Not too long ago, in the month of May 2009……..10 volunteers entered the room dressed in an odd array of clothing:
- a ski mask,
- large dark glasses,
- a large black graduation type gown
- white socks
These ten volunteers took their seats facing the back wall of the room. They were to sit and do nothing for 15-20 minutes. Mrs. Patricia Putt enters the room, sits at a table 12′ away from the volunteers and begins the reading. The seated volunteers were asked to read out loud pre-specified short passages. Putt stated this “helps the spirit to enter and make contact by hearing the sitters voices“. All of the readings were written down and given to the volunteers , they exited the room, changed clothing and came back in, for their results.
This experiment is was conducted by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) Mrs. Putt, a Psychic featured in newspapers and magazine articles and on several TV shows, accepted this challenge in hopes of collecting a $1million prize. The only stipulation for collecting was to “prove and demonstrate paranormal powers under a controlled environment”. All testers agree to stipulations prior to testing and sign a waiver stating that test are conducted fairly. Preliminary tests are conducted prior to the final experiment. Preliminary tests included were a double blind testing of dowsers featured in Enemies of Reason hosted by Richard Dawson; Derek Ogilvies reading minds of babies and animals in Extraordinary People on Five. Both tests offered no definitive proof of paranormal evidence. Mrs. Putt was the first person to pass this first round of preliminary testing.
Professor James Randi, a magician and debunker, offered $1000 of his own money in 1964, to anyone who could prove paranormal claims under a controlled experiment. Many claim to have this power, very few came forward to accept this challenge. Many cite that the experiment is fixed by Randi and cannot be won.
10 readings, each written specifically for one of the 10 volunteers, all volunteers dressed in the same attire, sitting with their backs to the tester, had never met or spoken to Mrs. Putt. After the Readings were completed, each individual got a complete set of all the readings, presented in random order, volunteers were to pick out a reading most applicable to themselves.
The test would be deemed successful if, 5 of the 10 volunteers selected the reading written specifically for them. Mrs. Patricia Putt felt completely confident that she would be issued the $1million dollar prize.
All 10 volunteers selected a reading that was not written for them. Putt made no excuses, was kind and professional accepting the final outcome. One day later, Putt decided that the protocol she had agreed to prior to the test was too difficult, laden with many barriers preventing her to exhibit her psychic abilities. “volunteers being bound head to foot like black mummies felt tied so were not free to link to spirit, making my work a great deal more difficult“.
The prize is still there waiting for you, (IS) the proof is out there?!