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Psychometry is an alleged psychic power that enables one to divine facts by handling objects. Commonly, the psychic handles some jewelry or clothing, claims to be able to see or feel the object's aura, and begins shotgunning. Many psychic detectives claim to have psychometric powers. Skeptics explain this "power" as a matter of magical thinking, cold reading, subjective validation, and selective thinking.

further reading

books and articles

Randi, James, Flim-Flam!, (Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books,1982), pp. 265ff.

Lyons, Arthur and Macello Truzzi, The Blue Sense: Psychic Detectives and Crime (New York: Warner Books, 1991).

Nickell, Joe. Psychic Sleuths: ESP and Sensational Cases (Buffalo, N.Y. :Prometheus, 1994).


Noreen Renier: The Media's Rising Star Psychic Sleuth by Gary P. Posner

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