Bay Area Skeptics

The San Francisco Bay Area's skeptical organization since 1982

One of the most annoying parts of the “world of woo” is people who claim to have psychic powers. Although none has ever actually shown evidence of this ability under strict observation, it’s a multi-million dollar business, with some in the field becoming quite prominent. Chip Coffey may not be one of the biggest players, but he’s had his 15 minutes of fame with A&E’s “Psychic Kids” program and a few other television appearances. Operation Bumblebee (San Jose)Operation Bumblebee (San Jose) A group of us wanted to see whether we could trick him into communicating with dead people who don’t actually exist. So after a lot of work and planning, we did just that.

Please CLICK HERE to be taken to my latest article on Randi’s “Swift” blog. In it, I detail the success of this project, dubbed “Operation Bumblebee.”

The brainchild of the Monterey Country Skeptics’ own Susan Gerbic (founder of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project), Operation Bumblebee set out to plant undercover skeptics inside the psychic reading events of Chip Coffee, host of A&E’s “Psychic Children,” and self-described psychic medium.

The plan was a huge success! You can read Susan’s description of the project HERE. More links to follow.

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