We haven’t talked about it yet, but the Northwest Skeptics were at TAM 7, and we had a really sweet time. I espeically enjoyed Sundays Million Dollar Challenge. For those of you who don’t know. The James Randi Educational Foundation has a million dollars that they are willing to give away to anyone who can prove the existance of the paranormal. On Sunday of TAM, we got to witness a live testing. The woman who was being tested was Connie Sonne, who is a self proclaimed dowser. She says if cards are arranged in front of her face down, she can tell which card is which.
If someone accepts this challege, they work with the JREF to figure out an acceptible protocal they can all agree on. The first part of her test was to callibrate her powers by dowsing some cards face up. She did this and clearly felt that her powers were working fine. Next she had to dowse some cards sealed in small envolopes and then sealed in larger envolopes. I don’t want to go into all the details of the test here, because it was rigorus and you can find it online, but in order to prove that she had powers she needed to get three out of three tests right. Her odds of doing this were 1/1000. She got zero. This wasn’t really a shock. It would have been cool, if she had got some or all right, because it would have raised some awesome questions about things like this. However, dowsing has been tested before many times and failed many times, so I am not shocked that it failed once more.
There are some funny things about what happened after the test.
A poster on the JREF forums said this.
She said before she took the test how she would interpret failure – that the mysterious entities responsible for her abilities had decided that the world was not ready for them to be revealed after all.
I don’t know if she really said this or not, but it is interesting.
She did post this on the forums though.
Hi out there…now I know why Banacheck was “the card handler”. I have been cheated. I did find the right cards. And there is one more thing. At the stage, Banacheck said to me BEFORE he even looked in the envelope I had cut…and here is spade ace, the one you looked for!!!! I first hit me now about that ….but maybe you can see it yourself if someone get the video. I don`t care about the money, that wasn`t the reason why I came. So no matter what you think out there……I was CHEATED!!!!!
This doesn’t really surprise me either though. Of coarse she was cheated. People at the JREF were probably tricking her all along. Even though she agreed to have Banacheck oversee the test, as well as all the protocals. I wonder what she will do since she was cheated. She should probably sue the JREF for fruad since she has proof.
Wait, instead this is what she said.
I can and will demonstrate everything. I can and will ensure you, that Ì have been cheated. I allready have the evidences. Check my name out in first in september. I will get a website where I will put it ALL, also in english. AND all the evidences about Maddie. So you can THEN decide if I´m deluded or not!! I can only say now….most of you people out there are wrong, very wrong. My last words here on this site.
So what we have here is another person who failed the MDC and can’t believe it, so they rationalize. She failed a test that was more riguroius than anything she has tried on her self. She does know the protocal, all she really has to do is do the same test again using someone else as a mediator.