Stuff reports:

A celebrity psychic who wants to get in touch with earthquake and Pike River coalmine victims from beyond the grave says she only wants to help families heal, despite criticism by sceptics.

Australian Sensing Murder psychic Deb Webber will hold a free “private reading” on Monday for families of those killed in the February 2011 quake and another for Pike River mine disaster families in Greymouth next month.

NZ Skeptics spokeswoman Vicki Hyde said the sessions were “another sick example” of exploitation by the psychic industry, using vulnerable, grieving families as “a marketing drive” for free publicity.

“It’s as bad as any of those shonky finance companies putting up free investment evenings – and it’s about as useful,” she said. “No doubt at some point she will also be selling her services, which are very highly priced.”

Webber, who is on a “Hope and Heal” New Zealand tour, said she “can’t understand” the criticism.

“People need healing; I never want to cause anyone more grief,” she said.

No, you just want to use their suffering to boost your profile. What a contemptible human being.

And sceptic is not the correct term for those who don’t believe in psychics. That’s like claiming someone who doubts the Tooth Fairy is a sceptic.

She will also hold a free public meditation session and a sold-out public show that seats 150 and costs $70 a head in Christchurch tomorrow.

Webber said those who considered her work a money-making venture should “look at my bank account”. “I’m actually skint,” she said.

$10,500 from one show is pretty good money from the desperate and gullible. And she has 15 – 20 shows lined up in NZ.

If you are of the gullible persuasion, see this episode where she was fooled into claiming she was talking to a dead husband who never existed.

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