Cleo, Psychic Friends Network, and the gypsy at the traveling fair
are all guilty of leading us to mock the art of Tarot. They have
made us chuckle at their silly portrayal of the typical Tarot reader.
They have made us skeptics to the very trade they have "mastered,"
whether it be a true talent or a true fallacy. There have been many
controversies on whether the Tarot really works or not, but of course
no one will never positively know the truth. As long as there are
good con-artists in the world, the people who really know how to
read Tarot cards will always be questioned.
there are some poor devotees who get swindled by the best of them.
Miss Cleo's network the Access Resource Services, Inc. was prosecuted
by 125 customers who were deceived by misleading direct mail solicitations
that promised 30 "free" minutes of psychic talk time.
Once they called, they were charged for services that were never
met. One former call-taker reportedly said in an interview with
KSAT-TV in San Antonio, TX that "She [Miss Cleo] just an actress.
She doesn't even read cards, 16153 is her extension, if you call.
You won't get through to her. You'll get another reader." It
has also been reported that call-takers are trained to keep the
caller on the phone for the initial three free minutes before sending
them to the reader to get burned.
instance in which a con-artist posed as a Tarot card reader was
with Senora Guadalupe. This woman was able to get away with $40,000
from Latino immigrants. She would sit and mumble a strangle language.
Then she would read their cards, but in a manor that convinced her
patrons that they were cursed and the only way to help them was
for them to bring her hundreds to thousands of dollars for rituals.
She claimed the money would be given back to them, but she left
without any trace.
were just two of the many cases that have been linked to Tarot related
scandals. It's sad that scam-artists are swindling people and the
true Tarot readers are getting the grunt of it. The true professional
readers deserve to be believed, but that's not going to happen until
they get organized and hire a public relations representative. This
rep could set up an association dedicated to the process of determining
who the legitimate readers are and whom they should deem crooks.
The rep could then release the information to the public. This would
make the public less skeptic, since it's showing that the true professionals
are concerned about the public and what the public thinks about