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America's Psychic Challenge

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Clairvoyants' competition turns tragedy into TV.

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While all of the competitors in America's Psychic Challenge are eager to win, they also seem to view the experience as an opportunity to demonstrate how their talents work -- and don't work -- as well as to dismiss some common myths about the psychic experience. They're quick to point out that everyone possesses psychic abilities; they just happen to be more "in tune" with theirs. They also make it clear (perhaps to preserve their own reputation) that being psychic doesn't mean that they know everything.

America's Psychic Challenge may call itself a game show, but some of the challenges are uncomfortable to watch -- particularly when a psychic is asked to profile a violent crime while the victim's family is present. Seeing family photos, re-enactments, and close ups of desperate family members makes some parts of the show feel more like exploitation than a showcase of psychic talent. That said, the psychics truly view these moments as opportunities to help those who need closure. In the end, the show is less about who wins and more about how these psychics go about making connections between the living and the dead. And while the series' concept seems to invite cynicism, even skeptics may find the psychics' different, sometimes theatrical approaches both interesting and entertaining.

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