Gary Mannion to take the Test?
A POTENTIAL APPLICANT
I’ve been informed that there has been a £50,000 challenge issued to one Gary Mannion, a twenty-year-old British “psychic surgeon” who is rapidly gaining recognition in the UK. Mannion claims to effect miraculous healing on his patients through the intervention of his spirit friend “Abraham” and he says that this isn’t just any old Abraham, but the very same one of Biblical fame, and that he – Gary – knows this to be true because when he Googled the name, the Google image he got he recognized as that of his friend Abraham from the Old Testament! Mannion is very careful to stay on the right side of the law, qualifying his extravagant assertions with disclaimers such as “I am not a doctor,” and “I don’t claim to cure cancer,” although the many testimonials on his many websites tell a different story.
Growing increasingly concerned about Mannion, UK skeptic Jon Cohen has offered to give him £50,000 if he can prove that his claims are genuine. Professor Chris French from Goldsmiths, University of London, has offered to carry out the test. Mannion has agreed to be tested, and a meeting has been scheduled to discuss protocols. I may even be able to meet this “surgeon” in person when I travel to the UK in April…!
What a rich life I lead!
However, I must admit that I’m surprised to learn that Google’s images of long-dead Biblical personages are so accurate…!
Taken from Swift, March 21st 2008