They Oddly Did Not See This Coming
We have all seen those clever memes on social media of pictures from a psychic fair with an additional sign that says, “Cancelled due to Unforeseen Circumstances.” We pass them around and have a little chuckle; well we are at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (or at the end if you believe psychic Jeanette …
The Thomas John Experience—Buckle Up, He’s Back!
Well it is here: Thomas John Flanagan’s newest bit of fame. His new show, The Thomas John Experience, will air on CBS All Access on Thursday, June 4, 2020. If you have been following the story of Thomas John through my writings, you will know that he has been exposed so many times that he …
What do I do with his Damn Book?
I’m writing this from stay-at-home California, and if you are reading this soon after its publication, you are likely reading it from a stay-at-home somewhere in the world. What I am asking now is “Why did this happen without warning? Why didn’t they see this coming?” No, not the governments of the world, although that’s …
Vaccine Activism: The Day the Vaxxed Bus Came to Town
This January, a few days after our local SkeptiCamp, the Vaxxed bus visited Monterey, California. It’s a problem anytime the Vaxxed bus visits anywhere, but this was my city and I wasn’t happy about it. First a bit of information. Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is an American pseudoscience “documentary” directed by discredited doctor Andrew …
Good Day New York Fox 5 and Grief Vampire Matt Fraser
I just can’t understand why morning TV shows give free publicity to grief vampires such as Matt Fraser. The hosts laugh and have a good ol’ time as if this is just a jump-house of frivolous fun bubbles. They think that people communicating with the dead is as normal as a six-toed cat. Kind of …
Operation Pizza Roll — Part II
“The NAME was specific but WE didn’t really get a lot of information over who this is.” —Thomas John Thomas John, the Manhattan Medium turned Seatbelt Psychic and star of the popular Operation Pizza Roll sting, has his own show at Caesars – Cleopatra’s Barge. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin often hung out there and …
A Window into GSoW
It has been my honor and privilege to be the leader of the Guerrilla Skeptics of Wikipedia (GSoW) team for many years. I have fingers in many pies in the skeptic movement (and yes, this is a movement). I receive accolades and awards from the community, but I want to remind everyone that we have …
Thomas John – ABC 7 Windy Predictions
As we near the opening night for Thomas John Psychic Medium at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, which is January 16, 2020 (I can hardly wait), I thought we would take another look at one of his flawless readings. This was suggested by one of TJ’s biggest YouTube fans. This video was …
Matt Fraser LIVE!
It’s been a while since the Operation Peach Pit investigation we completed on medium Matt Fraser. To catch up quickly, here is the NYT’s article and Kenny Biddle’s article with details of the experience. I promise I haven’t ignored him. All the footage I’ve seen of Fraser shows him to be a very quick and …
Thomas John and the Believers
Faking questions? I highly doubt it. These people overwhelming believe Thomas John is in contact with their dearly departed. It’s extremely sad to watch people preyed on by these grief vampires who are trying to get a hook into their desperation and trust. As someone who has lived in this skeptic universe for years, I’ve …
An Interview with Rex Morgan, M.D. Writer/Artist Terry Beatty
Susan Gerbic: So, Terry, thank you for taking some time to talk to me. I’ve been reading Rex Morgan, M.D. for years but got into it quite late in Rex’s terms, as it has been running since 1948. It was created by Dr. Nicholas Dallis and has been in print for over seventy years. …
What’s Wrong with the News Just Reporting the News? Matt Fraser on Morning TV
I’ve become very interested in the relationship between mediums and the morning news programs giving free publicity to push psychics’ shows and private readings. I know that morning programming is trying to be engaging and fun, even showing the reporters as a friend to the viewer in the hopes of persuading them to start every …
Robert S. Lancaster: February 11, 1958 – September 7, 2019
We have lost one of the most influential members of the modern skeptic community. And it is very possible that you won’t have even heard of him. I’m going to fix that right now, so read on. Before Facebook, Twitter, and other social network platforms, we used forums to communicate. Some of you probably still …
Three Parents Reveal the Truth about Psychic Thomas John
One of my team members just got back to me with extensive research of another of Thomas John’s readings. This time it was three grieving women, Linda M. McCarthy, Beth West, and Tracy Soussi, each of whom lost a son. Soussi is currently Thomas John’s assistant. All three women state that “some” of the information …
Musings on SkeptiCal at Ten
It has been ten years since the Sacramento Area Skeptics and the Bay Area Skeptics cosponsored the first SkeptiCal. I’m very proud to say that I have attended all ten and enjoyed them all. The conference is usually held in either Oakland or Berkeley, but this year it found a new location. On June 9, …
I’m Speechless! Thomas John reads KJBK Fox2 Derek Kevrea
Cover Image: Facebook Post by Derek Kevrea — “I’m speechless. Thomas John: Celebrity Medium communicated with my Grandpa. Said ‘He’s proud of you’. It’s a miracle I held it together.” If you have been following the career of Thomas John “Seatbelt Psychic” Flanagan also known as The Manhattan Medium through my various investigations, then …
Behind the Scenes at Wikipedia with the GSoW
I would like to introduce you to the most prolific editor for Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW), Leon Korteweg. Leon is unusual in many good ways, but as far as our Wikipedia editing team goes, he was already a prolific editor when he joined us. The majority of our (so far) 150-member team are first-time …
Thomas John Revisited
On February 26, 2019, the New York Times published an article by journalist Jack Hitt, featuring the two-year investigation I and my team had conducted on mediums Thomas John and Matt Fraser. These operations were named Operation Pizza Roll and Operation Peach Pit. Also included in the NYT article was a mention of research I …
Activism for the Rest of Us
Normally I’m not one to expound on a peer’s article, especially when that peer is Steven Novella, skeptic communicator extraordinaire. But I’m about to do so now. Novella wrote an article that focused on a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) editorial about medical misinformation (“JAMA on Medical Misinformation,” published April 24, 2019) and …
Fringe Theory on Portuguese Wikipedia
Since nearly the beginning of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project, I have been preaching to anyone that will listen that if we are going to educate the world about pseudoscience, we will have to recognize that not everyone reads in English. This is why our team edits in many languages. We write and …
Buckle Up – Seatbelt Psychic
CSI Fellow, Susan Gerbic investigates Lifetime’s “Seat Belt Psychic”. Thomas John (The Manhattan Medium) drives around Los Angeles picking up “unsuspecting” riders, along the way he speaks to their dead family members and pets. Very accurate and specific readings. There is no way he could know these things … unless.
Operation Pizza Roll – Thomas John
Susanna and Mark Wilson got a psychic reading from the Manhattan Medium, Thomas John’s March 2017 psychic event. Thomas John was accurate and detailed with his readings. One problem though, Susanna and Mark Wilson don’t exist. But their Facebook pages do.
What can we learn from Michael Marshall’s “Be Reasonable” Podcast?
Be Reasonable is a monthly podcast that Michael started in January 2013. It is a reasoned discussion with people who are outside what we would call the scientific world.
Dr. Tarjany and the Moss Cancer Cure: A Conversation with Jonathan Jarry
Who would’ve thought after all this cancer research, moss was the answer!
Homeopathy, Conspiracies & Glyphosate: The Recipe for SkepKon 2018
Susan interviews Annika Merkelbach about this year’s SkepKon
Editing Backwards – GSoW and Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
Many years ago, before the internet was even a glimmer in the eye of Al Gore, I found a copy of Skeptical Inquirer Magazine.
GSoW in the Land of Enchantment
The Susan Gerbic tour continues in New Mexico
Nancy Grace Should be Ashamed of Herself!
Why should we care, she is just another celebrity known for hyping other celebrities right? Wrong.
Photos for Wikipedia
When I travel I look for forgotten museums and historical sites. I quickly look to see if there might be a Wikipedia page that photo can go on and snap away. Upload the image and then give it to a new person to add to the Wikipedia page. It is very rewarding.
A recap of the 2018 Fort Collins Skepticamp
Ten Tricks of the Psychics I Bet You Didn’t Know (You Won’t Believe #6!)
Psychics are out to fool you. Yep, and they are good at it too.
MCS SkeptiCamp: Bringing Skepticism to the People
Susan Gerbic’s local group, Monterey County Skeptics (MCS), has just completed its fourth SkeptiCamp, held January 6, 2018 in Seaside, California.
Thomas Bopp Gets a Worthy Wikipedia Page
Thomas Bopp’s Wikipedia page was an embarrassment until GSoW got interested. Now thousands read about him and his codiscovery.
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 5
This article is the fifth and last chronicling the adventures of my month long European About Time Tour. This tour was funded by individual skeptical organizations and by private donations.
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 4
This article is the fourth of five articles, chronicling the adventures of my month long European About Time Tour. This tour was funded by the individual skeptical organizations and by private donations.
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 3
About Time Tour – September 24–29, 2017
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 2
About Time Tour – September 20–24, 2017
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 1
Susan Gerbic tells of her journeys through the countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
I promise, it is the last time I will write about Tyler Henry. This year. Probably.
Sometimes what is missing from a psychic reading is more interesting—and more important—than what was actually said.
Principles of Curiosity Review
Susan Gerbic Reviews a New Skeptoid Media Production, Principles of Curiosity