• Fri, Feb 16 2007

Allison DuBois on Oprah

I got it all. I’m both a medium and a psychic. I assist law enforcement to help…to bring conclusion to criminal cases. The way that I do that is I head-tap the criminal. I get into their head, I hear their thoughts, I look through their eyes.

That is Allison DuBois, speaking on Oprah yesterday. Actually, it was one of several taped segments they interspersed with her live appearance. If you have read her books, Don’t Kiss Them Goodbye and We Are Their Heaven, you are already familiar with her stories about how her great grandfather was the first dead person to visit her and how a little voice
in her head told her to move her bed one night, which she did, and then a truck plowed through the wall while she was sleeping and landed right where her bed had been before she moved it.

She has also mentioned previously that her daughters are psychic, but offered this new tidbit on Oprah:

Our oldest Aurora and our youngest Sophia, they’re mediums, but Fallon [the middle child] can locate objects like nobody I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t bother my girls to have the souls of any of the victims of the cases that I’ve worked around. I’m not saying our house is wall-to-wall victims. Just, there are a few that are regulars, we’ll call them that. They’ll pop in and out and we’re good with that.

I will have more tomorrow but, in the meantime, did you see the show? What are your thoughts? Did you watch the John Edwards segment?

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  • Sean (Gaelige)

    Bing,

    You say that Allison has no compassion…yet you’re the kind of person that would comfort a relative of a deceased love one by simply saying, I’m sorry, your love one is dead, DEAL WITH IT!!!

    Wow, you seem to be a breath of fresh air!!

    You know Bing, everybody in the world loses some of their loved ones during their life, and all some people need is a bit of hope. Allison tries to give this hope to anyone who asks for her help.

    If somebody’s relative dies and the people left behind are emotionally hurt, genuine mediums try to help them get over this ordeal.

    “Yes. Emotionally, yes. Absolutely.”

    You said this, but as this website was initially based on her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, you really should look back and you would see that the people she performed a reading on “Privately” and not “Cold Reading” an audience as many do, were not emotionally hurt as you claim. In fact, they came out very happy from it with the reassurance that their deceased loved ones were safe and cared for, even though they could not see them. It took a lot off their mind and for two family’s in particular, who had lost a daughter to a motorbike accident and another daughter who had died of leukemia.

    Before you say that Allison chose these people because she was preying on the innocent and that they were perfect candidates for her so-called “scam,” the people in the audience were asked who wanted a reading performed on them by Allison and they were chosen randomly.

    After this, the people were taken to a separate room, individually. Allison did therefore not cold read the audience, because the audience were not present. Therefore, Allison could have in no way known who the show was going to pick and research that person “on camera.” The readings look extremely genuine to me. The reading viewed by the audience was actually an extract of the whole reading because of personal messages coming through from the deceased loved ones, that the families wanted to remain private.

    Just have some faith in people Bing.

  • Lucile

    Bing and HJ:

    Goof grief! You really hate this woman! How could you judge her so harshily when you don’t even know her personally? Are you against all psychics or just her? Is Sylvia Browne, John Edwards, Lisa Mateu all frauds?
    I had a psychic reading before, the moment she started the session the skeptic in me kicked in and I started mentally denying everything she said, I kept thinking, “yeah, sure, she is reading my mind”. I called my mother to validate some of the information she gave me I could not confirm about our family’s past, to my amazement, there was a family secret about my Grandmother that she revealed to me no one knew but my Mother. Coincidence? She described too many details that fit like a glove and left me in shock.
    Nothing will convince a skeptic, it will be easier to pull a mule through the eye of a needle than to convince you, and that’s perfectly fine, we need skeptics to keep balance.
    And yes, you do need a “gift” , when I said the gift in this case it was her psychic abilities, but in general it means any ability to make the kind of money she is making with your own skills, such as writing (Stephen King), creating home computers (Bill Gates), her gift might be diferent, but still a gift and she is cashing in while helping people, big deal.
    You claim to have a conscience, but aren’t you bashing and DIFAMING a person you don’t even know just by basin your judgement on the fact that you are a skeptic?
    And, what is your proof that she is wrong? What exactly do you base those statements on? You can read her mind? Just by looking at her you decided she is a bitch? Because she claims she is a pshychic? Shouldn’t she be found out a fraud by now? Is she so beneath the police department that she can create any allegations in regards to them, make millions and get away with it? The police department is a government institution, they have their own lawyers, they don’t take any allegations trivial, no one is beneath them, those are your suppositions. If you doubt me, let the next paratrooper stop you next time, money is a big thing to these departments, like it is to all of us. The Rangers will win the case and perhaps millions, that’s what they’ll get if they even try straightening the thruth.
    Charity work does not pay the bills, I insist, should she should turn into Mother Teresa and just do it for free? Gee, what about her expenses? College money for her children? Her retirement? Are we being realistic here?
    Apparently her psychic abilities HURTS THE SKEPTICS THE MOST, they should turn their anger and negativity to someone who really deserves it, since she is so…beneath them. Unless I have a reading by her, I can’t confirm she has the ability and neither can you, but I would give her the benefit of the doubt and yes, I do believe she helps people handle the death of loved ones and she has the right to charge them, therapist do and no one is critizing them.

  • http://hjhop.blogspot.com Bing McGhandi

    “You say that Allison has no compassion…yet you’re the kind of person that would comfort a relative of a deceased love one by simply saying, I’m sorry, your loved one is dead, DEAL WITH IT!!!”

    Not exactly; I would be there for them and try to help them cope. And even saying bluntly, “Deal with it,” is more compassionate than giving people false new memories of their loved ones. At least then they will know WHO is insensitive. They don’t know that Alison is taking them for a ride. Who the heck is she to decide that she can mess with people’s memories of their parents? Does she ever tell anyone that their parents/puppy/f*ck buddy is burning in hell? Of course not. She tells people like you what you WANT to hear. Which is why you love her. It’s a well known psychological phenomenon called confirmation bias. People routinely ignore evidence that shakes up their worldview. The emotion centers of the brain light up, not the logic centers. Seriously. I am utterly willing to abandon my belief that she is a fraud if she shows me good evidence. Something that can’t be replicated by science. She has not. She can’t even have the Texas Rangers confirm her lies.

    “You know Bing, everybody in the world loses some of their loved ones during their life, and all some people need is a bit of hope. Allison tries to give this hope to anyone who asks for her help.”

    Hope for what? That they will be on hold with Allison for eternity? Kill me again! You don’t need some transparent liar to give you hope or to deeply appreciate the time you had with your loved ones.

    “You said this, but as this website was initially based on her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, you really should look back and you would see that the people she performed a reading on “Privately” and not “Cold Reading” an audience as many do, were not emotionally hurt as you claim.”

    What if they realize the truth? That they were made asses of on live television?

    “In fact, they came out very happy from it with the reassurance that their deceased loved ones were safe and cared for, even though they could not see them.”

    I’m sorry. There’s something wrong with someone who is happy with a lie. I think it usually means that they are desperate. You realize that you do not need to be a psychic to tell someone that their family members are safe and cared for, right?

    “It took a lot off their mind and for two family’s in particular, who had lost a daughter to a motorbike accident and another daughter who had died of leukemia.”

    You are describing a hot reading. When a psychic names the cause of death (other than old age, or “I feel chest pressure…”), you are looking at a hot reading. You do NOT know how these people with dead daughters ended up on Oprah’s show. Were they invited by people who worked with or for Allison? (I saw a psychic’s book agent invite people to a taped reading, and wouldn’t you know it, she knew that their daughter had committed suicide. I’m sure they felt a lot better, but it was purest most scam.) Oprah’s staff invites people to be in the audience all of the time. Certainly SOMEONE was asking questions of the audience when they picked 2 people who happened to have dead children. Either as a group or while chatting them up before the show. That was not random. And they told Allison. I’d bet my cat. There are so many completely non-psychic ways to achieve exactly what you saw, that there is no need to look to the supernatural. This time she SHOWED you what you want to see. Logic circuits off, emotional circuits on.

    “the people in the audience were asked who wanted a reading performed on them by Allison and they were chosen randomly.”

    You don’t know this. You can’t say this. You have no idea, none, of how that really looked at the taping. You are watching a TV show, fer crissakes! They want drama. They want big heart-rending stories. Of course, they were screened. Oprah doesn’t care. She’s an entertainer, and a lot of her fans are suckers.

    “After this, the people were taken to a separate room, individually. Allison did therefore not cold read the audience, because the audience were not present.”

    You can cold read face-to-face, sure it’s a little more risky. You can edit out all the “misses.” But that’s not even necessary. The fact that she had specific knowledge means that it was a hot reading, pure and simple. The fact that you had dead little girls as the backstory leads me to suspect that they were chosen by Oprah or Allison (or their minions) for dramatic potential. Duh. Big duh.

    “The readings look extremely genuine to me. The reading viewed by the audience was actually an extract of the whole reading because of personal messages coming through from the deceased loved ones, that the families wanted to remain private.”

    So it was edited? You admit that? So you admit that you did not see the whole thing. See if you can find me a transcript of what happened.

    HJ

  • http://hjhop.blogspot.com Bing McGhandi

    Here is some insight into how the show unfolded for someone who Allison could not “read.”

    http://www.randi.org/jr/2007-03/030207harpo.html#i1

    HJ

  • http://hjhop.blogspot.com Bing McGhandi

    By the way, I swear that I had never read that before. I read it only after I wrote my post. We didn’t get the whole story. And people were asked to be on the show. If they asked for skeptics, there’s no reason to assume that they didn’t ask for believers.

    HJ

  • Sean (Gaelige)

    “So it was edited? You admit that? So you admit that you did not see the whole thing.”

    Readings generally last for about a half an hour to one hour, I’ve heard. If the Oprah Show had shown the whole thing, then there would have been no time for listening to the opinions of people who are skeptics or the people who believed in science rather than spirituality.

    There also would not have been time for John Edwards’ interview, if Allison’s whole readings of each family were shown. The crew at the Oprah Winfrey Show have to cram in what they can in 1 hour. So I admit, yes, they had to cut the segment of the readings down, but naturally that had to be done anyway.

    In terms of the article you attached to your last comment, I really don’t know why she was not able to read the skeptic. Maybe it’s difficult to read a person who doesn’t believe in this sort of thing. For example, if a person doesn’t believe in the afterlife or in spirits or the possibilty that they still exist after they die, and then go to a medium hoping for messages to come through from deceased love ones, then I don’t think it would work out for them. How can you connect with the spirits if you choose not to believe in them. Even if messages had come through for this woman, she still may not have believed or been able to accept the possibility.

    The article also indicated that skeptics were invited to come to the show, but nowhere does it say that the people she read were asked. In terms of the way Oprah kept calling the skeptic by nicknames…this was unacceptable and unprofessional, but it wasn’t Allison who said these things.

    I guess we will never know exactly what happened because neither of us were present to witness it. I probably will still believe in mediums, because I always have, and you will still have your beliefs for your own reasons.

    I guess it’s what people say, “Everybody to their own beliefs.” Everybody is the same, we’re all looking for answers. The only difference is…our questions are different. Nevertheless, I still respect your opinion on this matter and I hope to talk soon.

    Slan Go Foill (Bye for now)
    Is mise le meas (Your’s sincerally)

    Sean (“,)

  • http://hjhop.blogspot.com Bing McGhandi

    “There also would not have been time for John Edwards’ interview, if Allison’s whole readings of each family were shown. The crew at the Oprah Winfrey Show have to cram in what they can in 1 hour. So I admit, yes, they had to cut the segment of the readings down, but naturally that had to be done anyway.”

    What do you think they edited out? The places where she happened to be right? Heck no. They took out all of those places where she was wrong…and that’s most of the time that they spent. I’ve seen the editing done…not on this show, but for other ones, and embarassing miss after miss disappears unmentioned. It’s curious, but that’s what the mind does in these situations. The person being scammed does not remember the misses…they ignore them, generally. But when the psychic asks a question (they ask a lot more questions than they pretend to answer), the subject routinely supplies the answer and gives the psychic credit. “They said my mother’s name was Mary,” a person will report, but NO. If you look at the tape what actually happened was they asked “Who’s Mary?” and the person TOLD THE PSYCHIC that Mary was their mother. It’s a simple, simple trick, and because people WANT TO BELIEVE it seems convincing. Absolutely.

    “In terms of the article you attached to your last comment, I really don’t know why she was not able to read the skeptic. Maybe it’s difficult to read a person who doesn’t believe in this sort of thing.”

    BANG! The WORST logic there is. You are letting your BELIEF guide your interpretation of evidence, not letting EVIDENCE guide your belief. You have created an imaginary story that allows Allison NEVER TO BE TESTED. Her ongoing scam depends on this. Notice how it’s not the psychic who is at fault, it is the bereaved who are at fault. That’s condescending and disgusting.

    “For example, if a person doesn’t believe in the afterlife or in spirits or the possibilty that they still exist after they die, and then go to a medium hoping for messages to come through from deceased love ones, then I don’t think it would work out for them. How can you connect with the spirits if you choose not to believe in them.”

    In the real world, people don’t say, “You have to believe in penicillin for it work.” A certain frog is female whether I believe it or not. Belief does not dictate reality. You are making rationalizations for her failures not accepting the failures for what they are. So this is where we are:

    >There is no evidence she worked for the police, other than her claim. Both departments have denied it repeatedly.
    >The video is edited and they did not take out the dramatic stuff.
    >There is no evidence of a psychic ever being called to court as an expert witness or as a witness to a crime seen via psychic powers.
    >No skeptic can ever challenge her because they “block” her by means of unknown mechanisms.
    >She is making wadges of cash off of her books, her show, and guest appearances (advertisements for herself) and has everything to gain by continuing to lie to you.
    >I have no stake in your belief, she does.

    Sounds like utter hooey to me. Please, answer my challenges with EVIDENCE, not stories and rationalizations that depend on her being truthful. Please keep in mind that I may or may not believe in an afterlife, and that my belief in it has NOTHING to do with whether or not her claims are genuine.

    HJ

    • Tanja

      I didn’t see this particular show, but seen plenty like them. Also saw one live (it totally was a sham). I was a sceptic believer, wanted to believe (cause wouldn’t that be great, knowing there is more after u go). The editing of the shows helped convincing me a lot (that people can actually talk to the dead). But more and more I realize these people are just really good ‘people-readers’. They ask really good questions, have a book full off really good answers that fit many and pick up mostly non-verbal things of people that want to believe so badly that it’s easy to fool them. Like tarot cards, you can give someone a ‘reading’, and trust me, they will believe it is so personaly fit for just them (but the same counts for 20 others with exactely they same reading-answer (this is proven). I had a real connection with my mom when she was alive, a psycic one you might even say (That was proven to me). Now nothing. Explanation for me: the human brain makes energy (proven), it can be send like a radiowave. When people die, especially extreme emotional deaths, there is a lot of energies send out. There are people that are more capable to pick up these wavelenghts. So I do think these ‘psycics’ have an ability, just not talking to the dead. They give people hope and there is nothing wrong with that. They might even help solve a crime a bit more here and there, but just don’t make a profit over peoples heads just for selfgain (even though that’s a very human thing to do). Although…if people believe these ‘moneymakers’, they probably deserve if there money goes to them. People wanna believe so badly, they stop thinking for themselves. You see that in religion, psycics, cults, you even see it in adorations to pop- and moviestars. I don’t say that that’s wrong in itself, as long as you don’t hurt anyone with it, but please, please don’t stop using the one thing that is proven we have…a brain! I am sure the brain is capable of a lot more then modern society is seeing today, just not talking to the dead (I whish it was, it would solve many questions).
      So so far I’m going with you Bing. Nothing so far had proven the opposite to me.
      T
      p.s. Excuse my spelling here and there, I’m Dutch ;)

  • Pat

    Bing!

    One question, do you love anyone? Be careful with your response. Please put some real thought into your reply.

  • http://www.randi.org bobcarp

    Whether Bing does or doesn’t love anyone has nothing to do with whether Alison or anyone else can or can’t communicate with the dead. Strawman.

  • http://hjhop.blogspot.com Bing McGhandi

    Pat.

    What do you think? Tread carefully, presumptuous one. This is not the week for questioning whether or not I am capable of human emotion. I am less forgiving than usual right now. I see where this is going and I’m going to make you look like an ass.

    HJ

  • Pat

    Bing,

    Just a simple yes or no to my question in the previous post will do. You must be psychic, if you think you know where I’m going with this. LOL.

  • http://hjhop.blogspot.com Bing McGhandi

    No, it’s just that I have heard the same argument over and over. “Don’t you love anyone?” Of course I do. Would I like to talk to the dead? Sure, why the hell not. Can I? No.

    But go ahead, ask away. Just make a point.

    HJ

  • JJ

    The real fraud is Sylvia Brown.
    She is in it for the money only; a gypsy with no psychic abilities, and has Montel Williams snowballed as well. Though I think that he is in on her scheme as well, as she is a frequent guest.
    Plus you ever notice how mean and rude Brown is.

  • http://hjhop.blogspot.com Bing

    JJ,

    How do you know that Sylvia is a fraud and Dubois is not?

    HJ

  • Janie

    I hate this so called gift! I have received,Ill tell you right now – I have been completely crippled from the things that i have truly desired not only do i not get paid for it but i am a prisoner in my own life . I CAN’T WORK I CANT GO OUT IN PUBLIC BECAUSE I DON’T GET TO MAKE THE DECISION IT WON’T GO AWAY THEY SAY ITS A GIFT I SAY ITS MY DISEASE I FIGHT EVERYDAY WITH MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD I CAN’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND WHY I WOULD BE PUT IN A POSITION LIKE THIS I KNOW THE LORD LOVES ME SO I JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT I WILL ONE DAY UNDERSTAND BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVE THAT HIS PLAN IS PERFECTION YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY ANYMORE ABUSIVE THINGS BECAUSE KNOW ONE CAN ABUSE ME MORE THEN I ABUSE MYSELF

  • Justin

    Just a statement… I am not religious, nor did I believe anyone had or has the ability to communicate with any being or entity other than that of one living. I am a 30yr old male, married with two young kids and have no agenda one way or the other on this topic. My own two cents, however…

    My Aunt (registration had her last name, not mine) took me to Allison Dubois Jan 21 convention at the Marriot. My Brother, 4 years my junior was murdered in Mesa just over a year ago. I was asked at random to come on stage with her where she asked my first name, and relation to someone I had just lost. I answered only Justin, and brother. She began to simply make statements one after another without awaiting my confirmation of accuracy. As a skeptic, I see how anyone with losing a loved one would want to make ANYTHING fit to somehow justify their love for that person or whatever. Not only did she pin point the fact he was murdered, she knew details of cause of death, intimate details of words I spoke to my brothers dying ear, details of tattoos in memorium that are not visible unless undressed… in short, about 15 things that beyond any shadow of a doubt proved to me alone that she has a gift. I would never tell someone that these people really exist only because there is no way to prove scientifically so. That is for each person on their own to decide. My beliefs, which aren’t many have been changed. My opinion is that Allison Dubois is NOT a fraud, fake or good story teller. I highly recommend to anyone interested in investigating a medium/psychic for their own agenda to seek out Mrs. Dubois and give her a chance. Incredible.

  • Toad_of_Toadhall

    And the final score between Bing McGhandi versus everybody else on whether Allison DuBois is a fraud or not is….

    Bing 5
    Everybody else -3

    It becomes a minus when you no longer can support your claim with reasoning but instead personalize it and attack the person instead.

  • Anonymouse

    I think it’s pathetic that Oprah made such a big stink about that author who embellished his book a little yet she has these id*ots like Allison Dubois and John Edwards on her show who are doing little more than a carny trick called cold reading. I mean is going to have Cris Angel on next and tout him as the next true Harry Potter and tell us that it’s possible to fly on a broomstick. These ppl are charlatans in the worst sense of the word preying on ppl’s emotions but the ppl are just as stupid to fall prey to their schemes. This must be a very crowded world with all the spirits just hanging around. We must be walking into them none stop. Gimme a break. Move on with your lives, ppl die. That is part of life. Deal with it. This is why we should be focused on always saying I love you and not holding grudges with ppl we love because this is the ONLY chance you get. If you f*ck it up you don’t get a do over to say what you left unsaid.