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Clairaudience is an alleged psychic ability to hear things that are beyond the range of the ordinary power of hearing, such as voices or messages from the dead. Alleged clairaudients such as James Van Praagh and John Edward consider themselves 'grief counselors'. They believe they give comfort to the living by providing "messages from the dead," even if the messages are sometimes absurd ("Someone's nickname is Miss Piggy" or "Your dog wishes you hadn't given away his favorite dish").
Randi, James. Flim-Flam! (Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books,1982), especially chapter 13 "Put Up or Shut Up" where he gives accounts of tests done on several psychics who have tried to collect the $10,000 Randi used to offer to anyone who can demonstrate any psychic power So far, no one has collected, even though the offer is now $1,000,000!