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Archive for Saturday, March 23, 1996

FAIR FEATURES FORTUNETELLERS

March 23, 1996

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Step right up -- crystals and clairvoyants, the past and the future. It's all yours for a price.

Joyce Morgan says there are good psychics and bad ones, and she should know.

The 59-year-old retired Head Start teacher's assistant from Kingston, Mo., a town about an hour north of Kansas City, says she can see, hear and feel the future and communicate with the spirit world.

"It was predicted at my birth that I would be a gifted child," Morgan said Friday. "The old ones called me a seer. Now, in modern times I'm called a clairvoyant."

That means she can see the future. She also calls herself a clairsentient -- "I sense things, feelings" -- and an intuitive -- "an intuitive just knows something."

Morgan will be among the practitioners and purveyors of the paranormal at a Psychic Fair this weekend in Lawrence at the National Guard Armory, 200 Iowa.

Promoter Kevin Hummer of St. Joseph, Mo., promises 42 exhibitors, including psychics, clairvoyants, healers, and book, jewelry, crystal and music vendors. The psychics charge for their services.

What are they worth? Morgan cautions that it's buyer beware. Last year, the CIA acknowledged spending at least $10 million on a secret psychic program.

"I'm a natural-born psychic," Morgan said. "I do not need cards, I do not need anything because I see things and know things about people just by talking to them, even on the phone."

She said she has helped police departments working on murder cases and individuals searching for missing relatives. She claimed a good rate of accuracy.

"But no one is 100 percent," she said.

Morgan said she's more accurate when she's healthy and feeling good, and said she was feeling fine Friday. But her psychic focus was a bit, well, fuzzy. Asked to tell the tale of a mystery coffee mug, which had on it the words "D.A.R.E. To Keep Kids Off Drugs," she rightly concluded that it belonged to a newspaper editor and that it was connected to the editor's child.

She also concluded, incorrectly, that the mug had never been used and that it was somehow connected to someone named Sandy. She also said the mug was connected to a man -- and to a woman.

"People should not be afraid of the word psychic," Morgan said. "The word psychic conjures up all sorts of mental images of evildoers. People must always remember there's a lot of good psychics that do a lot of help for people who are in need, like people who have missing family members. And there are bad ones out there who are rip-off artists. They will have to judge for themselves."

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