  • davidct

    Once again the only “True Psychics” are shown to be the frauds or the seriously deluded.