The experiment, designed by Chris French, head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, asked two professional mediums to write something about five individuals who were concealed behind a screen.
These five volunteers were then asked to try to identify themselves from these psychic readings - with a success rate of only one in five.
This was a result that was “entirely consistent with the operation of chance alone”, said Professor French.
But one of the mediums, Patricia Putt, rejected the suggestion that this showed any absence of psychic powers - saying that she needed to work face-to-face with people or to hear their voice, so that a connection could be established.
“Psychic energy” was not likely to work in the setting created for the experiment, she said, and her success rate was usually very high.
Well of course her success rate is very high when you can see them. If you’re good at cold reading and all the other tricks, it’s going to be.
Fixed the title. Though it was pretty funny.