A Rather Embarrassing Night for Psychic Sally in Middlesbrough

I recently went to to see the 'psychic to the stars' Sally Morgan at Middlesbrough town hall, and if there was one word I could use to describe my night it would be 'boring'. First off I feel I have to say that I personally don't believe that psychics exist so, as you can imagine, I find people like Sally distasteful. This, however, was not the reason why I found the night boring as I do love this kind of thing and was genuinely excited to not only see her, but to gauge the audiences reaction to her show. The reason that it was boring was because the audience did not respond well to her after relatively early on in her performance, she showed the level of her psychic abilities.

Psychic Sally Middlesbrough

For those who don't know, psychic Sally Morgan is a British television and stage artist who claims to have (you guessed it...) psychic abilities. She believes that she inherited her abilities from her Grandmother who was affectionately known locally as the witch of Fulham. She has been the star of her own show and has an extensive list of clients including celebrities and royalty, and is currently on the road showing off her psychic abilities.

Sally came to Middlesbrough on Friday night and her show started off very well. Even though she was getting the vast majority of what she was saying wrong the audience did not seem to mind and seemed to be having a good time. The point at which the audience became disillusioned with the performance was quite specific. One aspect of the show is that audience members can submit photographs of dead loved ones, in the hope that Sally will select theirs, and give a psychic reading from it. Sally pulled out of a box on stage one of these pictures. She held the picture up to the camera and it was projected on the large screen behind her. The picture was of a middle-aged woman and by the clothes she was wearing and the quality of the image, I guessed it was taken some time in the 1990s. Sally immediately began to get communications from beyond the grave from a man holding a baby named Annabel……or was it Becky. Noticing that no one in the audience was responding, Sally asked the person who submitted the photo to stand up. A rather small chunky woman at the centre of the hall stood up and Sally once again began to get messages from the afterlife. She was informed that this man and baby were somehow linked to the lady in the picture. However the woman in the audience (who was now also projected behind Sally) disagreed and started to look increasingly confused as, presumably, nothing Sally was saying made any sense to her. Sally then decided to flat out ask her if the woman in the picture had any children who passed and, when informed that that she hadn’t, responded by saying “I will leave that then”.

Sally then became in direct contact with the woman in the photo who began to tell her that there was a lot of confusion around her death and that she felt it was very very quick. She later went on to say that the day Wednesday has a specific link to her death and that she either died on a Wednesday or was taken ill that day. As the woman in the audience was not responding to any thing Sally was saying, she decided to ask how the woman in the photo was related to her. It turns out the woman in the audience got the whole concept of submitting a picture of someone you wanted to talk to from the afterlife completely wrong – and for some unknown reason submitted a younger picture of herself.

The hall erupted in laughter, which quickly changed into disapproving mumbles that lasted the rest of the night. No matter how hard Sally tried, she was unable to get the audience back, who were becoming increasingly disgruntled with the number of ‘misses’ she was getting. Not only that, but the audience seemed to become more restrained when Sally was asking them questions. I also don’t think that they reacted well to some of the particularly offensive scenarios Sally was recreating. One involved her re-enacting a dead man flushing narcotics down a toilet to his immediate family, whilst repeatedly saying “flush it down”. Another was when she was talking to a teenage girl whose boyfriend had recently committed suicide by hanging himself. Sally told the girl that she can feel him hitting her leg and that he was, infact, re-enacting  swinging against a door as he was committing suicide.

I now think that the vast majority of people who walked out of Middlesbrough town hall that night feel as i do – that someone who is psychic should know if the person they are talking to is dead or not and that it’s quite a messed up thing for a person to pretend that they are in contact with a dead family member.

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My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

71 Comments on A Rather Embarrassing Night for Psychic Sally in Middlesbrough

  1. What a stroke of luck to have witnessed people’s skepticism suddenly grow mid-show. Psychics are deplorable, and I would’ve called you a fool for paying this woman to see her show, if it wasn’t for the chunky audience members misunderstanding. Made for a nice article too

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    • Anonymous // May 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm // Reply

      I know many genuine psychics who are sincere and good people,there are bad plumbers,carpenters etc just as there are good.I was talking to a person who makes a living by speaking to the dead every week, he was a VICAR’ if you don’t believe fine but do not decry those who do as you will find out the truth one day as we all do. The Sally Morgans and tub-thumping stage acts do no service to the genuine ones who just help without rooking people,she was so bad one night according to a TV comedian that they were booing her the following night when he was on.

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      • There are no real psychics. They may be sincere and have convinced themselves they are psychic, but they are not.

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      • Anonymous // May 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm //

        No. No you don’t. There is NO SUCH THING as a genuine psychic. Some might be “good people” or honestly believe they are helping others, but it doesn’t change the fact that they have absolutely zero special powers. Your vicar mate certainly never spoke to the dead on a weekly basis. Anyone who seriously claims they can are one of two things, a con artist or insane. Those that sincerely believe they hear voices of the dead need psychiatric help. Grow up

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      • The only difference between this show and any other psychic reading is that this woman got caught red handed. When you put absolutely any psychic to the test (that is check their accuracy) they always fail. They never pass. Not a single psychic has ever ever ever come even close to being accurate over time. Only lawyers, politicians, swindlers, first born sons, charming playboys and stock brokers can be consistantly wrong but still keep their reputation and make money.

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      • Anonymous // May 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm //

        If I was a genuine psychic I wouldn’t make a living out of peoples emotions and feelings and hurt, I would help people in my own time for free with their grieving process, I wouldn’t advertise I would bring it up as and when,it’s a job, a con and they are taking advantage of people’s vulnerability, once your dead your dead your body goes to the earth and all that lives on are memories

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      • Michelle // May 20, 2014 at 8:13 am //

        I get really pee’d off when all people want to do is bad mouth sally make her look like she is some sort of fraudulant psychic.Why do people only ever mention that she get names wrong n so on.Sally has been doing this since she was 5yrs old, and she has done show after show how bout talking about all the messages she has got spot on?because they would out rule all the messages she may/or may not have got right.I think personally people forget that because she mentions a name to someoone & they dont know who she is talking about that name could relate to a friend who is sitting at home & where they dont know there friends extended family it could have been for them,so it’s not that sally gets it wrong its simply because the person who the message is for is not simply sat in the audience. Also this is not something sally can take a wild guess at,she is being given information from the other side & some people find that hard to except.Sally time & time again gives actual names of the person she has in spirit & gives names of that persons family you tell me how sally could have known this or is making it up?I’d also like to comment on anyone who says that psychics IE sally Morgan are playing on people’s emotions & life’s & making money out of it.If a psychic like sally doe’s a tour & people want to buy tickets & go and see her you tell me how she is playing on their emotions etc??Sally doe’s not force any1 to go and see her it’s a matter of choice.I was at bromley churchill theatre last night & there was a sceptic in the audience sally gave him a spot on reading mentioning names etc that he knew that guy went away a believer,there is nothing sally is doing wrong she is clearly a spot on psychic.Sally is by no means a fraudulant psychic people love going to see her ,she doe’s NOT play with peoples emotions or lifes etc infact what sally doe’s do is bring great comfort & peace of mind to those who get readings off her.People are also judging her on what the papers have writen about her when an allegations was made about the irish woman,well for those of you who dont know Sally won that case against the paper,it didnt even reach the court & why??because they had no evidence of the allegation they printed in the paper about her & no sign of the woman who the papers say gave gave them that information. All I can say is well done sally your amazing & ive seen you twice at bromley churchill theatre & for a s long as your doing your shows there I will be back to see you time & time again.

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      • Anonymous // May 20, 2014 at 8:15 am //

        http://youtu.be/XcPuRaSEq1I please watch this

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      • Michelle // May 20, 2014 at 8:18 am //

        magictrickshirts of course there are such things as real psychic you are obviously a sceptic,i suggest you should book a ticket to sally morgan & witness it for yourself then come back and say there are no real psychics.A sceptic who believes in magic?now that’s interesting!

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      • There are two kinds of people who believe a con-artist psychic…….people who are desperate and people who are gullible, end of story.

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      • Anonymous // May 26, 2014 at 11:12 am //

        ha ha, give me some money.

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      • The word “that” is way overused in this article.

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      • Don’t be such a Waldo. Nice little fantasy but nothing more. Grow up and embrace science

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      • There’s no such thing as a genuine psychic, dummy.

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      • “I get really pee’d off when all people want to do is bad mouth sally make her look like she is some sort of fraudulant psychic.”

        I get pee’d off that there are people as stupid as you are.

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      • “you are obviously a sceptic”

        You say that like it’s a bad thing. A sceptic is someone who, unlike you Michelle, isn’t an imbecile.

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      • Anonymous // October 11, 2014 at 8:50 am //

        No you dont know any gwnuine psychics because there arent any

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      • Anonymous // November 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm //

        Michelle: Of course there are real psychics- there are also unicorns, flying tigers, the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas.

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      • I know many genuine psychics myself (me being one!). Sally Morgan, however, is a complete fake.

        Magictrickshirts- Do you know that for a fact? Fuck off if you don’t believe.

        Anonymous- “No, No you don’t”. Are you serious. How dare you tell someone that they are wrong and they don’t think psychics are real. There is a such thing as genuine psychics. Fuck off you ignorant moron.

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      • U cannot speak to dead as there dead u can speak to the souls

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      • Anonymous // August 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm //

        There’s NO such thing.
        Now if you believe in thede con artists you seriously need help. Infact people who go to them need help in some sort of way… losing a loved one ect..
        It’s a total disgrace that UK allow these con artists on TV and to work in this industry.
        Now if you where conned a other way they would go to jail.
        they ARE no different.
        I did it also to a well known on. Lost 2 children tragically 10 years apart and all she was going on about was some dead dog? clearly a con..
        didn’t even pick my kids up and I KNOW for a fact of was real they would come thro.
        exuses these people make when confronted and the aggression they display also is well frankly they know tbey have been caught out!!

        Please be very careful…
        go to councilling for help not these con artists
        it’ll change you view of them i promise.

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      • Someone with a genuine gift will give it freely to help others, not to make money and enhance their own lifestyle !

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      • Religion is false, there is no afterlife, there is no such thing as a psychic.
        Just because you feel it, doesnt mean its there.
        Sorry to be so blunt but these people have been proven to be liars again and again.
        I know it is difficult to lose loved ones, but pretending that they are there waiting to be reunited with you is detremental to ones self.

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    • Yes it did make for a nice article. Exposing just another of too many con and fraud scams, by a self anointed clairvoyant, who’s a thief in disguise….!

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  2. i think the witch of Fulham should be some sort of show or movie, i quite like fantasy shows and books and for some reason i find the witch of Fulham to be an interesting title, more so the psychic sally

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  3. What a coincidence, whilst catching up with podcasts i just heard ‘Skeptics with a K’ from 08/05/14 (around the 36 min mark) one of the hosts mentions some of his experiences at a Psychic Sally show. Due to the rather litigious nature of some ‘psychics’ he has to do a careful dance not to make any actionable comments about what he saw on stage. If you only listen to a few mins of this consistently good podcast you’ll hear (If, of course, psychics aren’t real and Sally is only an entertainer hot reading from information handed into her staff and playacting as dead children to bereaved parents to add some tear jerking to her performance) some truly sickening examples of ‘contacts’ with and ‘possessions’ by the dead.
    I shan’t deny i reposted your story with a smile, it lightened some of the disgust i felt after hearing that bit of the podcast. Here’s hoping that her poor showing will be passed on to others and some will always have that fail as an anecdote against Sally’s billboard reputation

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  4. Psychics prey on people’s vulnerabilities, it’s horrid and they should be ashamed. I’m glad the audience disapproved – and even laughed at Sally’s error. There might be “psychics” who genuinely believe they’re talking with the dead – whether they’re mentally ill or just easily fooled by their own imaginations, who knows – but I imagine they are few and far between, with the vast majority likely being aware they’re conning relatives of the deceased.

    They should be ashamed. We NEED to laugh at people like Sally. Because she’s, quite frankly, a laughable person.

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    • I do believe in psychic ability as I have the.gift, as does my mother and grandmother HOWEVER I have had a serious problem with this woman from the very beginning. ONE I feel she has exploited her gift, much like Accorah and it has been taken away, and TWO a good psychic will NEVER….I REPEAT…NEVER speak of means of death or bad news for the living and certainly would not act out death scenarios. The woman is a financial parasite and a disgrace to truly gifted people. Oh and one more thing, if a ‘psychic’ feels the need to ask you questions then you should doubt their ability. They shouldn’t ask questions.

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      • No you don’t have psychic abilities. This is an extraordinary claim, and you’re the one who carries the burden of proof. If you actually have psychic abilities, test them. If you manage to prove it, you get 10 million dollars from James Randy himself.

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      • OMG…Kelz…you do not have any kind of psychic gift Hun, the whole thing has been disproven time and time and time again by eminent scientists the world over. I would suggest a ‘life check’ wouldn’t go amiss.

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      • Here’s the info for the Randi Foundation and the $1million prize if you can prove psychic ability.

        http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html

        I doubt you or anybody will win that prize, because psychics aren’t real.

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      • Anonymous // May 19, 2014 at 8:43 pm //

        No. You don’t. Nor did your mother or grandmother or anyone else in history.
        It’s simple. You need professional help if you sincerely believe that you have a gift. Seriously. Go see someone, crazy lady

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      • You are psychic? Could you tell me if my grandfather was happy when he passed away? Could you tell me if I will be happy when I pass away? Will I get my police commission in June?

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      • Anonymous // May 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm //

        I agree…..I knew Derek many years ago before he became on TV….he said once i like to entertain and thats all he does but its embarressing. No spirit guide like his will allow the medium to be fully over shadowed..his poor peformance of been “taken over my spirits.” Makes me want to throw a brick at the TV….he may of had a clairsentience BUT he went too far and spirit took it from him. Sally…well…. I agree she got caught out…too many times now….she should give up….but while people pay her hundreds for personal readings shell always be here.

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      • Anonymous // May 19, 2014 at 10:02 pm //

        If you want to see real mediums work go to your local spiritualist church and attend a service and demonstration of mediumship …for free .

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      • Thankyou for your post, spot on…

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      • You are not a psychotic. You’re not, not at all. It’s easy to know that you are not. There are no psychics.

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      • “I do believe in psychic ability as I have the.gift”

        I do believe you’re an idiot, and my belief is grounded in evidence.

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      • Anonymous // October 9, 2014 at 10:43 am //

        Well said Kelz….

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      • Anonymous // June 10, 2015 at 8:41 am //

        Agreed totally.

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      • You do not have “the gift”
        The chemical makeup of the human brain is not made for psychic ability.
        Its like saying im going to use a teapot to browse the internet.
        If you have “the gift” please approach a media outlet and prove it to the world.

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    • Depends on the psychic ass hat! NOT all psychics prey and are in it for the money! Geez. Jump off of a bridge already!

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  5. johnkutensky // May 18, 2014 at 11:57 pm // Reply

    Well, this sounds like a good plan if I ever go to something like this…

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  6. If you are actually looking at a picture of someone, AND talking to that person at the same time, but STILL cant tell if the person in the picture is dead or alive – you probably should avoid references to “Psychic Ability”.

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  7. the none believer // May 19, 2014 at 5:38 am // Reply

    Believing in a pychic is no different then believing in any supernatural power. At least with a pychic other people can hear the voices you are hearing.

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  8. Toe curling. It is messed up, why would someone prey on the emotions of people mourning someone like this? It’s a terrible thing to claim to be able to talk to the dead.

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  9. THERE WAS PLANTS IN THE AUDIENCE, CAST NEGATIVE ENERGY ONTO SALLY, THAT IS WHY THE PEOPLE DO NOT SEE THE TRUTH BECAUSE THEY DRINK WATER FROM THE TOWN TAPS WITH HAS FLURECENCE IN IT TO CONTROL THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM THING THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE PEOPLE NEED TO GET CONNECTED TO ALLAH AND FOLLOW THE PARTS OF THE PROPHET (P.B.U.H.)

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