Originally Posted by tekomino
All readings I had and have witnessed are based on "fishing" for information and excellent observation skills. Nothing magical... It also explains inability to read to people that "don't believe" i.e. don't reveal necessary information for exploration.
Sounds like you've witnessed some pretty crappy readings... which is really no surprise considering your expectations. That's the kind of thing you'll often get from the cheapo psychics like you'd find at a New Age bookstore... or the expensive scammers... or the talk show drama.
I hope you didn't waste too much money on that.