Fiverr is a website where all manner of people can offer freelance work to whoever is interested. I was amused to see that they have a category for woo-woo: there is a whole page where you can rent the services of psychics, mind readers, spell casters etc.:
It also appears to be by far the busiest and most lucrative part of the site. I looked through other sections to see if there may be something I could do for extra cash. So there is, for example, a section where you can offer your services as freelance writer for articles or blog posts, and typical writers there charge around $5 for a 500 word article.
Not so with the magicians; they have far more confidence in the value of their services. E.g. check out this bloke:
He reads minds and his cheapest package is $50. He has done thousands of such readings and gets rave reviews too (just scroll down to see his reviews).
I tell you, sometimes the temptation to start a business as psychic becomes almost impossible to resist. I have spent thirty years doing nothing but honest work, and creating honest products and services, and I’m a pauper. I could go register at Fiverr and sell short articles, each of which would probably take about an hour to write, for five dollars a piece, of which Fiverr itself takes 20% in commission. So I’ll end up with some R40 for an hours work, of which half will probably be taken by the government and bank too (I don’t know what, if any, forex transaction fees will be involved!) And I’ll likely not get much work that way anyway; most of the writers there don’t seem to be doing particularly well.
Or: I could become a psychic, charge exorbitant fees and do nothing more than reshuffle standard predictions like Randi did when he worked as newspaper astrologer, and be inundated with more work than I know what to do with.
In the face of this, it is difficult not to conclude that society desperately WANTS to be bamboozled. Should one not just go right ahead and provide them the services they want?