jonesthecurl wrote:I gave up for a number of reasons, mainly boredom. Most readings fell into a small number of categories.
I wasn't ripping people off though, it wasn't a con. I don't guarantee I have genuine "psychic powers, but I didn't just make it all up.
In fact, it was encountering a real fake that turned this stuff from a hobby and occasional party trick to a profession. I thought, "I know I'm better than her, and she's making money. And all her customers are being ripped off, which they wouldn't be if they were paying ME".
Its kind of ironic, the more flamboyant, showy folks are, they less likely they are to be real. There actually are real psychics out there, though they are very rare. Most of them don't make money off it, though some will try to help law enforcement. Most Tarot readers and such are worlds away from most real psychic phenomena, most are essentially entertainers, as you apparently were. I see no more harm in it than, say, someone charging for a magic show or for playing an instrument.
The problem comes with those who use it as a scam. A lot of older oriental women are apparently being taken right now by the "let me wash your money" scheme. Someone claims to be able to rid the person of serious misfortune or prevent misfortune if the victim will bring all their money and jewels to be "spiritually cleansed". It works because of some cultural beliefs, which is why I specified "older oriental women", though there is a similar scam that targets other groups as well.
Anyway, to get back to the original question.. if you have the money to spend and choose to spend it on this type of entertainment.. go for it. Just don't believe its real.