What’s The Difference Between A Psychic And a Fortune Teller?

The difference between psychics and fortune tellers is one of the most controversial subjects among those with authentic abilities. As this is already a very misunderstood area, the general public can be easily duped by those who claim to have abilities that they in fact do not possess. It’s important that people who are willing to hand their money over to a psychic or fortune teller know the difference.

In The Most Basic Terms, Authentic Fortune Tellers Do Not Exist Because No One Is Capable Of Predicting The Future

This may seem to be in contradiction with the practice, but psychics do not claim to be able to tell people exactly what is going to happen next. Instead, they define trends and paths that an individual might be on, and use their ability to shed some light on their projected endpoint.

Psychics are fully aware of the fact that individuals have free will over every situation they are in. The individual can change the trends and paths that they are on in their life and, thus, alter their future.

Fortune tellers often boast of the ability to tell their clients what will happen in their future or the future of their families. They may do this through a series of asking personal questions, searching into the person’s history, or making vague blanket statements that could apply to anyone at any time.

Fortune tellers will also ask their clients not to share what they learned with others during their session. This is how they can cover themselves when the prediction turns out to be false, and it allows the client to interpret it themselves without skeptical outside opinions.

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Unreliable Fortune Tellers Often Use Tactics To Collect More Money From Their Clients

They may say that they need to purchase a specific type of candle or that the client must come back for a second session because they need to spend more time meditating on a certain issue. More often than not, these are scams that are used solely to suck more money out of the clients. Fortune tellers are more concerned with how they can profit as opposed to how they can use an ability to assist people seeking help.

Authentic psychics will provide their clients with real answers to the best of their ability for a price that has been determined before the session. They enjoy their ability to help others with their special gifts and would never use their client’s personal information against them.

They may offer their services for additional sessions, but not as a “cliff-hanger” tactic to make them return with more money. Authentic psychics respect the nature of their work and their clients. They would never lie to a person just to keep them coming back.

Fortune tellers may use a variety of methods to read a person’s future. They may use stones, cards, or simply intuition, but if it is not a genuine ability, these are just props in the show. A psychic may use material objects as a means to get to an answer, but the truth of those answers lie in their innate abilities.

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There Are Several Different Kinds Of True Psychic Abilities, And The Type Of Ability Determines How A Psychic Reading Will Be Performed

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Each is a type of metaphysical ability for ESP, extra sensory perception. Normally, a single person only has a single type of psychic ability, but it is possible to possess more than one. Here are some of the more common and helpful types:


Aura reading is one type of psychic ability. An aura is a subtle circle of energy that envelopes and radiates from each person. The colors, intensities, and locations of strong auras on the body of a person’s aura can be seen and understood by certain types of psychics.

An aura reading can help someone to sort through their thoughts and emotions that may be hiding below the surface but are still affecting their state of mind. In this type of reading, the psychic will put themselves and the client in the appropriate mindset, and use their judgment to give an accurate reading.


A clairvoyant has the ability to see or sense images in their mind with great clarity. They can see objects, events, and people that are at a great distance, and it may even include seeing these things in the past or future.

When used in a psychic reading, the client may have to work with the clairvoyant to put the pieces together. A psychic may be able to see the objects or people, but that does not necessarily mean that they know how they affect the individual with questions. In such cases, the client must be open to the situation in order to allow the psychic to use their clairvoyant ability.


One of the most common types of psychic abilities is intuition. Nearly everyone possesses it to some extent, but others have been blessed with an enhanced intuition or have learned how to use it more effectively. Intuition basically means that one can know something without using the physical senses, and that they can know it immediately and without utilizing normal logical inferences or thought processes that are used in making every day life decisions.

Intuition is the “gut feeling” so often experienced when something out of the ordinary is going to happen. A psychic with intuition can help their clients by relying on their gut feeling they get when talking with them.

While these are some of the more common psychic abilities a genuine psychic may possess, it is not a complete list. Other psychics may have the ability to hear things or understand the past of an object by touching it. Some, known as psychic mediums, can communicate with the spirit of those who have passed and who have messages for their loved ones still alive. While no psychic ability is more important or special than any others, the ones listed are those most commonly used for readings.

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Anyone Who Is Interested In Receiving A Psychic Reading Should Not Be Afraid To Ask Their Psychic About Their Abilities

A genuine psychic will be able to provide references and give a detailed description of their experiences. An unreliable fortune teller will be more inclined to drop celebrity names or fabricate stories. They will also not be willing to provide honest references.

A fortune teller will not have any of these psychic abilities if they are boasting of their ability to tell the future. They may rely on physical objects, such as tarot cards or stones, but if they do not have any true ability, they will not be able to make any reliable statements through these objects to help the clients.

At most, they will be able to provide a blanket statement that leaves the client feeling as though they have clarity. The client then feels like they have gotten answers from the fortune teller but really it is themselves who are figuring things out.

Unfortunately, the terms psychic and fortune teller are often used interchangeably. This is why there is so much skepticism surrounding honest and genuine psychics.

Authentic psychics have used their services to help people through difficult times, provide insight into situations, and even assist in police investigations throughout time.

They have spent years honing their gift and figuring out how to use it for good. While they may be making a living off their ability, they are not pulling scams to make a quick buck or drain the bank accounts of their clients.

There are a few key ideas that clients can keep in mind when speaking with a psychic or fortune teller to determine if they are genuine or a fake. First, a true psychic will not be concerned with converting their clients to their own beliefs.

They are there to provide what they can, and how the client accepts it is their own right. Second, a true psychic will never try to tell their clients that they have a determined fate. Free will plays a much greater role in life than intuition or other abilities.

Third, be wary of psychics that try to pump their clients for information. Occasional questions are necessary to open the lines of communication and establish comfort, but an experienced fortune teller will know what questions to ask in order to subtly trick the client into revealing too much.

Finally, do not trust those that give a full “doom and gloom” reading. True psychics know that there is more to the reading than simply scaring their client with bad news. There is always some positive aspects to every reading. Curses aren’t real, so don’t believe anyone who tries to tell you that one has been placed on you. 

If you are looking to have a reading performed for you, opt for a true psychic and not a fad fortune teller. Find someone who has an ability that they have understood for years and the proof to back it up. Of course, go into it with an open mind. While many people remain skeptical of psychics because of the bad press fortune tellers have created, these abilities are real and can be extremely helpful in the right situation.

Angela Moore founded Psychic Review Online in 2008 after being scammed out of her life savings by a psychic con artist. Since then she has devoted her time to rooting out the frauds and helping people find a real psychic reader.

  1. yes I like the wise advise –that angela has –I would like to see more of her advise on fake fortune tellers — I was fooled by one long ago

    • Fortune tellers typically use all the tactics I warn against. Its pretty easy to spot a fortune teller because they look like your stereotypical “fortune teller” from the movies. Crystal balls, dark rooms, evil spirits, etc…. run far away from these people. Real Psychics are people just like you and I that have a deep connection to the spiritual realm. You probably even pass a few on the way to work each day.

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