If you were awake at all during the 90s and early 2000s, you should be familiar with so-called psychic Slyvia Browne and her claims to have communication or knowledge of random dead people. Apparently, she told Amanda Berry’s mother the teen was dead, and the woman died of heart failure a year later.
A year after Amanda Berry disappeared in Cleveland, her mother appeared on “The Montel Williams Show” to speak to a psychic about what happened to her daughter.
Psychic Sylvia Browne, who has made a career of televised psychic readings, told Louwanna Miller on a 2004 episode of the show that her daughter was dead, causing Miller to break down in tears on the show’s set.
“She’s not alive, honey,” Browne told Miller on the show, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”
Miller told the newspaper that she believed “98 percent” in what Browne told her. Miller died a year later from heart failure.
On Monday, Berry was found alive after she broke free from a home in Cleveland where she says she has been kept for the past decade.
Browne did not return phone calls seeking comment today by ABC News. The Montel Williams show, through syndicator CBS, also did not return calls for comment. The show no longer airs new episodes.
It’s not the first time that Browne, and other psychics, have come under fire for their involvement in law enforcement cases.
Should someone claiming to be a psychic be held accountable in cases like these?
According to TicketMaster.com, Browne has several “lecture/seminar” engagements scheduled for this summer — well, she HAD several engagements planned for the summer.
Here’s a review posted on TicketMaster.com of one of Browne’s recent “shows”:
Sovereign Center for the Perfoming Arts – Reading, PA – 01/10/2013
When Sylvia first started the show there was a glimmer of hope. For about 5 minutes she spoke of the universal concept of Angels in all religions. She also spoke of the Mother God and how Western religions are lacking in this belief. I found this interesting and wished she would have continued with that approach.
From there – I dont know what happened.
Stories were muddled and confusing, making little sense.
Everything became a punchline. So much, that we thought she may be channelling Phyllis Diller.
For approximately 45 minutes, Sylvia rambled on about topics such as bringing our troops home, high taxes, and healthcare. She made a point of defending her inaccurate prediction regarding the Presidential election, saying “It doesnt matter who they put in there, They are all bad”.
In her defense, she did seem to appeal to a fair share of the audience who dutifully laughed and agreed with each comment.
Then we did a 5 minute meditation which was also confusing. The direction was unclear and it seemed as if she was just making it up as she went along.
Then came the audience participation part of the show.
Tickets were dispensed as we walked in, however, I heard a number of people say they did not receive one.
Numbers were called and each person was instructed to line up at the 2 microphones placed in front of the stage. Most questions were the generic variety — Are there any messages for me from the other side? Will I have more grandchildren? Is my father proud of me? What is my spritual guide’s name and how many angels are surrounding me?
Each time the question was answered almost faster than it was asked. When people tried to ask additional questions to clarify, they were told only one question per person. I understand this was done to allow as many people as possible to participate, but it seemed as if she blurted out an answer and immediately looked for the next person in line. It was more about quantity than quality.
The show was over in 90 minutes.
I gave the show a Fair rating. Some people seemed to enjoy it, however, most just looked bored.
Sylvia looked great and seems to have recovered from her health issues very well. I admire that she is still able to handle the hectic schedule of her tour.
If you are a Sylvia fan, you may like it. But don’t expect the wow factor.
Looks like tickets run for $55, plus fees.